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A Lushious London Weekend

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A July 2013 trip to London by Slug

Ramada London Docklands Photo, London, England More Photos
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Ramada London Docklands

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Hotel | "Nice beige hotel in a way out there London location"

Ramada London Docklands Photo, London, England
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Sometimes those bargain hotel offers you see in the paper really are true. After dutifully collecting vouchers in the Independent for a few days in the dank days of November, we secured a 2 night booking for July at the Ramada London Docklands for a price of £20 per night for the two of us. Result!On the downside we were coming into London via Kings Cross while our hotel was near the ExCell exhibition centre and rather a way out of the city centre. Our first night was to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and it took us an hour to get back to the hotel. It’s not a problem but just be aware how long you will be travelling on the tube if you fancy coming in and out of the city twice. We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2013

Ramada London Docklands
Excel, Royal Victoria Dock - 2 Festoon Way
London, England
+44-870-1118779

Fox @ Connaught

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Restaurant | "Fox @ Connaught - OK East End Bar"

Fox @ Connaught Photo, London, England
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I’m never keen on the sterile atmosphere of a hotel bar, and given that the guys in the Ramada Docklands Hotel made such a performance of shutting down the bar on the previous evening, we decided to wander around the unpromising looking environs to find a good and honest east end boozer.I don’t think we actually found it as the Fox @ Connaught is basically just a different hotel bar, but in this instance the hotel is smaller (just 17 rooms) and the bar larger and set out in traditional pub format. The building is an interesting Victorian brick built place with very high proportions, and is grade II listed. We found the pub to be quite pleasant, although it felt a little like ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2013

Fox @ Connaught
The Connaught House Hotel, Lynx Way
London E16 1JR
020 7476 6777

Gourmet Burger Kitchen - St Pauls

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Restaurant | "Cheap London Eats"

Gourmet Burger Kitchen - St Pauls Photo, London, England
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Many restaurants in central London are very pricey and as we were having an expensive weekend in the city anyway, we decided to "down scale" some of our eating experiences. Breakfast comprised of a take way eaten on the train, and our mid afternoon meal was spent at a place I wouldn’t usually frequent. As it happened I rather liked the place. There are quite a few branches of the Gourmet Burger Kitchen in London; the one we visited was very near St Pauls on a busy street dusty and noisy with traffic. As it was that gap between lunch and dinner, the place was pretty quiet.The menu looked quite tempting with a few different style burgers on offer. I decided to swap the bun for mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2013

Gourmet Burger Kitchen - St Pauls
Condor House, Saint Paul's Church Yard
London EC4 M8AL
020 7248 9199

Royal Opera House

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Attraction | "Royal Opera House - Well worth a visit"

Royal Opera House Photo, London, England
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One London place we have always wanted to visit is the Royal Opera House. As there was a performance of Tosca on (a rather light and accessible opera), we decided to shell out £37 each for a seat high up but straight onto the stage. We did not regret our purchase.We arrived at the Opera House a little early so we could have a neb around and enjoy the atmosphere. This meant we managed to nab a small table at the champagne bar at the conservatory to the side of the Opera House. While we weren’t up to paying the fancy prices for a meal, we did pay £7.50 for a glass of wine, which we gently sipped so as to make it last as we didn’t want to buy a second one. It was rather nice to sit and watch ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2013

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London, England WC2E 9DD
+44 20 7304 4000

Launceston Place

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Restaurant | "Top meal at Launceston Place "

Launceston Place Photo, London, England
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The website for Launceston Place shows a rather straight laced brown and beige looking restaurant; the photos really don’t do the restaurant housed in a rounded corner house on the backstreets of South Ken any justice. The glasses, plates and cutlery are wonderful quality and the place very nicely furnished but understated. The only thing letting the look of the restaurant down are the paintings, which reminded me of those "original art" paintings you can get imported from China on e-bay for about £0.99 plus £30 postage. On entrance, we were invited to linger a while at the bar before going to our table and where we sipped a couple of lovely glasses of champers while chatting to the mait...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2013

Launceston Place
1a Launceston Place
London, England W8
+44 20 7937 6912