A Unique London Adventure
We love unique and we love an adventure, so what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to combine the two and share our experience with you! Planning a crammed two days out in London is easy because there's so much to do, however, we wanted to make our time a little 'unique' so we had to hunt high and low to seek out those hidden gems... it was worth every bit of hunting I assure you!
First stop was a stay at the stunning luxury yacht hotel 'Sunborn London', we loved the idea of staying on a yacht on the thames and seeing a different side of the city in such a unique way. A stay aboard Sunborn London gives you the opportunity to enjoy a really different experience: the privacy and exclusivity of an ocean-going yacht combined with the quality and comfort of a top-class hotel. Everything about this hotel from the customer service to the interior is spectacular and surprisingly great value for your money. The bar overlooks the O2 and city with magnificent views, it was too chilly for us to sit out on the deck but I imagine in the Summer it is perfect with a cocktail or two! The restaurant is on the upper decks so you get the views whilst you dine and is perfect for special occasions and couples with a romantic setting. The rooms (they don’t call them cabins) are spacious and light. All have at least a coffee-table-sized porthole and the executive rooms have little terraces with water views and enough room for two chairs, we were lucky enough to be in one of these and the balcony was a lovely extra touch. The beds are like heaven with feather-filled pillows, a spacious shower and even the standard rooms have Lavazza coffee machines, 42” TVs, Sony tablets, hairdryers and irons. The Junior Suites are like small flats and the two Executive Suites have hot tub baths, private saunas, sitting rooms and whopping great private decks.
Late afternoon we headed over to Mercato Metropolitano, in Borough, to visit a few wine bars and find the home of our next stop, a secret cinema by 'Backyard Cinema'. It was easy to get there from Sunborn, you can either jump on the DLR and get a tube or take the emirates cable cars and have a birds eye view of the city. Being a unique trip we took the cable cars of course! Mercato Metropolitano is a funky Italian market opened in an old paper factory and has been designed to look like the huge food halls in Turin and Milan — with a more funky, industrial feel. The market is packed with regional Italian foods made by artisan producers (mostly actual Italians) on site. Beneath the corrugated iron roof and in the outside eating areas they have over 1,000 seats which is lucky, because to get through all the superb burrata, focaccia di Recco, gnocco fritto, Neapolitan pizza, handmade tortellini, house-roasted coffee and proper Italian gelato, you’re going to need to hunker down and stick around for the night. We stopped at a dimly lit romantic little wine bar 'Bottles and Battles', the wine list was huge and the platters of italian meats, breads and cheeses were perfect for a pre cinema feast!
Backyard Cinema once started as a homemade project in a back garden and has grown to be one of London’s most recognised and sought after alternative cinema experiences. Backyard Cinema is now a roaming, theatrical, cinema that shows a wide selection of films in a variety of iconic, unusual and immersive locations both in and outdoors around London. Often creating a physical world surrounding the movie using in-depth set builds, actors and live music, each show becomes a unique evening out, whilst staying true to its original ethos: somewhere cool you can watch your favourite films with great food, drinks and all your mates.
So... the cinema experience. Wow. Where do I start. The secret entrance, lets start here... so I had watched a few videos about the new snow kingdom theme and they all started with people creeping through a small snow opening with a lantern and then across a bridge over an ice river. I figured the lanterns were there just for the videos but they're all part of the experience. You are given your lantern at the entrance and you follow the path in the cave round and over a wooden bridge with snow and ice themed decor. You then reach a huge mystical wooden door and once inside you really feel the magic. The cinema was beautiful, the most stunning cinema I have ever been to! Everything was themed from the decor around the screen to the tiny details on the walls, not to mention the 'potions' bar where your drinks were glitter filled cocktails in magic potion bottles! Amazing! There are no standard chairs just huge comfy bean bags and they give you comfy blankets to wrap up in, although it was warm enough it was just a nice touch.
The last place we visited was the Coppa Club at Tower Bridge. It was right opposite the HMS Belfast, which we also visited. There is so much to do in the area so you won't be stuck for choice, although we highly recommend lunch or dinner at Coppa Club. The newly build igloos are a stunning alternative to the restaurant and sit right next to the river so you have views of HMS Belfast and the river while you eat. The igloos have caused quite a stir to say the least, we felt like celebrities sat there whilst people admired them! Book well in advance though as they are only available for a limited time and are very very popular. The menu had a lot of variety and they have a waiter service so just sit back and relax in your faux fur chair and admire the views!
We loved our break away and would like to thank the Coppa Club for our igloo and fantastic lunch, backyard cinema for our tickets - we will certainly be back...and the Sunborn London for an amazing stay. The sunborn can also be booked on our website here.
If you have any questions or need help with your trip, get in touch and we would be more than happy to help, whatever the occassion!