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The recently refurbished, four-star Lodge Hotel is located in the upmarket, laid back Wandsworth district of London, close to Putney on the south side of the River Thames. The hotel is a cosmopolitan establishment, comprised of two conjoined Victorian villas, a coach house and a conservatory, giving you the elegance of old world London with the chic style of the new.
From the moment you walk through the red cedar, louvre entranceway, you will be whisked into a luxurious haven away from the bustling streets of the city. Guest rooms at the hotel range from Standard, Executive and Family, to Luxury for an extra special stay. The rooms are bright and cheerful, with clean lines, up-to-date furnishings, thoughtful touches such as quirky lamps and art prints on walls and a great array of amenities, including hypoallergenic bedding, en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, radio alarms, telephone, writing desk, full length mirror, hair dryer, a Wi-Fi connection and ironing and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel also provides a Full English or continental breakfast with a great selection of fruit, cereals, yoghurts and pastries, which can be enjoyed outside in warm weather. Guests at the hotel can also enjoy discounted access to the state of the art Virgin Active gym, which is just a few minutes walk away.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but does have a full room service menu with light bites and gourmet sandwiches. However, Putney is renowned for its cafe culture and gastropubs, so there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal out nearby. The hotel is also in an extremely convenient location for public transport, with East Putney tube station just a 5-minute walk away. From here you can catch the District line and travel just five stops to Earls Court tube station, where you can change for the Piccadilly line, which goes direct to Heathrow Airport, or the District line, from which you can explore the rest of the city.
Putney is a great area to stay in London, with an affluent, relaxed vibe and plenty of greenery, and of course, plenty of pubs with delightful river views. Putney has been the point of crossing for the Royal family, when visiting Westminster, since the Middle Ages and the area is still home to some very attractive Victorian architecture, such as Charles Swinburne's House. Putney Bridge, allegedly built after a drunken ferryman, who had absconded to the local pub, left a visiting Lord stranded on the wrong side of the bridge. Not that you can blame him, as Putney is famed for its nightlife, and you will find the trendy pubs teeming with young professionals most nights of the week. You can mingle with the locals in a traditional pub such as the award-winning Bricklayers Arms, or see live music at the famed Half Moon pub, which is very popular with locals. Putney is also close to many parks, such as Putney Heath and Putney Common, making it feel a lot less claustrophobic than central London.
From Putney you can easily reach the sights of central London, with Stamford Bridge football stadium, home to Chelsea Football Club, just a 20-minute walk away. A few tube stops, or a short bus ride away, you can visit Sloane Square and the King's Road, for some exclusive shopping in a very desirable part of London. Chelsea is also home to the annual Chelsea Flower Show, which is a must do if you arrive in time for the May opening. From Chelsea, you can easily reach South Kensington, where you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums; the Royal Albert Hall; Hyde Park and much more, and Harrods department store, where you can buy almost anything, is located in nearby Knightsbridge. From Putney you can also take a cruise along the River Thames if you wish.
The London Lodge Hotel has proved popular with previous guests, who have spoken highly of the friendly staff, the charm and character of the hotel and the superb location. Rooms towards the back tend to be quieter and some guests have found the deep tub hard to navigate, so if you have mobility issues, maybe ask the reception staff for a room with a rail or a walk in unit.