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Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by cdnagent

Hello fellow travellers,

I am looking for some help in finding a nice hotel that would be in Bloomsbury but not super expensive. Any input would be truly appreciated.


Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by SallyM

The Tavistock is well-located and very reasonably-priced for central London, though it does need a bit of refurbishment.

There are some very nice hotels near the British Museum, such as the Montague, but they are much pricier.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by puerto_lover

Not too sure what your idea of "not super expensive" is.
The IMPERIAL HOTELS GROUP has many rooms in the area of Russell Square and generally speaking they are quite good value.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by puerto_lover

That was a repeat.
Maybe if you want a B&B near Russell Square take a look at Celtic, 61-63 Guilford St., London WC1N 1DD

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by hawkhead

Leics has stayed at the Euro Hotel and has suggested it on a number of occasions as being well-priced and in a good location.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by swissfondue

I've stayed on Southampton Row and found it to be an excellent location for both Russell Square and Holborn tubes and on a number of bus routes.

As far as hotels go I did a quick Tripadvisor check as I knew the hotel I stayed in had undergone a renovation to bring it up to four star standard.

It was formally called the Bonnington Hotel but has now been renamed Park Inn London Russell Square. No idea why! It gets mixed reviews but as I said above the location is excellent.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by Dabs

A friend of mine stayed at the Montague, mentioned above, and she really liked it. I stopped by to see her while there and the room was quite nice and the location convenient for catching the tube (underground).

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by leics

Yes, I liked the Euro hotel. Being a Brit, I am very critical of price/quality comparisons in this country. For a central London hotel I thought it offered a good deal in a very convenient location.

It's on the edge of Bloomsbury in a quiet, leafy square (with central gardens, although it's open only for permanent residents...but provides a pretty view). The British Museum is about 10 minutes walk away, Kings Cross and Euston stations about 5 each.

Hotel website here:

but I booked it through ,a reliable site with honest guest reviews.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by toonsarah

The Tavistock is part of the Imperial group and is OK but I think the Bedford (in the same chain and a bit to the south on Southampton Row) is a little nicer and sometimes has better deals. It's opposite the Bonnington/Park Inn, which is nicer and dearer I believe. And if you wanted to splurge the Hotel Russell is great but much dearer than all the others mentioned here.

Re: Any hotel suggestions in the Bloomsbury area

by bryanhills82

U can stay in Grange White Hall Hotel or Blooms Hotel located closely to British museum in London

OR try list of all feature hotel in that region

Travel Tips for London

Lion Bar - Roar!

by alisonr

I know this is silly but one of the fave things I discovered in Europe actually started in London. The Lion Bar!! I love chocolate, and this little wonder really caught my fancy. So much so that I managed to find and eat them in France, Italy and Switzerland. I am going to write to Nestle and ask them to bring them into Australia they are that good. Roar!!

The Albert Memorial

by Gypsystravels

Located in Kensignton Park just across from the Royal Albert Hall you will find the impressive Albert Memorial, built for the German prince 15 years after his death. Check out the bronze statues of Albert inside the momument which is loosely based on a medieval market cross.

The London Eye

by basbed23

The London Eye is one of the most well known sites in London. The large Farris Wheel yields great views of the city. I've been told that its fairly expensive for a ride and you have to make reservations.

London clocks

by Jenniflower

A lot can be said for London's clocks.

I find them very interesting, always different in design, and incredibly enough, nearly always with the right time, never mind how ancient they might be!

The first clock is found on Lower Regent Street (left hand side), heading away form Piccadilly Circus.

It is almost a piece of artwork, a monument of its own. It's one sided, not overly ornate (like so many are), but is still detailed and beautifully put together. Its style seems to be a baroque one.

The second clock I have shown is one at Waterloo Station.

It has four different sides, but is not four-faced... each side is an element on its own. It is also an old clock too, quite art deco in style.

The third clock is one found on the East Tower of The Tower of London. It stands really far out and is really BIG when standing beneath it.

The only two faced clock in London is one really old one on Fleet Street. When I next go there I will take a picture of it and pop it on here.

One might think I am slighty craxy for enjoying things like clocks.. but when you live and work in a City where there is so much 'old world' charm, it would (to me), seem a shame to ignore that which makes it so special.

Taking the Mickey? Who / What? Mickey Mouse?

by Elena_007

You really are taking the mickey, aren't you?

A way of making lighthearted fun of someone in a particular situation, similar to, "You must be joking!"

As an example, I used to not answer the phone, (on purpose) when a certain English gentleman rang, only because I knew he would leave a message, and I could hear his dashing voice again later.

Only he knew at the time, I was expecting his call, so his message would be... "You really are taking the mickey, now aren't you, sitting there with the phone in your hand, thinking I will leave a message!"

There is a slightly different phrase meaning the same thing, a bit more rude, but meant in a joking sort of way. Beyond taking the mickey, there is taking the p*ss, and is often used in general conversations in England.

See Definition

Being pissed in England means being drunk, not mad or angry, and p*ss artists are known to have aquired the art of being nearly constantly pissed. (drunk)

Of course we both share the other meaning, to urinate, but if you were to say to an America, "I'm pissed!" it would seem almost like fighting words, and you may be told to calm down, don't let it upset you, etc.

Being mad in England isn't angry at all. It is meant as silly, crazy, daft, over the top, insane, etc.

It could be said in a friendly tone, such as, "Are you mad, woman?" to someone wanting to set the alarm, just to see if the sun will rise, instead of rain clouds, whilst on holiday (vacation).

Or, it could be taken to the other extreme by saying something like, "That dreadful bloke just killed his own Mum, He's mad, I tell you, absolutely mad!"

It is said, that if you hear a word you have no clue of it's meaning, more than likely it means "idiot" in a friendly sort of way. Insults are hilarious, it might seem in England. Mostly all in fun if amongst friends, though.

See the website below for the most commonly used insults circulating in the UK.


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