Guest experience manager of The Treehouse London shares her favourite things about the UK capital
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Suzie Dowty formerly reviewed London’s best bars before moving into hospitality, and is an expert when it comes to spending an evening in London. Dowty is now guest experience supervisor at the very fashionable Treehouse London, Marylebone – known for having some of the best views of the city. Here, she shares her hot tips for making the most of your city break.
What view or place in London do you never tire of?
I love getting lost on Hampstead Heath - it’s a pocket of urban countryside and the view from Parliament Hill of London’s higgedly-piggedly skyline is incredible. Kenwood House is unmissable too – it’s a beautiful stately home with a stunning collection of Old Masters and works of art. The local bakeries, book shops, pubs and beautiful homes make this a great area for exploring.
What are your favourite ‘secret’ local experiences?
I love cycling along the canal in Regent's Park, or going for walks around the lake accompanied by all the chattering geese. The Open Air Theatre is just a stone's throw from the hotel and is one of my favourite ways to wile away an evening, it's an unsung hero and the performances are brilliantly done.
Where do you love to eat?
Soho is nearby and is always a fun place to soak up some of the city's energy on balmy evenings. It’s a treasure trove of bars and restaurants, but for me, sitting at the counter in Barrafina and guzzleing seafood and Spanish wine, or gorging on pasta at Lina Stores, are where it’s at. >>
Could you tell us about a place that is special to you?
Being a country-girl I love shutting my laptop and paying a visit to our stunning living green wall planted on our wrap-around roof terrace. It is such an oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle of city life below, and really stunning, especially when in full bloom.
Where is your favourite place to shop and why?
Liberty – hands down! The beautiful Tudor-revival building is an emporium of everything I wish I owned and everything I didn't realise I needed. I could while away hours, maybe even days in here!
What one event of the year would you recommend guests experience?
New Year's Eve. We’ve only done it once but once was enough! We welcomed in the new decade with DJ Fat Tony on the decks, champagne flowing and London's fireworks in all their glory – the rooftop was rockin'. It was a party to rival all others and we know when NYE rolls around we will all be in need of one of those!