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This morning we took a guided walking tour of London with a small group. We walked miles!! We saw way too many things to list everything in detail, I'd be here all day so I'm just going to short list the best bits and explain the most interesting things.
1. St. Clemens church which is the church from the famous nursery rhyme. It's in the middle of a junction. It's very pretty from the outside but the most interesting thing about this church is that ...
... my tights, three layers on the upper and both the beanie and gloves make an appearance today. Breakfast is at the hotel and not long after I board the tube at Hammersmith to Piccadilly. I soon find myself feeling like a piece on a Monopoly board game. Streets like Pall Mall, Bond, Regents, Oxford and Trafalgar Square pass me by. This end of town is extremely busy, so much so that research conducted claims that if you stand on the corner of Oxford and Regents, you would ...
... item, and indeed it was. Malted cream custard with a layer of burnt sugar in top. Perfect. At the conclusion of dinner, we settled our check and said goodbye to St. John, at least for this trip... I must say, this restaurant is unlike any other I have ever been to. In our business, there is a saying that goes, "come for the food, come back for the hospitality." Well, St. John kind of has it backwards...come for the food, come back for the . . . food... Again, and again, and again! ...
... at about 3pm - wonderful to see him, as I had been missing him badly. Don't know how we'll cope with a month apart. We trundled off to Ealing to dump our luggage - it was a very nice hotel, especially for the price, but Ealing really was a bit far to be zipping in and out quickly - about half an hour to central London. Although of course nothing's a problem on the good old Underground - what a fantastic system it is! And the Oyster cards make it even easier - you pay ...
... To say the least. It was a performing arts theme and some of the performers frankly made me feel uncomfortable... I can only imagine how the kids felt for some of these :/ Then we took one of the river boats up the Thames into London where we saw many of the sights from the river (**if you've only got one day this would be a great way to see a lot!**). Under the tower bridge, by the shard, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hart House Hotel London
We arrived at the Hart House on a Friday. The proprietor was not around that afternoon or either of the next couple of days, and the Czechoslovakian women who work there knew very little of London, the neighborhood, or basic information that most tourists would expect to be able to obtain from the hotel. My child became quite ill one day into our stay in London and had to remain in the hotel room for most of the 5 days we were there. Not once did the staff or proprietor (when he returned on our fourth day) ask about how my son was doing. They were not unpleasant, but they did not offer to help in any way. For example, one evening my sick son was sleeping and I requested a place to be able to play cards with my other child. I was told that the dining area was off limits because it was already set and I would have to find somewhere else. We ended up playing on the floor of the entry to the hotel. The location of the hotel was fine, and the rooms were more than adequate.
We got the room at the top.
Since we booked our room three months ahead of time we thought we would not get the infamous "room at the top". Well, guess what? The hostess handed us the key and merely said the room was "upstairs". Sixty-three steps and five flights of stairs later we came to our room. The room was small but not too small to make a difference. The bathroom was also small but still okay. The shower was another story. It was so small that more than once we both banged the faucet handle and ended up getting a plast of cold or hot water. And we are not big people. The room and bathroom were plain but very clean. Breakfast food and service is good.
Our stay at the Hart House Hotel was quite enjoyable!
Our stay at the Hart House Hotel was quite enjoyable! Our rooms were extremely clean, comfortable & secure. The English breakfast was very good and the service was prompt. Andrew Bowdon, hotel owner, was very helpfull in assisting us with our transportation choices and tourist stops. Our location was fairly good. We were only a few blocks away from the Baker Street Underground & Red Tour Bus stations. We would definitely stay here again!
Small but immaculate
The place is spotless! There's fresh paint, newly renovated bathrooms and immaculate furniture at this place. Don't expect it to be grandiose though. You're in London, silly. The rooms are small (some tiny), and the tiny hotel is a bit of a rabbit warren of rooms. But it is great value. Street facing rooms (our street facing one was nice) are have large windows that are double glazed, and therefore the traffic noise is cut down. Location can't be beat. Easy stroll to Oxford street. and to three tube stations. Breakfast is classic British fare, serves its purpose but not gourmet! Easy walk through the safe streets to restaurants around Oxford Street, and around. We'll go back again.
Feb 25-29 2004- The Hart House is clean and well kept. Some rooms are tiny. The triple in #7 is spacious. We also had room #12 on the top floor. We do not mind stairs (~3 flights) but some people might be put out. Standard English Breakfast included, no bottled water though- not even one in the rooms. Bathrooms are modern by UK Standards. Full bath in triple, shower stall in double. Warning- overweight adults would not be happy with the smaller accomodations. Staff is generally polite. Do not expect too much in the way of service as everyone goes home in the evening around 10 pm and returns the next day around 7 am. As a runner, I enjoyed running down to Hyde Park and up to Regents Circle. The neighborhood seems safe, and the rooms are fairly quiet at night. It was about 35 degrees out and our room kept comfortably warm. We got very good off-season rates. The tube is about a 4 block walk in either direction, Baker St. Tube slightly closer. I will probably try to stay right on the edge of Hyde Park next time, closer to Covent Gardens, or closer to Victoria Station next time. Bottom Line: A good clean place at reasonable prices.
Nice place, very clean
Extremely clean!! Nice hotel, the entire place is spotless! Our rooms were on the top floor so a bit of a hike after breakfast or coming in from long day of seeing the sights. Nice and quiet but if I were to stay in London again, I would stay more near restaurants (it's not that close to the tube or food) or stay out in Windsor (beautiful area, lots of restaurants and shopping, castle and easy 15 - 20 min. train into city).
Room at the Top? -- Say NO!
My sister and I lugged our luggage up a long, steep and twisting staircase. A very kind gentleman helped with some of the trip -- we were worried that he would have a heart attack.
Our room was small, airless, cramped and definitely not quaint. The bathroom was tiny, the shower even tinier (we were constantly banging our elbows). The breakfast room was small and very warm. A bit claustrophobic overall.
Maybe the other rooms were nicer, but ours was the pits. The area left much to be desired and we would not return. I'd go back to South Kensington first.
Excellent location, great service - a real gem
I discovered the Hart House Hotel, when wanting a location near to the Wigmore Hall ( the finest classical chamber music venue in the uk)it's a five minute walk. Andrew Bowden looks after his guests superbly,this is the only hotel I will use in London.I short walk to a tube station and so close to the Oxford St shops. English breakfast sets you up for the day here, quiet rooms, well decorated and appointed.A real gem in the capital city, not many family owned and run hotels left.
I looked long and hard to find an affordable room with 3 single beds for my 2 adult sons (6'4" and 6'8") and myself. I was guaranteed a nice room by Mr. Bowden at Hart House and I was not disappointed. The room was spacious (by London standards) and very clean with a large, completely tiled bathroom. The staff were very courteous and friendly. It's approximately 4-5 mins walk from Marble Arch tube station on Oxford St. The neighbourhood seemed entirely safe and we had a back room which was very quiet. @ 95 GBP I thought it a good deal (the rate is 135 GBP in busier periods) I found this room on "laterooms".
Adequate and Clean
Although the room was basic it was bright and pleasant. The large leaded glass window added to the cheerfulness. The room was adequate in size but the bathroom was rather small. The room was very clean. Staff was helpful and friendly at all times. Location was good with several fine restaurants nearby. The only drawback is there is no air conditioning which could make it uncomfortable during hot weather.