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Today was our Monopoly Challenge across London – we took in a bunch of famous places and also managed to squeeze in a picnic in front of King's Cross, a walk across Abbey Road, a shopping trip across Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, a crazy visit to Buckingham Palace, a genuine pub dinner, and a musical… Phantom of the Opera. The girls are completely wiped out… but here are the girls’ stories:
... our hotel right away from the platform. It is only a short couple of blocks away from the station. The area is smallish feeling with little corner markets, homes, a church and some restaurants. It's cute. And really easy to get from station to hotel with bags in tow! At the hotel, we arrive too early to get into a room but they put our luggage in the storage room (locked).Then we head out for some lunch and to see the blue police box that sits in front of the ...
Stroll through convent garden market & shops. Brunch at Carluccios. Asked Freddy what he wanted to eat and he said 'tiropitakia!'. He had panettone in the end, which he loved so much he turned around and gave me a kiss. While he had his afternoon nap I visited liberty of London. Beautiful old department ...
... its still the weekend…..and hello new chapter, and hopefully happy times in the sun with my girls.”
I must admit for the first time in months I started to feel a bit nervous about the whole thing. Being too busy organising our family gap year and then saying goodbyes, I had not stopped to think what mental resources, responsibilities and new challenges that lay ahead. Having briefly spoken to Lou’s wise and very caring father earlier that day ...
... she got on the escalators to go down onto the tube
you come over the top and looked down a 12m drop. Poor mum was hanging on for
dear life and was frozen on the step. People coming up the other escalators were
giving her strange looks.
Yippee we final made it to our accommodation. It is great and
central to everything. Now we have dropped the bags off we are free to start
Brilly Brilly where have you been? I been to London to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Meridiana London
Great location, bad hotel
Cheap hotel only 2 blocks from King's Cross Station and the location is really the only nice thing about the Hotel Meridiana (anywhere of interest in London is a tube ride away). The hotel wasn't awful but I WOULD NOT stay there again. We asked for a double room ensuite. Because we weren't paying for a 4 star hotel, my husband and I weren't expecting much. On first glance, the hotel exceeded our expectations. The room looked nice, had a toilet & shower, appeared clean, and was in a good location. The room came with a full english breakfast included in the price. We started to notice problems with the room as we went to sleep the first night. The bed was ancient and the metal springs poking our backs all night made for an EXTREMELY uncomfortable and fitful night's sleep. The scratchy sheets didn't help. Because of the age of the bed, the duvet, and the down pillows, they were full of dust mites. I didn't see any as they are microscopic, but I have a severe allergy to dust mites and could tell there were millions of them in the bedding by the extreme swelling of my eyes upon awakening each morning. The extremely dusty lamp shades next to the bed made my allergies worse as well. So anyway, back to the first night and the uncomfortable bed... when we awoke in the morning, my eyes were swollen, my husband's nose was stuffy (he discovered he has a very mild allergy to dust mites), and we we both had backaches from the bed. However, we were excited about our complimentary English breakfast and shrugged off the problems, quickly hurrying for our breakfast at 7am. The breakfast was the worst breakfast I have ever experienced. Only two people were staffing the kitchen and breakfast room. There were four tables full of guests and the staff could not keep up. It took 15 minutes for the server to acknowledge our presence and then another 10 for her to bring us our coffee/tea and thimble-sized glass of orange juice. We ordered breakfast and were by now, absolutely ravenous. She didn't ask how we wanted our english breakfast) but I figured I was hungry enough to eat anything. I was wrong. Typically, english breakfasts consist of 2 eggs fried or scrambled, canadian bacon, sausage, maybe black pudding, fried tomatoes and/or mushrooms, beans, and toast. To our dismay, we received one runny, greasy fried egg, a teaspoon of beans, 2 very fatty & very small pieces of canadian bacon, and 2 slices of toast. It wasn't enough to feed a child, let alone two hungry adults who had been looking forward to this breakfast our entire holiday (my husband is English and has been craving an english breakfast since coming to the US). Several of the other hotel guests asked for more coffee or food and it took the staff nearly 20 minutes to accommodate their requests. We asked for more beans because it was really a meager amount and got more toast instead. Heinz baked beans are not that expensive so there is really no excuse for the extremely small portions. After our bad breakfast experience, my husband and I decided to skip the breakfast and sleep longer the next day. More swollen eyes and allergies. When we returned from our day's activities, housekeeping had straightened our room and left the window wide open for anyone to enter and steal our belongings. Our room was on the ground floor and the area right near King's Cross Station is not that great of an area (as we could tell by the various drunks and addicts yelling from the park in front of the hotel). When we closed the window, we discovered it would not lock anyway. Finally, when we checked out, we had to pay 5% extra because we used a credit card. We knew about the fee beforehand, but after our not-so-nice stay, it felt like adding insult to injury. If you don't like english breakfasts and have absolutely no dust mite allergies, then the hotel might not be that bad for you. However, the very uncomfortable bed and non-locking wondow might be enough to make it worth staying elsewhere.