England Journals

A Week in England

An April 2007 trip to England by marseilles

Marble Arch Hotel Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A week in London, with a quick detour to Oxford.

Marble Arch Hotel

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Hotel | "Marble Arch Inn"

Marble Arch Hotel Photo, London, England
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The rooms are tiny; the shower is, as in many English bed and breakfasts, a tiny stall with a see-through door crammed into the corner of the room , the pillows are flat, and the rooms are a little worn.However, rooms at this two-star B&B have two things going for them: a personal refrigerator—perfect for the budget traveler who wants to make his own sandwich lunches—and free WiFi.Moreover, Marble Arch Inn is just three blocks away from Oxford Street, happy news for shoppers.To be frank, Marble Arch wouldn't be my first choice for a B&B; I've stayed at much nicer ones, but at the discounted VAT-inclusive price of £4...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

Marble Arch Hotel
49/50 Upper Berkeley Street
London, England W1H 5QR
+44 (20) 7723 7888

Travelodge London Marylebone Hotel

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Hotel | "Travelodge London Marylebone"

Travelodge London Marylebone Hotel Photo, London, England
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Travelodge UK has found a magic formula for budget business hotels. While their regular London rack rate is around £80, the average tariff for a double ensuite room in a three-star hotel or B&B in London, early birds can book and buy online to get en suite double room in London for as low as £15 per night, with rooms also available for £26 or £45. The cheapest prices aren't always available, however, and longer-staying guests might need to book a room at a combination of £15, £26, £45, and £80 rates to get the best possible price. Travelodge London Marylebone was one of the hotels recommended to us by the organizers of the conference that my...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2007

Travelodge London Marylebone Hotel
Harewood Row, Marylebone
London, England NW1 6SE
0871 984 6311

Shahi Sizzler

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Restaurant

Shahi Sizzler Photo, London, England
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There was a time when England was laughed at for its cuisine. Boiled food with a bit of salt and pepper was the only image people conjured up when they thought of food in England. I'm not sure if this was ever an accurate picture of food in England, but I'm absolutely certain it isn't accurate today.England, and London in particular, is a foodie's paradise. Thanks to Britain's rich imperial past, London is one of, if not the, most diverse cities in the world, and the cuisine that you find in London can make any palate happy.Just a block away from our hotel in Marylebone, we discovered, to our joy, the culinary delight that is Edgware Road. The street was lined with v...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2007

Shahi Sizzler
330 Edgware Road
London, England
+44 (20) 7224 8472

Wolvercote Cemetery

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Attraction | "Tolkien's Grave"

Wolvercote Cemetery Photo, Oxford, England
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We spent Saturday in Oxford, managing to get a £4 early-bird fare each way on the rail—the fare is usually £16). The train left at 8:52am and arrived around an hour later at the Oxford Rail station.The first place we went to when we arrived was Wolvercote's Cemetery, to pay homage to Professor J. R. R. Tolkien at his grave. We found out from Internet research that most people take a taxi to Wolvercote Cemetery, but we found a much easier, and cheaper, way to get there. So, for people looking for Tolkien's grave, here are the directions: from the city centre, take any bus number 2 (2A, 2B, or 2C). Get off at the Five Mile Drive stop, which is just after the roundabout. Walk ahead just a few...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

Wolvercote Cemetery

Oxford, England

Bush Theatre

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London is the theatre capital of the world. It's one thing to read a tag line like that in a guidebook, but it's when you try to decide what play or musical to watch that you begin to realize how true it is. At any given time, there are perhaps forty or fifty plays and musicals being advertised in popular media; and I'm certain that doesn't yet include student plays! In tube stations, there are more advertisements for plays and musicals than there are for television programmes or films. Londoners really are a theatre-going people.We wanted to watch at least one play on this trip to London and, through some Internet research, I was able to find details about a very well-reviewed off-West ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

Bush Theatre
Shepherds Bush Green
London, England W12 8QD
+44 (20) 7 610-4224

Regent's Park and Primrose Hill

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Attraction | "Regent's Park"

Regent's Park and Primrose Hill Photo,
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I love that London has so much park area. I've admired the little parks in Sydney; I've strolled around Central Park in New York; and my mom used to take me to Kowloon Park in Hong Kong every Sunday when I was a child; but in no other mega-city have I seen as much park space as in London. I have a feeling that if there's one reason why the English don't want to get rid of their monarchy, it's because these beautiful green spaces that dot England's cities are constant reminders that they have much for which to thank their monarchy. And if my guidebook is to be believed, of all of London's parks, Regent's Park tops the list. Though I haven't visited all of London's parks, I don't doubt that cl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2007

Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
Park Road
London, England
+44 (20) 7486-7905

Speakers' Corner

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Hyde Park is most famous for Speakers' Corner, where every Sunday you can find citizens speaking publicly to crowds on a variety of topics. It is the only place in London where demonstrators are allowed to gather without a permit, and is the main protest site in the city. (The giant million-man-strong anti-Iraq War protest took place here in 2003.) When we came to London last year, we hadn't had the chance to visit Speakers' Corner on a Sunday, so this was going to be a first for us. The green spaces of Hyde Park looked like any other London park would on a Sunday: dotted with picnickers and residents sunning themselves on the grass. But that little concrete corner of Hyde Park was what made...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2008

Speakers' Corner
North East corner of Hyde Park
London, England W2

Cabinet War Rooms

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I find World War II history very moving. The Philippines, my home country, was one of the countries whose history was reshaped drastically by the war. And more than that, the stories of the war are in my blood. Both my grandfathers fought in the war: my paternal grandfather as a USAFFE soldier, my maternal grandfather as a guerilla. My paternal grandmother, a nurse, set up the only health clinic in her little provincial town to administer first aid to the soldiers who were passing through there. I was thus looking forward to visiting the Cabinet War Rooms.To find the Cabinet War Rooms, I walked through St. James' Park and passed outside Buckingham Palace before finally finding the little en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2008

Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps
London, England SW1A 2AQ
+44 20 7930 6961

Oasis Airlines

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Oasis Airlines is what travelers have been dreaming about for the last few years: a budget airline for longhaul routes! Oasis Airlines is a new airline founded by the founder of Dragon Air, the intra-China airline recently bought by Cathay Pacific. While budget airlines around the world have made it possible for everyone to travel inexpensively around their own regions, Oasis makes it possible for East Asians and Europeans to travel across the world at a fraction of regular costs.Right now, Oasis only flies from Hong Kong to London Gatwick and back. Every Oasis flight has a limited number of economy seats at their cheapest non-refundable non-changebale fare of $130 one-way before taxes. ...Read More
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Before coming to London I read a series of articles debating as to whether it was London or New York that should be called the greatest city in the world. I will leave it to the Londoners and New Yorkers to debate this (I myself love both cities) but here is what I realized during this trip. The quicker pace of life in New York (or at least Manhattan) certainly gives New York a more exciting "vibe": when you walk around Manhattan, it seems everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere, and the New York visitor is somehow swept up in that frenzy as well, which is no visit to New York is ever boring. New York has speed and excitement. But London has more history (several centuries more!), ...Read More