A Stay in the Life at Bedford Hotel

A Stay in the Life at Bedford Hotel

Thursday, 14 March 2024
Discover a leafy haven in the heart of the city and make long-lasting memories during your stay at this enchanting central London hotel. 

Nestled in the neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, Bedford Hotel is especially popular for solo travellers, providing everything for a safe and reassuring stay. Enjoy equal amounts of adventure and relaxation; from cultural enrichment at the British Museum to soaking up sunshine in a secluded garden…it’s your time to flourish. 

Situated in Zone 1, Bedford Hotel is superbly well-connected to the London underground network with Holborn and Russell Square tube stations just moments away. Easily reach Heathrow airport via the Piccadilly line or hop on an iconic red bus to reach the likes of Victoria, Hyde Park and Camden Lock within minutes. 

Wake up peacefully 

Pull back the curtain and stretch for an exciting day in the city, as you wake up at Bedford Hotel. For added serenity, the garden-facing rooms have views that look out onto the landscaped patio, water features and Japanese Acer tree – offering the perfect moment to snap a photo of the morning light and BT tower in the distance. When you’re ready, breakfast awaits downstairs in the garden-facing restaurant. The waft of bacon and freshly baked pastries is simply irresistible. Breakfast is served Monday to Friday 07:00 – 10:00 and Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 07:30 – 10:30. 

Nourish yourself for the day ahead 

Breakfast with garden views.

The freshly prepared breakfast buffet served in Botanica restaurant is a morning must. Whether you would like a Full English Breakfast or serving of cereal with fruit, help yourself to as much as you would like at the buffet. With freshly squeezed juices and a state-of-the-art coffee machine to give you a morning boost, feel energised and ready for what lies ahead. We advise booking breakfast included when making your room reservation via imperialhotels.co.uk, but breakfast is also available to purchase for £15 per person at reception.  

Explore the chic streets of Covent Garden 

The hotel is just a 10-minute leisurely stroll to Covent Garden, providing the chance to get some fresh air and see one of the trendiest areas of London for boutique shops, independent cafés, and beauty stores. Home to the Royal Opera House displaying stunning interiors and selling ballet-themed souvenirs in their gift shop, it’s worth a peek inside. Head to Apple Market which is abuzz with street performers and artists selling intriguing trinkets you may be tempted to take home. Whether you are visiting London in winter to soak up the Christmas atmosphere or exploring in the peak of summer – Covent Garden is one of the best places to take a walk in London.  

Grab a bao bun or bubble waffle in Chinatown 
Bubble waffles.

Whether a hearty noodle soup, dim sum or baozi tempts you for lunch – Chinatown is a hubbub of culinary creativity and the perfect stop off place for lunch. We recommend Baozilnn on Romilly Street for soft and fluffy bao buns. Then stop at Bubblewrap on Wardour Street for a sweet treat that’s Instagram-worthy. Wash it down with a bubble tea from Cuppa Cha, offering a range of flavours from butterfly pea ombré teas to Oreo-topped milky teas.  

Feel inspired at the British Museum 

From Chinatown, make your way to the British Museum, just a short 10 – 15 minute walk towards this famous London attraction. Once inside, be ready to see an array of mesmerising artefacts, from the Rosetta Stone to the Crouching Venus statue – you’ll want to dedicate at least 2 hours to wandering the great halls of the British Museum which first opened its doors in 1759. 

Unwind and dine in a secret garden 

The secret garden.

Only 2 minutes from the British Museum, make your way back to Bedford Hotel for some relaxation – which is necessary after a busy day out in London. Meander through the landscaped garden and reconnect with nature. Take a seat outside if the weather is pleasant and even opt for an English Afternoon Tea. A slow-paced activity ideal for birthday celebrations or to spoil a loved one, Afternoon Tea offers an array of finger sandwiches, delicate cakes, scones with plenty of jam and cream. The staff at Botanica restaurant in Bedford Hotel are also known for concocting creative cocktails and mocktails to enjoy amongst the leafy scenery. For wine lovers, we recommend The Blushing Duck Rosé wine, a refreshing and fruity option as an aperitif.  

And when dinnertime approaches, why not opt for a tasty plate of fish and chips? The restaurant is open for lunch Monday – Sunday 12:30 – 15:30, and dinner on Tuesday – Saturday 17:30 – 22:00 so you can enjoy refreshments and British dishes throughout the day. If you happen to stay during the summer months, look out for the barbeques and live music hosted in the garden.  

Take a moment for yourself 

The lobby area at Bedford Hotel has comfortable seating and soft lighting, offering you a communal yet cosy space to pause. Whether you choose to journal about your day, write a postcard, check your emails, or read one of the books from the extensive bookshelf, it’s nice to take a moment to check in with yourself.  

Freshen up 

Getting ready for a night at the theatre sparks a butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling. Freshen up in your en-suite bathroom and help yourself to the complimentary Urban Skincare Co. bath products in revitalising citrus scents. If you have forgotten something, the housekeeping team are more than happy to provide face flannels, shower caps and other amenities, just give them a call on your in-room phone.  

See a theatre show 

Once dressed for an elegant evening out, Bedford Hotel is conveniently near London’s theatre scene. Soak up Greek sunshine and Abba songs at the Novello Theatre to see Mamma Mia the smash hit musical. Or for glitz and glamour, Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre will not disappoint.   

Prepare for a blissful night’s sleep 
A double room.

After arriving back late from the show, the friendly reception team are ready to assist with anything you may need. They are there 24 hours seven days a week to greet and support guests. Once in your room, there can be no greater feeling than sinking into a comfy bed after a long day. Switch on the Smart TV to relax and watch your favourite shows before bedtime, or simply hit the light switch and doze off for the night.  Remember, check out isn’t until 11am, so you don’t need to rush in the morning. Wishing you sweet dreams!  

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