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Lovely London in the Fall.

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A November 2001 trip to London by vampirefan

The Metropolitan Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Last fall I had the wonderful opportunity to take my husband on an exciting trip to London. What a way to spend Thansgiving! It was the perfect first time trip overseas for him, and a chance with an old friend for me!

Lovely London in the Fall.

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London at night Photo, London, England
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Hey, I am in London with my hubby, what’s not to love? My absolute favorite thing was, of course, the theater. I have been a theater fan for more than two decades, so it has always been a dream to go to the West End. While here we checked out The Lion King and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I also loved the Ghost Tour. It was perfect, and the night we went it was very foggy and misty, adding to the ambience. I also loved Kenningston Palace. I will always love Princess Di, and I felt it a great privilege to be where she once lived.Quick Tips: I cannot stress this enough - advance planning, advance planning… We purchased a copy of the magazine Time Out London from our loca...Read More

The Metropolitan

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Hotel

The Metropolitan Photo, London, England
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The first place we stayed on our London tour was the Metropolitan on Old Park Lane, across from Hyde Park. Wow! This place is luxury at its finest. I was working as an account executive for a travel agency, and our hotel representative got us a few nights comped. Modern style and sophistication are on the menu here. I had asked our rep if we could go ahead and check in early if they had room when we arrived. After an all-night flight, we knew we would be exhausted and said we would be in around 9am. When we arrived and checked in, they told us they were just about ready and recommended a teashop just around the corner. We went and had breakfast, and when we arrived back at our hotel, it was rea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2004

The Metropolitan
19 OLD PARK LANE
London, England
44-20-7447-1000

Atlantic Paddington Hotel

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Hotel | "Atlantic Paddington"

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If the Metropolitan is the best place I have ever stayed, then the Atlantic Paddington rates as one of the worst. I am not picky about hotel rooms. I just want a clean place to stay with a clean bathroom. I am never in the room much, so I don’t care about anything else. The Atlantic Paddington bills its self as a hostel for students and families. Sure, I have no problem staying in hostels. I did call ahead, however, to check things out. I was assured this place catered to families and couples and would not have to worry about loud students at night. I also requested a room on the ground floor if they did not have an elevator, since I have asthma. When we arrived, we were on the fifth floor and ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Atlantic Paddington Hotel
1 QUEENS GARDENS
London, England
44 20 72624471

Harrods

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Attraction

Harrods Photo, London, England
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Harrods is not just a department store, it is an institution. Just about everyone who comes to London has to come to Harrods. Now getting here is easier said than done. Harrods got its start in 1849, when Charles Henry Harrods took over a small grocery stand. The business took off and continued to build and expand throughout the years. The ownership has changed many times over the years. Most recently, businessman Mohamed Al Fayed took over the reigns in 1985 and invested $400 million in revamping the place. The store was the first to have escalators and the first to offer telephone shopping. Today, Harrods is five stories and carries everything, such as clothes, food, electronics, toys, an...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road
London, England SW1X 7XL
+44 (20) 7730 1234

More information about London

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London Photo, London, England
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London: my kind of town. I was a military brat and actually born just outside of London. Then my father was stationed near London in the 70s, so London was already a magical place for me. Last year, I took advantage of some great travel agent rates and decided to surprise my husband with a trip to London. It was my husband’s first time out of the country, so I wanted to take him somewhere I knew he would love…and where English was the common language. So London fit the bill. London is a great representative of the old, yet remains one of the world’s major cities. It is also perfect trip for a first visit to Europe. The bad part about London is that you will want to see eve...Read More

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This piece of art  Photo, London, England
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When you first walk in, you will notice the lobby is stark white, with modern furniture with very distinct lines. The desk staff is trendy and Armani-clad. The concierge desk was made of beautiful marble. The staff treated us like royalty and always knew me when I came to the desk. I have never been treated nicer, especially since we were not paying a dime for the place. They offer 24-hour room service. They have a gym and spa. Downstairs, you will find the world-renowned Nobu Japanese restaurant owned by actor Robert De Niro. Since I was dressed in my formal finery for the theater, we decided to take a taxi. The front desk made sure we had a cab waiting for us when we were ready to leave. On o...Read More