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Hotel Review: Novotel London Blackfriars

Novotel London Blackfriars is a contemporary hotel located near the Southbank area of London, the hotel has 182 modern guest rooms and 10 disabled accessible rooms. The hotel is within walking distance of London’s famous Southbank and Bankside, both of which feature many of London’s attractions including the Southbank Centre, London Eye, The National Theatre, Tate Modern, and Shakespeare’s Globe, a short walk across Blackfriars Bridge will take you to the City of London and  St Paul’s Cathedral.

Getting to the hotel is relatively easy, with plenty of transport options near to the hotel with Southwark Tube station (2 minutes) and the transport hubs of Blackfriars Station (5 mins), Waterloo Station (10 mins) and London Bridge Station (12 mins).

The hotel’s main entrance is located on Blackfriars Road, we entered into an open plan reception in which the booking in process was quick, efficient and friendly.

The hotel rooms are new-generation Novotel rooms which are tailored to meet the modern traveller’s needs, with access to modern technology and feature products that are eco-friendly.

Our stay was in an Executive Room on the 12th floor facilities included a 32″ TV with media hub & free WIFI, music docking station, Nespresso machine, safe, and modern bathroom with shower.  The sleeping arrangements featured “smart pillows” and eco-designed LIVE ‘N’ DREAM comfort bedding.  

Some of the Executive Rooms have a spacious balcony which offers magnificent views of the South London skyline dominated by the Shard.

Back on the ground floor next to the reception area is the bar and seating area where we settled down in the comfortable leather settees to enjoy a drink. The colourful Jamboree Foodfest & Bar concept brightens up the hotel bar and restaurant combination area and offers a range of International cuisine with a modern twist.  This bright, snazzy but relaxing environment is a real opportunity to enjoy a quiet drink or trying a range of dishes, and really makes a change from the often staid and traditional hotel bars and restaurants you quite often find.

If you prefer to try different venues for a drink or something to eat away from the hotel, a short walk to Blackfriars Bridge and along the banks of the Thames to the Southbank  and Bankside provide many drinking and eating options.

For those who would like to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing or business, the hotel has a small swimming pool with water jet pool, sauna and fitness centre.

Novotel London Blackfriars is one of the new breed of hotels, catering for the needs of the modern traveller who demands a range of facilities to be part of their experience.  This hotel meets these needs excellently, but even more is situated in a favourable location for either the visitor who is looking to visit the sights of London or the modern business visitor who needs a hotel that is close to efficient transport links and the business community.

The general ethos of the hotel is contemporary, professional  with clear and distinct design features that create a bright and upbeat experience,  the hotel staff follow this approach and were attentive, friendly and efficient  throughout our stay.

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Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

For more information , visit the Accor Hotel website here

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Shrek’s Adventure! London Halloween experience at the Southbank – 24th October to 1st November 2015

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One of London’s newest attraction, Shrek’s Adventure! London offers plenty of family fun for half term.  From 24th October to 1st November the attraction will be offering guests an exclusive Halloween experience complete with witches, pumpkins and magical surprises for guests of all ages.

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Shrek has decorated his home with pumpkins, cobwebs and all things Halloween to create a spooky swamp, but, as we’ve come to learn, things never go to plan for him!  Providing the perfect alternative to a Halloween scare-fest, this experience is full of hilarity and mayhem as guests are invited to laugh, touch and smell their way through a specially-adapted immersive experience complete with lots of yucky additions.

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When guests have returned safely from Far Far Away they will find themselves in the arrivals hall for a Shrek meet-and-greet with a difference! Plus every child will take home their own treat.

Advanced booking is strongly advised as this exclusive experience is only available for a limited period. Online tickets are available from £23.40 or you can make  savings when combined with London Eye or SEALIFE London Aquarium tickets.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the  Shrek’s Adventure! London website here

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All you need to know about the London New Year’s Eve Firework Display – 31st December 2014

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The London New Year’s Eve firework display is one of the most spectacular and biggest celebrations of its kind in the world.

This year to try to minimise the large crowds, certain sections of the riverfront will be ticketed, Limited batches of tickets will be released daily at 12 noon from 1 – 15 December.  Tickets are £10 each and you can book up to four tickets.

There are three types of tickets available, a North Area 1 ticket allows access to viewing areas between Westminster Bridge and Embankment Station and North Area 2 tickets allow access to viewing areas between Embankment and Temple Stations which are all accessed from the North side of London (the side opposite the London Eye). A South ticket is also available which allows access to viewing areas to the rear of the London Eye and on Westminster Bridge, which can only be accessed from the South side of London. Please consider which area will be most convenient to travel to when buying your ticket.

Important note: Upon receipt of your tickets you will be allocated an entrance point and may also be allocated a ‘section’ inside your chosen viewing area, your allocated section will be given to you when the tickets are dispatched

To minimise second-selling, please buy your ticket the official seller See Tickets. Tickets are for personal use only, selling on or transferring tickets is in breach of terms.

If you miss out on a ticket, you can still enjoy the full show live on BBC1. Please note the fireworks will not be screened in Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square.

As the clock strikes 12 midnight, the famous Big Ben ‘bongs’ will be relayed across the ticketed viewing areas, before the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display takes place to a specially created musical soundtrack.

Once the fireworks come to an end, join together with friends and strangers alike for a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

The celebrations carry on until 12:45am with a live DJ set. Stay to the end and you’ll find it easier to get out of the ticketed area and make your journey home. Transport for London will be providing free travel all night on all its public transport services, from 23:45pm on New Year’s Eve until 4:30am on New Year’s Day – for travel advice visit Transport for London and National Rail.

There will be a number of road closures in central London on 31 December.

If you would like to find out more, visit the Mayor of London website here

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Review : Flying High on the London Eye

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Location –  Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

The London Eye is a giant  wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, when it was built in 1999 it had the distinction of being the world’s largest Observation Wheel. Originally known as the Millennium Wheel, it official title is the London Eye at various times being sponsored by British Airways, Merlin Entertainments ,EDF Energy  and the new sponsor Coca Cola.   The London Eye is 443 feet (135 metres) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 394 ft (120 metres) and is one of the London’s most popular paid tourist attractions with over three million visitors per year.

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The wheel has 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules which can hold a maximum of 25 people, each capsule is large enough to walk about in , although seating is available. The wheel rotates at 10 inches per second and completes its entire rotation in 30 minutes.

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The slow rotation allows plenty of time to take in views over London especially the nearby Houses of Parliament. There is plenty of room within the capsule to get a variety of vantage points especially if you want to take photographs. The London Eye is situated next to the river and offers some spectacular views of the Thames in both directions.

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In contrast with attractions like the Shard, the London Eye is constantly moving which changes your viewing perception over time. In each capsule there are a number of touch screen devices  which will give you key information on landmarks that can be seen from London Eye as well as a 3D view of each sight.

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The London Eye has become one of London’s most popular attractions and seems  to appeal to all age groups and has complete access for disabled guests, all paying disabled guests can bring a carer free of charge.

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If you are celebrating a special occasion you can hire a capsule and capsules are often used for special events, dining, wine tasting, champagnes and even weddings.

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Either before or after your ride on the London Eye, you can watch the London Eye 4D Experience. It is a 3D film with a number of in-theatre effects, although only lasting a few minutes it is a spectacular, entertaining view of London with a few surprises for the audience.

Although a  fairly modern addition to the London skyline, the London Eye has become a main landmark that is often at the centre of celebrations along the river. Its initial temporary status has been made permanent due to its incredible success attracting millions of visitors each year. On a clear sunny day it does offer a unique view over London, part of the fun of the leisurely ride is spotting the various famous buildings and other attractions of the capital.

VLG TIPs  The London Eye is owned by Merlin Entertainments who own Madame Tussaud’s, London Aquarium and the London Dungeon, therefore if you want to go to more than one of their attractions there are significant savings if you buy a combination ticket. You can book tickets by phone, at the Box Office and online but  is  recommended to book tickets before arriving at the London Eye. If the queues are long, you may want to consider upgrading  your ticket to a Fast Track.

The attraction is very popular and at its busiest during the months of July and August. They can also be busy during school holidays, Bank holidays and weekends. Their busiest time of the day tends to  be from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information or to book tickets,  click here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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