Fancy going up in the world? I certainly did, so when a chance came up to stay in a swanky hotel tower in the heart of Canary Wharf, I jumped at it.
Novotel is seriously stylish, with everything from lampshades to rugs being carefully chosen for the space. The reception is small but efficient, and as a nice touch you can pour yourself some free juice if there’s a queue.
We stayed in a room with incredible views over London – we didn’t need to watch telly because there was always something going on outside, and watching the sun set was particularly lovely.
Once it had gone dark, we dressed up and headed even further up the 39 storey building to Bokan 37. Here we gaped at the Thames, brightly lit offices (still busy after 7pm on a Friday) and tiny trains zipping by beneath us, over a glass of fizz. The restaurant and bar were busy, but the dim lighting and cosy seating helped us feel like the only people there. Waiting staff were incredibly friendly, and brought us lots of unusual tasters – from palette cleansers to delicate slivers of fish. There’s not much choice for vegetarians (and the vegetarian main was very salty) but everything we else we tried was really nice and my top tip is definitely save room for dessert!
Afterwards we retired to our room – far too full for a dip in the hotel pool.
The next morning, breakfast was served in the same space as dinner, but it now felt like an entirely different restaurant, as morning light flooded in. The breakfast buffet had an impressive selection, and left us full of energy for a day wandering central London – after all, it was practically on our doorstep!
- Rooms from £125 per night (Friday - Sunday), from £235 per night (Monday - Thursday)