Friday, 26 September 2008

Some Top-Rated Hotels in London, England.

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Some Top Rated Hotels in London, England

When traveling to London, England, it is important to choose a quality hotel. Please continue reading on to see what a few of your options include.

The Landmark London

The Landmark London is located at 222 Marylebone Road, directly across from the Marylebone Tube Station. It is a short distance from the theatre district of London

The Landmark London is known for its beauty and use of gothic architecture. You will find many gothic icons, as well as a large eight-story glass atrium. The décor of this popular hotel is defined as having a cross between Eastern influences and British authenticity.

Room amenities include a free newspaper, air conditioning, refrigerator, telephone, television, daily maid service, safe, balcony, mini-bar, and a private fireplace. As for hotel amenities, they include free high-speed internet, swimming pool, a health club, and hot tub, just to name a few.

As for what guests had to say, many cannot wait until they can return again. Many liked the close proximity to Regents Park, the coziness of the rooms, and the friendly service.

The Sofitel London St. James

The Sofitel London St. James is located at 6 Waterloo Place. Its convenient location, which is near Buckingham Palace, makes this hotel even better.

The Sofitel London St. James is a luxury, yet historical hotel. It has a French restaurant onsite, as well as the St. James bar. It is perfect for all types of traveling, including family vacations, romantic getaways, honeymoons, and even business trips.

Room amenities at the hotel include air conditioning, free newspaper, refrigerator, iron, television, telephone, daily maid service, internet access, safe, coffee maker, fitness equipment, mini-bar, and a small kitchen. The hotel itself is home to a dry cleaning service, luxury health club, health spa, car rental desk, and a family room.

The Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards is located at 2 Whitehall Court. It is found inside a stylish French chateau. The Royal Horseguards is most well-known for its beauty, as well as its convenient location. It is a quick walk away from the Houses of Parliament, the Victoria Embankment Gardens, and Big Ben.

Room amenities at the Royal Horseguards include air conditioning, refrigerator, telephone, television, daily maid service, internet access, safe, coffee maker, balcony, and mini-bar. The hotel is also home to dry cleaning services, dining facilities, golf, family rooms, a car rental desk, and a health club.

As for what guests have to say about the Royal Horseguards, many state it was the ultimate experience. The hotel was clean and the staff was friendly. Depending on who you ask, some disliked the constant sounding of Big Ben, but others loved to hear it.

One Aldwych

One Aldwych is located at just that 1 Aldwych in London. This award-winning hotel’s unique and modern design is attractive from the outside, but just the same on the inside. Speaking of inside, you will find a helpful staff and a beautiful art collection.

Room amenities at One Aldwych include air conditioning, free newspaper, refrigerators, telephone, television, microwave oven, daily maid service, internet access, safe, mini-bar, and balcony. As for the hotel, it is home to family rooms, a fitness center, swimming pool, dining facilities, health club, and spa.

As for what tourists have to say about one Aldwych, most loved its location. It is situated in the center of the London in Covent Garden, resulting in beautiful views. Most liked the location, as well as the staff.

The Milestone Hotel

The Milestone Hotel is located at 1 Kensington Court. Its beautiful view overlooks the nearby palace and gardens. Located just fifteen miles away from the Heathrow International Airport, a stay at this hotel is not only luxurious, but convenient.

Room amenities at the Milestone hotel include wireless internet, air conditioning, free newspaper, television, telephone, iron, refrigerator, daily made service, room service, safe, coffee maker, balcony, mini-bar, and fireplace. The hotel is home to a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant, health club, and hot tub.

As for what guests have to say about the Milestone Hotel, some thought it was overpriced, while others commented that the price was more than worth the experience. The great service and beautiful décor was also noted.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

  Some  Must-See  Attractions  in  London,  England.

Are you in the mist of planning a trip to London, England?  If you are, you may be wondering what you can do and see while there.  Granted, there are thousands of places for you to visit, including landmarks, museums, shops, and restaurants, there are five attractions that you must visit.  These attractions, a few of which are outlined below, make a trip to London worth the journey.

1 – Buckingham Palace

The Buckingham Palace is the most well-known landmark in all of London.  As for its history, it was built in 1702.  Throughout the years, it changed hands many times and underwent numerous restoration projects.  It was in 1837 when it became the home of royalty.  The first monarch to live there was Queen Victoria.  Today, the palace is home to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.  It is also used for administrative purposes.  In fact, it is one of the few working palaces remaining in the world.

If traveling to London in August or September, you can tour the palace’s State Rooms.  Tours are only available during the summer.  Throughout the year, you will find the Changing of the Guards.  On average, a Changing of the Guard ceremony occurs every other day.  A visit to the nearby Queen’s Gallery is recommended as well.

2 – The London Eye

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is located in the Kensington and Chelsea neighborhoods of London at Westminster Bridge Road.  It is one of London’s most popular attractions.

The London Eye is a large Ferris wheel.  It stands 443 feet tall.  Due to its popularity, you might assume a long wait, but that is actually rare.  In fact, most purchase reserved tickets.  There are 32 capsules and up to 25 people can fit in each.  Lasting 30 minutes, a ride on the London Eye enables you to see the London like you had never seen it before and for up to 25 miles away.

3 – The Houses of Parliaments

Located on Westminster Road in the Westminster and St. James neighborhoods of London, you will find the Houses of Parliaments.  Its gothic architecture makes this landmark quite the attraction, but its history is just as important and beautiful.

The Houses of Parliament have been home to the British government for over 900 years!  It is situated on eight acres of land.  It is also home to 1,100 rooms, 11 courtyards, and 100 staircases.  Admission is free and you can visit the House of Commons and the House of Lords.  Guided tours are also available.

After a visit to the Houses of Parliament, stop by for a long look up at Big Ben, which is located nearby.                                                    
4 – The Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Abbey is another well-known London attraction. In fact, it attracts over one million visitors each year!  It is located in the Westminster and St. James neighborhoods of London at 20 Dean’s Yard.  

The Westminster Abbey is referred to as a “Medieval architectural masterpiece.”  Throughout the years, it has been home to many royal events.  It’s official website calls it “a living pageant of British history.”  Inside, you will find a museum that is home to many 13th century works of art and the St. Margaret’s Church.  When visiting, you can opt for a guided tour, independent tour with the use of an audio guide, or you can participate in Sunday church services.

5 – The London Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is located on Tower Hill in the Waterloo and Southwark neighborhoods of London.  Although you may not recognize the name, you will the structure when it enters into your sight.  It is one of London’s most recognized attractions and has been featured in many movies and books.

The Tower Bridge is comprised of two towers with two connecting elevated walkways and a working bascule bridge below.  The elevated walkways are home to special viewing windows, which do not hamper the quality of your photographs.  Onsite, you will find a small museum that has interactive exhibits, as well as historical films playing.

Although able to tour the Tower Bridge independently, the behind the scenes and evening tours present a once in a lifetime opportunity for all tourists.