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... I also realized what a huge foodie city London is. I heard from somebody that the culinary of London is exactly like its art. It has nothing of its own but it stole everything from across the world. The borough market proved that this was very much true with its endless collection of
cheese, chocolate, sweets, breaks, oil, oh and delicious smelling kebaps, hotdogs, burgers, wraps, and burrito wraps. That street of smells was a ...
... out all the stops and delivered a really fantastic performance as the titular King Henry V, fighting for his right to the throne of France on the fields of Agincourt. I would say that the crowd was pretty evenly split--1/3 of the theatregoers were Shakespeare buffs who probably would have seen the play no matter what; 1/3 were curious skeptics hoping to see a famous actor fall on his face; the remaining third were excited fangirls. I was a bit of all three. But really, ...
... of gunpowder in Westminster palace. This is now referred to as the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, and usually followed up by a fireworks display.
We spent a little time in one of the Maritime museums in Greenwich during the day and later watched the fireworks from Chris' house as they lit up the sky over the ...
... where we stored our bags until we were able to check in (not until after 2:00). The hostel was in a very nice part of London and was only a short walk from all of the fun. We dropped off our stuff and took the double decker bus into the city. We saw tons of beautiful buildings and a lot of really attractive people. There were a lot of women in lovely clothes and a lot of men in fitted suits... I was definitely a fan and it made me want to go shopping ...
... trifle. Josh and Hayley felt the eclair was too intense in chocolate flavoring and therefore, tough to eat and difficult to enjoy with such a strong chocolate flavor. And, both wished they'd ordered my dessert once seeing and trying it! It was indeed a treat and quite a delicious combination of flavours and textures.
Fifteen was definitely an amazing dining experience. The food was great, not too large a portion and not overly pricey. For a celebrity chef restaurant, it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cranley Hotel London
Excellent location, wonderful staff
Had a five night stay here 9/03. Loved the location because of the proximity of so many good restaurants nearby. Rooms were lovely although you may wish to avoid the room below reception because of early morning activity there. They were very accomodating about moving us, though.
Cranley was a great choice.
My wife and I stayed here on our first trip to Europe last June. Mo, the concierge was a great help. The rooms are nice, large bathrooms with great showers. Location is great, very peaceful and close to museuams. Check out the Indian resturant next to the hotel!
We were a family of five, travelling to Great Britain for our first trip abroad. Our third, and final stop was London. We were tired after a long day of travelling and were so pleasantly surprised to find that the Cranley Hotel was so perfect. From the moment we arrived, the staff treated us with the upmost warmth and courtesy. Our two rooms, on the ground floor were spacious, clean and elegant. The three children were in an adjacent , very large room with an enormous bathroom. Beautiful linens , marble bathrooms and lovely wallhangings completed the picture. We were immediately served afternoon tea, a ritual that we indulged in every day. We loved the location and found ourselves using the tube exclusively for our travels. Breakfast was delicious and ample. Finally, the staff was amazing. They all learned our names and greeted us warmly. The concierge, Mo, was invaluable. He helped us at every turn, including checking in on our 7 year old when he was feeling a bit ill. We would never stay anywhere else in London again!
The best hotel in London!!
I can't say enough about how wonderful The Cranley truly is. Every aspect of gracious hospitality has been addressed, from the warm greeting & early check-in (a very welcome experience after a long flight) to the sumptuous breakfasts, teas & canapes in the evening. The 24 hr staff are warm & friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. We definitely looked forward to "coming home" at the end of a long day of touring. Not to mention its convenient location; just down the street from the Gloucester Rd. tube station and in a lovely neighborhood with bars, restaurants & groceries. We'll stay there on EVERY trip to London in the future. Fabulous!
A lovely little hotel in a great location, with a truly wonderful staff - warm, friendly, attentive.Returning to the hotel every evening, walking through the charming residential streets of South Kensington, felt like coming home.A few caveats:We were a party of three, in two rooms. The double room was spacious and comfortable, but my single room was so small I had to keep my suitcase in the closet so I could reach the bed. It was attractive and clean, though, with high ceilings and a fully-appointed bathroom.There is an elevator, but it doesn't reach the fourth floor. You have to walk up from the third. Understandable for a retro-fitted Victorian home, but worth noting for folks who can't manage a flight of stairs.The TV-internet access was awkward to set up, and almost impossible to view text on the TV screen. Checking e-mail was laborious & frustrating. I understand it's a relatively new service. Maybe they'll improve it in time.Despite those minor inconveniences, this is a great hotel. Small, cozy, beautifully decorated, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that will certainly bring me back.
Loved This Town House Hotel
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I guess there are about 25 rooms on about 4 floors of this private town house in South Kensington. Service was very good and helpful. Rooms were fairly large and the bed was extremely comfortable. Great water pressure for the shower... Continental breakfast available for a fee. All other food has to be ordered in... Nearest underground is about 5 blocks away (Gloucester Rd.) Knightsbridge (shopping area) is two stops, or a long walk. Plenty of fine restaurants... A few museums are close too...Try it, you'll like it! RD
Don't ever try to cancel a reservation!
Don't ever try to cancel a reservation here. My husband and I cancelled an April reservation back in February(we have the paperwork to prove this),however, two nights were charged to our credit card in April(interestingly these two nights would have been in the middle of our reservation.) For a hotel with such a fine reputation, they are certainly not in any hurry to rectify this appalling situation. We would definitely never plan to stay at The Cranley!
Value for money... Friendly and Efficient
Four poster beds, plenty of light fluffy pillows and best of all a nice quiet environment. The only hotel I know that has your favourite drink available when you arrive. Don't look for the dining room, there isn't one. Breakfast arrives each morning at your room at the requested time. Being Canadian we have to search out value for our money as the exchange rate is murder. The Cranley is a winner.
Tucked down a side street in Kensignton, the Cranley oozes a unique, quite charm. Although they removed their nifty (but small) breakfast room a couple of years ago, things haven't changed a bit through several stays. Actually, the rooms seemed to have been spiffed-up a bit over the past year or two, bringing "very nice" rooms up to great rooms. Don't look for chrome and gaudy...just warm and comfortable. It's not the Ritz, but that's why you stay there.
We visited London in April 2000