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It's no secret that Londoners are fond of the odd drink; the 7,000 plus pubs in the city are a testament to that. The conviviality and camaraderie of meeting with a pint is definitely something you should experience during your visit, and what better way to do so than combine this most prized of social experiences with your accommodation in the city. The Alma pub in Wandsworth, south of the river, offers a pub downstairs and a boutique style hotel discretely tucked away upstairs, so you can enjoy a night out and then just walk a few steps back to your room.
Bedrooms at The Alma are superbly well appointed, designed by award winning RDD hotel designers, they have bags of character and very comfortable furnishings. The rooms are bright and colourful, with bold Osbourne and Little wallpapers on the wall, colourful throw pillows and exquisite, bespoke designer furnishings. Rooms range from a Boutique Twin and Double to The Garden Suite, which offers a little more luxury. Each comes complete with fluffy towels, The White Company complimentary toiletries, a fully stocked minibar, and luxury teas from Teapig, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs with Free View, hairdryers, robes and slippers. The hotel also offers a free Wi-Fi connection for guest’s convenience, luggage storage, a 24-hour reception and a full room service menu. Staff have been praised for their attentive service and have allowed guests to check out a little later at no charge and have been happy to share their knowledge of the local area.
There are some great dining options in the nearby area, but the pub also has a fantastic restaurant, which has been very popular with previous guests. The pub's full English breakfasts, freshly-caught scallops, slow coked pork belly and locally sourced vegetables have made their menu an award winning delight for any tastes, so it is well worth sampling.
The local area has some unique attractions; Alchemist is a trendy late night club, Wandsworth Cineworld shows a selection of mainstream and foreign cinema and Wandsworth Museum has a programme of exhibitions, which gives you some insight into the local area and its history. The hotel is also just a 23-minute walk from the King's Road, the legendary shopping street where Mary Quant had her flagship store and Vivienne Westwood defined the punk look in her SEX boutique. Chelsea Football Club's home, Stamford Bridge, is also close by, for those who don't fancy tripping around the shops. From the King's Road you can easily reach Sloane Square, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Saatchi Gallery and even more very exclusive shopping. From Chelsea you can also reach South Kensington easily by bus or tube. Here you will find some of London's most beloved museums, including the Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science Museums, for interactive exhibits and an intriguing range of artifacts. If you haven't bankrupted yourself after exploring the King's Road, you can pop in to Harrods for an out of this world shopping experience, with baroque, Egyptian escalators, a pet store and a divine food hall, it is a must see during your trip. The Royal Albert Hall is also in South Kensington, for spectacular concerts and shows by up and coming musicians in the cafe.
The hotel is ideally located for transport; with Wandsworth Town Station conveniently located just three minutes walk away. From here you can travel to Waterloo for London connections, Richmond for viewing deer in Richmond Park and drinks by the Thames, and Wimbledon for the tennis season.
You may think that a hotel situated so close to a pub might be noisy, but The Alma has ensured that late night revellers and those sleeping off jetlag are kept well apart, and many guests have said the hotel is very peaceful. The hotel is a charming establishment, well worth considering for your trip and offers a chance to see a different side of London, away from the crowds and noise of the centre. All rooms seem to be of a high quality, but some offer good views of the surrounding area, if you don't mind paying a little more, and some guests have said that Room 1, near the reception isn't as luxurious as some of the other rooms.