Last week I was invited to spend the night at the gorgeous new luxury serviced apartments, Cheval Three Quays, situated smack bang next to the Tower of London. And when I say smack bang.. I mean SMACK BANG. (Click play and watch this little 12 second video to the end…)
Cheval Three Quays’ name originates from the seventeenth century – this is the area of London where the exotic goods of rum, sugar and tobacco would come to rest after the long trip from the West Indies. It opened its beeoodiful doors for the first time on 10 March 2014 and the good folk visiting our fair city, who’ve been lucky enough to stay there, have not been able to close their amazed little mouths since.
Serviced apartments offer a brilliant and very credible alternative to hotels, which can be extremely pricey – each property aims to provide a stylish ‘home from home’ alternative to a five star hotel. And the last time I checked, most hotels don’t have views of THIS.
I was sharing my sleepover with three other bloggers – Lela London, Adventures of a London Kiwi and Passage to Luxury. We all had been given our own one bedroom suites, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, stunning bathroom and some lovely little London home touches.. Every tiny little luxury detail has been considered… and you can feel it in your body (from lying on the superior Cheval mattresses) your eyes and mind (thanks to the soft dimming switches for illumination perfection) and right down to the tips of your toes, which will be revelling in the Cheval fluffy slippers.
We all met in reception at 7pm, to be whisked up to the stunning Penthouse for canopés, champagne and a ridiculously delicious meal, cooked for us by the very clever chefs at Sweet Apple Catering.
The penthouse has views that you can’t possibly believe actually exist in London… you can see for miles and the floor to ceiling windows give a sense of being actually on the Thames itself… you can feel the history and pulse of the city pouring in through the walls and I realised it had stopped looking like a ‘view’…. This part of the north bank of the River Thames is the true City of London, where historic quaint streets and cobbled lanes are still to be found alongside glittering modern architecture. It’s rare for me to feel so entirely part of the fabric of London… but I felt it then.
And then it was back inside for one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had.
The meal was exquisite and the whole evening was an absolute treat. I crawled (should probably not have eaten three puddings) back to my room, where I showered in my amazing shower and cocooned myself amidst the beautiful sheets and MASSIVE marshmallow pillows to watch telly in bed. Hurruh! One of my favourite and most decadent things to do… and that combined with eating the enormous chocolate penny which had been left for me on my exceptionally comfortable pillow, meant I was officially in Poppy Heaven.
The next morning, I ate hunks of the freshly baked crusty bread, which had been left for me in my kitchen, smothered in butter and Strawberry and Champagne jam… made myself a Nespresso coffee (yes, of course I had my own coffee machine) and took in the view on my balcony.
Cheval Three Quays offers a choice of 97 serviced and 62 extended stay apartments, many with unrivalled views across the Thames towards Tower Bridge and City Hall.
Prices start at £1,974 per week in a one bedroom urban view suite– which equates to £282 per suite per night.