- Feb. 14, 2012 -
February 2012: River-side dining, boat trips and water walks. From the source of the River Thames in the Cotsworlds’ to Teddington lock in London, England’s longest river has plenty to offer. Whether it is a family break, a romantic room with a view or a relaxing meal, here are three of the best hotels on the riverbank that guarantee an unforgettable experience...
Best for... riverside dining – Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour
s only 5* all-suite hotel, Wyndham Grand London, is in the heart of the exclusive Chelsea Harbour and on the bank of the River Thames by Imperial Wharf. For all-day dining, the hotel’s contemporary Chelsea Riverside Brasserie overlooks the private, yacht-filled marina and serves fresh, seasonal, British dishes. Whilst the glass-fronted bar and lounge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views with Afternoon Tea or a glass of Champagne. 158 suites, including four stunning penthouses all with spectacular views over London’s skyline, a newly refurbished spa with treatments by organic marine brand, VOYA and the perfect location – the hotel is just moments from the buzz of the King’s Road with its choice of exclusive designer shops, independent boutiques, restaurants and bars - Wyndham Grand is the perfect London break.
From £300 per suite, per night including breakfast. Suites sleep up to two adults and two children, 12 years and under. (020 7823 3000 / www.wyndhamgrandlondon.co.uk)
Best for…families – the runnymede-on-
thames is a family-owned and run riverside resort minutes from historic Royal Windsor. With family rooms, landscaped gardens, a glamorous new open-air swimming pool and kid’s splash pool, tennis courts in the orchard and a children’s play area, there is plenty to do for all the family. Mothers and daughters can retreat to the award-winning spa, which has new Teen Spa treatments, and there are two relaxed riverside restaurants, the The Lock Bar & Kitchen, and Leftbank, where children can make their own pizza with the chef. For a truly memorable trip, set off with a picnic in one of the hotel’s own self-drive riverboats.
Guests can save up to 35% for half-term and Easter stays with rates starting from £262.50 (was £409.50) for a family of four sharing a deluxe double and interconnecting twin room and from £174 (was £272) for up to three sharing a superior midweek. Valid 10-19 February and 2-15 April 2012. (01784 220 600 / www.therunnymede.co.uk)
Best for…classic views – The Petersham Hotel, Richmond
The Petersham Hotel on Richmond Hill overlooks the bend in the River Thames, one of the country’s most famous views painted by both Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner. The Restaurant at the Petersham, with acclaimed chef Alex Bentley at its helm, features British classics which include Bentley’s famous ‘Bentley Bisque’. The stunning views over The Petersham Meadows and the River Thames are all part of a truly stunning dining experience. After lunch take a riverboat from Richmond Pier (a short walk from the hotel) to Kew Gardens and Hampton Court.
From £89pp for The Petersham’s Civilised Sunday break (usual rate £175pp on Friday and Saturday nights). The Civilised Sunday break includes a three-course dinner, overnight stay and full English breakfast. (020 8940 7471 / www.petershamhotel.co.uk)
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Notes to Editors:
Wyndham Grand London, (www.wyndhamgrandlondon.co.uk)
is in the heart of Chelsea Harbour and moments from the exclusive Kings Road, is London’s only 5*, all-suite hotel. The 158 suites, including four stunning penthouses, enjoy spectacular views over the Harbour, The River Thames and London’s skyline. The hotel offers a harbour-side brasserie, bar and terrace and a luxury spa & health-club. There are also six meeting rooms, all with benefit of natural light and fabulous views, available for events for up to 800 delegates reception style.
Wyndham Grand | Chelsea Harbour | London SW10 0XG
is a friendly, family-owned and run hotel set on the banks of the River Thames, a few minutes from London Heathrow airport and historic Windsor. Excellent road access is provided by the M25. With 180 guestrooms, two relaxed restaurants, stunning new spaces for private events and parties, an award-winning spa, landscaped gardens, plenty to do for all the family, the runnymede-on-
thames is a great place to take time out and relax by the river - with or without the family.
thames | Windsor Road | Egham | Surrey | TW20 0AG
The Petersham (www.petershamhotel.co.uk)
is set on Richmond Hill looking across Petersham Meadows to the bend in the Thames – one of the UK’s most famous views, painted by both Reynolds and Turner. The privately-owned 60-room hotel dates back to 1865, it was created by the architect John Giles who had just designed The Langham hotel in Portland Place, London. Today, the hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant at The Petersham, is headed up by chef Alex Bentley. His menu features British Classics using fresh seasonal ingredients. The Petersham – independent, individual, elegant and sophisticated – London’s Country Hotel, just eight miles from the centre of London and Heathrow Airport.
The Petersham | Nightingale Lane | Richmond | Surrey TW10 6UZ
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