Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch

41 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7LG, United Kingdom
Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch
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Hotel Bookings at

by lontrav

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask such a question, but has anyone used to book hotels in London? I'm thinking of using it, but don't really feel sure if it's a safe and trustworthy website. Any information would be much appreciated.

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by Aldda

Yeah !
Its always good to use the safe & trustworthy website.

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by leics

Not the wrong place at all.

I have not heard of this site, personally. I use, and (if I am staying in London) use the official tourist information accommodation search engine (linked below) to find a hotel. I might then see if I can get a better rate (which is not always the case) by searching for it on other websites and checking the hotel website itself.

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by hawkhead

I do as per Leics but also use On my searching for accommodation I have come across LondonNights but have never used them so cannot comment further.

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by hawkhead

I do as per Leics but also use On my searching for accommodation I have come across LondonNights but have never used them so cannot comment further.

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by planxty

I live in London so have not had the need to use them, indeed I have never heard of them. If you are prepared to take a chance and wait until quite late, you can get some very good bargains on rooms at

A friend uses it regularly when she visits london on business and says it is very good.

Hope this assists,


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by lontrav

Thanks for all the suggestions and advice! That was really helpful. I'll definitely try and check out the websites named.

Travel Tips for London

Visit Kensington palace.

by carolineraat

My most favorite palace in London was built by the dutch king William of Orange after the example of Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Its gardens are lovely and the whole area called Kensington is really nice.

well...where shall i...

by foadtoad

well...where shall i start..ok..the list of things to do in london is 1483 miles long. But a thing i will absolutely recommend is Camden Town. An area a bit nrth of central London. 20 minutes with the sub i think. But you really have to see it. It´s crazy! oh and by the way I saw one of those girls from All Saints there...yeah..Famous people are always a good tourist-attraction..but..on the picture you can slightly see what Camden is´s a bit bad picture. But you can find all sorts of things here. It is like being on another planet..or the eighties!?..there´s a lot of Punks that the word?..i don´t know...but go here..that´s all i can say!!!

The hotel

by iandsmith

The sloping and irregular form of the site posed certain problems and the Midland Railway directors were determined to impress London with their new station bearing in mind some of the innovative designs at other stations.
The initial plan of the station was laid out by William Henry Barlow, the Midland's consulting engineer. The single span roof of 74 m (243 ft), the greatest built up to that time, was adopted on purely economic grounds to make maximum use of the space without obstructions (the roof design was a collaboration between Barlow and Rowland Mason Ordish). A space for a fronting transverse hotel was included in the plan and the overall plan was accepted in early 1865.
A competition was held for the actual design of the station buildings and hotel in May 1865. Eleven architects were invited to compete and in January 1866 the brick Gothic revival designs of the prominent George Gilbert Scott were chosen. There was some disquiet at the choice, in part because Scott's designs were by far the most expensive. The sheer grandeur of Scott's frontage impressed the Midland Railway directors, achieving their objective of outclassing every other station in the capital. A subsequent financial squeeze trimmed several floors from the frontage and certain ornateness but the impressive design largely remained.
Construction of the station, minus the roof which was a separate tender, was budgeted at £310,000, and after a few problems Waring Brothers' tender of £320,000 was accepted. The roof tender went to the Butterley Company for £117,000. Work began in the autumn of 1864 with a temporary bridge over the canal and the demolition of Somers Town and Agar Town. Construction of the station foundations did not start until July 1866 and delays through technical problems, especially in the roof construction, were commonplace. The former Midland Grand Hotel at the front of St Pancras railway station was what caught my eye each day.
The graveyard posed the initial problems - the main line was to pass over it on a girder bridge and the branch to the Metropolitan under it in a tunnel. Disturbance of the remains was expected but was, initially, carelessly handled. The tunnelling was especially delayed by the presence of decomposing human remains, the many coffins encountered, and a London-wide outbreak of cholera leading to the requirement to enclose the River Fleet entirely in iron. Despite this the connection was completed in January 1867.
The goods station in Agar Town received its first train in September 1867, but passenger services through to the Metropolitan line did not begin until July 1868. However, the station was not finished when it opened, to little ceremony, on 1 October. The final rib for the train shed roof had been fitted only in mid-September and the station was a mass of temporary structures for the passengers. The first train, an express for Manchester, ran non-stop from Kentish Town to Leicester - the longest non-stop run in the world at 97 miles (156 km).
Work on the Midland Grand Hotel did not begin until mid-1868 and opened to customers in 5 May 1873. The total costs for the building were £438,000. The hotel was closed in 1935, and the building was subsequently used as offices before falling vacant in the 1980s. The Hotel was a popular location for film and television productions and appeared in both the Spice Girls first video and Batman Begins. In 2005 planning consent was granted for a refurbishment of the hotel building. Most of the public rooms and a small fraction of the bedrooms of the original hotel will be incorporated into a new hotel, but the majority of the new hotel's bedrooms will be in a newly built wing to the west of the Victorian trainshed. The remainder of the original hotel will be converted into apartments.

The Royal Standard

by krissyM

The Royal standard is a term used to describe the flag used by the Royal Family of a country. The Queen of England's royal standard or the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom is divided into four sections. If the Queen is in England one section contains the Irish Lyre, one of the red lion rampart of the King of Scotland and in the 1st and 4th quadrants represent the ancient Kingdom of England and contain three gold lions, (or leopards), passant gardant on a red field.

The Royal Standard is flown when the queen is in residence in one of the royal residences, on the queen's car on official journeys and on aircraft (when on the ground). It may also be flown on any building, official or private, during a visit by the queen, if the owner or proprietor so requests. The Royal Standard also used to be flown on board the royal yacht, when it was in service and the queen was on board. The only church that may fly the Royal Standard, even without presence of monarch, is Westminster Abbey, which is known as a "royal peculiar".

So if you want to know if the Queen is actually in residence when at a royal residence just look to see what flag is flying. If it's the Union Jack she is not there. If the Royal Standard is flying she is present.

The typical things....

by ris_ez

One piece of luggage, if you come to visit London and a bag to take your important personal belongings, such as cameras, moneybags, umbrella and so. Comfortable shoes; in winter, scarf, gloves,a hat, a strong coat, some pullovers and corduroy trousers, and something thinner because when you enter a place, the heating is quite high and you'd like to get rid of some of your clothing layers; an umbrella. Be forsighted to bring enough photo reels/memory cards because London is also expensive for that.


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Address: 41 Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 7LG, United Kingdom