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Met Pat and Helena and Garth and Rosie for dinner tonight at a pub near the Tower of London. We then rolled up for the 'Changing Of The Keys' ceremony, tickets for which, Helena had booked weeks earlier. Don't the Poms love showing off with this sort of stuff. Must admit - they do pomp and pageantry well. It was an impressive show.
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Flyin' Fngers Frankie, Sore Finger Susie.
As a former resident, and relatively frequent visitor of this great metropolis over the last 40 years, I no longer hit the tourist sites here. Therefore, there won't be any photos of the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, or any other of the myriad historical landmark within this great city, nor will there be any clever repartee regarding the crowded tube (OK, I lied on this one), the hoards of tourists ...
... s place. We left the car there and took the bus down to Oxford Street. We got to sit on the front of the top deck of the bus. We had a great view of the Parliament Clock Tower as we came across Westminster Bridge. We also saw Piccadilly Circus - the view was like New York because there were big advertising signs like jumbo-trons.
... It looked like a pretty cool place to work. There were three people working, and they were all just sitting down playing guitars! Darren was looking for a left-handed mandolin, which was proving hard to find... One of the guys in one of the shops pointed us down the road, and round the corner where we went to a place called Hobgoblin. What an amazing store! It was a music store that specialized in folk instruments. I've never seen so many instruments in one place that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Morgan Hotel London
I too am astonished at the negative reviews of the Morgan. All I can think is that they must be referring to another Morgan and NOT the one on Bloomsbury Street. This is a wonderful hotel and my first choice when traveling to London. I have NEVER had a bad experience here. If there is one negative it is that the hotel is so popular that unless you can book well in advance you will not get a room. The location is superb, the owners/operators wonderful, and the breakfast is a treat. The negative comments are either about the wrong hotel or from someone that is never happy or expects to have Ritz room at B&B prices. Ignore the negative reports because they simply can not be true. This is the best place to stay in London bar none.
We don't understand all the controversy over the Morgan Hotel. Some people must think you can stay at the Four Seasons while paying one-tenth the price! We stayed at the Morgan Hotel for three days this summer and found it to be a terrific value in a superb location. Sure, it's like staying at your aunt's place (as opposed to a 5-star hotel) but if you don't have an aunt in London, what's wrong with that - especially for GBP 80 per night for two people, including a full breakfast? Ours was one of the smaller rooms, but it was comfy and clean. As for the people who lost their valuables, why not use the in-room safe?
While I realize that everyone's experience at a hotel is somewhat different, I was really surprised when I read the two awful reviews of the Morgan Hotel.
The NYC and Washington reviewers must be referring to another Morgan Hotel
I'm totally mystified by the two reviews that say the Morgan is awful. We stayed here for 10 days in December 2000, and the place became home for me. Wonderful owner/operators (we met both brothers, and their sister, Joy), a comfortable, large room with both a tub and shower, and a great breakfast to start the day. All this for 80 pounds (about $120)a day, in a fantastic Bloomsbury location. I'll be staying there again next summer and can't wait...
A great little hotel
The Morgan Hotel (24 Bloomsbury) is a gem. It's a small hotel located around the corner from the British Museum. It is convenient to the tube (Tottenham Court Road), to an AMEX office, a large cyber cafe, a market, a newsagent, Oxford Street shopping, various eating establishments, and within walking distance to the West End.
The hotel's rooms are small, but each room has ensuite facilities and is very clean. Every morning you get a "sturdy" breakfast to help you get a great start to your day.
I recommend this hotel highly. I've stayed here in 1995, 1997, 2000 and will stay again this fall. As a single female traveler, I feel safe here. One important thing about the hotel: I prefer staying in the main hotel, not in the annex.
Morgan Hotel: Truly Awful
This place is one of the worst hotels in which I have ever stayed. I would not recommend it to anybody.
Avoid this place at all costs. Our stay was absolutely awful. Tiny rooms, unpleasant staff,and that's just the beginning. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.
Location + Value = :-)
The Morgan Hotel is London's "great value for the money" location. We have stayed two times and will be there a third time in November. The rooms are spacious and quiet (even those facing the busy street) with all the amenities you expect and need if your are not looking for luxury. The staff are friendly and responsive - we had a slight problem with the hot water in our room and it was fixed immediately. The breakfast is huge! You are steps away from the British Museum, Charing Cross Road, and Theatreland. A 24-hour "convenience store" nearby is very helpful and we eat at Wagamama every time! Go, you won't be sorry!
Good clean spacious and cheap
This is a great little family-run hotel. The furniture might be old, but it's very clean and well run by a friendly and efficient family of Londoners. The rooms are very large by London standards and you can rent an entire APARTMENT with 1 and a half baths and kitchen for much less than a tiny room in a more posh hotel. I love it. I've stayed there 4 times. Love the location. Right next to the British Museum, nearby are a Sainsbury grocery, an EasyEverything Internet shop, a tube stop a couple of blocks away... walking distance to the Theater District.
Morgan Hotel, A DELIGHT!
The Morgan Hotel is centrally located in London right next to the British Museum. I found it especially convenient being within walking distance of Covent Garden. Busses stop right out front and taxi's can be hailed right around the corner. Located in the artsy Bloomsbury area, antique and art shops abound. The breakfast is served in a cozy dining room decorated with toby mugs and antiques. Toast is served in a proper toast rack. The Morgan is run by amiable brothers John and Dave.