Central London Stay

Visiting London is always enjoyable, because there are so many attractions, shops and art galleries.

Whether you travel by car, train or bus to the capital the main question will be about finding an adequate accommodation: clean, central, with eventual free Wi-Fi and a good breakfast to start the day before hitting the public transports.

There are a lot of small B&B and Guest Houses, with quaint interiors and almost tailored services.

Of course, hotels are everywhere. From very cheap to rather pricey, London bedrooms can reach incredible prices according to the location and reputation.

It all depends what you are after.

Some tourists/visitors like full comfort with large rooms and bathrooms, including flat screen televisions. But are you going to London to stay in your room…certainly not!? Why does it matter whether there is a view or not, as long as you can rest, shower and enjoy the overall stay?!

It is also about having quick access to a nearby Tube station, giving you a rapid connection to various sectors of the city.

The Strand Palace Hotel is located on the Strand. A few yards from Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Somerset House and Charing Cross Underground. It recently went through major refurbishment for all bedrooms and even the facade had some work done in order to look more attractive. A very good initiative from the property management team.

Charing Cross London Tube

A few friends of mine stayed there and their feedback have always been positive. First of all there is a porter at the door helping out residents with their luggage and calling taxis. The reception area has a lounge to relax and wait for friends.

Regarding the single and/or double bedrooms, all are passing the test. A few people have complained about the place being over heated. But all radiators have a thermostat, so turning it down is not an issue.

The breakfast buffet is a real pleasure when entering the restaurant. Of course, it is a busy place but there is enough food for everyone. It is a friendly place to stay for a long weekend or why not go there for a special afternoon tea as the restaurant/bar/lounge is open to the public as well. This might give you an overview of the place.

Strand Palace Hotel London

It is sure, there are better places to stay…The Savoy is actually just opposite but “slightly” more expensive.

By getting your bookings in early enough as well as subscribing to the e-newsletter you will receive special offers and information all year long, allowing you to get good deals too.

London stays can be expensive, so why not choose an affordable place to stay then spend more cash for souvenirs and treat yourself with something unforgettable, such as lunch at Sketch in Mayfair?!


London cityscape

After London Olympic Games in 2012, the British Capital has become even more popular.

Initially, visitors/tourists would stay in the heart of the city: Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Mall as well as Regent Street for some shopping and Piccadilly/Oxford Circus.

There was already a kind of buzz previously to the event. But, it has all improved and multiplied.

Due to many changes, London attracts for fun and business.

There is always something to visit/see – so many galleries and museums to discover. It is endless and themes are varied. It can be very traditional or go insanely contemporary and abstract. Pop-up shops have emerged when the recession did hit us all.

This gave anyone the opportunity to experience one day of retail by using empty premises. And curiously, this worked and still works very well.

The contrast and paradox with financial struggle is also the change and evolution of London’s buildings and architecture.

A couple of different shapes have appeared.

The Gherkin and The Shard.

The Shard London

All these unusual and new landmarks give people visiting London something to talk about beside Big Ben and the London Eye as well.

Is there another European City such as London with an eclectic cityscape? Probably not.

Who said that London was “so rigid, old and boring“?

Even the historical Savile Row has Hauser & Wirth – an art gallery in a modern building designed by Selldorf Architects  with a great variation of artists and styles.

Hauser and Wirth Window Display London

This shows that property management is still going strong.

East London – Shoreditch – went through a rebirth. Old warehouses have become trendy spaces too for offices or indoor markets. It is very multicultural and people are loving it.

Tate Modern is also expanding to give art lovers even more choice and artworks to discover.

All this is possible in conjunction with experts in pre-planning and 3D architectural animations.

Of course, not everyone is off to London to admire a building but when you see that people are now taking pictures in front a landmark with iPads it says it all.

Bringing back home a postcard is certainly fading and digital devices are the norm due to the fact that by just pressing a button it is possible to share where you are with the World. This means allowing potential friends and family members to pick this destination too – according to the image in their inbox or Facebook page.

London cityscape pencil sketch