snapshots from london: threadneedles hotel and day one

Flying to a brand-new destination is always a thrill by itself. Couple that with a really great hotel and the chance of experiencing a world city, my trip to London was one of the best so far.

Neil and I stayed at the Threadneedles Hotel, part of the Eton Collection. Prior to our trip, I was reading an online brochure of this hotel and knew beforehand what I could expect – marble floors and pillars at the luxurious lobby, sunlight filtering through the 19th century stained-glass dome, spacious state-of-the-art rooms, Egyptian cotton bed linen and goose down duvets, and other features that made it one of Conde Nast Traveller’s 50 hottest hotels in the world. 



But more than these grand features, it’s the small details that endear. Like that purple rubber duckie sitting on the limestone bathtub beside a jar of lavender bath salts ready for sprinkling. Or those leather swatch handles in the wardrobe and drawers. Or having a bottle of water – with an option for either sparkling or still – by your bedside upon the customary turndown. Or for a Louis Vuitton lover, those beauty trunks and hatbox that sit lovely in the lobby’s bookshelves. Service is also topnotch and a smile is always on offer.

Since it was located in the heart of London’s financial district, the City, it was only forthcoming that Day One led us to sites around and close to the oldest part of the capital. Walking past the characteristic Swiss Re Headquarters located close to the Threadneedles, we found ourselves crossing the Thames River on the unpretentious London Bridge. A short stroll away led us to the Tower Bridge and what a breathtaking moment that was!  Seeing one of the perpetual subjects of postcards and travel programs in person was a dream come true. Interesting how the city mixes the modern with the old as there stands the striking rounded glass structure of the City Hall next to the towers. Click click click. This spot was perfect for Kodak Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 moments. 


Walking towards the opposite direction, we found ourselves on the Millenium Bridge leading to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a famous London landmark with its impressive dome and Baroque architectural style. The cathedral was closed the time we reached there so we didn’t get to see the interiors. With tired feet and a willing wandering spirit, we proceeded to walk all the way to the London Eye to retrieve our tickets for the Champagne Flight the day after, and crossing the Thames to the other side for the magnificent Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. I’m telling you this is just Day One and we’ve almost covered the London of my dreams.




And that was our last stop for the afternoon. We headed back to our hotel and had dinner at the fab pan-Asian restaurant Pacific Oriental just across it. We slept for a few hours before we headed out to Soho and danced until four.

Who said we had tired feet?


18 Responses to “snapshots from london: threadneedles hotel and day one”

  1. 1 biancaboo September 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    i’m so glad you and Neil had an amazing time in London, G:-) love all your photos! mwaaaaaaaah!

  2. 2 freshmess September 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks, G! Next time, it’s the three of us flying to an exciting destination! :)

  3. 3 biancaboo September 4, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    i can’t wait, G! i’m sure it will be fun!

  4. 4 freshmess September 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Yes it will be! I was thinking, why don’t we skip Paris, Venice and Amsterdam and go some place the three of us haven’t been to yet… say Prague? :)

  5. 5 Nathan September 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Always love seeing your pics my friend,absolutely beautiful! and more importantly seeing your LV in live action ; )

  6. 6 00o00 September 5, 2008 at 1:03 am

    the hotel looked amazing!

    london is very beautiful, only when there’s sunshine lol!

  7. 7 quijano September 5, 2008 at 3:42 am

    oh wow! it’s sooo beautiful!

  8. 8 dazedblu September 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

    again yew guys have awesome shots in london XD

    wish [I] could be there toO!

  9. 9 dazedblu September 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Oh yes, abt LV bags, I’m actually wondering how much yew spent only for a designer bags XD

    Anyways you don’ have to blunt the price :) Just a simple thought. Hihi.

  10. 10 diane September 5, 2008 at 7:55 am

    These are great pictures, if you would like to share them on our london tourist and information site which also has a magazine on there then please let me know

  11. 11 freshmess September 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Thanks everyone!

    @ 00o00 – it is beautiful! and i wanna go back!

    @ dazedblu – i don’t spend more than i could afford. i have a limit and as you could see, i’m on a self-imposed ban now. :p you can check out the prices on the LV website.

  12. 12 ofaj September 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    ang sushal the hotel. yung last picture, feeling ng lola mo sha kinukunan. smile din sha. hahaha

  13. 13 freshmess September 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hey ofaj! I’d definitely recommend the hotel, it’s close to the sights and it’s ultra fancy. About the girl, kaya nga e, panira! Hahaha!

  14. 14 deluxeduck September 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    amazing photos as usual. miss ko na ang London!

  15. 15 freshmess September 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks, dd! I wanna go back too! A long weekend is too short!

  16. 17 pepe September 6, 2008 at 5:02 am

    wow! you look hot with those skinny jeans…teka balik ako sa mga pictures…theyre all yummy!

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