Travel • July 21, 2021


There is just something so exciting about packing up your suitcase and heading somewhere new for the night, especially at the moment when a change of scenery after so long is so very welcomed and appreciated. Of course it goes without saying we absolutely love to travel, it’s one of our biggest passions as a family, but with all that has gone over the last year and a half heading off an adventure hasn’t been something that has really entered our heads. However with the world starting to slowly open up, we were excited to head off on two nights away, both very different but both brilliant and so gratefully received.

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels got in touch with us to see if we would like to try out two different hotels, Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge on a family trip to London and Jurys Inn Leeds on a very rare couple night away. To say we were excited was an understatement, but we were also a little nervous as well. However on their website it was clear that the hotels had really thorough and strict protocols in place, and that guest safety was a priority. With this in mind we started to countdown to our first stay in London.


You can read all about what the hotels are doing to keep guests safe here, but they have adopted a new five point plan called ‘Stay Safe Stay Happy’, and are working closely with Environmental Health, as well as taking the advice issued by the World Health Organisation, to ensure all health and safety measures are in line with the highest possible standards. We felt very safe during both our stays and you could clearly tell that the hotels were taking the safety protocols seriously.




We love London. It’s such an exciting place to visit as a family and we were so looking forward to visiting for the first time in a long time. We didn’t have lots of plans while we were there, we luckily picked a weekend when the forecast was great, so we decided to just spend the weekend walking around and taking in the sights.

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge


Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge is, as the name suggests, the perfect base to explore, whether you are on business or pleasure. Situated just a few minutes walk from Tower Bridge it is also close to London’s most iconic landmarks including The Tower of London and The Shard. It’s also located just a short walk away from East London and Shoreditch, which is one of our favourite parts of London. The nearest tube station Tower Hill is also only a few minutes walk away.

We were so impressed by the initial welcome at the hotel, the lobby was gorgeous and our room was a perfect size with a fantastic view of London. The hotel has 370 stylish bedrooms – each with free high-speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. There’s also two on-site bars and an on-site restaurant (as we were with the kids we didn’t try these out in the evening, but I can confirm the buffet breakfast was delicious with lots of choice!).

To top it all off Rena Health and Fitness Club is located on the lower ground floor of the hotel, where there is an indoor swimming pool with spa facilities. We went swimming twice during our short stay because our kids adore swimming and had missed it so much. It’s such a huge perk of the hotel as swimming pools like that are definitely rare in London.

Slightly more peaceful than once our three kids had jumped in, but the swimming pool is such a fantastic perk of the hotel!

One thing we all agreed on was how comfy the beds were in our hotel room, and we all had such a fantastic sleep. We were all just so excited and happy to be in London after so long.


So happy to be somewhere new.




As I mentioned above we didn’t have any huge plans for the weekend, we just wanted to walk, enjoy the sights and the weather, and just generally being somewhere new. We ended up walking ten miles on the Saturday which I still can’t believe. The sun was shining, everyone was happy that the world was starting to open up again, and it was just generally the best atmosphere in London.


The kids loved going across Tower Bridge, I remember being the same when I was that age, London felt so big and exciting.



How amazing is the view from this ‘secret beach?’ I love the fact that you can get the whole of Tower Bridge in. To find it head to Shad Thames on one side of the bridge, and then you will see the Horselydown Old Stairs. That gets you to the beach.

On our first day we headed to Covent Garden and got an ice cream from Milk Train, somewhere I have always wanted to try. They do incredible flavours and toppings, including candy floss which the kids all found exciting.

We walked around and took in all the street performers and it felt so nice to be doing something normal after so long.


We also walked up to Piccadilly Circus as I remember that being one of my favourite places to visit when I was little. We sat and took it all in and watched all the cars whizz past, we were just so lucky with the weather being sunny as we didn’t have to do much at all other than walk around and take it all in.

We all slept so well that evening after a busy day of exploring, I am not just saying it when I say that the hotel bed was one of the comfiest I have ever slept in. I slept better than I do at home!

The next day we had a wander around Shoreditch, checking out the always fantastic Borough Market, and having a session in a local gaming cafe called Platform (my kids especially the younger two are computer game crazy!).

We had such a lovely stay in London. Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge was such a perfect base to explore, but equally had all the touches that really make a hotel stay comfortable and memorable- like the swimming pool, the delicious breakfast, the stylish interiors and the comfiest beds.

It was such a treat to be away from home after so long and we loved every minute. We can’t wait to go back soon.



Leeds holds a very special place in my heart as it is where Jon and I met all those years ago now. I first moved to Leeds age eighteen to university and I ended up living there nearly six years. We don’t go back often but when we do it is always so special, so I immediately knew that Leeds would be perfect for our rare couples night away together.


There are 36 hotels operating under the Jurys Inn brand and they are known for their warm, friendly service and convenient locations within easy reachof top attractions, amenities and transport hubs. Jurys Inn prides itself on the small touches, including the welcoming environment and friendly staff who greet you.

Jurys Inn Leeds is in such a great spot, located in Brewery Wharf in the city centre, just a short 10 minute walk from Leeds train station. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the shops, bars and restaurants, and believe me Leeds has so much to offer in that department.

Jon and I checked in and had such a nice chat with the man on reception who was very friendly and chatty. On arrival to our room we were excited to find that we were in an executive room, meaning that we could help ourselves to anything in the mini bar, got early and late check in, and a king size bed amongst other benefits.


Our room was cosy and comfortable, with a fantastic view of Leeds city centre from our window. Jurys Inn Leeds has a really lovely feeling to it, the lobby and communal areas are stylish and sleek, plus the bar area served Costa Coffee which was a great start to the morning for Jon. There is also a gym and 248 bedrooms in total.


The bar area is a great place for a drink in the evening or a coffee to start your day- the artwork on the wall is all photos of Leeds and the surrounding area.

We spent our time in Leeds eating, drinking and shopping. The city is so good for all three of those things, and to be honest it was such a novelty to be away from the kids. Jurys Inn Leeds is in such a great location that we walked back and forth across the canal bridge, dividing our time between drinking in bars, eating and also checking out the brilliant shopping areas.


We went out in the evening and had a fair few drinks, so were both very appreciative of a comfy bed to sink into at the end of the night. The next morning we were treated to a continental breakfast that was left outside our room, which we both thought was a great idea. We had such a fantastic time together and loved every minute of revisiting the city we fell in love.


All in all our stays at both hotels were thoroughly enjoyable and such a treat. We have stayed in Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels before and wouldn’t hesitate to stay in them again, I would recommend them to anyone looking for great quality hotels in brilliant locations.

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels currently have a fantastic offer running so if you are looking for a change of scenery and to spend some time in a new place then all the details are below…  The offer is available to book at the following link:

  • Any City, Stay Two Nights or More offer rates returned will be for your chosen date and location inclusive of a discount of 20% on our “Flexible Booking – Room Only” and “Flexible Booking – Bed & Breakfast” rates for all Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels in the UK & Ireland.
  • Any City, Stay Two Nights or More offer rates can be amended or cancelled for free up to 48 hours prior to arrival day.
  • Bookings must be made at least 7 days in advance of stay date.
  • Any City, Stay Two Nights or More offer rates are based on two adults sharing.
  • Any City, Stay Two Nights or More offer rates are strictly subject to availability and some date exclusions apply.
  • Jurys Rewards discount applies to Jurys Inn hotels only.
  • Jurys Inn reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time and without prior notice.
  • All bookings are charged in local currency unless otherwise stated.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


NB: We were working with Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels on two complimentary stays in their properties, however all words, opinions and content is entirely my own. Thank you so much to them for working with us, we loved every minute. 

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