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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 

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National Theatre – From 26 January 2016

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The play is set in Chicago in the 1920s. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging.

Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that ‘Black Bottom’, the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way.

But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger.

Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.

Sharon D Clarke plays Ma Rainey

For more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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Everyman at the National Theatre – From 22 April 2015

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A new adaptation by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy of Everyman opens at the National Theatre .

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this production has words by Carol Ann Duffy , movement by Javier De Frutos and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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Man and Superman at the National Theatre – 17 February to 17 May 2015

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A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. Ralph Fiennes takes the role of Jack Tanner in this reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

If you would like more information or to book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre – 29 Oct to 14 Nov 2014

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A modern city. A deadly feud. And a pair of star-crossed lovers.

Set against a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time.

Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love…

Join us for this swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s much loved drama as we bring Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation.

Suitable for families with children aged 8-12 years old.

Note to teachers and guardians:
This production of Romeo and Juliet has been created specifically for 8 – 12-year-olds (Years 4 – 7) and is designed very much as a first experience of Shakespeare. Although the adaptation uses the original Shakespeare text throughout, it has been edited significantly to ensure that it is accessible for the targeted age range and is therefore not really suitable for older students studying the play. The production also involves audience participation which has again been designed specifically to support the engagement of a younger audience with the production.
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Running time 60 minutes

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the National Theatre website here

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare at the National Theatre – From November 10th

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India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.

Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

It’s not just that rich people don’t know what they’ve got. They don’t even know what they throw away.

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the National Theatre website here

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3 Winters at the National Theatre – 26 November to 3 February

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From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011. The Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love.

World after world is erected and torn down around them. The one constant is the ivy-clad house in Zagreb, built by aristocrats, partitioned, owned by all, owned by a few; witness to four increasingly educated and independent generations of women.

But when the family assemble for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the once nationalized house. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it’s a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it’s one battle too many.

Against a country in turmoil, Tena Štivičić’s 3 Winters creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive.

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the National Theatre website here

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