When Jen was visiting me last year in Berlin, we decided we should start 2017 off right with some R&R. After getting back into the swing of things after Christmas, I was off to London on Friday, January 20th. I arrived into London city airport where I was greeted by Jen. We met up with Steven, Szcepan, and Cam at the Hilton on Park Lane. We popped a bottle of bubbly and soon Debbi, our friend and ex-flatmate from London, joined us for a cheers. We had a nice visit with Debbi before the 5 of us were heading to our late dinner at Barshu, a spicy Sichuan restaurant in Soho. After dinner, Jen, Steven and I rode the bus back to their place before having a nightcap and heading off to bed.
The next morning Jen and I picked up the zip car rental and were off to meet Shazar and her friend Nureen, who was visiting from Canada. We grabbed a coffee and were on the road to our vineyard hotel in Newbury. We arrived just in time to get checked in and Jen and I were off for our facials. Post treatment, we enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea beside the fireplace and then met the sommelier for a tour of their impressive cellars. We had a few hours to kill before dinner so we relaxed at the pool, sauna and steam. At 8:30 pm, we met up with the girls for dinner at the hotel restaurant. We each had an amazing 3 course dinner with wine pairings. I went for the crayfish ravioli, squab pigeon, and seasonal farmhouse cheese platter for dessert. A perfect way to end a relaxing day.
The next morning we met up for breakfast and then Jen and I were back at the spa for our massage appointments. We enjoyed our hour long relaxation massages before having to check out of the hotel but our girls weekend wasn’t over quite yet. We had booked a tour at the nearby Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in rural Hampshire. We had a bite of lunch at the on-site Bus Cafe and then started our self-guided tour of the factory. We completed the tour, including a scent station where you select what smells you like the most. Then at the end of the tour you select which gin cocktail you want to try based on your flavour profile. I went for the Laverstoke Winter Edition. Unfortunately we soon had to get on the road though as I had a flight to catch from Heathrow back to Berlin. It was a great way to end our girls spa weekend in the U.K. countryside.