Thursday, February 7, 2013

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN, part 2, Four Seasons Park Lane

Our intrepid sales consultant Tommy travels yet again with his baby Theo. What do you do with a baby in London? You could start by checking in at Four Seasons at Park Lane and getting a special baby welcome...but Tommy has some other tips too...


Welcome to London Theo - click for a closer view
of the welcome message
"Perfectly located in busy Mayfair is the gem, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. Right at the corner of Hyde Park it is close to the serenity of the park, right across the road from Nobu and close to the hustle and bustle of Oxford street.
On arrival, we felt extremely welcomed. At check-in we heard the always appreciated phrase: “We have your room available and we have taken the liberty of upgrading you to a suite.”

At Select Collection we always work so hard to get this for our customers, every booking we get, we contact the managers of the hotel and try to get them to arrange space available upgrades, so it is nice to be on the receiving end now and again.

Once in our suite the first thing we lay eyes on is the magnificent view out of the floor to ceiling windows, and of course the fact that the bedroom and living room are separated which means that we don’t have to spend 2 hours whispering to each other every evening after the baby falls asleep.

Sweet dreams Theo on a comfortable FS bed...

All amenities were on site, high chair, crib, bottle warmer, diapers, washcloths and all such things that make travelling with a child so much easier.


...and the amenities

This was the view from our suite:


...and from a mesmerizing desk


Our suite was up there with the joy of a
Bay window

The next morning we went down to breakfast and were not disappointed. The breakfast was a la carte so all dishes were prepared a la minute upon our order. Fantastic Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, brioche or why not go for the full English breakfast. We sampled our way through the menu and everything was delicious.

Exploring with baby

Going to a city like London with a baby takes away many of the given sights that you normally would do: no theatres or shows, no gourmet restaurants and shopping with a pram is an absolute nightmare. But one thing that you always can do is walk! We did tons of sightseeing on foot, just walking around the city. St. James Park proved to be a little hidden gem for us, a beautiful park with tons of birds, squirrels and a great variety of trees -  beautiful.

Click for a panoramic image of the park
including Tommy and pram

Another thing of course is photography. We found a fantastic woman running a company that organizes photo tours in London, so we booked a mystery tour with her for a half day. It was a fantastic mix of a history lesson, sightseeing and tons of tips and tricks on how to find great motifs and beautiful places off the beaten track.


A chapel ruin - Church of St Dunstan in
the East -  spotted on the photo tour
...and something newer

We had a great couple of hours with Corinna from the hairy goat www.hairygoat.net and she would be very happy to show more people her view of London.

So if planning to travel to London, consider a guided photo tour. You will not regret it, no matter on what level your photography skills are. We can help you book it if you like, and a myriad of other activities...

London is always London. I could go here twice a year and still not be able to see everything I want to see, but it is always nice to go back and experience the pulse and the beauty of this great city."

Who to stay

Discerning couples and families.

How to get to Four Seasons Park Lane

50 minutes by taxi from Heathrow International Airport, 90 minutes from Gatwick. Closest underground stations are Hyde Park Corner and Green Park.


Note: All images by  Theo's mother, (c) Elina Örmin :)

More pictures at http://oonah.blogspot.se/

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