Normandie Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

96 Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London, W2 1UH, United Kingdom
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Poor
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Value Score Poor Value

Rated 53% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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  • Couples12
  • Solo12
  • Business20

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SOHO FOR THE LONE TOURIST

by lovejet

I noticed quite a few tough looking guys in the streets and alleys off Oxford Street particularly, Soho, on my maiden trip to London last year,is it safe for an adult male tourist to wander alone or go for a drink in this area these days? I am visiting early November and my hobby is discovering joints and bars on my own which i didnt have time for last time.pls advice

Re: SOHO FOR THE LONE TOURIST

by leics

There are gay bars all over London; that comment is not really relevant. If you go into a gay bar and do not feel comfortable, then you simply leave. There is no danger, of course.

Equally, you are likely to see 'tough-looking guys' anywhere. The fact that you noticed them around Soho particularly is probably because that area is still well-known for its strip bars etc. Many may have been bouncers and suchlike (off or on duty). And where there are crowds (Oxford St)there are always those who wish to take the opportunities provided.

It's quite simple: if you don't feel comfortable somewhere, don't wander or go for a drink there. Go somewhere else.

No-one can tell you for definite one way or the other whether a particular area is safe for you on that particular day/evening. You are no more or less likely to be robbed in Soho than anywhere else in central London, imo.

You should, however, be very wary of some bars/clubs etc in Soho (the strip ones mostly, I think). I understand that it is not uncommon for drinks to be very expensive indeed once one is inside, especially if one buys a drink for one of the 'hostesses'. If you don't have the cash, an escort to the nearest ATM is provided. This type of thing happens in strip clubs other than those in Soho, by the way.

Really, it's up to you. There are thousands of pubs, bars and clubs in London for you to visit without ever setting foot in Soho.

Anyone visiting a strip club should be aware of the potential for a very high bill indeed, whether it is in Soho or not.

Re: SOHO FOR THE LONE TOURIST

by cubsur

Yes, tales abound of gullible travellers being fleeced in near-beer bars. Stay well away from anywhere that doesn't look like an ordinary pub.

Security is very tight in London, with CCTV cameras covering literally every inch, so you need not worry unduly provided a bit of common sense is applied.

Re: SOHO FOR THE LONE TOURIST

by sfdodger

Curious. Why go to a great city like London just to go to bars? What am I missing? If drinking is that important can't you stay home and do it. Why put yourself at risk? Every city has "bad" parts that most people avoid.

Re: SOHO FOR THE LONE TOURIST

by davesut

I love walking around Soho at night time and never had any worries there, as above avoid the places that you would feel uncomfortable in. I like taking in the atmos at a French Patisserie/pavement cafe, an alternative to a bar at anytime of day or night nad some serve alcohol too.

Travel Tips for London

streets and people

by ysio

I like watching people in London. Streets, clubs and pubs this are my favorite things there! 1. underground /tube/ the largest and one of the oldest one
2. parks very nice clean, busy in warm days.
3. beautiful victiorian's bouldings in down town.

Street Performers

by J.I.M

There are lots of street performers around London, particularly in Covent Garden and Leicester Square, as well as along the South bank near the London Eye. They are often quite talented, and I think they deserve at least a small amount of what money you can spare them, as they spend most of the day performing for people. Most of them also have licenses to do so.

But getting cold....

by huggy93

The funniest thing was hearing Haysie try to say 'Slovo.'

Slovo is a band which I tried to influence Haysie with, but all she could say was 'Snovo.'

She eventually got it so Haysie...."Snovo, Snovo, SLOVO."

;-) .... so inside for a coffee for Haysie and more pints for Huggy and Jamie

Be careful with the V sign

by inlp77

Ten cuidado cuando quieras indicar con tus dedos indice y medio el simbolo de victoria o cuando quieres referirte al numero dos. Si lo haces con la palma de tu mano hacia ti, es considerado muy, pero que MUY ofensivo en Inglaterra. Es similar al gesto de usar el dedo medio en muchos paises, como insulto. Fue una de las primeras lecciones que recibi de un profesor de Ingles cuando vivi en Londres por 10 meses en el 2002. Me conto que esto tiene su origen en tiempos medievales cuando los franceses amputaban esos dos dedos (indice y medio) a los prisioneros ingleses que capturaban para que no pudieran usar el arco. Para mostrar que aun eran capaces de combatir, desafiaban al enemigo mostrando esos dos dedos en alto.

Be careful when you want to do the V sign as for victory or indicate number two with your fingers. When the palm is facing toward you, it is considered a very offensive and insulting gesture in England. It means the same as "*** You". This was one of the first lessons I got from an English teacher while living in London for 10 months in 2002. He told me the origin of this belief comes from medieval times, when English would have their bow fingers cut off by the French if caught. To show defiance, they would flip their two bow fingers to the French to show they were still able to battle.

Pubs

by yeah_baby

One thing about London, they do have a lot of pubs! All kinds but not all pubs in London are expansive, high-ceilinged All Bar One-type spots. Take the Cock (22 Fleet Street, The City, EC4, 7353 3454), for example, one of the narrowest pubs in London. The Cock was actually moved in the late 19th century from the other side of the road in order to make way for the building of a new branch of the Bank of England. A branch, incidentally, that is itself now a pub. London is the only place I saw of United Kingdom but Tim Roth is the best experience I had since fish
and chips!

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