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"A pub-hotel which gets great reviews"
It's no secret that a Londoner's social life largely revolves around the many pubs of the city, so for a quintessentially British experience, why not stay in one during your trip. Aside from a cosy place to sleep, you'll have the added bonus of a place to spend the evening just a few steps from your room and you may even make friends with some of the locals.
The Windmill on the Common is located on the edge of Clapham Common, a pleasant green space in South West London, which is surrounded by lively nightlife.
"Huge outside terrace and kitchen for those warm nights"
The Windmill combines traditional pub features with a bright modern interior, with plenty of squishy armchairs, low lighting and tasteful knick-knacks strewn about for a homely, welcoming feel. The hotel rooms are also very modern, and stylish, with contemporary furnishings in a neutral colour palette, with the odd colour accent to inject some warmth into the room.
"The premium bedrooms are of a top 3 star standard"
Rooms come with a good range of amenities, including a flat screen TV, a work desk and lamp, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing facilities, a hairdryer, mineral water, toiletries, a DVD player on request, fresh coffee and temperature controlled air conditioning.
All the basics you will need during your stay and a few extras.
"Healthy or ful English - its included in the price"
The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, which is a real bonus as many hotels charge for this service. A healthy option or full English breakfast is offered in the room rate and although there are many cafes offering alternatives nearby, the breakfast is reportedly very good.
Free WIFI - Broadband
Tea and Coffee making facilities - including herbal teas
Breakfast or a healthy lighter option
Complimentary newspapers *
Fresh coffee *
View of Clapham Common *
DVD player *
Mineral water *
Free Secure Parking
* Superior room facilities
"All beef and pork is personally sourced from Exmoor"
This lovely modern hotel is also a locally favoured gastropub, with a fantastic menu filled with British sourced ingredients. You can sample a satisfying roast dinner, or choose from the extensive menu of classics with a modern twist, and of course, you will have a great choice of wines and beers to accompany your food.
Staff at the hotel are very friendly and attentive, going that extra mile to make your stay special. Whether you want a late night sandwich or some medicine from the local Boots pharmacy, they are happy to help. They also have a wealth of local knowledge, so they can help you negotiate the transport system and plan your visit so you don't miss anything out.
"A 200 acre garden on your doorstep"
Local attractions include Clapham Common, which is great for a stroll or a picnic on a sunny day and there are plenty of shops in the area, including some quirky independent boutiques where you can pick up unique souvenirs. Clapham Junction is a short bus ride away, or a 30-minute walk across the common.
"Located in a funky area with a great cafe culture"
Clapham Junction is a picturesque, affluent area of London, popular with 'yummy mummies', with a huge Australian community. Here you will find lots of fantastic boutiques, including Cath Kidston and Verde for perfume. There are plenty of bars and cafes along Northcote Road, where you can enjoy a delicious brunch on the weekend, then browse the market, which is held weekly.
If you are travelling as a family you can visit Battersea Park Children's Zoo, a short bus ride from the hotel, where you can sea cute creatures including otters, monkeys and flamingos; and in the summer months the park hosts a funfair. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is also a great place to meet some furry friends, but be warned, you will want to take them all home. Clapham is a great location for nightlife, with lively clubs such as Lost Society and The White House, which attract a young, hip clientele and serve a great selection of cocktails.
"Free private parking"
Travel from Clapham Common is convenient, with Clapham Common tube station servicing the Northern Line, from which you can easily reach King's Cross St Pancras Station for the Eurostar terminus and Waterloo Station for travel around the UK. Clapham Junction Station is just a short bus ride away. This is one of the busiest stations in the UK, with over 2,000 trains passing through each day. From here you can travel to Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express Train, within 10 minutes.
The Windmill on the Common is a quirky, welcoming place to stay, with fairly reasonable room rates and much more character than some of the hotels nearby. Request a boutique room with a view of the common to make your stay that bit more special and if you are interested in football, be sure to watch a match on the plasma screen TV in the bar to build some camaraderie with the regulars.