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... a tshirt, a cuddly Fang plush toy, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs…the list seriously goes on. If I didn’t have a money limit and didn’t have limited room in my backpack, I would have bought the entire shop and dedicated entire bedroom to Harry Potter hahaha.
We were exhausted by the time we got home, so we just hung out in the common room and watched a couple of movies. Germany was playing ...
... owned bakery/restaurant. The afternoon tea is not as fancy as others, but it’s reasonable priced. We enjoyed it, but our waiter is a snob. We went to the one near St. Paul. He didn't provide us the right password for wifi and reluctant to answer our questions. After left there I found out I might leave my sunglasses and hat ...
This morning was to be Buckingham Palace and changing of the guard. However, got ourselves to the palace gates and discovered a different ceremony taking place. The start of the Commonwealth games baton relay. Some dignitaries spoke, flags brought in, the baton arrived, then the Queen walked out of her front door with Duke of Edinburgh!
Enjoyed a lovely lunch at Browns, Butlers Wharf with my cousins. Most ...
... boat. Finding the 'Telford Inn' next to the aquaduct, dating from the 1790's, when the aquaduct was built, naturally dictated a lunch stop.
Then it was on into Wales, as breathtaking as we had hoped, especially in Snowdonia ...
... and went and ate them in Hyde Park.
Afterwards we went and had an early dinner at "Vapiano". It is essentially an Italian restaurant where you choose a pasta or pizza and they make it right then and there in front of you. It had such a cool atmosphere and very reasonably priced also!
Tomorrow we are going to go to Tower Bridge, see the changing of the guards and then seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, looking forward to it!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aster House London
The perfect place to stay when in London!
Wow, I can not say enough good things about our stay at the Aster House. Starting from the moment of my very late arrival until carrying my bags out to the Taxi for departure, Mr. & Mrs. Tan were most gracious hosts. Every need was attended to and every request was serviced, from restaurant recommendations to bringing breakfast down to our room while getting over the time change.
My wife and I stayed six nights in the Garden Suite and would not consider staying anywhere else when we return to London. The room was large for European standards, housing a Queen bed, desk, table, closet and nightstand, with room to move around the bed. The sliding glass door opened onto a small private garden, and the bathroom was palatial compared to the normal water closet in UK hotels, with a sink, shower stall, and separate tub, all tiled. Each morning our room was made up immaculately.
The location of the Aster House is also ideal, a 3 minute walk to the South Kensington tube stop, which can take you to all the essential locations with no transfers. Within 5 minutes are a pub, two Indians, a Pizzeria, a Chinese, and several other restaurants, as well as a pharmacy, post office, and Fulham Street for shopping. Within 15 minutes walking is Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, the Natural History, Science, and V&A museums, and Harrods.
Breakfast each morning was an assortment of meats, cheeses, Danishes, dried fruits, your choice of eggs, sausage, baked beans, coffee, tea, and orange juice. The young woman serving breakfast was extremely nice and went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed our experience.
Look no further, this is the perfect place to stay when in London.
Still a great B & B!!
Just back from second stay at Aster House, and like the first time found it wonderful. The room was exactly as I had left it, the air conditioning worked too well (I had to set it to low to keep from freezing, and my 9 night stay was during a heat wave!), and the staff was helpful as ever. The breakfast buffet has improved since 2002, and it was really good then. Aster House still ranks on the top of my list of places to stay in London.
We had a wonderful time at the Aster House. The managers are extremely conscientious which makes all the difference; you really feel like you're being taken care of. The location cannot be beat - close to the tube, and right around the corner from Christies auction house. Plenty of restaurants and stores within easy walking distance, many open late!
That close to so much activity, we were surprised at how quiet it was - we were on the second floor overlooking the garden and ducks. Clean, charming, internet access for a reasonable fee, good breakfast included; yes the rooms are small, but this isn't America. They were very nicely appointed.
We loved this B&B! The location was terrific (quiet residential street near everything) and the hotel itself was wonderful. We enjoyed coming back to this place after a long day enjoying all the sights of London. It is an extrememly well kept hotel. Even though our room was small-by American standards-it was lovely. Our bed was very comfortable. Our bathroom-although small-was pretty. The room where breakfast was served is a place you'd love to have in your own home. One way to improve Aster House though, is to perhaps provide alternate dishes for breakfast. Every day was the same. However, since there was a nice variety of choices, everyone could find something they enjoyed eating.
Stayed one night at Aster House. Location excellent, within walking distance of museums. Room nicely furnished and clean. Wide choice available on the breakfast buffet and served in the conservatory. Very helpful staff and would recommend anyone to stay here.
Ideal Bed and Breakfast
The Aster House at 3 Sumner Place in South Kensington is a very good value for the price. The location is two blocks from an underground station, on a quiet street, near the Hyde Park/museums area. It is very clean and managed by a charming husband and wife who are attentive to your needs. The breakfast room is lovely and there is a small courtyard with resident ducks! I will definitely return.
Loved the neighborhood
What a wonderful B&B. The location was a snap to get to and is between Heathrow and Gatwick making the transfer from the US to contenential europe a breese. The rooms are spotless and well appointed and the service is excellent. The breakfast was a delight and included a variety of food choices. South Kensington underground station is a block away as well as Christies auction house and Lambourgini of London.What a deal.
This service for this price??
The location is good, the hostel is clean. But the service was pretty poor. We got lost on our way there, so rang them. The Chinese owner answered and guided us, rather carelessly, complained that I didn't listen to him properly on the phone, said "You are doing wrong, not listening to me at all!" The price may be a good deal for the location but I would rather pay a little more to receive better service. After all it is my holiday!
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Great B&B, Wonderful hosts, Great location!
Before staying at Aster House I couldn't understand why someone would visit London and stay in the same place each visit. Now I know why. This is a real gem. Beautiful, quiet street, convenient location with many, many local restaurants, a 24 hour convenience store, and a quick walk to South Kensington Station. The 2 rooms we had were immaculate and very nicely appointed. L'Orangerie breakfast room was a special treat and a wide variety of food was served; something to please everyone. The best part of the visit are the managers, Simon and Leonie Tan. They couldn't have been more friendly, accommodating, and helpful. We felt like we had the front door key to their "home".All four of us said that we would definitely stay at Aster House on our next visit and recommend it highly to friends and family. Thanks so much, Simon and Leonie.