London’s Rockwell Hotel: Homebase for a shopping and sightseer’s paradise
London’s newest and hippest boutique hotel, The Rockwell , bills itself as the ideal location for a stylish weekend of shopping and museum visits. Londoners treasure the place for its bar and restaurant, One-Eight-One, and out-of-towners covet its neighborhood filled with the best shops, parks and museums in London.
The Rockwell now offers a special weekend package: £310 for two nights (Friday and Saturday) for two people staying in a Deluxe Double Room and £200 for a single room. The offer also includes free continental breakfast, a welcome cocktail at One-Eight-One and is valid from from now until 10 th September 2006.
Situated on the Cromwell Road in Kensington, The Rockwell has a contemporary English feel. Its rooms are comfortable yet chic, and several have private gardens - the perfect spot to kick off your heels after a day out in west London.
Situated 2 minutes away from Earls Court tube station, Rockwell guests have easy access to the Circle, District and Piccadilly tube lines.
There are also plenty of places within walking distance, such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the fashionista’s favorite – the V&A – where you can see Vivienne Westwood’s famous purple platforms which Naomi Campbell took a tumble in.
There is also a fabulous exhibition on the revolutionary fashion boutiques set up in London in the Sixties, featuring amongst others Mary Quant and Barbara Hulanicki of Biba.
For souvenir hunters, The Rockwell is close to the world famous department stores Harrods and of course Harvey Nichols. Nearby, Brompton Cross is a label hunters dream with Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Paul & Joe all flying the flag for high couture.
Just around the corner from Chanel , Pelham Street boasts the first European Becca cosmetics boutique, an Australian brand with an impressive array of celebrity fans. Another Australian beauty brand with a cult following, Rosie Jane cosmetics, can be snapped up in Austique boutique on the King’s Road – the only outlet in Europe. The King’s Road is also home to the jewellery store Les Nereides, perfect for finding accessories for your new designer outfit!
If your budget is slightly more modest, High Street Kensington is where Londoners go for high street stores. Much quieter than Oxford Street, be shop savvy, and head there to pick up the latest from Oasis, Urban Outfitters, Warehouse and more.
If you prefer vintage style, Portobello Road Market is the place to visit for jewellery, fashion and art stalls – always worth a look for that certain something you never knew you always needed.
After a Friday and Saturday spent combing the shops, markets and museum gift shops, the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon is with a freshly prepared picnic in nearby Hyde Park. Go ahead and indulge as you plan your London dream vacation.
Rates start from £110 for Standard Singles, £170 for Garden Rooms and £180 for Mezzanine Suites or Deluxe Doubles.
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