This trip to London was not prepared to much in advance like usually I do. The trip planning and hotel booking was done within less than 1 month from travel dates. We were preparing a big trip to Asia, before learning that we were having a baby! That way, there was a complete change of planes. We know London quite well, been there several times, and wanted to relax and at the same time explore bit more of England, and outside of London.
While searching for unique accommodation and quiet places to stay, found the Leeds Castle, in Maidstone (Kent), bit more than 1h driving distance from London.
So, after checking the photos online, could’t resist book few days at the Leeds Castle, and few other days in central London. Complete review here.
After landing in Gatwick, had our private driver waiting for us at the arrivals hall, from United Cars Maidstone , for a transfer to the Leeds Castle. This same transfer company was used on the last day for the transfer to central London. Top class service, sharp on time, and very friendly. We got the owner himself, Graham Gardner for both transfers. This service had a cost only of £ 44GBP.
For going around Maidstone and Kent, we used the services of Europcar Maidstone and got a nice Fiat 500 to explore the countryside for several days. They offer this service for less than 45EUR per day, which is great!
Around Maidstone we visited several villages, some sightseeing, stopped at old pubs and restaurants and relaxed a lot. The highlight of the week was a Falconry Experience, detailed and reviewed here, provided by the Leeds Castle. We also visited some places around Kent like Canterburry and it’s famous Cathedral, the most important in England, and also a visit to Dover, famous for the castle and the port/route to France.
In London we strolled around the city, some sightseeing and shopping, based closeby Oxford Street, more specificaly in Marylebone (Montagu Street), on the spectacular & luxury Montagu Place Boutique Hotel, on their amazing last floor top luxury swanky room.
This is a perfect itinerary for someone wanting to spend a week in London and relax in Maidstone for few days. Check the following posts on this amazing trip!
Disclaimer – Please note: some of the experiences listed here may have been sponsored, but this review is independent and reflects exclusively my personal experience.