London is just a two-hour train ride away and we’ve found the perfect base to relax and enjoy all it has to offer – check out our review of No. Ten Manchester Street hotel
Nestled between expansive London townhouses and a Tudor-faceted pub that seems almost too British for its own good, is the grandiose front door to No. Ten Manchester Street. On approach, it would be easy to feel intimidated, but on stepping into the reception you immediately feel part of something exclusive and luxurious.
Located within walking distance of both Baker Street and Bond Street underground stations, you’re never too far from whatever tourist or retail delights tickle your fancy; No. Ten is situated perfectly between the quiet and the madness of all that London has to offer. For anyone looking for an early morning stroll or an afternoon picnic, No. Ten is directly in the middle of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, leaving you somewhat spoiled for choice.
The hotel’s Dieci Restaurant boasts one of the best afternoon teas in London and is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of No. Ten’s most unique offerings has to be its Cigar Lounge, with hand-picked Havanas available to purchase during your stay.
We we’re given a Junior Suite on the fifth floor and were immediately blown away by the set-up. You are immediately greeted by a small seating area with beautiful, upscale furniture; perfect to rest your feet after a long day of exploring before you go out for dinner. This Edwardian townhouse boasts large, befitting windows that bathe the room in natural light, welcoming you into the room.
Separating the room is a floor-to-ceiling pillar that houses not one, but two wide-screen televisions with Sky, so you can watch TV in your lounge area or from the comfort of your king-size bed. Below you’ll find a mini-bar outfitted with various snacks and drinks, including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne – just in case. The luxury certainly doesn’t stop at the bathroom, with complimentary robes, slippers and an enviable rainfall shower. I’m only sorry I didn’t get a chance to use the bath.
We ventured out from the hotel around mid-afternoon and decided to head to Leicester Square (direct from Baker Street via the Bakerloo line). The great thing about London is that you can guarantee there’s always something for you to do. We sought out the iconic TKTS booth and tried our luck with some last-minute theatre tickets; from The Book of Mormon to Matilda, London’s West End satisfies an array of theatrical tastes. We opted for a late showing of The Woman in Black and headed back to the hotel after filling our stomachs.
We were pleasantly surprised to return to complimentary cupcakes and a turned-down bed, ready for the evening. We were glad of the room’s iron and ironing board before we headed out for a night at the theatre, as the train journey had not been particularly kind to our evening attire. Our night at the Fortune Theatre was exceptional – and a great reminder of what keeps people coming back to London.
Breakfast is served from 7.30am and offers a range of hot and cold options to start the day. I opted for poached eggs on toast and my partner chose the full English breakfast, but we both left feeling hungry. With a bowl of cornflakes coming in at £4.00, it may be worth considering a trip to a nearby coffee shop to placate your appetite.
Overall, No. Ten Manchester Street truly speaks to the authentic London experience. If you’re looking for something extra special, in a spot that offers all the convenience of the Marylebone location without the hustle and bustle of London’s high streets, No. Ten goes above and beyond to offer a little piece of luxury so often associated with London. This hotel is perfect for a special anniversary or as a birthday treat for someone you love.
Rates start from £220 per room per night, including VAT.