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Ticked All The Boxes: The Aviator

For this month’s Ticked All The Boxes, I wanted to talk about a lovely hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire. The Aviator by Tag.

I had the pleasure of staying here for a couple of nights back in June on a recommendation from a friend who thought I’d love the design (*my friends know me so well!) and I was definitely not disappointed.

As soon as you drive up, the architecture immediately impresses. Contemporary design that fits into the landscape perfectly. Complimenting the streamlined airport behind, it’s footprint actually mimics aeroplane wings. Clever…

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Into the hotel lobby and you most certainly will continue to be impressed. The grand staircase, beautiful flower arrangements and possibly the nicest aroma I’ve ever witnessed. A member of staff enlightened me how they actually tailor the fragrance to each season, enhancing the already sophisticated atmosphere. From fresh green bamboo in summer to pine & spice fragrances over the Christmas period, it honestly creates such a relaxing, welcoming and indulgent first impression, it made me think about just how important fragrance is in the home environment. When you visit a spa or upmarket shop, the aroma can instantly create a sense of calm or luxury, wouldn’t that be amazing in your own home?

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To the left, you’ll find One Eleven, their all-american style eatery serving 12-10pm every day of the week. I ate here after we had checked in and sampled their very tasty Grilled Halloumi Salad with wild rocket, pomegranate, toasted pumpernickel and tahini dressing. If you’re feeling brave they even do a Sub Challenge, which only becomes £25 if you’re defeated – otherwise it’s on the house! Maybe next time!


While we’re on restaurants, their brasserie is a real treat. They have a 5-course tasting menu or à la carte option, both with an emphasis on local & seasonal produce and highly deserving of their 2 Rosettes.

One course I absolutely have to mention is our dessert. On the menu it simply said ‘English Breakfast’ so out of intrigue alone we ordered. The chef put together what looked just like a traditional fry up, we had sausages, bacon, egg, toast, beans, a mushroom, ketchup, brown sauce…the lot! But it certainly didn’t taste that way, it was all sweet, fruity and utterly genius!

As a girl who likes her food, I would absolutely recommend the Brasserie for a superb evening meal, but I suppose I should also discuss the decor! I loved the simplicity and elegance of the dining room, black & white photography of film stars, comfortable seating and just the right level of lighting (you know, not too bright it’s totally unflattering, but not too dark you can’t see what you’re eating!).

Then onto their renowned Sky Bar cocktail lounge. This is just a selection of the cocktails they have on offer…

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A good list to work through I think!

The vibe up here is just so cool. With views looking out over the runway, private areas to meet with friends or spend a romantic evening, they have pretty much hit the nail on the head for bringing a chilled but classy venue to Farnborough!

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The other lobby areas totally inspired me as well. No corner has been forgotten. Comfy, inviting and secluded areas to take a seat and not worry about the world outside for a few minutes. I absolutely love you can see the thought and care that has gone in to selecting each piece of furniture, accessory and lighting. Don’t you just adore these deep teal armchairs?

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And last but not least, the bedroom. I felt like I should work for an airline, perhaps back a few years. It all just seemed so in keeping – luxury, comfortable and always sympathetic to the history of Farnborough with it being the UK’s first airfield in aviation history and home to the country’s first powered flight in 1908. *You’re welcome.

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The wooden panelling echoes that of first class areas, the emblem on the cushions similar to the shape of the building and hence, aeroplane wings. Even the bedside lights resemble your little lamp for reading on a plane, and the hidden drawer in the bed, somewhere to store your blanket, slippers and toothbrush for the flight.

The ensuite bathroom was right up my street too. A simple black & white scheme throughout with high gloss tiling and acrylic wall panels, and a mighty fine Hans Grohe shower system. No complaints whatsoever.

And there you have it. If you are looking for a lovely weekend away in a stylish hotel, delicious food & cocktails, with beautiful sights right on your doorstep I would say this is a strong contender. I actually took the opportunity to explore Windsor and Chichester, two places I will certainly be revisiting!

Thanks so much for reading, have a super day 

Note: All images are taken from The Aviator by Tag’s main website.

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