This place went and turned our disaster of a beginning to our Euro 2004-London Introinto a fantastic finish. It all started back in April, when it was "worked out" that we (3 guys) would be able to crash the weekend before our Lisbon expedition in a dorm room on King's College campus. Needless to say, security got involved, mad phone calls at 3am were made back to the states, we then had hoods draped over our heads and whisked off to No. 5 Downing St. OK - that didn't really happen, but we got kicked out. It turned out to be for the best.
If we hadn't then we never would have looked in Lonely Planet London for accomodations to come across The Wellington. This place was awesome. It's not modern, but it has got character. If you want to feel like you're among Brits, then this is the place you should stay. The downstairs bar/restaurant has a warm atmosphere. (Get down there early to soak up the comfy leather couches.) It's big, and is divided into 3 rooms with 2 large bars. The middle room has an arched ceiling that displays the battle of Waterloo.
We watched England's group game against Austria here, and it was awesome. The place got jammed, and we had a good dinner and pregame to get into the groove of the nite. They had the game on all TV's (mostly flatscreens), and it was a flat out awesome time. One of my many travel adventures that I'll never forget. It would be most unforgiving of me to mention that the girls behind the bar were quite receptive shall we say...
OH, the room, right...it was good. Decent size. Bathroom was okay. Everything we needed. Nothing fancy, but well decorated.
Unique Quality: Favorably priced.
- easy access to transportation
- good location on the southbank of the Thames for walking to Westminster and Tate Modern
Directions: Right across the street from Waterloo Station
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, London
1 Kensington Court, Kensington, London
17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge, London
41 Buckingham Palace Road, London
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