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We have all heard the sayings"one for the road" and "on the wagon". Well today I found out their origins. According to our tour guide they came from the days when people were on their way to be hanged. They were allowed one last drink, which they called the "hangman's ale so they would be a bit drunk and be easier to hang. To get this drink they …
We were heading back to London for one last hurrah before taking the Eurostar to Paris the next day. We decided (after seeing our shockingly small room) to head out and just get the tube somewhere and have a wander around.
We ended up back at Trafalgar Square and just started walking... we came across this awesome plaque of where the first …
... 120,000 dining table... not to mention how much could be used to cover it in lavish cutlery and dining sets. Also got to look through Hamleys toy store, the life sized figure of the Royals immortalized in Lego was quite good and just a little disturbing too. Hagen Dazs ice cream for dinner and sad farewell to great new friend. early to bed ready for the trek into ...
... you may be thinking ??!! Well, add to 1000 people, in that described state, also of whom were heavily intoxicated and using the area as their toilet too - the rest of the seated audience, whom were the wealthy folk, must have trained themselves to lose their sense of smell, I would think !! There were a few stalls behind the stage, that were far away from the "madding crowd" available for nobility.
Back on the tube to Leytonstone to meet up with ...
... the gates were still open and people were standing around waiting, so we found a spot and waited too. The people around us didn't know what was happening either. We found a spot close to the gate in the front row. 10 minutes later the police escort and a Rolls Royce emerged. And in it was the Queen, we were so close so gave her a royal wave. I am sure she looked at us and waved back. We decided to have a look at Harrods as it way on our way ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFairway Hotel London
I honestly wouldn't stay here if it was longer than one night. The room was ok but seriously the bathroom was not much better than a broom closet and that is really the only reason it gets 3 stars.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was great and it was super close to Kings Cross & St Pancras but the bathroom really let the whole place down
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairway Hotel London
Great place, great value.
We booked the Fairway Hotel, but actually ended up staying in the Yorkshire Palace hotel which is next door and owned by the same people. The room was small but spotlessly clean, all newly decorated and re-fitted. Bedding carpets curtains and towels all spotless. Breakfast was not huge but adequate. Served promptly efficiently and with a smile.
The location of this hotel makes it ideal for travelling into the West End. Buy a day bus ticket for £3 and use it all to hop on and off the buses. Also you must visit O'Neill's Irish bar just around the corner, where you can buy a bottle of wine for £7/£8.
We paid £55 for the ensuite twin room and would stay there again without hesitation. One last point, we left our cases in the hotel on our last day as our train did not leave until 9.00pm. This saved us £11 as it is £5.50p per item at King's Cross.
Location, location, location
The Fairway served as my base of operations for a week's work at the British Library. Its close proximity to King's Cross (where one can get the Tube and other rail services) and to the aforementioned library made the hotel a good choice; what made it a great choice was the excellent service, cleanliness, and value for the money. Breakfasts were good, and staff friendly. Room size was indeed small but no great hindrance to me as a single traveler. A few times I was awakened by street noise and felt, at times, that the immediate vicinity was less than inspiring (construction, traffic, noise); yet it was a small price to pay for such ready access to vital parts of the city. Single travelers, or perhaps couples, who want a convenient location for a good price need not look further.
Nice B&B in great location
We stayed at the Fairway Hotel in Kings Cross a couple of weeks ago and found it to be a pleasant & wonderfully located B&B. Having stayed at B&Bs in England, I always look forward to their "English breakfasts" and the breakfast at the Fairway was lovely! The hotel is within minutes walk to Kings Cross station, from where you can access Covent Garden within 5-10 minutes on the tube. The rooms are small but clean & cosy with coffee & tea making facilities in the room. One let down was that a friend called and left a message, which I never received.
I recommend the Fairway and would stay there again.
Great wee gem!
Great wee hidden gem in London, very easy access to the tube and railway station.
Hotel was immaculate with very friendly staff.
We had booked a twin room but were given a lovely family room with a great ensuite. Great value at £55 which includes breakfast.
I've stayed here in October in a twin en-suite room. It is very good value for money - I've tried places for same price and others twice more expensive and found this place to be so much better. It is very clean ( a rare thing in London hotels in this price range), very good location, very nice full english breakfast. I will stay here again and recomend it highly.
Brilliant location and value for money
We are just back from a weekend staying at this friendly little hotel. It is ideally located just across the road from kings cross station and underground so traveling round London and getting back wasted no time and caused no problems. The rooms aren't enormous but as a base for site seeing are plenty big enough(who goes to London to sit in their room anyway). It is spotlessly clean and the staff are helpfull and friendly. At £75.00 for a triple ensuite including breakfast this was a great value for money place to stay. A limited amount of food/drink is available through room service at astoundly cheap prices, ok there isn't a great selection but at these prices you can't complain. An all round excellent stay.
Great value for London. Good location just opposite Kings Cross Station. Very clean room with good facilities, great service. Room wasn't huge but what do you expect for £50 or less in London. Room was quiet though - double windows hence very little traffic noise.
The hotel is situated north of the city centre and everything can be reached very quick. The room we had was very small (as was the bathroom). If you book a double make sure you have a very good relationship, otherwise you might get a problem. The bed was very small as well, hardly possible for two people to sleep in there comfortably.
Everything was very clean though.
The breakfeast gets served until 9 am and I think it is not worth getting up for. Rather go and have a decent breakfeast somewhere else if you do not want to ruin your day.
Given that any hotel in London is totally overpriced, the Fairway is recommended for small budgets - you get what you pay for.
Charged my credit card without permission
I booked this hotel with a credit card guarantee and cancelled 10 days before arrival. They charged my credit card for the first night anyway.
They are refusing to return the funds. Stay Away!