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London has a long history of titled residents living in the city's boroughs, but fortunately for visitors many of these grand residences have now been turned into luxurious hotels for those of less noble birth to enjoy. Leigham Court Hotel is one such establishment. The former home of Lord and Lady Leigham, the grand Victorian building has been converted into an elegant place to stay in Streatham, south west London.
The hotel offers Single, Twin, Double, Triple and Family rooms, so all guests are well catered for, whether arriving on business or leisure. Rooms are decorated in a charming traditional style and whilst some may find the family rooms a little cramped, they are well appointed, with tea an coffee making facilities, en-suite bathrooms, ironing facilities, baby cots if needed, colour televisions, hairdryers and direct-dial phones. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, however some guests have found this a little plain, so it's advised to pay the surcharge for a full English breakfast. A Wi-Fi connection is available, but is reportedly unreliable, so you may prefer to use the Starbucks Cafe just down the road, where you can get a free connection and a more imaginative breakfast selection.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there are some great places to eat nearby; from chains such as Pizza Express, to award winning gastropub The Rosendale, to elegant brasserie Joanna's for a simple but delicious menu. Streatham also has a great range of pubs and bars.
The Streatham Area isn't known for its attractions per se, but there is a lot to see and do nearby. In Balham you can visit The Banana Cabaret, a legendary comedy club, where Jack Dee and Ruby Wax earned their stripes and the hotel is close to the Streatham Bowling Club, Odeon cinema and Tooting Bec Common, where you can enjoy the huge Lido pool there in the summer months. Brixton is a 15-20 minute walk away from Streatham, a very lively area where you can see Electric Avenue, which was the first street lit by electricity in London and The O2 Brixton Academy, a legendary venue which hosts up and coming and established bands with a focus on alternative music scenes. Brixton is also home to a colourful market where you can buy ingredients from all over the world due to the area's ethnically diverse community.
Travel is good from the hotel, with Streatham Hill Station just a three-minute walk away. From the station you can reach Victoria Station (for the Gatwick Express Train) in just 15 minutes; London Bridge Station (for Borough Market and the London Dungeon); and services to London suburbs.
The hotel may be a bit more basic than your typical four-star establishment, but it is a cut above many other hotels in the area. The room rates are very affordable and links to central London are excellent, so while Streatham may not be an ideal place to stay, this is a good option for the area. If possible try to request a room away from the train station as train noise can sometimes be heard.