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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…

Drink Of The Month: D1 London Dry Gin

Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2018

Did you know that nettles can be used to add to a gin’s flavour. Find out more about why D1 London Gin’s special…

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West End Theatre 2018: A Guide

Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Whether you fancy musical or play, funny or frightening – these are our top picks of West End shows.

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5 Must-Do London Activities With Kids This Summer

Posted: Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Try something new this summer holiday! Book in advance, beat the crowds and make memories…

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Local Eats: Hedone Named One Of Worlds 50 Best

Posted: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Chiswick’s Hedone is not only Michelin-starred but one of the best restaurants in the entire world. Find out why…

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It’s A Dog’s Life: Max and Rupert’s July

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Our resident dogs have some tips about how to keep cool in the heatwave while making the most of London…

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Local Culture: Gunnersbury Park Museum

Posted: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

It’s free to explore, there are free craft workshops and you’ll learn about what London life was really like…

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Quickfire Q&A: Meet Cecilia

Posted: Friday, July 20th, 2018

Cecilia has just joined the hotel as an ambassador and bravely stepped up to the Q&A challenge. See how she got on…

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Five Reasons To Visit Rosa’s Ealing

Posted: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Try Thai food that uses local British ingredients. It’s a new addition to the Ealing food scene to set our tastebuds alight…

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Drink of the Month: Hendrick’s Gin

Posted: Friday, July 13th, 2018

Need a little lift after the football disappointment? Try this drink to be transported to a calm English summer garden….

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Secret Cinema Comes To Gunnersbury Park

Posted: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

This August, you can be transported to Verona and be part of the Montague and Capulet clans in Romeo + Juliet…

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Five Treats For World Chocolate Day

Posted: Friday, July 6th, 2018

There are a lot of places offering high quality, speciality chocolate near the hotel – to nibble, to bite and to savour….

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Four Ways To Celebrate Pride in London

Posted: Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Celebrate love and all its forms with a parade, pop performances and entertainment for the kids too. Find out more…

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It’s A Dog’s Life: Max And Rupert’s Doggy Diary

Posted: Friday, June 29th, 2018

With lots of sport, walkies and celebrating, it’s been a tiring month! See why here…

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Local Wellness: Spa De Sal Salt Therapy

Posted: Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Salt therapy has benefits for the respiratory system and the skin. Switch off and relax for 60 mins…

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Drinks Of The Month: Two New Gins

Posted: Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The gin menu at Reunion is getting a revamp. Here’s a sneak preview of what tasty new drinks we can expect…

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Quickfire Q&A: Meet Callum

Posted: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Callum has just joined the hotel as an ambassador so let’s get to know him better. Find out how he answered the Q&A…

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Reasons To Watch The World Cup At Urban Villa

Posted: Friday, June 15th, 2018

How many places in London can you watch the World Cup whilst lounging on a deckchair? And then there’s a variety of food, drink and fun to be had…

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Join The Hanwell Carnival On 16th June

Posted: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

For a free day out and celebration of summer, the Hanwell carnival is taking place on 16th June. The full details are here…

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West End Live: Top Shows For Free

Posted: Friday, June 8th, 2018

West End Live returns to Trafalagar Square with a chance to see London’s best shows for free. Here’s the timetable…

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The Bunny Park Dog Show Returns

Posted: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Expect cuteness overload in Bunny Park near the hotel on 10 June. It’s free to attend unless you’re entering and there’s plenty to see…

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Be Part Of Chestertons Polo In The Park

Posted: Friday, June 1st, 2018

Polo is a classic English sport and the aim of Polo in the Park is to make it more accessible for everyone. Find out what that involves…

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It’s A Dog’s Life: Max And Rupert’s May

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Urban Villa is a dog-friendly hotel and our two resident dogs are super excitable. This month included dressing up for the royal wedding…

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Junction 2 Techno Festival In Brentford

Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2018

Party underneath the M4 listening to world famous DJs. Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and more are flying in for this one-day festival…

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Local Activities: Go Ape

Posted: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Clamber through the trees, cross rope bridges and hurl yourself off zip wires and make your time in London memorable…

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Drink Of The Month: Spanish Iced Coffee

Posted: Friday, May 18th, 2018

It contains chocolate, coffee and ice cream – could there be a better combo? Check out a video of it being made…

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