As regular readers will know, while we love exotic trips to far away places, we’re equally enamoured with trips inside the UK. Quick breaks where we cram maximum fun into a 36 hour adventure rank highly among our favourite ways to spend a weekend.
As such, we were thrilled to be invited to try out dinner and a stay in a family suite at Hilton London Canary Wharf, before heading over to Hilton on Park Lane for a very special The Bossy Baby themed afternoon tea, followed by a screening of the hilarious movie to celebrate its release on DVD.
Read on to find out more, including how you could win a The Boss Baby experience of your own!
Hilton meets The Boss Baby
Hilton is always a great option for families since they offer a ‘kids stay and eat free’ policy, allowing children who stay at a participating Hilton with an adult to enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hiltons also offer a wide range of family-friendly facilities, including some of the larger resorts have aqua zones and playgrounds to keep all ages occupied, whilst some other properties offer Kids Clubs and even ice cream bars.
And as part of Hilton’s team-up with The Boss Baby, there are some brilliant extras for families to take advantage of.
The Boss Baby Afternoon Tea has just launched at selected Hilton properties across the UK and is available to book until 27 August 2017. With delights including themed miniature fancies, scones and sandwiches for both children and adults, this is a family treat not to be missed. Prices start from £39 for adults and £19 for children under 10 and can be enjoyed at London Hilton on Park Lane, Hilton Cambridge City Centre as well as selected other UK-based Hiltons.
In a further boost to its family friendly facilities, Hilton is also revamping its children’s menu at selected UK Hiltons. The new menu features family favourite treats such as fish and chips, pizza and ice cream, as well as healthy options including hummus with vegetable sticks and pitta, fishcakes and fruit skewers.
To celebrate The Boss Baby partnership, the newly designed menu also comes with Boss Baby imagery and a puzzle to keep kids entertained during meal time.
What’s The Boss Baby all about?
For those of you who don’t know much about the movie, it stars Alec Baldwin as the eponymous Boss Baby, who is a secret agent sent down to earth as part of a secret war between babies and puppies.
Our stay at Hilton Canary Wharf
As soon as we opened the door to our suite we could tell that it ticked all the boxes we look for in a hotel room: plenty of space for everyone, plenty of light, a TV for a little down-time entertainment, and enough extras and amenities to make the place feel like a home from home.
Since our stay was a special one, we were greeted with some The Boss Baby extras too, including these The Boss Baby drinking cups and activity sheets, which the kids were delighted with.
The extra beds set up for the kids were comfy and well sized.
The main bedroom was airy and comfortable, with dark wood and cream tones, accented with a little red, which I really liked.
And it’s always nice when places go that extra mile on presentation!
Overall, the room had a very modern feel that was really welcome after a slightly cramped train journey down to the Capital!
Dinner at Cinnamon, Hilton Canary Wharf
We were pretty hungry when we arrived at the hotel, so after plonking our bags down and freshening up, we piled was back downstairs to the restaurant, to make the most of Hilton’s Kids Eat Free policy.
As a starter, we shared some fresh, warm bread, olives with feta and balsamic vinegar with olive oil – delicious, flavourful, perfect.
For my main, I opted for a Cauliflower Croquette, with came with roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets and a touch of cheese sauce – tasty, crunchy and filling.
I also opted for a side of Polenta Chips, which came with a little parmesan and a side of garlic mayo. They were absolutely divine.
Mark opted for an 8oz Chef’s Burger, which came with plenty of salad and cheese on a brioche bun, with a generous side of fries. The burger was well cooked and seasoned, and the fries were lovely and crisp – the kids stole more than a few!
The children opted for pizza from the children’s menu and were served a half a large, thin base margarita each, which was very well received.
For dessert, both kids selected the baked cheesecake form the children’s menu – again, not a crumb was left.
After dinner it was already getting quite late, so we retired to out rooms for some much needed shut eye. Happily, everyone slept well and woke ready to embark on a new day of fun.
Breakfast at Hilton Canary Wharf
We all love a hotel breakfast: rows upon rows of yummy treats to dig into as much as we wish…what’s not to like?!
The fresh pastries and muffins were, unsurprisingly, a big hit with the kids.
It was a lovely breakfast, which when combined with a peaceful night’s rest left us bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to head over to Hilton Park Lane for our afternoon tea and The Boss Baby screening.
The Boss Baby Afternoon Tea
Remember when I said the afternoon tea was special? Well I wasn’t kidding! We got to try a sampling of the menu and I think I liked everything just as much as the kids did, from the flavours down to the adorable presentation.
How cute are these sandwiches?
Super tasty Boss Baby biscuits and scones, anyone?
How about some citrus shortbreads? The perfect combination of tart and sweet.
And these little bottles of Boss Baby juice are just perfect for little ones – a practical design for any aspiring little boss on the go!
As this was a special event, there was even a balloon modeller on hand. Can you guess what the kids asked for? A sword and a fairy wand of course!
Tummies full of afternoon tea (glowing reviews all round), and bags full of pick’n’mix, we made our way into the theatre room, settled down and dived right into the movie.
Our verdict on The Boss Baby
We see a lot of movies as part of my job, and I’m only occasionally blown away, so I was expecting to think the film was ‘ok’. In fact we all LOVED it. The plot is really strong and there are plenty of laughs for kids and adults alike.
I think a lot of the film’s strength comes down to the casting, too. Alec Baldwin’s gruff, deadpan delivery in the body of a baby is spot on, and his comedy timing is perfect. Lisa Kudrow as ‘Mom’ and Jimmy Kimmel as ‘Dad’ were also instantly relatable and the whole film got a big thumbs up from everyone.
Definitely do check it out on DVD!
And if you already love The Boss Baby and are keen to sample the special afternoon tea menu for yourself, don’t forget to check out the website to find participating hotels and book your own trip or simply to check out the lovely free printables for young children available.
The Hilton Summer Sale is now on with savings of up to 25% at Hilton London Wembley for Hilton Honors members. At Hilton Canary Wharf, prices start from £108 for a double guest room.T his is bookable until 4 September for stays from now until 8 October 2017, including weekends.
You might also want to check out the main Hilton website too, as there’s a sale on until 4 September with savings of up to 25%. The saving can be had at over 400 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, so it’s perfect for everything from a quick weekend getaway to an adventure abroad.
Do let me know if you find a great deal on a booking or what you thought about The Boss Baby if you’ve had a chance to see it.
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