When you want the inside scoop on where to go and what to do when you're away from home there's nobody better to ask than the locals. We've asked our team to tell us their favourite haunts, where to get a great meal or how they like to spend a free day so here are just a few recommendations of how to spend your time in Luton!
For the foodies
"The Wellington Street in the town offers lots of cuisines to choose from for food lovers. There you can choose from India, Italian, Peking, Chinese and plenty more from around the world.
However, if you have had a long day and would like to get food delivered to your hotel door I can recommend a few famous names in Luton like HB Curry which serves one of the best and unique tasting curries in Luton. One of the best attributes of HB curry is that they can adjust the food according to your taste.
Apart from Indian cuisine if you have a taste palette for Chinese cuisine, no one else in Luton can get it right apart from ‘Yummy Yummy’ Chinese in the Town centre."
Some other recommendations would be:
Chinese food - Offley Oriental or the Man Ho
Indian food - Papa J's, Stopsley Cuisine or Jay Raj
Pub food - The Brache, Wigmore Arms or Whitehorse
We're always happy to book a table for you in advance so just let our Reception team know if you'd like us to do so or if you'd like any further recommendations.
A spot of retail therapy
Enjoy a luxury shopping experience at the nearby Bicester Village - a real shopaholic's dream. Just over an hour's drive from our hotel, this boutique shopping outlet offers high-end fashion such as Prada, Mulberry, Armani and Gucci, all at a discount. Whether you're after a new designer handbag or a new wardrobe, this is the place to go!
Their extravagant shopping service combines gift cards, luxury transport to and from the village, lunch or dinner, extra discounts and hands-free shopping and at Holiday Inn Express Luton Airport, we've got some special deals for groups heading to Bicester Village.
Speak to our friendly Reception team who'll be more than happy to discuss this and book you in for some retail therapy.
For the families
Luton has many attractions to keep the kids entertained and the adults sane!
Within 3 miles from the hotel, Woodside animal farm and Leisure Park, is a great place for the whole family. It has a wide range of activities such as tractor rides and animal feeding. You can pick your own fresh eggs straight from the chicken pen and the farm shop has a wide range of fresh organic cakes, jams, breads, wines, juices etc.
The cafe has a lunch menu available and when you’ve seen everything around the farm the adults can relax and watch the kids run riot in the huge indoor play area which is located right next to the seating in the cafe.
- Fascinating interactive displays about the history of the area including the former Stockwood House
- New gardens to complement the current period gardens. These will include sensory, world and medicinal gardens
- A visitor centre with a shop and cafe
- An outdoor children's discovery area and park
- Exciting changing exhibitions
- Attractive new corporate entertainment/meeting room facilities for hire
The museum holds the famous Mossman Collection so if the kids are into cars (or the big kids) then they will love this and all of the above is free of charge! The park is located just two miles from the hotel and is very easy to find.
Galaxy Luton is an entertainment complex which offers fun for all the family with a trampoline park, soft play centre, cinema and bowling. After that, get your chicken fix at Nando's or grab a sweet treat from Cooies & Cream.
Perfect for a pint
The King William is a 17th century country pub located on a quiet village green around 2 miles from the Hotel. The extensive menu offers good value and extensive dishes. The King William has a beautiful decking area and an indoor play area which has proved very popular.
Another attraction which won’t leave you wondering how you spent so much is Wardown Park Museum, again located just two miles from the airport. The museum’s collection include Luton life, Luton’s history in the Hat and lace industry, and Beds and Herts Regiment from 1881-1958.
With Luton’s River Lea running through it is also a great place to feed the ducks or even go for a rowing boat ride during the summer months. There is a park and a hot food and ice cream hut located next to the river.