Sunday Mirror : 2020-11-01

Time to Explore : 41 : 41

Time to Explore

EXPLORE mirror.co.uk SUNDAY MIRROR SM1 41 SUNDAY 01.11.2020 For holidays in the new normal... Hotel of the week JENNIFER KYTE BY Sunborn London Yacht Hotel WHERE AND WHY This stunning yacht hotel is hard to miss when you emerge from the Custom House for ExCeL DLR stop. Anchored in the Royal Victoria Dock, it truly feels like you’re walking aboard a grand ship ready for a cruise as you enter the lobby via the access lifts from the dockside. Two spiral staircases greet you next to the reception desk where staff check you in. The rooms, or cabins, are simple in design yet comfortabl­e and homely. But the main selling point is the balcony with views across the dock, and on a clear day a spectacula­r sunset. All services you require are available to view on the bedside tablet, which also lists the in-room dining options as well as local news, weather and nearby attraction­s. SNOWED UNDER: Wonderful scenery COVID CHECK-IN All precaution­s you’d like to see are in place, with screens between staff and guests and hand gel stations dotted around the lobby. HEAT Lapland Arctic Circle WAVES ENEN ED SW RU SS IAIA Warm up KUUSAMO in the pool FINLAND Helsinki 100 MILES ON THE MENU BOOK IT Lands End restaurant offers a wonderful evening experience with a relaxed atmosphere so you can immerse yourself in the yachting experience. I started with pork terrine followed by salmon, and it was delicious, all washed down with a bottle of the house red – and there were no complaints there! Starters from £7, mains from £14.50. After dinner, you can head to the Sundown Bar for a drink or two and, if you can brave the weather, it’s definitely worth venturing outside to enjoy the view. THE ELF TUI offers three nights on B&B at the three-star+ Holiday Club Kuusamo in Finnish Lapland from £709 per person, price based on two adults and one child sharing and flying from Gatwick on December 6 with transfers; Manchester departures also available. Customers can amend to Christmas 2021 dates by November 10 if they prefer. tui.co.uk SERVICE Santa’s ‘‘ helpers Dozens of families gazed out of the coach windows in wonder Angry Birds fun MORE INFO WHILE YOU’RE THERE The hotel offers guests conference space for business meetings, as well as yacht hire for events. It’s a brilliant spot to stay when visiting London thanks to its close proximity to London’s ExCeL centre, O2 and the shops, bars and restaurant­s of Canary Wharf. It’s a short stroll to the DLR for transport links straight into central London and, if travelling by car, it’s easily accessed from the M25. visitfinla­nd.com GOLD STAR Freddie with the main man ■ WAKE UP CALL Rooms start from £120 a night, book at sunborn hotels.com/london. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW