Edinburgh’s Leonardo Royal Hotel sits grand and proud just off Morrison street in the Haymarket area of the city. Perfectly located for all of Edinburgh’s transport links to the airport and other parts of Scotland, with a train station, bus and tram stop within 7 minutes walking distance, it’s conveniently located for any traveller. Once a Premier Inn, it has undergone a major refurbishment to boast 282 rooms at 4 star standard.
What can be better than afternoon tea aboard a vintage red double decker bus on a sunny Saturday afternoon? The afternoon tea is available everyday apart from Mondays and there are two time slots – 12pm and 3pm. We went on the 12pm slot and I had bought the tickets for £22.50 each on itison.com, and I have seen the offer come up a few times since. You will pay £34.50 via their website so it’s a decent saving.
You could describe The Jolly Botanist as my local, as it is a mere 200 metres from where I live and a stones throw from Haymarket train station and tram stop. With a classy but quirky Victorian-aged style, it is the perfect place for a gin and tonic with it being a gin bar stocking over 72 gins, so plenty to sample! However it stocks all of your other spirits you would expect from any other bar, as well as lagers, craft beers, wine, cocktails and prosecco. Great for a few weekend drinks or a couple of gin and tonics midweek, it also boasts a bit of space out front which is great on a sunny day for catching some rays compete with gin in hand. Continue reading