Theatre Weekend in London

Some of London’s Best Theatre

One of the best tips someone can give you when visiting London is not to wear yourself out at the sights, shops and museums during the day.  Make sure you save some energy for the nighttime!

When it comes to live entertainment, London really is the the world’s number one destination.  The city’s West End is notorious for it’s dazzling array of shows and when you’re staying in London there really is no excuse for not going to see one.

When you stay at the Melita Hotel you are within touching distance of some of the best shows at some of the greatest venues in the capital.  The Melita is very much a family hotel so whether you are on a special couple’s night out or going to see a musical with the entire family, we’ll give you a comfortable experience, sure to remember.

 

Wicked

The Melita is ideally situated for all public transport, but why travel when one of the most successful musicals of all time is within walking distance of your comfy room?  The Apollo Theatre is unmissable, right outside the main entrance of Victoria Station.

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Wicked is a multi award winning musical and if you have a chance to see this spectacular show, it won’t be difficult to see why.  Yes, it’s set in the same world as The Wizard of Oz but rest assured that this isn’t a re-hash of an old story.  It’s a completely alternative tale about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West before and during the story of The Wizard of Oz.

We see her relationship with Glinda the Good Witch and finally learn why she ended up having such a public fall from grace.

A show that originally divided the critics but has never divided the audience, this is a definite must see!

 

Matilda

Just a tube ride away there is a musical for the entire family, based on the twisted genius of Roald Dahl.  The Cambridge Theatre is close to both Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus tube stations. 235734_770_preview

This is a show that will captivate both adults and children, especially if they’ve grown up loving the world of Roald Dahl.  Matilda is a musical that celebrates the anarchy of childhood and the imagination of children.  It tells the story of a magical little girl who challenges the status quo and follows her as she attempts to distance herself from her destiny.

The music is provided by the much loved comedian/musician Tim Minchin, who made his name performing impressive shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

Although this is a family show, tickets are strictly for people aged six and over.

 

Mama Mia

Not really one for the kids but a show that adults will love, ideal for that long awaited couples night out.mamma-mia-770x400-2

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what to expect.  Based on a Greek island, a mother, her daughter and three possible fathers take a trip down memory lane on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.  The aim is to find out who the father is so he can give his daughter away.

Based around the music of the legendary Abba, this musical originated in the West End in 1999. It will certainly be a night to remember as you hear all of your favourite Abba tunes, from the opening ‘I Have a Dream’ right through to a finale of ‘Thank You for the Music’.

This musical is at the Novello Theatre in the heart of the West End, you can take the underground from Victoria Station, minutes away from your base at the Melita Hotel.

 

The Mousetrap

 

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If musicals aren’t your thing then why not go for a more traditional play?  What could be more traditional than a “whodunnit” mystery?

However, the Mousetrap isn’t just any old “whodunnit” play. It is the longest running West End show.  But not only that, it is actually the longest running play in history!  It opened in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since.  That’s over 26,000 performances!

That’s not the only thing that sets this Agatha Christie play apart.  It is also known for having a twist at the end, turning the “whodunnit” genre on its head. It is tradition for the audience to be asked not to reveal the twist after leaving the theatre.  So if you do go and see this record breaking performance, keep your lips sealed!

The Mousetrap has been at St Martin’s Theatre since 1974, the theatre is walking distance from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.

 

The Woman in Black

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Definitely, unquestionably and beyond any doubt, this is NOT one for the kids!

Even if you’re a fan of horror movies and have seen the film of the same name, prepare to be more terrified than you ever have been before.  Nothing can prepare you for the fear and trepidation you will experience from watching this mind blowing production of terror.

This show has been running in the West End for 27 frightening years and bring’s Susan Hill’s dramatic ghost story to life.  It’s not only a shock for the eyes, but for the ears and all the other senses.  Even the show’s programme gives credit to only two actors, so who’s this coming on stage…

This can be seen at the Fortune Theatre in Russell Street, Covent Garden.

The Melita is a townhouse hotel situated on a quiet street in Pimlico but wonderfully located for all of London’s amenities, including the bright lights of the infamous West End.  It offers hospitality and a level of personal service that you only find at a family run hotel.  Couple this with great value and you have the ideal base for your London adventure!

 

 


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Best Spa Experiences Near The Melita Hotel In London

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The Melita Hotel is a beautiful townhouse hotel located in a leafy residential street in Pimlico.  It offers great hospitality and is fully committed to service as well as offering great value for money.  You’d think that staying in your comfy, crafted room would be relaxing enough?  But then you remember that London has some of the best spas in the UK, and The Melita is so well located that even getting to them will be a relaxing experience.

 

The Spa in Dolphin Square

This spa is located within a couple of minute’s walk of Pimlico underground station, Pimlico underground station is just one stop away from Victoria station and Victoria station is just a few minutes walk from the Melita Hotel.  How much more of a relaxing journey do you want to have?!

This spa offers the chance to unwind to Moroccan Hammam and Rhassoul rituals, specialising in the cleansing, exfoliation and detoxification of your skin; tailored spa treatments to help with relaxation & balance and prescriptive maintenance & repair.

The spa’s Moroccan persona blends seamlessly with the busy reality of London.  Plants and herbs that are indigenous to Morocco are actually harvested in the gardens of Dolphin Square for use in the various unique treatments and rituals the spa has to offer.  Even the mineral water is drawn from an Artesian well in the City of Westminster.

The Spa in Dolphin Square offers a number of packages and specific treatments which cover pre-natal requirements, baby shower party packages and they are even Hen Party friendly.

 

Antara Spa at The Chelsea Health Club & Spa

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Antara Spa boasts everything you need for a complete spa day, but its website is at pains to say that there is “no overnight accommodation”.  No problem when your comfy room at the Melita Hotel is less than fifteen minutes away by underground!

The spa is located a few minutes walk from Fulham Broadway tube station, in the Chelsea Health Club.  The Chelsea Health Club is part of Stamford Bridge Stadium, another bonus if you’re a blues fan!

Antara Spa is a holistic spa which gathers together world renowned treatments which are both evocative and innovative.  The meaning of the word Antara is ‘balance from within’ and that is exactly the aim of this spa, bringing together your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

There are six treatment rooms at the spa, all decorated in their own particular style.  This includes a Couples Room where you can relax with your loved one in a big steel hot tub.

Antara Spa can put together bespoke treatment packages as well as a range of standard treatments for bodies, facials and a Finishing Touches package.  One of the most popular standard packages they offer are Couples Days.  These couple’s packages include one and two hour treatments right through to full days and an intriguing option called Cleopatra’s Signature Ritual.

Spending the weekend with a loved one in London at The Melita?  This sounds like a ‘must add’ into your plans.

 

Cowshed Spas

Here’s where you can choose your location because you can enjoy Cowshed Spas at five locations across London.  Don’t worry, all of them will be easy to get to from The Melita Hotel.  Choose from Central London, West London, North London or East London.  These include locations within famous locations, as you can find one in Selfridges and another in the world renowned ‘swinging sixties’ Carnaby Street.

These spas are on a smaller scale than some others but have far more affordable options than most.  They even let you whizz in, have your treatment, and whizz out again if you are on a tight schedule.

You won’t find whale music or anyone playing the harp and feeding you grapes here, but you will feel a homely atmosphere and an ideal place to meet friends and socialise.

They do offer a full range of treatments of course, including manicures, pedicures, facials and full body massages.  Try the famous Cowgroom which features two therapists working on you in tandem for the ultimate pampering experience.

If you’re not in a rush then it’s the ideal place to relax post treatment with some tea and a slice of cake.  Perhaps even sample and buy some of their produce, which includes hand washes, lotions, candles, room sprays and diffusers.

 

Banya No 1

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If you’re looking for something (a lot) different to the norm and you don’t mind a little bit of extra travel (if half hour door to door from the Melita can be considered extra travel), then Banya No 1 should definitely be on your radar.

This is an authentic Russian Banya based in the heart of London.  A Banya, in case you were wondering, is a traditional Russian Steam Sauna.  It is a sauna which generate high levels of steam through putting water onto cast iron which has been heated to 700° inside a brick furnace.  This causes a lower temperature than you’d find inside a sauna but the increased steam lets the body sweat and detoxify.

After your visit to the sauna, to continue the authentic experience, you will have a bundle of birch, oak or eucalyptus twigs rubbed onto your body to boost your blood circulation and alleviate stress.  The experience is concluded by an invigorating dip into a cold plunge pool.  The adrenalin rush this causes will leave you both relaxed and invigorated.

The whole package includes authentic Russian food and drinks too and other treatments can be added, such as a honey and salt scrub or a Russian style deep tissue massage.

The Banya is mixed for most days, but does have times that are for men or women only, it’s worth checking the website before visiting to make sure you don’t get caught out!

London may be a busy city full of hustle and bustle with a thousand things to see and do all at once.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a little time out to relax.  You’re on holiday after all.  Leave it to the Melita to relax and de-stress you while you sleep, but why not try one of these amazing experiences during the day to leave you feeling really loosened up at the end of your break?


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Why Staying At A Family-Run Hotel Like The Melita Is Better

 

You’re looking forward to a lovely adventure in London. You’ve packed all your favourite clothes, can’t wait to hit SoHo, and its time to book your hotel. There’s so many options, it can be a bit confusing at first.

Should you choose one of London’s chain hotels, or go with something a bit more personal?

At the Melita, we think staying at a family-run hotel like ours is far better. Our family-run hotel offers a true London experience unlike any other. Friendly staff, an uncomplicated check-in process, and even a full English breakfast each morning makes this an enchanting place to call home while you’re on a fun excursion.

These fantastic reasons are pretty compelling, but there is a long list of other good reasons to stay at a family-run hotel instead. We’ve set out to convince you in this fun list.

 

Focused on What’s Important

As an independent hotel, The Melita has made a conscious choice to focus on what’s most important, rather than creating a situation where you’re barraged with options, bells, and whistles. Sure, you won’t find an Olympic-sized swimming pool or hair salon here; but in many cases, our guests tell us that’s not what they’re after, anyway.

What you will find here is a friendly, family-like atmosphere. That means clean, comfortable beds with crisp sheets and soft blankets, a sparkling-clean bathroom, and a variety of room sizes to suit nearly every need. Whether you’re a family of four, or you’re getting married and wish to book out all of our rooms at once, we can make it work.

But don’t take that to mean an independent hotel like us qualifies as basic; nothing could be further from the truth. The Melita is special, and unlike any other hotel in London in many ways.

Because we’re independent, we have the freedom to stay committed to local artists all throughout England; that’s why you’ll find prints and paintings on commission all throughout the hotel.  Our independent status also gives us the freedom to forge connections as we see fit, rather than to someone else’s prescribed requirements.

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Customised Service Options

One of the biggest downsides of chain hotels is that there often isn’t very much wiggle room for customisation. Options are presented like a menu, and you simply choose from that menu. In some special situations, this may make it very difficult to customise an experience that truly fits. Sometimes, guests can get a bit lost in that shuffle, and end up feeling more like a number than like the individuals they really are.

The problem is that making changes to the services provided by a large chain hotel takes time. The request has to go through several approval tiers, where it may or may not get vetoed by upper management, or where it may potentially get shelved for years.

Not really suitable for the average traveller who prefers things to be a bit more personable, for sure.

At the Melita, we work hard to make sure you’re always seen as a person, not as just another number or tick in the books. Our staff work hard to make sure your needs are met during your stay.

If you need something special during your stay, we encourage you to let us know in advance. We’ll do our best to make it happen as long as it’s feasible to do so. Consider us your family-away-from-home while you’re with us.

Need something special? Just ask us!

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Location, Location, Location

Many of London’s chain hotels are located in easily accessible areas, but sometimes, these locations leave much to be desired for valiant explorers who want to adventure out on foot. Being close to the airport or across town may allow you to check in faster, but what about when it’s time to venture out on your own? How easy will it be to find all of London’s most special hidden gems?

Our little family-run hotel is located in the downtown core, too, but it’s tucked into an area of Pimlico that’s steeped in history. We’re also just steps away from the Thames, picnic parks, museums, and some of London’s finest pubs. This makes The Melita especially suitable for anyone who wants to experience the rich history of Westminster, or England in general, first-hand.

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Access to Knowledge and Guidance

At a chain hotel, it can be very difficult to find someone to help you find your way through London. Many offer pre-paid, pre-set tours, but these can be expensive and they often don’t allow for much in the way of self-driven adventure or wandering off to inspect something interesting along the way.

This kind of service really just doesn’t cater to the individual, it caters to the masses instead.

That’s fine if you’re the type of person who wants your itinerary laid out for you in advance, but if you prefer to explore London at your own pace, an independent hotel like ours is the way to go.

Our staff live, breath, and experience London, Pimlico, and greater Westminster every single day. Many of us have experience with everything from the local architecture to the history of buildings like Westminster Cathedral. All you need to do is ask, and we’ll help you find the local’s favourite pub, the best art museums, where to see a show, or even where to find the best spa services, should that be your preference.

We’ve spent years building close relationships with a wide variety of local businesses, with the understanding that they, too, want to make your experience in London pleasant. These relationships are built on our own personal experiences with each business.

The result?

When we recommend a restaurant, club, or location, we really believe it will make you happy.

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Affordability

Unlike massive 5-star chain hotels, independent hotels like us strive to find ways to make your experience not only enjoyable, but affordable. Instead of packing services you may never use during your stay into a high overnight fee, we provide you with everything you do need and adjust the price to match. This is especially helpful if you plan to stay for an extended period of time, or more than about three days.

Because prices are often set at the highest level for chain hotels, guests sometimes run into a situation where they are paying for so many services, they couldn’t possibly ever have time to use them all during their stay. That means you’re paying money for something you may or may not use, which just isn’t an efficient way to budget your money.

Where most independent hotels excel here relates back to the fact that we have the flexibility focus on what’s most important to our guests. We provide everything most mid-range chain hotels provide at a basic level without any of the extraneous fluff you don’t really want.

It’s affordable, inviting, friendly, and most importantly, doesn’t sacrifice what’s most important to most of our guests–clean, comfortable rooms in an excellent location.

Should you decide you want extra services, we’ll liaison with you to make connections right in the community and do our best to find you the most indulgent spa services, the best fine dining, theatre, or even just a reliable massage therapist to help unwind the kinks left over from your last business meeting.