in advance that most hotel rooms are small
compared to American standards. Any of our Best Westerns
or Motel 6 have larger rooms than the majority of places
in London -- even in the best hotels. Do your research
and ask friends for recommendations. I like staying in
apartments and on my most recent trip I stayed at The
Vancouver Studio Apartments in Bayswater. These apartments
are comfortable with a friendly and knowledgable staff,
excellent heating system, hot water all the time, and
fully equipped kitchenettes. I noticed at least two other
older, single women travelers who were return clients.
Contact information: Vancouver
Studios Apartments, 30 Prince's
Square, Bayswater, London.
Tel: +44 (0) 207-243-1270
Fax:+44 (0) 207-221-8678
||Be aware of pickpockets along Brompton
Road by Harrod's. Two years ago my friend had her wallet
taken out of her purse while we were in a cafe. Use a
money belt or an ankle wallet. Speaking of Harrod's --
it's a zoo at Christmas time and if you must buy something
there do it by Christmas eve since Harrod's closes for
Christmas and does not reopen until the 29th. More and
more stores are opening with great discounts on Boxing
Day (12/26). If you are a shopper this is your day to
shop until you drop!
food has gotten much better over
the years and is my favorite way to enjoy my afternoon
meal. If shopping at Harrod's try the Tea
which is off Brompton Road up the street
from the one which has the Pret
Manger on the corner. (there is
also an Irish collectible store on that street.) A few
blocks from The Palace you can find the Adam
and Eve Pub on 81 Petty France
(St James tube, District Line). The Tea Clipper serves
wonderful Pot Pies along with hot sandwiches, and Adam
and Eve serves sausages and mash, beef and beer stew with
dumplings, hot sandwiches etc. Such warming foods are
most welcomed after a chilly morning of walking, shopping
and site seeing. Remember the No Smoking in restaurant
bars and restaurant law has not been imposed in London.
However, some are trying and the Adam and Eve pub has
a small non smoking dining area.
you wish to picnic
or take a lunch with you the Pret Manger
stores are great. All sandwiches and soups are made fresh
daily. Really quality food.
Time Out magazine
available at most orner stores and newsstands
for free concerts and Christmas happenings. If you ice
skate check out the rink outside the Courtauld
Gallery after you've seen Van
Gough and other Impressionists inside.
time in Hyde Park. Bring food for
the squirrels, ducks, swans, geese and other water fowl.
Enjoy the people strolling with their dogs, riders with
horses and the sheer beauty of the park. At 9am on Christmas
morning go watch the 100 year old Peter
Pan Cup race held in the Serpentine.
It's free, it's fun, and a great way to start Christmas
the 1/2 price ticket booth in Leicester
Square for theatre tickets. Same day shows, good seats,
good prices. They accept credit cards and cash.
out the various markets such as
Spittafields, Camden Locks, Portabello, etc. and the neighborhoods
around them. All different, all fun. You can find an excellent
listing of these markets at the very informative website:
We were also most impressed with their complimentary section
around London. Check it out!
don't be afraid to ask directions, pack your silk longjohns,
dress in layers and above all enjoy yourself.
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