The Urbanite blog by Urban Villa

The Urbanite

Loving life and saluting style in the city

The Urbanite is the voice of Urban Villa Hotel, the boutique hotel which buzzes out of Brentford, West London. Follow us as we draw inspiration from the city: for succulent food, dizzying drink, white-hot beats and mind-widening urban adventures…

How To Join A Bat Walk

Posted: Friday, September 15th, 2017

See bats feasting on insects and learn how to identfy bat species by the sounds they emit. Our dogs Max and Rupert are keen – are you?

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London Design Festival 2017: The Top 5 Exhibits

Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Like the sound of a festival dedicated to design but don’t know where to start? We’ve picked the most interesting exhibits…

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Soundbite Festival 2017: What To Expect

Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

With live music, food stalls, a climbing wall, circus skills workshops and much more, there’s so much going on and most of it is free…

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Local Eats: WA Cafe – A Japanese Patisserie

Posted: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Have you ever visited a Japanese patisserie before? The best one in London is very close to the hotel so you can treat yourself to something delicate and delicious…

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Brentford Festival 2017

Posted: Friday, September 1st, 2017

There’s only one place to be on Sunday 3 September – Brentford! With live music, drinks, food, a dog show, a petting zoo and more, find out what’s on….

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It’s A Dog’s Life: Max’s Squad’s August

Posted: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Urban Villa is a pet-friendly hotel and each month one of our fave pooches explains the dog-friendly activities in the area. Over to bulldog Rupert…

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Local Culture: BEAT 2017

Posted: Friday, August 25th, 2017

Over 2 weekends in September, 180 local artists will be opening up their homes and studios to show off their art. Find out what you could see…

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Notting Hill Carnival 2017: A Useful Guide

Posted: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

With 2 million people expected to descend on carnival, the experience can be overwhelming unless you know what to expect. Here’s some insider info…

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Quickfire Q&A: Get To Know Our Petya

Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

We first introduced Petya in February but we didn’t fully explore her artistic side and achievements. Find out what these include now…

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Local Culture: Shakespeare In The Garden

Posted: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Shakespeare should be fuss-free, informal and enjoyed with a drink in hand! Find out how to do that close to the hotel this summer…

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Drinks Of The Month: Gin Mare & Vin Naturo

Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

See some of the highlights on the Reunión bar menu. You may not think chocolate olives and orange works with a G & T but we can explain…

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Fun And Fitness At Oxygen Freejumping

Posted: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Indoor trampolining is not just for kids! Take them for a rainy day activity or take yourself to a high intensity fitness class / dodgeball game…

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Live Jazz: Bull’s Head Barnes

Posted: Friday, August 4th, 2017

It’s one of the 12 most iconic jazz venues in the whole of the UK and it’s close to the hotel – find out what makes it special…

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Local Culture: London Transport Depot Open Day

Posted: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Here’s a unique way to find out what life was really like in London in decades gone by, but it’s only open for two weekends every year…

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It’s A Dogs’ Life: Max’s Mate’s July

Posted: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Urban Villa is a pet-friendly hotel and each month one of our fave pooches explains the dog-friendly activities in the area. Over to bulldog Rupert…

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Five Reasons To Visit Hampton Court Palace

Posted: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Get lost in the maze, try old fashioned chocolate and experience what life would have been like in Henry VIII’s time. This is why it’s worth visiting…

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Local Fun: Ealing Comedy Festival

Posted: Friday, July 21st, 2017

Comedy is coming to a park near us with entertainment from big-names like Dara O’Briain, Rob Beckett and Russell Kane…

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Play Tennis For Free Near The Hotel

Posted: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Been inspired by Wimbledon? Here are ways to get your tennis fix and turn yourself into the next Federer and it won’t cost a penny…

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Reunión’s Showcase Event: Goss and Pics

Posted: Friday, July 14th, 2017

Find out what’s been happening at Reunión since it opened on 3 July and get the goss on the spectacular summer showcase event…

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Ealing Beer Fest 2017: What To Expect

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Fed up of drinking the same thing over and over again? Now’s your chance to experiment with beers, wines & ciders…

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Drinks Of The Month At Reunión Bar

Posted: Friday, July 7th, 2017

Find out more about Thomas Dakin Gin and + & + Cava and the story behind them…

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Reunión Bar Is Officially Open

Posted: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

A bar with a Spanish accent is now open inside Urban Villa. Let’s have a closer look at the menu…

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Q&A: Meet Ben Walton Of Ben’s Canteen Fame

Posted: Friday, June 30th, 2017

Ben and his team are behind Reunión bar -a new bar with a Spanish accent opening at Urban Villa on 3 July. So what makes him tick?

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Reunión Bar Is Coming!

Posted: Friday, June 30th, 2017

Urban Villa is getting a new bar thanks to our friends at Ben’s Canteen. Here are some details about the new opening…

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Review: Burgers And Wine At Ben’s Canteen

Posted: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Treat your tastebuds to unique cocktails, a top wine list and a choice of several hearty burgers. That’s just a snapshot of what’s on the menu…

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