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Park Inn Russell Square Hotel in London- My Last Stay

December 22, 2008

One would hardly come across places Bloomsbury where visitors and tourists alike would feel its home away from home. As any traveller would know Bloomsbury is surely a traveller’s delight. It is filled with a plethora of historical attractions, culture, clubs, pubs and restaurants serving the best of British cuisine. It would come as no surprise that this is a destination that is well loved and well respected the world over. Tourists and visitors alike would gleefully celebrate this charming locale since it does on a grand and social level epitomizes everything that is quintessentially British.

It would be noteworthy to mention the numerous things that tourists could do in this enticing locale. Besides endeavouring to visit the numerous historical attractions, some of which include churches which are archaic and which do possess intrinsic historical value, tourists could also visit places such as the British Museum. Though the latter may only hold a mere modicum of British heritage, it surely offers a deep insight into the vast culture and the numerous tributes to such a grand heritage. It is a must visit and tourists and visitors alike who decide to overlook this particular attraction is truly missing something vastly impressive and important.

Most of the visitors to this destination do arrive for either business or pleasure. Whilst the latter would certainly have oodles of time on their hands to enjoy the vast contribution Bloomsbury has made to the rest of the British culture, it should be categorically said that modish Bloomsbury offers those travellers who are on business a technologically infused region sans the hassle and inconvenience. The art of being modern more or less could be seen through the numerous hotels that dot the entire region. What is appealing to most travellers is the simple fact that there is some accommodation property available that will suit the budget constraints of any traveller.

The Park Inn Russell Square Hotel in London is a unique and inimitable abode that truly does define what “accommodation” means. There is much to enjoy here besides the traditional hospitality of its staff. Famed for its many facilities and amenities, this is one property that seeks to deliver on its promise of super service. Although there are many facilities and amenities on offer it should be noted that many of these would have an additional surcharge. Amenities also depend and vary according to the type of room being booked.

It is no surprise that visitors do come time and time again to the Park Inn Russell Square Hotel in London, since it is after all avant-garde and a pleasant place to enjoy a decent holiday. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a holiday whilst experiencing the sights and sounds of the nearby vicinity. Think about it. Wouldn’t it be simply sublime to venture into this charming location a

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First time in London? Here some tips

November 20, 2008

Home to a bustling multicultural atmosphere, London with its historic monuments and modern attractions is definitively worth a visit, especially during summer.

Those looking to get to the city centre from London’s Heathrow International Airport have several transport options to choose from, and these include the London Underground Tube service (Piccadilly Line), Public bus services (to Kings Cross) and the super quick Heathrow Express which gets to Paddington Station in just 15 minutes.

The famous London Underground Tube service is considered very convenient because tube stations are found near every major suburb. Don’t forget though, that some tube stations do not have escalator facilities and those traveling with small babies will find it easier to use a backpack carrier instead of a stroller.

Tickets for the London Underground can be quite expensive especially if you are looking to do a lot of travel. A more cost effective option would be to purchase a Travelcard (available at all tube stations and most tourist information centres and newsagents) which one can use on the London Underground, on all buses operating in Greater London, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) transport system and on the overland rail network within London. The cost for a Travelcard varies on the zone it covers (London has 6 zones). A Zone 2 card will cover most of the city’s main attractions, while those looking to get to Heathrow Airport will need a Zone 6 card. An alternative to the Travelcard is the London Pass and Transport Pass which is ideal for visitors looking to spend more than 3 days of sightseeing.

The capital enjoys relatively mild weather (do not forget to take an umbrella because you never know when that dreary English rain will come calling!) and is best explored by foot, while attractions which are further away can be easily accessed via the London Underground tube service.

For the first timer in London, I have prepared a list of suggestions, given below. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, it can give you an idea of what the typical tourist magnets are!

What’s worth seeing?
With so much to see and do in London, it is important to plan ahead if possible and earmark the attractions which are likely to tickle ones fancy.

Historic Attractions
The iconic Buckingham Palace is a great place to start your visit and what’s more, the West Wing of the palace is open to the public during August and September. Other historic attractions definitely worth visiting include the Tower of London (the Queen of England’s official palace and fortress), the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (located in the City of Westminster) and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Shopping
London is also a favourite among shopaholics. If you’re looking to get some serious shopping done, you can visit the exclusive boutiques and shops of Oxford Street and Regent Street or alternatively head down to the Camden Lock Market (in Camden Town) and the Portobello Road antique market (in Notting Hill) during the weekends where you will find a wide range of second hand goods, inexpensive restaurants and lots and lots of people!

Museums, museums and more museums!
London is also home to a lot of museums. From renaissance to modern art and natural history to science, you will find it all in the city’s numerous museums. The National Gallery (located next to Trafalgar Square) which houses Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’, the Natural History Museum in Kensington (a great learning experience for kids) and the Tate Modern (located in Bankside) with its avant-garde collection of modern art are just a few of the many museums worth visiting.

The show must go on!
London’s West End theatre district offers visitors a chance to catch up on the latest theatrical productions or even take in a long running show. You will find a whole host of traditional and modern theatres in the area, while those looking to party all night can head to near by Soho which apart from its many restaurants, bar and nightclubs (some of which cater to ‘adult only’ audiences), is also home to London’s Chinatown.

The rest of the best
Picturesque Hyde Park, the impressive London Eye (can be a bit expensive but the view is unbeatable), Madame Tussauds wax museum, Covent Garden market and the London Zoo are among the other places of interest in London worth visiting.

When hunger strikes…
No trip to London is complete without sampling some traditional Fish and Chips and visiting a typical English pub. Restaurants and pubs can be found scattered throughout the city, while a good place to start is at Old Compton Street (near Piccadilly Circus) which is within easy reach of several relatively cheap eateries.

Special Events
Apart from its many attractions, London also hosts several annual festivals and special events which can make your first visit to the capital that little bit more extra special. Here are just a few annual special events which you can take into account when planning a trip to London:

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Fireworks and street party at Trafalgar Square
Chinese New Year – between late January and mid February (depending on the lunar / solar calendar)
London Marathon – May
Chelsea Flower Show – Late May
Trooping the Colour (Queen’s “official” birthday) – June
Wimbledon Tennis Championships – Late June through to July The Proms (classical music festival) – Mid July through to mid September
Notting Hill Carnival – August
Bonfire Night (and fireworks) – November 5th
Lighting of the Christmas Tree (at Trafalgar Square) – December

Write to me and tell me where you went and how you enjoyed your first trip to London!

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London- one of my favourite place

November 20, 2008

Swimming and boating in London

While the English weather has earned a reputation of being unpredictable, when summer rolls in temperatures are likely to go very high indeed. Luckily London is blessed with many lakes and pools which are ideal for both swimming and boating. Here are a few such places worth heading to when the heat gets unbearable.

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Hyde Park with its Serpentine Lake is one of the most popular spots in London during the hot summer months. Pedal and rowing boats can be hired out, while the Serpentine Lido and its paddle pool are great spots in which to cool off. The sizeable lake at Regent’s Park is also ideal for boating and is home to several species of water birds as well.

Another good spot for swimming is Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields which are located a little away from Central London. The 3 natural ponds you will find here are a big attraction so you’re sure to have plenty of company during your swim. While there is plenty of room in the ponds, children have to be over 8 in order to swim in them. There is a paddling pool close by at Parliament Hill Fields which is ideal for smaller children.

The Tooting Bec Lido (as seen in the movie “Snatch”) is also worth a visit during summer. This huge outdoor London pool is normally open to the public from the end of May until the end of August and has a delightful paddling area equipped with model animals which children will love.

So the next time the heat gets too hot to handle in London, just slip into your swimwear and head to the nearest pool or lake and enjoy the summer weather.

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