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A busy few days in the London office and one awfully drunken night out with work colleagues saw the end of my time at work. A brilliant company and one I hope to work for once again somewhere down the line.
... sunscreen is a liquid.
Well I doubt I will be needing that in an English winter!
But he said this anyway:
"Did you want me to throw it, or did you want to use 200ml now?"
Haha. This guy is a legend!!!
And after that excitement, ...
... of Tattinger champagne. Leaving the glitz and glam of the Ritz we ventured along Piccadilly and into a little food alley where we dined at Lo Locanda, a local Italian restaurant that Merry had discovered in her travels in the 1970's and continues to visit when in London. It was a great little spot and we enjoyed a simple yet tasty meal whilst we reminisced on our time together and how much fun we had over the two weeks from the golf in Scotland to the BBQ's at the ...
... hotels are usually quite small. This was actually really nice, we had a bedroom for Charlotte with an en suite, a sofa bed in a good size living room for Luke and a separate upstairs for Cindy and I with our own en suite. All in all, much better than I had been anticipating. After the journey there, there wasn't too much more we could face that evening, but we did need to eat, so we walked to Covent Garden and ate at a Jamie Oliver restaurant. It was good to be so ...
... watching and listening to The Queen, who was relaxed, sociable, amiable, sometimes serious and often laughing. Most of the time we moved with her and were within a few feet of her. It was truly an honour.
What was fascinating was to watch the royal household operate this close.
There were maybe seven or eight guys, immaculately dressed but not in a specific uniform, who mingled as an advance party to quietly brief the people way ahead of her that she ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rathbone Hotel London
We booked the Rathbone for ourselves and our elderly parents for a special birthday weekend ladt month.
Most London hotels prove disapointing but the Rathbone was a little gem. Great location with a nice little pub opposite and a great restaurant over the road-Fino.
The rooms were small like most central hotels but comfortable and well equiped. The lobby was lovely and all the staff were incredibly helpful especially the concierge. The bar was small but sold great cocktails to begin the evening and breakfast was freshly cooked to order-no grease and curly toast!!
We booked a Thursday to Saturday deal through a website and only paid £119 per room per night well below the tarif price and I think at that price the Rathbone is a brilliant option.
Having booked a double room at the Rathbone then read a highly critical review, we wondered if our choice for a weekend break for shopping and theatre would turn out to have been a bad one. We need not have feared - the Rathbone was an ideal choice. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Our double room was very clean and tastefully furnished, immaculately and discreetly serviced. The airconditioning/heating was easily contollable, and the doubled glazed windows ensured the room was a peacful sanctuary of rest between the exhausting shopping treks.
Oh dear Oh dear
I am astonished that anyone rates this hotel, ok from the entrance it looks ok but then it just goes down hill fast. First of our room was smaller than the average broom cupboard & stank of smoke, strange considering we requested a non smoking room. To be fair we got moved even if the receptionist was far from happy. New room had damp, 1970's bathroom & the smallest TV in London. Came back from A1 service at The Ivy to have some drinks in reception. Ordered the drinks at the bar, 30 mins later still no sign. When we asked porter where the drinks were he informed us they had no coffee? what is that about. Still breakfast wasnt that bad we only had to wait 15 mins so they could prepare a table. Overall a joke, butlins would give it a good run for is money.
Great location, superb hotel
Just returned from 3 day stay in London staying at the Rathbone. Best hotel I've experienced in London - friendly, polite, efficient staff. Good sized, clean rooms. 3mins walk from Oxford St, 15mins Trafalgar Sq in quiet side street. 3 mins walk from Goodge St tube. Excellent.
Stayed in Rathbone hotel for weekend visit to London recently. Great location within walking distance of Oxford Street; Regent Street; Soho; Leicester Sq etc. Lovely botique style hotel with plentiful array of restaurants, coffee shops, grocers etc proximate. Room was tastefully decorated and little extras like paper delivery in the morning made a difference. Breakfast was average - if you didn't choose the english breakfast then the buffet was pretty limited. The service was efficient. I would have rated this hotel above average except for a distinctly cold and un-customer-friendly attitude from staff at reception. For a hotel promoting itself as one of London's only remaining indpendent hotels, a courteous, friendly reception would have been expected. It's one of the reasons I had chosen to stay there. Pity - this aspect spoiled an otherwise satisfactory stay.
I have stayed in many hotels in London over the years and all have dissapointed in many ways but the Rathbone is 'something special'.
4 Star Deluxe - are you having a laugh?
Whe I booked up to stay at the Rathbone I was looking forward to the comforts a 4 star "deluxe" hotel would give.
What I ended up with was a very small double room situated next to a generator that kept me awake all night and a television with no reception to receive the Sky channels I was promised. The room was cold and heating took hours to come through. When I complained they were polite enough and promised to send me a person to come and fix the television and temperature. No one came so I ended up having to complain again to get me moved to another room. Hardly 4 star deluxe so this is one hotel I shall not be staying at in the future!
Very friendly staff, really nice rooms for a smaller hotel in London. The buffet breakfast is more then enough to keep you going till lunch and the location of the hotel in Soho is excellent. Lots of small interesting and well priced restaurants in the area.
It's not often you can hand on heart hold high expectations for something as simple as booking a hotel room in a capital city and be so presumptious as to expect you will get high standards of accomodation, courteous staff and above all else value for money.
Great place, but don't tell too many people!
The Rathbone is a lovely small townhouse hotel and in a great location in Fitzrovia which is just north off Oxford Street.
We booked with SelectBritain and got a rate of just £100 for a double room with breakfast included.
There was no restaurant open for dinner, but with so many places to eat on our doorstep this was not a problem.
Service and staff were both excellent and very accommodating. I'll definately be going back again.