To chase away the impending January blues, Sima (The Curious Pixie), Binny (Food and Travel Diarist), Shikha (always asking Why People Waste Annual Leave) and I plotted a cheeky respite from the winter blues, a ladies staycation in our favourite city, London. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend our London staycation in the Chronicle Aparthotel by Supercity but all views, PJs and meal choices are very much our own.
Did you ever read The Babysitters Club books by Ann M. Martin as a teenager? In one of them (Baby-Sitters’ European Vacation – The Baby-sitters Club Super Special #15 to be exact) some of the group take a trip to London & Paris from their American home of Stoneybrook. They have adventures, dance in professional performances, explore London, meet the Queen – you know, the usual things that teenagers get up to on holiday.
But what always intrigued me about The Babysitters Club was the strength of friendship the girls all had. In the good times and the harder times. They often got together to simply hang out and spend quality time chattering and nibbling treats.
Surrounding yourself with awesome people is so essential in life – especially when they have the same attitude to travelling, champagne, good food and face mask shenanigans.
Quite excited, we braved the icy winter wind to gather in Chancery Lane (and all having packed for at least a week) we stepped into our 2 bedroom 2 bathroom aparthotel, to be greeted with a lovely welcome pack, and swiftly took photos (#bloglife) before settling in for the evening.
It’s the perfect size for a family who are exploring London, business people who want somewhere to rest their weary limbs between meetings, or friends who simply fancy a night in chattering. It has all of the mod cons of a luxury apartment – nice furnishing, touch sensitive light switches, a concierge during business hours, a smartphone for use around London, automatic roller blinds and a really interesting array of modern art.
We had grand plans of watching movies, but honestly, once we’d put a background soundtrack on and ordered delivery of dinner from Hoppers, we all knew it just wasn’t going to happen.
Though we did make use of the fully equipped kitchen to cool our bubbles and heat up the crumble that Sima cleverly brought as a post-dinner pudding. (Then I obviously made them all pose in their PJs with their spoons.)
Moral of my rambling teenage literary introduction? Treasure the friends who you’re happy to hang out in pyjamas with. I feel like this apartment would have been perfect for The Babysitters Club members on their trip – Stacey with her love for luxury, Kristy watching sports games on the 32-inch TV, Mallory sitting at the desk composing her novel and Abby’s love of exploring cities. (Also, don’t you love it when a metaphor stretches for an entire review?)
Both of the bedrooms were a good central London size, and the beds were perfect for chatting until 2.30 am in, before our adult eyelids drooped properly shut.
The location was fabulous too – equidistant between the diamond and jewellery district of Hatton Garden and the vibrant shopping and restaurant area of Covent Garden. It is a stone’s throw from the historic River Thames and in the midst of London’s top law firms, boasting 53 luxury apartments, two floors of offices and an onsite bar/restaurant.
It was the perfect location – a 3-minute walk to Chancery Lane Underground Station – for the litany of meetings that I had arranged with clients the day before and after, wheeling my handy suitcase from cafes to meeting rooms.
The cushion game in this plush suite apartment was absolutely on point.
We had such a lovely evening on our London Staycation in the Chronicle Aparthotel by Supercity- I do so adore any excuse to enjoy my adopted city.
Anywho, I’m off to curl up and re-read more of The Babysitters Club adventures. Back in my pyjamas.
Have you ever staycationed in your own home city? (See a few of my favourite London staycations here)
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