Tips For Finding London Accommodation

1. Book in advance – Whichever way you decide to go, if possible, book something before you arrive. Not only will your mind be at ease when you get here, but rolling up to a hotel in the rain, laden with luggage, looking jetlagged and pleading for anything resembling a bed, brings out the inner sadist in even the most empathetic hotel desk clerks and you will pay for your indiscretion.

2. Websites – Try searching for discount accommodation rates for thousands of properties on websites all over the internet. Many of them have great deals.

3. Bed & Breakfast – B&b is a very British way of enjoying home-away-from-home accommodation. Agencies such as Bed & Breakfast GB, London Homestead Services, Host & Guest, Uptown Reservations and Welcome Homes offer small guest-houses or rooms in houses with families Some are centrally-located and others in the ‘burbs, but all provide a warm welcome to those who stay. Bed & Breakfast GB also offer the benefit of allowing children under 7 to stay for free in any of their properties. Alternatively, if you want to stay somewhere dirt cheap where someone else does the cooking, just turn up on the doorstep of those friends you haven’t spoken with since they arrived unannounced at your place five years ago.

4. Apartments – If you are staying in London for longer than a week, it’s worth looking into renting an apartment. They are generally not as well located as hotels, however, prices can start from around £250 for week with the added bonus of a small kitchen where you can cook your own meals.

5. Stay outside city center – Accommodation is less expensive if you are prepared to stay outside the city centre. One of London’s most active pieces of real estate, the Docklands, near Canary Wharf, offer a growing number of hotels at amazingly good value to go with the waterside restaurants, concert-hall and shopping outlets. Here and in other easy to reach locations such as Greenwich, Kew and some central locations as well, you can find hotel chains such as Formula 1, Etap, Ibis – all part of the Accor Hotel group; Travel Inn, Travelodge and Holiday Inn Express. Many of these en-suite rooms sleep up to four from £27.50 to £83 a night. You might find that you can’t have breakfast slid under the door (not really recommended unless you are having pancakes anyway), but there is usually something available in the café next door, or from the hotel bar. Either way, they make for a rather attractive option for the budget conscious slumberer.

6. Top End – It may be that splendor, opulence and hedonism are at the top of your accommodation agenda. In which case, London’s duchesses of luxury such as The Ritz, The Connaught, Claridge’s, and The Dorchester will serve your needs handsomely. These hotels epitomize the elegance, grandeur, and snobbery that you would demand from a place where the front desk clerk looks down his nose upon anyone that dares to ask what the cost of the suite might be, wondering how on earth such a vile creature made it past the doorman. Although eye-poppingly expensive to the frugal tourist, even these properties bow to the age of technology on occasion, so check the latest deals available through online vendors before you book – you could save hundreds of pounds without having to face the wrath of that snooty concierge.

7. Backpackers – If you enjoy sleeping with groups of people, London has a swath of backpacker options – some great, some not so flash. The Piccadilly Hotel, near Piccadilly Circus, is a backpackers’ dream, with dormitory beds available at £12 per night, including breakfast and linen. There are also twin and family rooms, too; a lounge with 100-channel TV, an internet suite, and the chance to mingle with a stream of fascinating people who have seen more countries than hot showers – often quite literally. Others include the St. Christopher’s Inns group with its flagship hostel on the South Bank, The Generator near the British Museum and is definitely a fun place to stay – its bar offering nightly entertainment.

8. Check the room size – Someone once said (not sure who, but more than likely they were small and male), it’s the quality not quantity that counts. Maybe so, but at some point lack of endowment begins to get laughable, especially when the quality is nothing to write home about. This can be the case with some cheaper London hotels. Whereas a 3 star hotel room in many countries will usually be large enough for two double beds, some of London’s older basic hotel rooms look like they were prototypes for jail cells with little light, a small monitor into the upper corner of the room pretending to be a TV, and barely enough room to click a mouse let alone swing a cat.

9. Bathroom situation – Most rooms will feature an en-suite bathroom or shower with WC (which stands for “water closet”, an English term created to avoid the embarrassment of having to say “toilet”). However, check before you book as some smaller B&B’s only have shared bathrooms, which means you have to run down the hallway – of course you might find that an exciting option.

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How To Organise a Themed London Hen Party Night

If you are the lucky girl who has been asked by your best friend to organise her hen party, then you need to accept the invitation immediately even if you are a bit worried that you have never done this before. If you hesitate and allow others to do it, you might not be over enthusiastic about what they plan. If you follow simple guidelines, the party will be the best possible and the hen will have a great time and have time to enjoy with all her friends.

It need to be all inclusive and so will have both day time and evening events, you have to find something that everyone will like. Its time to throw away the idea of the L Plates and move up-market.

What to consider

Find a suitable Themed Party Venue that everyone will like; it has to have a central location that people can easily find and be near to popular and reasonably priced hotel chains.

The event needs to cater for everyone; the girls who go for nights out in the town regularly, the mums who no longer do this, friends who have financial commitments and don’t want to over spend on an expensive hotel or a meal that is very expensive when the bill arrives. There are also girls who have busy lives and can’t commit to two night and friends who might be slightly less adventurous and so can attend some events (but not all) of the events.

What not to consider?

Going for a meal at a trendy pub followed by a glass of wine, and then the busy mums and those with busy lives go home while the other girls go to a club is not the answer.

Finding something different

You need to find something different, make a bold statement and it needs to be exciting and fun for everyone, so find a themed party venue that has a menu, reasonably priced drinks and cocktails and a theme.

What to do next

Make a decision – is ‘the hen’ going to be involved in organising the hen night or is it going to be a surprise?

If it is the second then ask a few of the brides friends to get together with you; have a pen and paper handy and note down all the things she loves and her interests. If she has a nice job, perhaps in an office, or has been to University, then she will have moved on from the ‘inflatable condom dangling from a L Plate hanging around her neck or a theme that is a bit too much like a ‘high street’ Ann Summers Party.

It’s not a Stag night!

Unlike Stag Nights, you do not want in any way to embarrass the ‘bride to be’, and you want both her and the girls to both look and feel fantastic, enjoy themselves and go somewhere they can be appreciated, welcomed and seen.

Have an open mind about the theme

Check out themed bars and see if you can find any reviews. An example is the Sugarcane bar in Clapham Junction, London where there are a few reviews which mention hen nights and one by Timeout.com which says it is “Yes, it’s a hand-rippling, hip-swaying tikitastic theme bar – with a bit of an ‘Abigail’s Party’ touch.

Could this be a theme to suit all the girls, are there variations which allow it to be all inclusive. Perhaps it the bride has been to a tropical Island for a holiday, or are going to one for their honeymoon?. The more reserved girls could have a themed T-shirt with their diamante name and an Hawaiian garland. For ideas for the more adventurous, use Google images with the theme name; for example try images for ‘Hawaiian garland’.

What to do next.

Make a list of all the themed bars and venues you can find and then check them out, phone or e.mail and ask if they will help you organise the night, reserve a bit of an area for you. Do they have a themed t-shirt supplier they can recommend or can they get you themed t-shirts with (for example) diamante-encrusted names on?

Practical aspects

Book somewhere to stay well in advance, – remember, some people have stretched financial commitments, and don’t want to pay for a 5 star hotel so identify acceptable and reasonably priced accommodation and then if some of the party prefer to book their own, they can do so. Hen nights are often one or two days events and this is another reason why reasonably priced accommodation should be considered. Also if most of the girls are staying in the same Premier Inn or Travelodge (or similar), they can share taxis home.

You now need to breakdown the event into daytime and night-time activities which means there is something for everyone, some members of the group will enjoy the daytime activities more than the night-time ones, or may not want to drink too much, or have to leave early due to family commitments so having a selection of activities means there is something for everyone, everyone gets to join in and ‘The Hen’ has time to see and meet all of her friends.

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Recommended Budget London Hotels Without All The Frills

When looking for budget London hotels, the day of the week and location of the hotel has an affect on the rate. Sunday nights are the cheapest in most city hotels. If they are located in a business area, the rates are usually cheaper at the weekends. A good tip is to find a hotel that does not offer facilities such as a fitness center, gym, or spa, because the running costs of these are built into the tariff.

This article will focus on four reasonably priced chain hotels, namely Ibis, Premier Inn, Travelodge, and Comfort Inn. Premier Inn has several establishments in the city center that cater for both leisure and business travelers. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, king-size beds, WiFi, and free TV.

A coffee/tea making machine, hair dryer, and shower gel are also standard. The family rooms can accommodate four people but you can ask for extra cots if you need them. Every Premier Inn hotel has a bar and a restaurant that serves refreshments, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfasts are on an eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet style.

There are three Ibis hotels in the center of London plus quite a few others at the airports and in the suburbs. The hotel buildings are large and modern. Although a few are only rated with 2 stars, bear in mind that the star system indicates the services offered, not the standard of the hotel.

Ibis offers the classic ‘box’ rooms that are equipped with all the basics. Each hotel has a breakfast area, and you can order food and drinks in the evenings. Broadband and WiFi are available at a charge. An Ibis hotel usually has a minimum of 100 rooms and the focus is on giving guests value for their money.

Comfort Inn is another franchised group with some well-positioned establishments in the city. There is a wide selection of room formats and the chain offers excellent family accommodation. Most rooms sleep four people but the Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel offers family rooms that sleep five.

Travelodge is increasing its presence in the range of budget London hotels and offers much needed accommodation. All bedrooms resemble typical 3-star designs that are commonplace around the globe. You can choose a room with a king-size bed, or a twin room with two single beds. Each has a TV, coffee and tea facilities, and a desk. Some Travelodge establishments accommodate families with pull-out sleeper couches for the children. The bathrooms have powerful showers and a full-size bath. Towels are provided, but guests are required to bring their own soap and toiletries.

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Where to Get the Best Deals on Hotels in Central London

In this article, we will review some of the most sought-after London hotels deals in Kings Cross.

Comfort Inn Hotel
This hotel is within walking distance of the Kings Cross Station. It has over fifty rooms with en suite facilities. The bedrooms have central heating, cable television, hair dryers and other basic amenities. It is reasonably priced and a good place for backpackers.

Premier Inn London
Located at a seven minute walk from the station, this London hotel has 145 rooms laden with all basic amenities desired by a budget traveler in Central London. Business guests can use the free Wi-fi and other amenities such as wireless internet access, fax, photocopying, and meeting rooms.

Travelodge London
This is another hotel located close to the Kings Cross station. There are about a hundred en suite bedrooms in the lodge and all the rooms have a beautiful, decorative theme. It is a great option for small-time travelers who are on the lookout for budget accommodation.

Excelsior Hotel
Located on Argyle Street, a five minute walk from the Kings Cross station, this London hotel has thirty five rooms over five floors. Amenities such as tourist information desk, fax facilities, hair dryer, radio, TV, Internet, bar, and free parking are available here.

You can easily get great London hotel offers online. If you are specifically looking for hotels in Central London, contact London Premier Hotels, one of the most comprehensive sources of information on all kinds of hotels in London. The company offers the best of London hotels deals to its clients.

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London Kings Cross – 5 Hotels Within Walking Distance

1. Comfort Inn Hotel London
2. Travelodge London
3. Premier Inn London
4. Jesmond Dene Hotel
5. Excelsior Hotel

For visitors arriving into London Kings Cross railway station, they may wish to hire a car from one of the national car hire firms which are often located on Pentonville Road. Please remember and bring along your driving license, passport and credit card with you to the branch when collecting your low cost car rental.

Alternatively you may wish to stay in one of the many hotels which are within walking distance of Kings Cross Station.

1. Comfort Inn Hotel
This hotel is within a few minutes walk of the station. Visitors will be able to locate the London hotel on Saint Chad’s Street. There are over fifty rooms with en suite facilities. The hotel offers breakfast in a buffet style. The bedrooms have central heating, hair dryers, cable television. There is a manned twenty four reception for guests who may arrive later than normal check in times.

2. Travelodge London
On Grays Inn Road a couple minutes walk from the train station. Tourist will find the Travelodge based close to the train station. There are just under one hundred en suite bedroom in the lodge. The travel lodge is a UK chain group and nearly all the rooms are decorated in a similar theme. If you have a rental car out on hire you are able to park this vehicle in the hotel car park.

3. Premier Inn London
This hotel is around a seven minute walk from the train station. Tourists can locate the hotel on York Way in London. There is the usual room facilities in this one hundred and forty five bedroomed hotel such as hair dryer, radio and TV. Any business guests visiting can also use the free wifi on offer and other business amenities such as wireless internet access, fax, photocopying and meeting rooms.

4. Jesmond Dene Hotel
This is a small intimate hotel with just twenty three bedrooms with twenty of the rooms offering en suite facilities. A mere seven minute walk from the train station to the hotel. Free WiFi is on offer, along with internet access, currency exchange,fax and photocopying facilities.

5. Excelsior Hotel
A five minute walk from the train station will find you in Argyle Street, London.
The hotel has thirty five rooms over five floors. Inside the hotel amenities on offer are tourist information, fax facilities, hair dryer, radio, TV, internet, bar and free parking in the hotel car park.

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