An August 2002 trip
to London by panda2
Quote: London was my first time actually visiting the UK (not just changing planes in Heathrow).
Hotel | "Regent Palace"
Toilets are shared and located next to the shower facilities. To use the shared shower facility, you call on the phone and wait for housekeeping to knock on your door, provide you with a bath towel, and then escort you down the long hallway to unlock an unused shower. We waited what seemed like 20 to 30 minutes and called again before someone showed up. We tried to circumvent this afterwards by saving our towels and looking for an unused shower that wasn't locked.We were feeling all sweaty just before the shower and still sweaty right after the shower. Having a private shower in room is optional for an extra cost, but all those rooms were booked when we checked in. Our room was older, dingy, and in need of a new paint job, with a sink instead of a shower in the room.
There's a hotel safe in the lobby, but losing the safe key will cost you dearly, plus they'll have to call a locksmith to drill a hole in the safe to get your contents out (something you don't want to do if you need to depart soon).
The elevators were slow, so we opted to use the stairs. There's a concierge, Nescafé, and Marco Pierre White's famous Titanic restaurant, lounge bar, and gift shop. Allow yourself half an hour for the check-out process, as there was quite a queue. Outside the hotel the immediate area was very congested with people day and night. It's not a location/area I would recommend to stay in, although it's easy to get back to on the night bus when you're out late.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 21, 2003
Regent Palace Hotel
London, England W1B 5DN
+44 (870) 4008703
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 15, 2007
160 Cromwell Road
London, England SW5 0TL
+44 (1) 71-373-3083
Restaurant | "Court Restaurant, The British Museum"
We arrived and were seated shortly before they stopped serving. There were only a few other customers when we were seated. We ordered from a set menu of items. The food was very good.Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11am to 5pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 9pm.Underground stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Goodge St. Bus routesNew Oxford Street: nos. 7, 8, 19, 22b, 25, 38, 55, 98Tottenham Court Road northbound and Gower Street southbound: nos. 10, 24, 29, 73, 134Southampton Row: nos. 68, 91, 188
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2003
The British Museum
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 207323 8990
Attraction | "The Original Tour"
The included Thames Cruise on the water was disappointing, went on too long, and was not very interesting for the most part. I was glad when the cruise ended.A discount is provided if you've taken another Original Tour and have the receipt or if you purchase online. You may purchase tickets either prior to boarding or onboard the bus. Buses come every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours. Ask when you may board the last bus.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 18, 2003
Original London Sightseeing Tour
Various departure points including Baker St Station
London, England SW18 1TB
+44 20 8877 1722
Attraction | "The British Museum"
Admission is free to all, but there may be a charge for temporary exhibits. View the events calendar or exhibits calendar or call the Information Desk on +44 (0207) 323 8299.
Be sure to visit the round Reading Room, a huge circular reading room with bookcase-lined walls. There's Internet access in the main seating area.
We concluded our visit of the museum with a visit to the Court Restaurant. The service and food were excellent for our visit, and hardly any other customers were there late in the evening.
Opening Hours Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 5:30pm, Thursday to Friday 10am to 8:30pm.
Underground stations: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, and Goodge St. Bus routesNew Oxford Street: nos. 7, 8, 19, 22b, 25, 38, 55, 98Tottenham Court Road northbound and Gower Street southbound: nos. 10, 24, 29, 73, 134Southampton Row: nos. 68, 91, 188.
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299
Attraction | "British Airways London Eye"
There's two separate queues. The first line is to purchase your boarding passes. They'll also try to increase their sales by offering visual aids. If there's more than one in your party, have one go for the tickets. The rest may wait in the second queue to board.Capsules slowly turn around the oversize circumference, giving you a big view of the area. It can get hot in the daytime and quite cold at night - I was feeling a bit chilled, so bring a jacket for evening. You can rent a private capsule if you wish. They take a souvenir photograph of you shortly before you get off should you wish to spend more money on this attraction. I'm glad I didn't have to stand in line long for this, and I spent a lot of money on it. I'm only mildly recommending the London Eye - it's not a must-see attraction. Try to go on a clear day and board around twilight, when the sky is darkening, but is not completely dark.Rail: Waterloo station, exit six, South Bank; Charing Cross station, via Hungerford pedestrian bridge Underground: Waterloo station (follow signs for the South Bank) and Westminster station (exit one, Westminster pier).Bus: nos. 11, 24, 211, RV1 Car: not advised, although there's parking around the South Bank area.
The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600
Attraction | "Chariots Shoreditch (aka Chariots Roman Baths)"
Admission: £14Open daily 12pm to 9amTel: +44 (0)20-7247 5333
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 7, 2005
1 Fairchild Street
Attraction | "Tower Bridge Exhibition"
Underground - London Bridge, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway DLR stations.
Bus 15, 25, 40, 42, 47, 78,100, D1, P11, RV1.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2006
London, England SE1 2UP
+44 (207) 403 3761
In the North Terminal, the ground floor is for arrivals and the first floor offers shopping. The second floor is where you check in for departures. The South Terminal handles both arrivals and check-in, with departures on the same level.
Ground transportation is available via train, shuttle, bus, and taxi (including Checker Cars). Gatwick railway station is close to the South Terminal. Gatwick Express to and from Victoria Station, in the center of London, is available.