Are you dreaming of a few days of relaxation, fun, and shopping? Luckily for you, the perfect location is right on your doorstep. King Street is a thriving district with a rich history dating back to 1772! The area’s inspiring architecture contrasts with its modern surroundings, creating a unique location that houses everything you need for a memorable weekend stay, including boutique hotels, fine-dining restaurants, independent retailers, and late-night venues. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?

There’s so much to fit into one weekend, so here are some ideas on how to spend your staycation at King Street.

Staying over

Hotel Gotham, 100 King Street

Start off your weekend staycation in style by checking into one of Manchester’s most well-known and loved residencies, Hotel Gotham.

Opened in 2015, the outside of this former bank retains its fabulous façade that was designed by renowned British architect Edwin Lutyens. Inside, the building has been beautifully restored and remodelled into an opulent boutique hotel that boasts 55 decadent guest rooms and five Inner Sanctum Suites, its own two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, and a roof-top private bar and members club.

We’re not joking when we say it’s one of the finest hotels to stay in, and we’re not the only ones to think this. Hotel Gotham has been awarded numerous awards, including ‘Coolest Boutique Hotel’ by Condé Nast and ‘World’s Best New Hotel’ in the World Boutique Hotel Awards.

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King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth Street

Rest your head at King Street Townhouse, a charming boutique hotel housed in an iconic building that’s centrally located to King Street. The 40 guest rooms have each been individually designed, incorporating stylish but comfortable furniture, elegant furnishings, and fun and vibrant artwork.

King Street Townhouse has everything (and more) you need for a fantastic stay, including a gym, a steam room, two spa and beauty rooms, a cinema in the hotel’s cellar, a contemporary restaurant, and Manchester’s only rooftop infinity pool (pictured below), which boasts iconic views. And yes, the water is heated, so even with Manchester’s famously unpredictable weather, you can enjoy a dip in the pool. Whether you’re looking for a weekend of exploring or a chilled-out time, King Street Townhouse can offer you everything you need for a memorable getaway.

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Shop this season’s latest trends

Credit cards at the ready! For the shopaholics or those who simply love beautiful clothes and stunning accessories, King Street is made for you. Famed for its combination of independently owned stores and well-known retailers, here’s a few of them you may wish to visit during your stay:

Mint Velvet, 28 King Street

Glamorous, relaxed, and affordable fashion is Mint Velvet’s signature style. Browse their latest collection of women’s day and evening wear, shoes, and accessories at their King Street store.

Hurlingham Polo, 48 King Street

Inspired by the style and heritage of the game of kings, Hurlingham Polo offers a range of high-end and modern garments and accessories that are inspired by the historic game of polo.

Hancocks, 29 King Street

For lovers of exquisite and fine crafted jewellery, a visit to the historic store of Hancocks is a must. Survey their collection of stunning diamond jewellery including rings, necklaces, and bracelets, or set the time with a hand-crafted watch.

Photo credit: Mint Velvet

Click here to see a full list of stores at King Street

Dining out

You’re bound to work up an appetite while smooching around King Street’s fantastic shops or while taking in the areas stunning architecture, so grab a light bite or enjoy a meal in one of these highly recommended restaurants:

El Gato Negro, 52 King Street

Housed in an elegant, converted townhouse, Chef Patron and Creative Director Simon Shaw bring the mouth-watering aromas and flavours of Spain to King Street. El Gato Negro serves a selection of signature dishes and tapas created using a mixture of traditional Spanish cooking techniques and modern know-how. We’re feeling hungry just reading this!

Choose alfresco pavement dining, experience the buzz and excitement of a working kitchen at the chef’s table, or take in the views with a table at El Gato Negro’s terrace that features a retractable roof.

Tast Catala, 20-22 King Street

Tast Catala brings stunning food and drink that’s inspired by the cultural city of Barcelona. Set over three floors, Tast Catala is contemporary and minimalist in design. The first floor hosts the bar and terrace where diners can enjoy laid-back drinks and tastets – Catalonia’s version of tapas. The second floor is designed for casual dining where diners can enjoy light bites, a delicious selection of charcuterie and cheeses, and Tast Catala’s signature charcoal dishes – we’ve heard great things about them. The third floor is dedicated to a fine dining experience with a gastronomic tasting menu.

Extend the fun later into the evening

Flight Club, 98 King Street

If you’re not ready for the night to end, Flight Club has you covered. Located in a former pub, the owners have kept references to the building’s previous life and have mixed it with a fairground theme to create a unique evening venue.

Flight Club has reinvented darts for the 21st century, so forget everything you know about darts. Social Darts is a multiplayer game that can consist of 2 people up to 300! It’s fast, exhilarating, and once you start playing, you’ll be hooked.

Trying to hit the bullseye is thirsty work, so after you’ve thrown your darts, sit back and relax with a signature cocktail, a glass of fizz, or revive your energy for your next throw with a specially curated shot.

Craving more adventure?

Kuoni, 64-66 King Street

If you’re feeling inspired by your weekend staycation and are craving more adventures, then visit Kuoni who are ready to help you plan your next exclusive escape. Whether it’s a weekend city break, a spa weekend with your friends, or a romantic week away, the knowledgeable team at Kuoni can create a bespoke stay that’s planned around your specific interests. Where will your adventures take you next?

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