London Journals

London on a 4-day Hilton award stay

An April 2002 trip to London by Boomsie

Hilton London Metropole Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Since there are many journals on London already, I'll write about our stay at the Hilton London Metropole hotel and some side trips we took. Before booking this stay I researched heavily and the Metropole seemed to be most consistent at having award availability for Hilton HHonors members.

London on a 4-day Hilton award stay

Overview

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Whether the weather is sunny or rainy, a Thames river cruise is a must. You can't see some of the sights there are as well as from the river.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

London has a great public transportation system and even beginners can find there way around pretty quickly. The second best way of getting around is "to ride Shank's mare" -- in other words, by walking.

Hilton London Metropole

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Hotel

Hilton London Metropole Photo, London, England
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Listed above, the price per room night states $200-250. To be honest, I've heard of people getting rooms here for much less. However, this time, I was using a 4-night award using my Hilton HHonors account, which cost me 110,000 points. Since I don't have any particular status with the HHonors program--I'm a "Blue" member, which is the lowest there is--we received a very ordinary smallish room when we first checked in. We were in the East Wing on the 11th Floor. The bed was hard and I never thought I'd experience a hard pillow, but these pillows were hard. The bathroom didn't look clean...especially the bathtub/shower combination. I later tried to clean it with some shampoo and the stains didn't...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2002

Hilton London Metropole
225 Edgware Road
London, England W2 1JU
44 (207) 4024141

Fiamma

Restaurant

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We ate dinner here early one evening because the Champions Cup football game was set to begin at 7:00 p.m. that night. My husband asked the waiter if the game would be on television in our room. He replied that it would not, but that the bar in Fiamma would be showing it via satellite. We both had the salad bar and then ordered a thin-crust pizza margherita. It was excellent --something like you would get in Italy. The service was good and swift. We then asked the restaurant manager, who had come by our table to see if everything was okay, if he would reserve us a table in the bar near a TV screen. After we finished our meal, we walked over to the bar 15 minutes before the game started. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2002

Fiamma
225 Edgware Road
London, England W2 1JU
1(800) HILTONS

Paradiso E Inferno

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Restaurant

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We were having a cocktail at The Opera Terrace, which is on the far left side on the second floor if you're facing the Covent Garden building. We ate here about 3 years ago and it was good. It was 4:30 p.m. and the restaurant didn't open until 5:00, so we had a couple of cocktails at the bar. While settling our tab, my husband asked the bartender where a good place to eat would be and she said, of course, "Here." But he told her we'd already eaten there. She then suggested an Italian restaurant, which was on the street behind Covent Garden Market--Southampton Street. Walk two blocks along Southampton Street to The Strand and the restaurant is on the corner to your right. We walked in witho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2002

Paradiso E Inferno
389 Strand
London, England WC2R 0LT
(020) 7836-7491

Court Restaurant

Restaurant | "Court Restaurant at the British Museum"

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We arrived mid-morning at the British Museum and by 1:00 p.m. were famished. We happened upon the Court Restaurant, which is on the 2nd Floor of the Great Court. Most tables are side by side in sets of 2 tables, with a couple of inches of space in between the two. Don't plan on having a deeply personal conversation here. The couple we were seated next to were friendly and we chatted briefly, but it's hard not to inadvertently eavesdrop on other people's conversations when they're seated so closely. The food was excellent--I had mushroom soup and a vegetarian hot sandwich which tasted a big like french toast, and my husband had stuffed chicken breast. We each had a glass of wine and afterwar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2002

Court Restaurant
The British Museum
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 207323 8990

Maritime Museum Photo, London, England
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We took the tube to Westminster station on the Bakerloo line and exited a few hundred feet from the City Cruises pier. Round trip price to Greenwich was 7.50£ each and the boat was to leave in 15 minutes. We were 2nd in line, but as it was, there were only about 20-25 people waiting as we boarded. You can see what the boats look like at this website: click here. We sat in front by the window and as we sailed toward the Tower of London, our first stop, the captain gave us a narrative of the interesting sights along the way. After 5 minutes or so at the first stop, we continued on towards Greenwich. So many of the old warehouses are being conv...Read More

Day trip to Brighton

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Pavilion as seen from the Gardens Photo, London, England
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Finally, a sunny Spring day. We decided to take the train to Brighton. We bought our tickets at Victoria Station, from whence the Brighton Express departs. It takes 59 minutes from Victoria to Brighton and the train makes one stop only. Two return tickets cost us 30£ total. The day before had been rainy, so it was good to look out the windows at the sun shining on the tranquil English countryside. We walked 15 minutes into town and made our way via the direction signs to the Royal Pavilion. We only walked there to take a look at it from outside and really weren't that keen on going in, but decided we might as well. I am so glad we did as we both enjoyed it immensely. It's much larger than ...Read More