The Gainsborough Hotel
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... and we just went faster and faster. The museum closed at 6pm and we only had a couple of hours there and didn't get to see everything. There were a lot of rooms of religious stuff though and after a while we went through that pretty quickly.
We decided to walk home from Trafalgar Square. It started raining a bit heavily and we went into an Irish pub on Fleet Street and I had a most disgusting chicken and ham pie. I'd asked for it with ...
... they produced were delicious. We ended up getting a potato dish and some paella for lunch, with giant chocolate muffins for dessert.
After lunch we went to Trafalgar Square and to the National Gallery at the edge of it. We only viewed about half of the gallery--our favorite parts--because there are two or three more art museums we can see in London.
As we walked out of the gallery, I told Kathryne that I'd like to see St. Martin in the Fields ...
... do. I took the tube to Westminster and got to see Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. James park, among other sights. It was a really busy day but it was mostly sunny and decently warm out so that was a plus! The crowds were massive because it's starting to become tourist season, woo! Hopefully there aren't too many coming to Cork. I took lots of pictures and enjoyed the day to myself. When I got back, I made some dinner and relaxed that ...
... piece of history.
From there, it was literally down the street and through a dim alleyway where we found Talbot Yard and the National Trust Blue Plaque (stuck up on the side of the building that stands in the place where the Tabard Inn once stood--it was demolished in the 1800s) dedicated to Geoffrey Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales. We know it's just a fictional narrative, but the pilgrims--the Miller, the Knight, the Reeve, the Wife of ...
... you could spend at least a whole day. And still not see everything.
Onto London Bridge and the museum about how it was built and why, and how the mechanics of it work to enable the bridge to open. The views from up here are good and we were lucky it was a clear day.
from here we went to The London Bridge Experience. Think interactive ghost train, come scary movie. The story of London and its tower is told through ...
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4 stars -- that's overrated
We've spent 3 nights in that hotel in march 2004. The rooms were small, but clean, quite cold, the bathrooms are really tiny. BUT beware of the rooms on the ground floor -- there's a club located right under the hotel. from friday on you definately will have problems to find some sleep until 2, 3 o'clock in the morning. it seems that the hotel had seen better days. the staff was very friendly but after all we won't choose the gainsborough again.
Have just returned after spending one night at this hotel-that was enough! I had been upgraded to a double, I dread to think how big the single was. My room was freezing and I was told the heating for the hotel had not been switched on yet. I was offered an extra blanket or a convector heater, problem was the heater was touching the bed because that was the only plug flex would reach to. I was even offered the single room- it did not have heating but I was told as it was smaller (couldn't be surely) I would get warmer quicker! The decor had really seen better days and the net curtains could do with a good wash. The smell of stale smoke was off puttting. Warning to those expecting a lie in, this hotel backs on to a school. A good thing was the cooked breakfast, although no cereals. I often stay in 4 star hotels and The Gainsborough is really not up to the standard I have been used to.
Seen better days
The air conditioning units' intake was through an open window! But it worked well enough when we were there in Aug. 3 - 9, 2004. THe elevator had just enough room for two people. The breakfast was not included and the dining room was small and crowded. But the location is great. The staff was most helpful. I could feel the springs in my mattress!
Cosy very English htoel
The Gainsborough Hotel in South Kensignton London is the quintessential cosy typically English hotel you would immagine in your thoughts.
Really lovely , excellent service and superb location to visit the sites and museums of London. In fact it is located just a couple of blocks form the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, the National History Museum and also Harrod 's is close by.
The rates are very affordable, considering the steep prices practiced by London hotels.
Beautiful Room, Great Location
My husband and I stayed here during our honeymoon. We found the hotel by accident as we hated the place we were originally. The Gainborough had a friendly staff, very pretty (but small) rooms, and a lovely lobby. Additionally, they have another hotel across the street, The Gallery, that you can use as well (library, internet, bar, etc.) We would stay there again.
Thumbs Up for the Gainsborough
My husband and I stayed at the Gainsborough in March 2004, and we enjoyed our stay. The room was tidy and nicely decorated, if a bit small, and the bathroom was a decent size, very clean and included a tub, not just a shower as you often find in lower-priced hotels. My only advice is that if you like to sleep late like we do, you might not want a room at the back; our room overlooked the schoolyard of the nearby Lycee Francais, and we woke up to children shouting at gym or recess or whatever. Anyway, the street side doesn't seem that busy, so it's probably quieter. For the price (about $125 a night) and the location (South Ken tube is nearby), I thought it was a good value.
Gainsborough is a great place to stay
I think the poor reviews for this hotel are unfair. I travel nearly 100K miles on business each year and I found the Gainsborough excellent for location, cleanliness, and value.
Yes, the hotel is small, but unless you stay at an American chain (like Hilton), almost every English hotel is small.
My room was small by U.S. standards, but open enough to walk around, the hotel was quiet, the staff was very nice, my room was very clean, and best of all (for Europe), the bathroom had abundant hot water, good towels, and it was very clean. I also stayed with a female colleague from work who said that her room was very nice as well.
I would recommend staying at the Gainsborough to anyone who wants a centrally located hotel in London that's doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
My husband and I stayed at this small hotel in November. And I do mean small. The room was so small that you could barely open the bathroom door without hitting the edge of the bed. Only one of us could walk around the room at one time. It really was not as funny as it sounds.
The nearest tube stop (S. Kensington) is about 3 good blocks away which makes travel easy. The staff was ambivalent. The only good thing was the price -- around $150 on an internet special. I guess you do get what you pay for and in London, it doesn't come an cheaper.