A MAN who grows tired of London, grows tired of life - or so the saying goes.
All that left us weary were the miles we trekked across the capital. During our weekend away, we literally never stopped.
Thank goodness we’d been well looked after by East Cost Trains on the way down from Leeds where a complimentary lunch and a couple of glasses of wine helped the two hour journey fly by and set us up perfectly for this fabulous winter break.
Our base was Think apartments in Earls Court.
The company has made its name with swish, super-stylish, central apartments available in four locations for short-term and longer let stays.
We were their guests for two nights, and couldn’t have asked for more.
For me there was a selection of gorgeous toiletries and for him, a food hamper. The bathroom was luxurious, the living room spacious and the bedroom had all those small touches that make you feel at home.
Its location - just minutes from the tube station - was perfect and was handily located for us to pop back whenever we needed five minutes respite from the bustling city.
On Friday night we decided to catch up with friends and head East. Hoping off at Whitechapel tube, we took a stroll down Brick Lane.
For someone who lives a stone’s throw from Bradford, a curry has to be pretty good to pass the test and thankfully this did.
Every night, eager staff hover outside offering deals to each of the restaurants whose bright lights lit up the street. Each offers different offers of snacks and discounted drinks and we took up an early offer.
It’s always a worry city living will come with the inevitable early morning wake-up call of traffic or life passing us by, but we slept soundly, waking ready for our adventure.
The next morning was spent with a lazy coffee and breakfast in Earls Court before we took off again, this time for some serious retail therapy in Covent Garden.
A busy day, where the credit cards took a battering was followed by a blissful day in North London. By Sunday we were in dire need of a lazy wander and Camden market fit the bill.
Nowhere else has the buzz, the variety or the atmosphere. It is always my top tip for a visit to the capital.
The other half fell in love on his first visit, and was beyond patient as he watched me try on an endless vintage clothes and fabulous jewellery. For a bit of an energy boost, we took a much needed lunch break with a snack in Camden Lock market.
As our stay came to an end there was just time for sampling a couple of the city’s finest hostelries - our favourite being the 400 year-old Tipperary on Fleet Street, a tiny pub with bags of character (and mulled wine on tap).
We ended our trip by braving the winter air and took a wander down Fleet Street, past St Paul’s Cathedral and for a quick gawp at the Old Bailey before being whisked back to Leeds, and reality.
Ruth and her guest travelled courtesy of to East Coast Trains. Standard advance returns can be booked online via www.eastcoast.co.uk, between Halifax and London King’s Cross, start from £21.80.
Times and fares also available on 08457 225225 or from staffed stations and agencies.
Think Apartments have invited Courier readers to stay with them in January and February and experience London at a very special rate. Enter the promotional code: shop0 on the website www.think-apartments.com for more details.