I love living in London – the diversity, the noise, the culture; I couldn’t swap it for anywhere else. In fact I’m one of those Londoners who know very little about anything outside the M25 (shame on me).
To that end I’m making more of an effort to visit the many different neighbourhoods in London. First on my whistle-stop tour was Shepherds Bush in West London.
K West Hotel & Spa is a short hop, skip and jump away from Westfield London shopping centre and the perfect location for Mr 32 Boroughs and I to engage in a little retail therapy.
The hotel itself is a refurbished BBC building and the long narrow corridors are slightly reminiscent of office space. The difference ends there though; our room was large, plush and with one of the biggest beds I have ever seen. In fact I think all four members of my family could have quite comfortably fit in it!
Our Junior Executive room had a Bose surround sound entertainment system, a 42” plasma screen television and a very comfy sofa and coffee table which contained the latest edition of In Style and Harper’s Bazaar.
We had a good old nose around the hotel; there’s K Lounge on the ground floor which is home to a bar and DJ (on Friday and Saturday nights from 10) where it’s not uncommon to find bands and celebrities from the nearby Shepherds Bush Empire.
One floor up is Kanteen; a restaurant serving modern British cuisine throughout the day. It is also where you can have breakfast and goodness the breakfast was good. Being pescatarian and gluten and dairy intolerant means eating out is often a chore but Kanteen not only had a lovely veggie option, they also had soya milk and gluten free bread available which trust me, isn’t often the case.
After checking in at 3:00 pm, we settled in then went over to Westfield for an afternoon of shopping. We ended the evening with dinner at Meat & Wine Co which was lovely and ridiculously filling. Didn’t stop me from stuffing my face at breakfast the next morning though!
Even though there’s a buzzing lounge at K West Hotel & Spa; you can’t hear anything from your room and we were typical parents and had an early night!
After waddling back from breakfast, I went to the Spa floor of the hotel for a Russie Blanche Caviar Body Polish (divine). After being covered in mineral rich Russian salts, I had an invigorating body scrub, shower and then a massage with Russie Blanche detoxing body oil. My therapist Lyudmila concentrated on my crunchy neck and shoulders and although it hurt (in a good way) I felt amazing and refreshed at the end. The hotel has a relaxation room you can visit post treatment where you can lie down with a fashion mag and drink complimentary water or tea and/or eat fruit in a low lit room. You’re lying on a padded treatment bed so don’t be surprised if you find yourself nodding off.
The Spa at K West Hotel was named ‘Best UK Luxury Hotel Spa’ at the World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards in 2011 and for good reason; they offer a variety of unique treatments. Take the ‘Snow Paradise’ (a London first) where you stand on frozen ice and are in the middle of a light snow shower. I must warn you; visit Snow Paradise after the sauna (to aid cooling down) and not before!
You can also visit the ‘Sun Meadow’ for specialist light therapy to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The spa has a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and fully equipped gymnasium (Mr 32 Boroughs woke up at 8 and had a workout. I didn’t.)
We loved our mini break at K West Hotel & Spa and thoroughly recommend it for couples looking to get away from it all (work, kids, life etc).
K West Hotel & Spa (prices start at £125 per room per night)