Tomorrow marks three years since my lovely boyfriend asked me to be his lobster and as he is now currently sunning himself in Portugal, we decided to do something special at the beginning of the week. As our favourite place in the UK has always been London, we couldn’t resist another visit and promptly began searching for a hotel to stay in.
Cue the Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush. The Dorsett hotel group originates from East Asia and originally had hotels in Kuala Lumpa, Singapore and Shanghai, before branching out to make its mark on the London hospitality scene. The Shepherd’s Bush establishment is set a short walk away from the underground and housed in a beautifully converted 1920s cinema; decorated in a plush modern interior with Chinese influences. It is super near the Westfield shopping centre (holllaaaa) and within easy reach of all the central London locations that us tourists like to visit.
It first caught my eye on booking.com simply because of its bright rooms; having stayed in some very dark hotels in the past, a light and bright bedroom is hot on my pick list! But the more photos I looked through the more I fell in love with the place and we decided to book a room for one night.
So without further ado I boarded a train at 8.41 from Exeter St David’s to London Paddington, with my boyfriend getting on two hours later at Reading. We strolled into London and onto the tube with our bags and after a little search on google maps, found the hotel infront of a grassy common. We entered the gorgeous lobby with the intent of checking in and storing our bags until later that day; as our confirmation email had said our room would not be ready until 4pm. However we were delighted to be passed our key straight away and given directions to the first floor of the building.
Our room was number 125 and was a corner deluxe room, with a beautiful queen sized bed, dressing table, sofa area and ensuite bathroom. The colour scheme of the rooms are white and gold, with a white marble bathroom and the effect is breathtakingly classy and easy on the eye. It eminates relaxation and comfort; which is just what we needed after a busy day in the capital! Here we spent an hour refreshing ourselves and relaxing before heading out to explore Westfield.
I have never visited the Westfield centre before but if you want shopping in London without searching down Oxford Street, this is the place to head for. Needing to stop regularly at site maps, the amount of choice on offer is unrivalled with both high-end and high-street stores. Let’s just say I spent more than I should have done and three hours later we struggled home to rest our feet before our evening plans.
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Check out Part 2 to hear about my amazing London evening!