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.
For those who would like to go out to eat in a cosy place I would recommend ‘The Green’. This restaurant is situated in Harpenden and offers three separate restaurants. This place has a magnificent Tapas bar with lounge style sitting and music on the ground floor which is attached to an open area called ‘ Plancha Garden’ for the guests to have BBQ food made by their chef.
You can also experience the taste of cuisines from Asia such as Indian, Thai and Chinese in the Dine Asia restaurant which is also part of ‘The Green’ on the first floor. The place offers a beautiful and lively atmosphere for one to relax and enjoy. "
For the families
"Luton has many attractions to keep the kids entertained and the adults sane! Having lived in Luton for my entire life and with two children ages 9 and 2 I can recommend attractions for all the family if you are stuck for something to do and the kids are driving you crazy.
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.
Luton's Stockwood Park and Discovery Centre
- 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."
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 recently been reburbished and 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 Lee 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 new park and a hot food and ice cream hut located next to the river."
Make a splash
"Within walking distance from Wardown Park is Bath Road Swimming and leisure centre. With three pools and a large viewing area this will suit the whole family. There is a large pool with 3 different level diving boards, a smaller kid’s pool and a heated Dolphin pool for any new additions to the family! They have a Sauna and Steam room and have Sun Beds available for Mum and Dad."