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Bus tour of London with Jo. St. Paul's Cathedral - Christopher Wren. (Need to re-read London.) It's a Protestant Church - you can see all the way to the altar. He tricked them into approving a plan and then added a dome. There's an American chapel with stained glass windows with symbols …
Hi again, our final update from the head of the Commonwealth. After the exciting Tower of London complex Charles indulged in some Haagen Dazs ice cream at the "Thistle Tower" hotel near the tower before we headed off to Tate Modern. We walked across the Millenium Bridge (which is now solid and doesn't swing like it originally did after it was …
... actor brushing up on his public speaking and crowd interaction skills. Hilarious, especially after a couple of wines. Looks like he's talking to imaginary friends, as we are nowhere near him but he's talking to us!! One of those moments. Suffice to say, he can't act and he couldn't find an empty cab!! Not walking in the rain, so we decide to become true locals and get on the tube, from Covent Garden, ...
... dressed up to meet Jared at Picadilly Institute, a 5 story night club. It was awesome! Apart from being a billion degrees in there, I walked strait up to the top floor and had a few wines with Jared, met a bunch of lovely people, mainly Australian and new Zealand. Though I did meet a French Canadian called Charles. He was lovely! I got chatting to a lady names Lauren, she's been living in London for 7 years and sounds exactly like a Pom! It was crazy! I got hit on by ...
We woke up and got going heading into South Kensington to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Emma was very excited to see their famous historic costume exhibit and I had procured us tickets to a free fashion show that was happening at 1p.m. We made our way around the exhibit. Emma eagerly took notes and some photos. I picked up the tickets and we discovered the show was to be held in the enormous gallery ...
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I stayed at the Thistle Tower for 6 days/5 nights with my parents and sister. Below are my thoughts on the hotel.
Just stayed at Thistle Tower for one night. Arrived midday after a long Sunday morning spent travelling so just wanted to check in and change as we were meeting a friend at 2.30pm. Called beforehand to ask if our room was ready and we were told to turn up after 12.30 as most guests had not yet checked out from the night before. We left it a while longer and turned up at 2pm-the official check in time but our room was still not ready for us. When we asked how much longer it would be they told us to come back "Much later". We were unhappy with this as we were tired from travelling and wanted to change before meeting our friend.
We stayed at the hotel for 10 nights. We really enjoyed the location because it was on the river and the view of the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London is magnificant. Additionally, it's close to the underground and it's fairly quite at night, which mattered to my husband and I. It is because of the view and the location that I rate it above-average. However, we were awoken our first night after significant jet lag to a false 'fire alarm'. We were there in January so it was very cold, and we had to evacuate down the side staircase and out in to the front of the hotel. They did after about 10-15 minutes let us in to the lobby where we had to wait for the 'okay' to return to our room. Other than that, the rooms were clean and warm, and beds were adequate, and the service was fine. The food was average but the staff was friendly. Again, the hotel has one thing really going for it...LOCATION!
My boyfriend and I just got back (today) from a weeklong stay in London (and some time in Paris). During our time in London, we stayed at the Thistle Tower. The hotel was clean, and the staff was friendly. We were delighted that the hotel was so close to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, and the hotel was also within walking distance from a tube station (giving us easy access to several other London attractions, such at Westminster Abbey, which is on the same tube line). We had a lovely view of the Thames, and although another reviewer claims that they were kept up all night by party boats, we had no such experience.
Great views, but ...
Stayed at the Thistle Tower because it was convenient to London City Airport. The view of Tower Bridge from my room was fabulous! However, the room itself was scratched, frayed, rundown, and well below the quality expected for the price. The bed was the worst part - lumpy and sagging down the midline. Food (breakfast) was only so-so. I won't be back.
My hotel room at Thistle Tower had an absolutely amazing view! However, be warned that if you have a river view, you'll be awakened (or kept awake) by party barges that roam the Thames until the wee hours of the morning. I found the staff to be exceptionally warm and helpful; the breakfast buffet was outstanding and I would definitely stay here again! Views from the Thames Bar are amazing!
Our stay at the Thistle Tower was comfortable. The hotel has amenities such as, "real" airconditioning, modern bathroom facilities, ice making machines, and an appetizing breakfast, which is important or expected by most American travelers. In my job I travel to many countries reviewing Hotels and rating them. There were no problems with the fire alarms or incompetent staff. I highly recommend this hotel, especially with the discounted rate I received through ...
Love the Thistle Tower
I was a First time trveler to London. Our room was more than we expected. All staff were very friendly and helpful. The view was spectacular. We could not have asked for more!
I am responsible for offering travel advice to my staff. We're a transportation company so there is extensive worldwide travel involved for most members of our staff. I have advised our company travel agent that under no circumstances is she to book anyone into this hotel.I often go to London for extended business trips (often 2 to 4 weeks at a time). I usually stay at a small company preferred hotel near the Tower Bridge, but decided to try the Tower Thistle for a change.I was there for 2 weeks. During my stay there, the fire alarm went off 9 times and the entire hotel had to be evacuated each time. No explanations were provided, no evacuation guidance was offered and no apologies were given. One time, the alarm went off before 6 am on a very cold and rainy Sunday morning.I had a beautiful City View room but it was extremely cold (in the middle of winter in 2002). I called to have the thermostat adjusted several times, but to no avail. All they could give me was an electric heater which broke on the first night. I complained very loudly and was moved to another room 4 days later. The new room was nice, but extremely noisy (it overlooked a construction site).I understand that no hotel room can be perfect, but the staff simply would not listen to my concerns or simply trivialized them.
Located in the city, it may seem that the Tower Thistle is not for the first time visitor to London, but get the right room and it offers an unparalled view of Tower Bridge. Worth the extra for a City Club room, ask for one with views of Tower Bridge. It's worth a visit to the bridge itself, and of course the Tower of London is just across the road, and an essential visit. The hotel is of a good standard, with clean, comfortable and reasonably well appointed rooms. The weekend rates are particulaly attractive, and just across the river is Conran's gastrodome, offering a choice of classy restuarants. Dining in house is OK, but beware of breakfast if there are groups in house - it's busy. The food is ok, but treat yourself acroos the river for dinner.