Hythe is a small little seaside town in Kent about an hour and a half from London. We checked into The Hythe Imperial which is right on the sea front and a 10 minute walk into a main town street. From the outside of the hotel, you are greeted with a huge Victorian style building overlooking the beach. It is currently undergoing renovations. Renovations have been done to the ground to second level with renovations beginning on the third level. We had booked 2 rooms- a suite and a family room. The suite is on level 2, newly renovated and was stunning. Stunning. It was literally the most beautiful room I have ever been in. It was bright, had a fireplace, four poster bed, a little seating area and a massive bathroom decked out with a big tub and his and hers vanity. It was so beautiful! Unfortunately our family room was on level 3 which is still the old hotel. It was a stark contrast from the other levels. Think; dark wooden furniture, grandma's florals and shower curtains. It was a big space though so I'm sure once the whole hotel have been renovated it would be absolutely lovely.
After settling into the hotel, we took a nice dusk stroll around the area and into the main city centre. It was so quiet, so relaxing and the whole area was surrounded by lush greenery, beautiful flowers and my favourite tulips! There is a canal running through the town which was perfect for our evening stroll along.
The main street in Hythe was really quaint, lined with little shops selling trinkets, knick knacks and local retailers. The cafes were all tiny with beautiful cottage style furniture and linen. For dinner we ended up at a pub famous for their pies. My favourite! The pub was oh-so-beautiful. There was a little log fire burning keeping the place nice and cosy.
Just before driving back to London, we walked along the coast to the next town- Folkestone. There were some AMAZING looking seafront townhouses that were divine. The walk along the beach was beautiful. Nothing compared to the beaches we have in Australia but it was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of London. There is some redevelopments going on in Folkestone so it wasn't as appealing as Hythe but the main streets where the main city life is was beautiful. There were some great cafes, local pubs and retailers around. We stopped off at Googies, a hipster looking restaurant/bar for a tea break. The cakes in the window looked so, so, so good! I mean, Creme egg chocolate cake topped off with a creme egg on top. As we weren't hungry, we only had teas and coffees.