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Now the fun starts............i'm in the Executive Lounge at Heathrow enjoying a glass of savignon blanc and some nibbles and contemplating a pedicure.
Gonna enjoy this luxurious surrounding for the next couple of hours and i'll see you on the other side - Nairobi here i come
Love Nicki x
... in the city that night, but would text me when if he could.
I then decided that tonight I would eat at the
royal national, have a drink or two then go to bed early. After
resting a bit I walked over Westminster bridge past the houses of
parliament, past big Ben and up to Westminster abbey. I tried the
Abbey when I was first in London, but it had closed, I arrived today
and there was a long line, so I got in line, paid went through
security and ...
... some candy at a candy shop before taking the train back to central London. Once back we went first to a bookstore to get some coffee and use their free Internet. We only stayed there for a short while before leaving and walking to the theatre of Love Never Dies. We both really enjoyed the Phantom sequel. We thought the first act moved a little slowly, but that the second act was really good! After the show we walked back to the dorms and bought sandwiches for a late dinner before going ...
... in the nearby common. How these people make a living these days with their dated rides I'll never know. Nonetheless the kids had fun for an hour or so and then we walked to the Hampstead high street for a stroll and to get our SIM card for the next 5 months.
Heard from Sam today after calling her host (Sunny) for the Indian wedding and learning she now has a local SIM card. She was very nervous about meeting Sunny's parents for dinner tonight having missed ...
... rainy day (surprise...surprise) and made our way first to the British museum which housed the Rosetta stone, google it if you don't know what it is (no its not the language software!). The museum also holds what they believe is the thorn from the crown Jesus wore at his crucifixion. Pretty cool, right?!
Next on the agenda was Harrod's, the largest department store in the world, and most certainly also the most expensive in the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRidgemount Hotel London
A family run B&B which is close to the heart of London. They are helpful and welcoming.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ridgemount Hotel London
Great place to stay
For students travelling around the UK, the Ridgemount was the perfect place to stay in London. The bedrooms and bathrooms were both very clean. Breakfast was served every morning and prepared to your tastes. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Reese were both very helpful in telling us how to get around the city and places to see. The hotel is located very close to two Underground stops and is very convienient to the rest of the city. Overall, great place to stay.
Size Isn't Everything
I stayed in the Ridgemount in October 2004. I booked my room just one day in advance and Mr Rees (he's the one who looks like Seamus Heaney) was very helpful in trying to accommodate me even though they were quite fully booked. In the end I had to change room after the first day but the hotel staff moved all my stuff for me and I even got a double room for the price of a single into the bargain!
The double room was a decent size (for one person at least), the single room was a bit more cramped and with slightly dated furnishings (it was the first time I'd seen a candlewick bedspread since the 1980s). The ensuites were small but clean and looked quite new. Both my rooms were at the back so I had no problems with noise.
Mr Rees is very helpful and will offer advice on sights and events, which is particularly useful when the hotel is so central and handy: five to ten minutes' walk from the British Museum, British Library, Fitzrovia, Oxford Circus, Soho, Charing Cross Road, main train stations (Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras), and tube stations (Goodge St is two minutes away down a side street onto the Tottenham Court Road).
I was more than happy with my stay here, and at £45 a night (prices have since gone up a little), the Ridgemount great value.
Small, but nice
I stayed at the Ridgemount for 6 nights march-april, 2005. The room was very small but I didn't go to London to spend time in the room anyway. The bathroom was adequate. I would recommend asking for a room at the back, if possible, as the traffic on Gower Street can be quite noisy. The breakfast is very filling and kept us going until dinner, which was very good considering the dismal exchange rate. The Ridgemount has an excellent location for visiting the British Museum and is very close to several tube stations. We, also, found the fellow travelers to be very friendly and had some excellent conversations in the comfortable parlor. The cofee/tea machine in the parlor is an added bonus. There is also internet access in the parlor for a small cost.
Really nice place to stay
I stayed at The Ridgemount from march 25 to April 5, 2005. I was really satisfied. I was in a single room en-suite. The room was small but hey! do you travel to spend your time in an hotel room? The room was very clean clean and the bathroom was brand new, there was a television and an hair dryer. My room was on the top floor looking back of the building and I didn't found it noisy. They don't have a lift so I had to climb up 4 floors. For me it didn't matter but you should know it. The breakfast consist of orange juice, cereals, coffee, eggs, bacon and toast, everything you need to start a nice journey in London, the only point is that they serve breakfast from 7 to 9 and when you are on holiday sometime you would prefer to have breakfast a little later than 9. There is a coffee machine in the lounge where you can have free coffee or tea 24hrs, there is also a soft drink machine but this one is not free, also an internet access. The owners Mr. & Mrs Rees are such nice people. They can give you advice on what to see and when to see it. If I ever go back to London I will surely go back to this place.
My girlfriend and I stayed at this fine establishment for 5 nights this past February. The staff was very friendly and helpful, as they answered all of my girlfriend's questions (which were quite a few). The breakfast was good -- I definitely recommend getting the Frosties in the mornings. One of my favorite things in this bed and breakfast was the fact that they had a free tea machine in the sitting room for all the guests.
The room itself was quite spacious -- we had reserved a double, but there was actually a single bed in addition to the double, which came in handy. There was a small sink in the room, and the shared bath facilities were just down the hallway, and were very clean. I am usually very paranoid about shared bathrooms, but this experience was positive. There was also a laundry service for 3 pounds, dropped off in the morning, and picked up in the afternoon.
The location was ideal as well. It was only about a 5 minute walk from the nearest tube station (Goodge St.), and about a 15-20 minute walk to Covent Garden and Oxford Street. Quiet street, but just a block away from a busy business street with lots of dining and shopping options.
Overall, we had a good experience for a good value, and we recommend it!
Ridgemount decent value for the money
My husband and I stayed at the Ridgemount in September 2004. We had a double en-suite room. The room was clean but not somewhere you would want to spend a lot of time in. The bedspreads really need replacing.
The location is pretty good but the street outside is quite noisy all day and all night. I would say it is more like a 10 minute walk to either tube station. There are restaurants nearby.
The hosts are quite nice and provide lots of good information. The breakfast is good and filling.
It is an okay value for the money but I do not think we would stay here again. We stayed at a B&B in 2001 for the same cost which was much nicer.
Thank you Mr & Mrs Rees, Aled, and all the staff for your warmth and hospitality. You certainly made our one week holidays a wonderful and memorable experience. Hope to see you all next year.
A little shabby, but friendly & inexpensive.
We reserved this hotel because of the low price per night and it's location. The neighborhood is very friendly and safe and clean. The hotel staff are very sweet, and the location is very good (only a 5 minute walk to the Goodge Street tube station). I have read many reviews in various publications & websites about this hotel, and how people love it & come back year after year. With that said, I am not so sure I would stay here again. Our room had shared toilet and shower facilities, and we were a little let down with the cleanliness and functioning of them. The shower on our floor took a very long time to get hot water, and the toilet didn't always flush properly. If we had toilet & shower facilities in our room we may have felt differently, I suppose. I am not suggesting you don't stay here, just be prepared to wait for hot water in the shower. Definitely get a room with private toilet and shower facilities en suite. Overall I would say this hotel is 'ok' at best.
Keep coming back for more!
I've stayed here for extended stays on four different occasions over the last five years. Every time I get the same friendly service. Mr. Rees is a fount of information. There may be noisy student groups but otherwise a great deal, a great location, clean, and friendly.
Nice, clean and close to the tube station
We stayed at the Ridgemount hotel from June 8th until June 14th 2004. The hotel is a short walk from the Goodge street station and the Russell square station so you can get anywhere in London in a matter of minutes. In fact we took the tube directly from Heathrow to Russell square when we arrived in London.
We stayed in a twin ensuite room. The room was exceptionaly clean. The bathroom was tiny but met our needs and was much better than having to share a bathroom. The English breakfeast was nice and kept us going until dinner time and believe me with the prices in London, not having to eat until dinner time is a big money saver! Our room overlooked Gower street so we had a lot of traffic noise when we had the window open but we couldn't hear the traffic when the window was closed. We were greeted each morning on our way back from eating breakfeast by Mr Rees who would ask us what are plans were for the day and then offer us advice as to how to get there and what to see. We happened to be there during the annual "Trooping the Color" and he advised us where we had to go to see the parade and the queen. Pictures of the queen from your London vacation are priceless! When I go back to London, I will definitely being staying at the Ridgemount again. I highly recommend it to everyone.