We arrived at our apartment at Cheval Three Quays in the early evening and as we were shown to our accommodation and the curtains were drawn back, there really ought to have been a drum roll. We were, like, completely wowed.
From our balcony, a panoramic vista took in the River Thames as it reflected glittering lights from the buildings hugging its banks and beyond. To our right were iconic landmarks such as The Shard and to our left, London Bridge lit up in all its glory. Plus, thanks to the fact that we had a ‘corner suite’ – we also got a great view of our nearest neighbour: The Tower of London, no less.
A pair of binoculars was thoughtfully placed on a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows, so we could have a good nose at life on the river and the fantastic architecture all around.
We’d travelled to London on First Great Western’s service into Paddington, so had let the train take the strain. Then just a half hour trip on the tube to Tower Hill, and a short walk across a concourse that passes right by The Tower of London and we arrived at the apartment – standing proud on the banks of the river. It’s close to Borough Market, the ‘City of London’, London Bridge and more. It’s also just a short taxi ride to the West End – but if you’re keen walkers like us and don’t mind making the journey part of the day out – a pleasant jaunt along the river. Clean, fresh and contemporary, it’s my idea of a dream pad in the City.
Our two-bedroom apartment was spacious and modern – part of the newest addition to the Cheval Residences’ portfolio – a collection of short and long-stay serviced properties around London. Both bedrooms – a double for us and a twin for our sons – were ensuite; one with a bath and overhead shower, the other with a large walk-in shower.
The living area was large and light, with a sofa and beanbags and included a kitchen fully-equipped with all you could need to rustle up a meal – plus one of those coffee makers with pods (because anywhere that’s anywhere just has to have one these days). Of course, you’re in London so you’re spoilt for choice if you want to eat or drink your Flat White out on the town, too, as there are so many cafés and restaurants close by.
A Welcome Basket with biscuits and crisps, plus milk, yogurts and coffee was waiting for us. And for the boys, a little bag of treats on their beds labelled with an ‘Alice-in-Wonderland’ type tag reading ‘Eat Me’ was another nice touch.
There were complimentary dressing gowns and slippers to use during our stay, plus luxurious Hermes toiletries in the bathrooms ensured top-notch pampering. The apartment is cleaned daily when you’re out and about enjoying city life – so it’s like hotel-living, but with masses of space.
We enjoyed a visit to the National Theatre and plenty of other site-seeing and shopping stops on our London break – and the apartment made for a perfect family base.
And that view? We never stopped being wowed by it. The only downside is that we’re not sure how anywhere else we stay in London is going to top it.
For further information, or to book, visit www.chevalresidences.com
We travelled to London on First Great Western Trains, which runs services on the lines between London Paddington, South Wales, the Cotswolds and the West of England. For times and prices, see www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk