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A travel journal to London by TianjinPaul

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Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

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Hotel | "Bizarre Menu and Poor Quality"

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The Radisson Blu Edwardian is a very nice hotel located close to Heathrow Airport. The rooms are opulent and the facilities impressive. Sadly, my girlfriend and I were not there of our own valition. Rather, we were there because our flight had been cancelled and we had to stay overnight in London so that we could make our connection the following morning. British Airways had supplied the hotel and with it a voucher for dinner. I am not normally a huge fan of eating in hotels as I tend to find the food less than imaginative and usually over-priced. However. As it was paid for by someone else, I had no such qualms about eating at the hotels restaurant, The Trunk. The first thing to strike me...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 17, 2013

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
140 Bath Road
Hayes UB3 5AW
020 8759 6311

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow

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Hotel | "Great for our brief stay"

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The language I used to myself, my girlfriend and anyone within earshot at Glasgow airport when I discovered that not was our flight cancelled but that we would not be able to get home to France until the following day was rather colourful to say the least. Instead of lying from Glasgow to Gatwick and onto Nice, BA were only able to send us as far as Heathrow from where we would fly at 7am the following day. This was not at all a pleasant experience – especially as I needed to be in work the next day and we had enjoyed a fairly heavy weekend of 'socialising'. The one upside was that we got to stay in a very nice hotel, albeit not for very long.We checked into the Radisson Blu Edwardian at just be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2013

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
140 Bath Road
Hayes UB3 5AW
020 8759 6311

Olympic Fever

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When my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip to the UK to visit my parents, we made our flight reservations based purely on our own needs. We looked at when the flights would be at their cheapest and when we would be able to get the time off work. We did not pay too much heed to any external factors. If I am honest, we were completely oblivious to the fact that we would be in the UK during the week leading up to the Olympic Games. However, even though we did not plan it, we would get a little bit of a taste of the greatest show on earth.Our biggest bite of the Olympic cake came when we visited London. However, before that on our journey back to the UK, we also got plenty of flavour. It ...Read More

Bus or Train

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In a journal entry I wrote a couple of years ago about bus travel in Turkey, I commented that in most countries there is mode of transport that usually trumps most others. In Turkey, this was bus transport – the system there is excellent and covers the whole country. I also used the example of Korea where there are very few train lines and a high-speed bus network connects the country’s major cities. I also cited China where the train is king and bus transport is rather hit and miss, and can be dirty and uncomfortable.The UK is a little different. The rail network is probably the most extensive in the world (for a country of its size at least) and there is a huge road system that is covere...Read More

Taking the Train

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Let’s begin this article with a strong assertion: I am no great fan of train travel in the UK. This aversion goes back to my formative years when I was a student and had to travel back and forth between Sheffield and Hull on a regional train service. The journey between the two cities took less than an hour, but regularly set me back the exorbitant sum of 15GBP. I also often found myself delayed or forced to undertake parts of the journey by bus when the service was disrupted. Even though I was very much jaded by the thought of travelling by train in the UK, when my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip to London, we opted to take the train from Sheffield to King’s Cross St Pancras. My m...Read More

Using the Underground

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The London underground is a transport marvel for several reasons. For instance, it was the very first underground rail system in the world and boasts a wonderful history that transcends transport. When it first opened, the trains were steam engines and the carriages did not always have roofs. During WWII it was also used as a shelter to protect Londoners from German bombs. Also, it remains possibly the most complex and extensive network in the world. Even the map is a work of supreme design that is visually impressive and unique.As wonderful as the history of the underground is, it was the present that concerned my girlfriend and I when we visited London. We wanted to get around London q...Read More

The Gresham Hotel London

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Hotel | "Great economy option, but avoid the breakfast"

The Gresham Hotel London Photo, London, England
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Imagine the situation I was in. My girlfriend and I had decided to take a trip to the UK (back to the UK for me) to visit my parents., Whilst I do this three or four times a year, it was to be my girlfriend's first trip to England. I come originally from the north of the country, which, in istelf, is beautiful. However, she was also keen to see the bright lights and smoggy skyline of London. The problem we faced was that we were visiting in the height of summer, three days before the start of the Olympic Games. It is safe to say I was worried about finding accommodation at a reasonable price.Thankfully, we found the Gresham Hotel, which came it at 96Euros per night, which is certainly not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2012

The Gresham Hotel London
116 Sussex Gardens
Hyde Park, London