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Tune Hotel Canary Wharf review

I spent some time working in Canary Wharf a few years ago. I hated it. I’ve always found it cold, corporate and a capitalist dream. Which is why when I was contacted about reviewing the new Tune Hotel in Canary Wharf I was tempted to say no.

But who says no to a staycation? Not me, so last week we packed an overnight bag and headed off for a night away in Canary Wharf.

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Tune Hotel Canary Wharf review

There are Tune Hotels located all over the world with five in London and plenty in Asia and Australasia. Their concept is to offer a great night’s sleep at a great price, which means there’s a basic room price and a menu of extras you can add depending on your needs. The idea is that you pay for what you need and then add on extras only if you need them.

The hotel is a ten minute walk from Canary Wharf station, round the corner from lots of restaurants and bars and across the road from the Museum of London Docklands. Canary Wharf is surprisingly pretty at night by the river and we loved this church!

canary wharf church

Tune Hotel Canary Wharf is incredibly modern and minimal. The reception area is bright and the staff that helped us were fantastic. Reception is manned 24/7 and the reception staff were cheerful and helpful. Check-in took all of one minute and check-out took even less.

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Everything is digital at the Tune Hotel. There’s a control panel for adjusting room temperature and for changing the light – we had a lot of fun playing around with the lighting…

tune hotel lighting

After playing around with the lights we popped out for dinner nearby. As we were on the full amenities package (towels, toiletries, television, Wi-Fi) I had the worlds longest shower when we came back. The shower was amazing. I literally stayed in there for thirty minutes slowly warming up from the cold Canary Wharf breeze!

tune hotel canary wharf toiletries

The next morning we checked out which involved handing back our key. Quick, simple and perfect if you’ve got to head off to a meeting or work. We stopped for coffee at Taylor Street Baristas before getting on the tube to work which definitely beat Starbucks.

The Tune Hotel Canary Wharf is a fantastic place to say if you need accommodation in the area. I’d definitely stay in another hotel in the chain again in an European city. The hotel is reasonably priced, exceptionally clean and the shower was amazing – my only requirements for hotels in a city as I hate spending time inside unless I’m sleeping!

I was a guest of Tune Hotels. All opinions are, as usual, my own.

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Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

When it comes to perfume I’m lucky because I rarely need to choose it for myself. My boyfriend has great taste and usually chooses something for me – and I always love it. If he didn’t I wouldn’t wear any for months on end; I’ve always been overwhelmed by the number of perfumes available and I always struggle to choose a favourite.

However for my birthday this year I got some money and decided to choose a new scent on my own. I used to love Jo Malone’s Pomegranate and almost bought that again, but I’m a perfume commitment-phobe and the prospect of something new tempted me away.

It’s taken me two months to decide, but whilst waiting for a train at St Pancras International on Saturday I popped into Boots and finally made a decision. I love the depth of Chanel perfumes so naturally I gravitated to those bottles, and rather quickly found myself drawn towards Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche.

Although it has the depth of a traditional Chanel perfume, Chance Eau Fraiche has a refreshing smell and doesn’t feel too heavy. It has top notes of Citron and Water Hyacinth and I think it’s the Citron I’m drawn to; both Aqua Di Parma and Issey Miyake feature Citron in some of their products, which funnily enough are the two brands I associate with my boyfriend (he wore Aqua Di Parma when we met and six years later he wears Issey Miyake).

I’ve always found scent evocative and hold onto all my old perfume bottles as just one whiff can take me back to the time when I first wore them. From my early teenage years wearing Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue (a scent I still love) to Eau Des Merveilles by Hermes (hello first grown-up job) just one sniff sets me off down memory lane.

I’ve worn Chanel Chance previously and when I smell that it just reminds me of life as it is now, which is nice as I can’t deal with bouts of nostalgia every day. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche is a variation of Chance, and like it’s sister it lasts twelve hours, works well as a day perfume and makes me feel special every time I use it. A spritz in the morning wakes me up and if I could bathe in the stuff I would. I literally cannot get enough of the smell (if you see me smelling myself, sorry) and the only thing that smells better to me right now is bacon… How very un-Chanel.

Camino

After visiting VOC for cocktails (much earlier this year!) we popped across to Camino to tuck into tapas and drink some sherry.

We opted for a small carafe of sherry and it was much nicer than the Bergamot Grog I had next door.

I’d never been to Camino before but it had been on my agenda for a while. I’ve since gone back a number of times; Kings Cross is an ideal halfway meeting point for some of my friends so when we want an easy Saturday night catch-up we’ll often head here.

Tapas tends to be expensive and disappointing in London once you’ve experienced the real deal in Spain, but Camino is a welcome change and a great addition to the Kings Cross restaurant scene. That night we shared six dishes, including my favourite Mahón frito (cow cheese fritters with tomato jam) and left pleasantly full.

Tapas is for sharing and every time I have been I have been in the presence of a vegetarian, so although I can’t comment on the meat they do have a good choice of vegetarian options which is always nice to see. Just like in Barcelona I didn’t miss the meat as the vegetarian options were delicious in their own right. The Crema Catalan is almost as good as Pizarro’s which is as good a sign as any.

Tapas never works out cheap but it was a reasonable price for a lovely meal. Six dishes between two is enough, but you can always add to that throughout the night if there are too many things on the menu that you fancy.

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Chicken Shop

I visited Chicken Shop last week with a couple of friends. A Soho House project in Kentish Town that is linked with Dirty Burger and Pizza East, it has that cool and trendy look with Cowshed products in the bathroom. Essentially they offer a rather glam take on KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut – but with far superior food.

You get a choice of chicken: whole, half or quarter.

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A choice of sides: lettuce & avocado salad, crinkly chips, coleslaw and corn on the cob.

The drinks menu is limited too, with a few wines, a few beers (including Camden Pale Ale) and those fancy Victorian lemonades and ginger beers. It makes making a decision about what to eat after a long day at work remarkably simple and enjoyable!

Between 3 starving women we ordered half a chicken and one each of the sides. There was plenty of chicken with all the sides, but without them you probably need half a chicken between two. The food arrived quickly and the coleslaw was delicious (and I’m not really a fan).

Staff were pleasant, the lighting very dim and the wipes and toothpicks helpful. Corn on the cob and chicken wings aren’t exactly the perfect first date foods now, are they?

My only issue was the wait time. Obviously this is the latest in a series of no reservation restaurants, but when you arrive and are promised a table in under 30 mins you would hope to get your table in that time, especially with no bar to wander off to in order to kill time. An hour after we arrived we were seated, despite watching groups of 4 sit down first even though they arrived half an hour after us. This happened a few times and would definitely put me off returning.

One final note: if you are paranoid like me then don’t visit the toilets by yourself! They are styled like a Saw movie or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with that American horror movie look. My friends think I’m ridiculous but if you have an overactive imagination enter at your peril…