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... busses whiz by that look as if they could be carrying the likes of Winston Churchill or The Beatles but are fresh off the assembly line. Just be sure to look in the correct direction for these vehicles before crossing the street as driving on the opposite side of the road is possibly more dangerous to an American pedestrian than a driver. Coming up to a crosswalk and simply checking the flow of traffic by taking a glance to the left before nearly getting blind-sighted ...
... said a prayer and enjoyed a delicious dinner (especially the Christmas Pudding with the Hard Sauce!). As we were finishing the minicab arrived, so with hugs we sent Aileen off, and went back into the house to Skype our families. That was both wonderful and difficult, being away from them at this special time of year. After our conversations we played two silly card games with the deck of special Christmas cards that we had found. By that point ...
... of changing of the guards. Strange as it may seem, I felt quite moved by the pomp and ceremony. It was impressive and patriotic. And that from someone who would claim not to be a royalist. We met with Dave and Janet following the changing of the guard and joined the hop on hop off. First stop was lunch at the Methodist Central Hall cafe (another great church space), Westminster Abbey, ...
The boys had a great two hour training session with two coaches from Fulham. The boys worked on technical skills, ball handling, shooting drills followed by an inter-squad scrimmage. The Fulham coaches praised the boys for the their technical ability and movement off the ball. A few hours after the training session, the boys ended the day with a quick pick-up game at London's Hyde park (won by the coaches and XL trainers or at least that's the way the coaches remember ...
... would do and suited up for our " Jersey Boys " theatre show. We stopped and got some food and hustled over to the show cause my tour guide "Steve the great" thought we would be late! Well we were literally one of the first groups there and the theatre wasn't even open yet, lol! In all fairness I have ragged Steve but he has known the right sights to see and has been a great guide... thus far :).
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Wellington London
I stayed at the Wellington for 1 week at the end of June. It is in a great location; Vincent Square is a very quiet area that is very close to major sights. I was travelling by myself, and felt very safe walking to and from the hotel at night. The room was very small, with a single bed, small TV, telephone, desk, sink, and cupboard. It was clean, with daily cleaning service. No air conditioning, so it could be hot in the middle of summer, but I was comfortable at the end of June. Depending on what side of the hotel your room is, the street noise may be bothersome, but I returned to the hotel so tired that I fell asleep instantly! The bathroom down the hall was OK, but the shower could have been cleaner. Breakfast was served from 8 - 10 am, and consisted of ham, cheese, cold toast, croissants, tea, coffee, juice, canned fruit salad, and cereal. Get there close to 8:00, because things (croissants especially) run out fast and the line-up gets long. My main complaint is about a particular front desk clerk, who was sarcastic and snarky when I asked a question about local calling in London. Otherwise, the staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, a great value hotel for London if you just need a place to lay your head.
I and my wife stayed in wellington in late June 2006, we booked through British Hotel Reseervation Centre (BHRC) in Paddinton Railway Station, 40 pounds/night . I was told that the bathroom, though outside our room, belongs to our room and will be used by us. In fact, it wrong and the staff in BHRC lied to us!!! All guests need to share the toilet and bathroom with others. The toilets were dirty and terrible. You can see yellowish stool still sticking on toilet even in morning. Very scary!!! The carpet is very dirty. TV is old. NO air-conditioning, will be very hot in summer. The receptionists were not very helpful. I requestes hot water from the reception at night (9 pm), the male receptionist told me that hot water is not available as the kitch is closed (only open in morning). Could you imagine that??? Next night when I requested hot water again from another receptionist, then hot water was supplied (though little amount)!! It is quiet noisy because people keep walking in and out and closing the door forcible.
The room was in need of renovation.
Filthy showers, intermittent hot water.
Breakfast - ha what a joke.
& the rooms were hotter than hell - it was impossible to sleep.
Myself and my boyfriend stayed at The Wellinton in February, 2006. We stayed one night and it cost £53, booking through the Hotels desk at Victoria station. I think this is cheap, though we didn't check anywhere else. We booked at very short notice.
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I spent 8 days at the Wellington, 5 in late May and returned from touring and spent another 3. Staff was extremely helpful and met all my requests. Stored my luggage whilst I was away. Rooms were clean, showers down the hall were always hot, brealfast was plentiful. I met people there who had stayed there on many ocassions and standards were consistantly good. Close to many good pubs, 10 minutes walk to Victoria Station.
I stayed there with my daughter 13 years ago when it was still under the management of the university(KCL). My daughter gradulated from university and is practising medicine in London. At that time the English breakfast served at the basement dinning hall kept my stomach full till late afternoon. The bathroom was so big and there is never any competition even in the morning rush.
Visited London Thursday8th April 2004 to Sunday 11th April 2004,staying at the Wellington Hall. Booked over the phone having seen it on t'internet.
The hotel wasn't bad. It served it's purpose. The beds were clean. The rooms were spartan but OK, even having satellite TV! The room I was in was big so we had four people in there. Some of the rooms were so tiny, it was tricky to get 2 beds in! The toilets and showers were not appealing, there was lots limescale and some algae here and there. They didn't seem to be cleaned regularly. Breakfast was mediocre and they didn't give us dinner. The staff were nonetheless very helpful. If you're looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful, this is perfect. Its also very close to attractions and railway and tube stations. St. James's is about 10 minutes away and the Abbey and the Palace of Westminster are even closer. I recommend the Green Coat Boy pub!
My Sister and I visited London last weekend, upon arrival at Gatwick airport we had no were to stay for the night, so we booked it at the hotel booking desk. The room cost us a total of £40 for the night, it was about a 10 minute walk from Victoria Station (it was easy to find on the map) Check in was simple and the place seemed huge. The walk up the stairs to the 2nd floor was a bit eary it reminded me of boarding school !! our room was really basic just two beds a sink and a tv it was extremley dated but it was clean and they did provide towels. We had to share the toilets and showers with the whole floor and they were right at the other end of the corridor !!! it was a big corridor !! The toilets were ok but the showers were not the cleanest, i basically dived in and straight out again!! Continental breakfast was included in the price it was cereal, toast and coffee, that was fine. the dinning room was in the basement and it was one big room with long tables and ypu just had to grab a seat anywere, but it was clean. I would overall say that this was more of a hostel type place than a hotel but you get your own room !! but then what do you want for £20 eh !!! If you are travelling or just staying in London for a few nights on a budget then this place is ok.