Portland Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

31 - 32 Bedford Place, London, WC1B 5JH, United Kingdom

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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 25% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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    I stayed in Repton Hotel for a week when I was in London on a school trip in 2002. We didn't have to pay anything for the accommodation so I have no idea about the prices there.

    The place was okay... except that our roof was leaking everytime someone from upstairs took a shower, and I got bored to eating cereal and toast every morning! But I was staying there for free, so I didn't expect the place to be very fancy! :) Well, anyway, the hotel was situated in a nice place with good transport links (and i.e Oxford Street was not many minute's walk away).

    Directions: Very close to the British Museum, also near Holborn and Russell Square tube stations.

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Shoes for rainy days

by lawrenceh

My first trip to London will be in April. I need a recommendation for womens shoes that will be comfortable & water resistant & cute. Thanks for any advice.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by GrumpyDiver

Comfortable, water-resistant and cute?

That is a tall order (and to some extent depends on your definition of cute). My wife and daughters will wear either full hiking boots or day hikers while touring about to meet the waterproof / comfortable criteria and will have an extra pair of "cute" shoes along if we go out somewhere.

Perhaps a comfortable, yet fashionable boot that has been waterproofed?

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by TheLongTone

Hope springs eternal in the human breast.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by ranger49

See my reply to your County Limerick post.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by rkearns

i have this great pair of black pleather boots that have about a one inch heel and are super comfortable and you don't have to worroy about taking care f the. they also mathc pretty much anything.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by leics

Absolutely agree that comfort is the priority.

I'm not sure any type of heel is a good idea if you intend to do a lot of walking..and London does warrant a lot of walking.

I wear a pair of lightweight walking trainers (sports shoes), or walking sandals if it's warm enough (I doubt it will be warm enough in April, but it may be).

Boots will almost certainly be too warm for April London (although it could be cold...).

We simply do not know what the weather will be like so far in advance, but there is always a strong possibility of rain.

But no-one in London will care two hoots what's on your feet (or what you look like), apart from the more upmarket restaurants. So find something which suits you and your feet, and don't worry about what others might think.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by goodfish

Ditto - comfort trumps fashion any day, and no one will care what you have on your feet.

My current favorite is a pair of camel-and -blue Provios with a rubber-tiped toe and good tread. Here's sort of what they look like (only these are in white):

http://www.famousfootwear.com/Shopping/productdetails.aspx?pg=1014156&p=65468&partnerid=PERFORMICS

They are super comfortable and I've worn them for both city walking and off-road hiking - even did some coastal beach hiking in them. The insole liners come out for quicker drying when they get wet. Sure, you can't go foot-deep in a puddle without water seeping inside but only a boot would handle that anyway.

But every foot is different: you might want to just go to a good local shoe store and look at similar types - in quick-drying or water-resistant materials - to see what works for you. And do consider the outer soles - you'll want something that isn't slick when walking wet, slippery concrete or stone. A good salesperson at a reputable store should be able to help there.

Re: Shoes for rainy days

by goodfish

One more thing: some of the better shoe stores (and you should go to one for this particular purchase) allow returns if the shoe doesn't work out after so many days. It's impossible to know how a shoe is going to work in 10 minutes of walking around the store. If you can find a store that allows you to take them home and REALLY walk in them, that's a plus.

Travel Tips for London

Just take a Walk!!

by CDNgirl

I really love wandering around London. There is so much to see, to absorb, to smell(!) just walking the streets of London. I find that a good walk is the best cure to jetlag, so my first day rarely has real plans beyond a great walk, and never something that requires more than an hours worth of attention, otherwise I will want to fall asleep!!

One of my favorite walks starts at Westminster Tube station and and goes down Whitehall, which pass a plethora of historic sites. Then I cut through the Horse Guards Parade, walk through Green Park, and then over Pall Mall to St James's Palace area and Marlborough House. You can cut through to Green Park by Clarence House and loop back to Buckingham Palace and down to Victoria Station. OR walk down Bird Cage Walk back to the Westminster area. Love It!! Lots to see, pictures to take, green spaces to breathe in, ice cream to buy...

Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens is always a good choice, however, Hyde Park is ALOT bigger than you think it is!! And I tend to walk from Kensington Park, over to the Albert Memorial, then back through the park across the serpentine. This is a great walk especially when I need some thinking time, its shockingly quiet in the middle of the park in the middle of London!

So is Regents Park and the swanky houses along the east side. There is a great little place that sells the best bangers and mash on the walk from Regents Park tube station towards the Zoo!

I'm dying to walk through the 'old city' sometime, but in the meantime, I'll savor my little walks and enjoy the surprises around every corner!

London is definately cool....

by glitter

London is definately cool. Full of energy & vibe you'll likely never find elsewhere. The rush of the place is very maddening....but you gotta luv it!! I'll miss the shops!! Even though I can't afford a thing in London, it was a great place to dream about buying!!

Shopping in the market at...

by Weener

Shopping in the market at Portobello Road Portobello Road, is situated in the very trendy Notting Hill, made famous by the film of the same name. It is a great market to wander through, and grab some bargains. The southern end is where expensive antiques are sold, and generally intended for tourists. If you walk up further, to the junction with Lancaster Gate you will find all sorts of clothes, books and accessories at reasonable prices. Up and coming clothes designers have small stalls on the market, and you may be able to buy a very special one off. Its better to visit the market on Friday or Saturday, on Sunday there is a flea market. There are also plenty of cafes and small restaurants to get something to eat.
Tube: Notting Hill Gate/Ladbroke Grove
Mon- Fri 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

visit WESTMINSTER ABBEY. ...

by Krystynn

visit WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

Strategically located at Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey is a brilliant example of Gothic architecture at its best! This is also the place where former English monarchs are crowned and subsequently buried in the vaults! Amongst the famous English monarchs buried here include Queen Elizabeth I, William the Conqueror, Mary Stuart etc. The late Princess Diana's funeral ceremony (sniff) was also held here, though it is said that the Queen resisted the idea at first before finally relenting under strong public opinion.

Politeness is the key! Always...

by gulliver67

Politeness is the key! Always be courteous, remember your 'thank you's' etc, & you can't go far wrong. London is very tolerant of different cultures, so there arent many etiquette traps to fall into Just remember to be polite, & Londoners will love you!

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