The Balmoral House Hotel

156-157 Sussex Gardens, London, W2 1UD, United Kingdom
The Balmoral House Hotel
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  • Families70
  • Couples73
  • Solo36
  • Business40

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Stonehenge; The River Thames...

by ianrmillard

Stonehenge; The River Thames above Reading and villages thereon; Historic cities like Hereford, Oxford, Cambridge...; the huge castles of Wales. The British Museum [see pic]
Stonehenge can be a let down but recent work gives a better view etc and it IS unique. The villages of the Thames are preserved and beautiful in Summer (eg Goring/Streatley, Pangbourne, Wallingford etc). Visit places like Hereford for the cathedrals especially. Attend Church of England relýgýous services at places lýke the chapel of Kings College Cambridge.

The British Museum is in a class of its own in the world. Can be very crowded. Try a non-raining weekday in the morning (opens 0930) to avoid school parties.
For the unattached male visitor, the Museum is also the place where, in between immersing himself in world culture, he can, without too much trouble, meet interesting young ladies from all over the place..(try the less crowded galleries such as the Greek urns)

English to the core!

by TripAdvisor Member SkyeTraveler

This hotel is still owned by the Goring family, and it has all the characteristics of a well-loved family establishment. (Take some time to read Tales from the Goring, an amusing history of the hotel. There's a copy in every room.) Some of the rooms feel a bit faded -- or comfortably old-fashioned, depending on your perspective -- but the bathrooms are good. The service is top notch; very professional and accommodating.

Apparently, a new generation of Gorings has taken the reins. The dining room has been superbly updated by none other than David Linley (Princess Margaret's son). Maybe the bedrooms will be updated as well, but I suspect the regular guests wouldn't hear of it!

The Goring has heaps of English character, good service, a wonderful location, and an impressive history. If you value these things, then it's worth the steep price. If you'd prefer a much more modern take on "Britishness," you might like the Soho hotel, which costs about the same.

P.S. We had great meals at two nearby restaurants, Thomas Cubitt and the Ebury Wine Bar.


by TripAdvisor Member CIARB

Given the rave reviews of others, we were expecting something special. Whilst the lounges and bars are very pleasant, the rooms themselves are nothing to write home about - they urgently need updating and redocorating.
We weren't best pleased when, having booked and paid for a king size room, they tried to palm us off with an 'executive single', with what must have been the smallest 'king-size' bed in history - all 4 foot of it.
Our request for a proper room was received with poor grace, and it took them a further 3 hours to find a suitable room - and then only a room with a double bed.
The hotel was well worth the £120 paid, but certainly not more than £150.


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Forum Posts

Walking around ..

by Claudilla

I live in Middlesex, Twickenham I would like to spend a day outside London with my dogs and partner. Do you have any suggestion ? I don't want to wwalk too much as I am 5 months pregnant.. something easy !

Thanks !

RE: Walking around ..

by iwys

Henley-on-Thames. Not too far from you. Easy walks along the Thames or slightly harder in the Chilterns.

RE: Walking around ..

by hawkhead

Go to Ham House at Richmond, and walk along the path towards Teddington. Or, you could go to Bushy Park, near Hampton Court.

RE: RE: Walking around ..

by leics

Pangbourne........nice little place, nice pubs, walk along river, feed ducks. Lots of footpaths in beechwoods, including walk to Goring along river......can get train back. Dogs would love it. On main Oxford-London (Paddington) line.

RE: Walking around ..

by Claudilla

Thank u very much for your suggestions.. weather has not been very nice this weekend though...

Travel Tips for London

Sampling the Local Brews

by fishandchips

England and for that matter the whole of the UK, is a good place to try a few ales. Most taverns have their own brew and the publican will usually be more than happy to explain the local brew (some you can't shut up about it!! - you have been warned).

I had many great experiences with my brother in and around London trying the local brew from all sorts of pubs.

It WILL rain in London

by aqazi

Trolly bags are a good idea. Avoid the rush hour when you are going to the airport. If you have a back pack TAKE IT OFF YOU BACK WHEN YOU ARE IN THE TUBE!!! The only people that keep them on tend to be newly arrived antipodeans. Its considered very rude and selfish but it's also dangerous as you whack the people behind you when you turn around. You shouldn't need me to tell you but most people forget to bring their umbrella. Yes it will rain but there is no reason why it should spoil your visit. Bring stuff with you, don't count on buying it in London as it will cos tyou twice as much. Don't come to the UK to buy electronic equipment. Its not that cheap and the warranty might not be valid when you get home. Bring video cams and cameras with you. Camping is quite popular in the UK but you need a car to get to campsites and you need to be prepared for the rain.


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Address: 156-157 Sussex Gardens, London, W2 1UD, United Kingdom