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The Bridge Hotel is in Greenford, a suburb to the northwest of central London, about nine miles from the centre of the capital. The hotel is set in a mid-20th century property that was built to serve the increasing volume of traffic that was developing as the motor car became increasingly affordable. The hotel overlooks a busy traffic intersection on one of the main routes heading west out of London and eastwards into the city.
Opened in 1937 and built as a kind of hybrid of mock Jacobean and Elizabethan, a style sometimes jokingly called Jacobethan, the hotel features some splendid wood panelling and stone fireplaces as well as unusual features like mullioned windows. Outside, the hotel is festooned with hanging baskets of colourful flowers in the spring and summer.
The Bridge serves a full menu, but if you fancy a change one evening, walk about 10 minutes south along Greenford Road from the hotel and you’ll come to a selection of restaurants. These include the Bombay Chinese Restaurant and two Indian restaurants, the Punjabi Special and the Greenford Tandoori.
If you’re in the mood for some outdoors activities,Brent River Park is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. This includes a pleasant riverside nine-hole golf course which offers club and trolley hire, a golf shop and a cafe. As well as the golf course, the park’s 55 acres include a children's playground, sports pitches and a wildlife area.
One of London’s lesser known but fascinating attractions, the London Motorcycle Museum is a 20-minute walk from the Bridge. The museum always has around one hundred machines on display, with the oldest dating back to 1902, and knowledgeable staff can fill you in on the history of the motorcycles. The museum also has a ‘boneshaker' bicycle dating from 1880 and a penny-farthing bicycle from 1890.
The Motorcycle Museum is on the edge of Ravenor Park which has formal parkland, a grove of mature white poplars and a children’s playground. Other features include exotic trees and shrubs, a rose garden and a wildlife habitat with woodland and a meadow.
The Bridge has 68 en-suite bedrooms and all are equipped with flatscreen TVs, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and free wifi. Rooms also come with hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and irons and ironing boards.
This hotel is owned by London-based Young’s Brewery so it’s no surprise that there’s an onsite pub which serves a selection of traditionally brewed beers from Young’s. The pub also serves food and the menu features traditional English dishes such as bangers (sausages) and mash, and beer battered fish and chips. But the choice is not limited to just British favourites – other dishes on the menu include roasted Portabello Mushroom, goats cheese and spinach salad, and peri-peri chicken. There’s also a full children’s menu.
The Bridge is a 10-minute walk from the Greenford London Underground station which is on the Central Line. Catch a train heading eastwards from there and you’ll be at Notting Hill Gate Station in 20 minutes. You can walk to Portobello Road Market, best visited on a Friday or a Saturday, in about 10 minutes from Notting Hill Gate. Instead of alighting at Notting Hill Gate, stay on the train for one more stop and you’ll be at Queensway Station. Queensway is a bustling street with lots of shops and a fine selection of restaurants. After a stroll along Queensway, head back to the station which is on the corner of Queensway and Bayswater Road. Just across Bayswater is Kensington Gardens, a beautiful park which leads into central London’s largest green space,Hyde Park.
Using the Central Line, you can also travel directly to Oxford Circus in about 30 minutes andSt Paul’s Cathedral in 35 minutes.