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London travel and pre/post show info
Posted by: bv ()
Date: October 28, 2012 18:31

Please use this thread for the London, UK Rolling Stones show travel and pre/post show info. A summary of the most important posts here will be added to the London travel pages:

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Bjornulf

Hotels in London
Posted by: georgeV ()
Date: July 31, 2007 21:03

Anyone stayed at either the Cavendish Hotel or the Sheraton Belgravia? Any thoughts on the quality of them?

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: bv ()
Date: August 1, 2007 00:15

The Cavendish is fine. And anything by Sheraton is for sure more than ok. Basically anything that cost more than 150 pounds is ok, anything less should be checked out carefully. I never stay at the same hotel in London. Because I can only afford them below 100 pounds and they are all bad in that cathegory. Except IBIS which is cheap but so boring.

Bjornulf

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: georgeV ()
Date: August 1, 2007 01:18

When you say the Cavenish is fine, do you mean good or just OK?

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: mickijaggeroo ()
Date: August 1, 2007 01:44

I recommend St Giles, stayed there last year, and will stay there this year, lots of international Stones fans stay there, and it´s really central.
Look here, for a special discount for Stonesfans :[www.stonessessions.com]

Vilhelm
[www.stonesvikings.com]

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: MononoM ()
Date: August 1, 2007 01:48

im staying at The Clarendon Hotel, not that cheap, but at the last gig i dont want to sleep in a car, tent or hostel smiling smiley

Life's just a cocktail party on the street

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: MononoM ()
Date: August 1, 2007 01:50

or station or airport lol

Life's just a cocktail party on the street

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: 3DTeafoe ()
Date: August 1, 2007 05:42

We'll be at the London Elizabeth Hotel in Paddington. A very charming place. It's newly renovated and comes highly recommended. tattooyou81 (from shidoobee) and I did a lot of research and decided, overwhelmingly, to stay there.
Excellent location, across from Hyde Park and Lancaster Gate tube stop.
Easy access to everywhere. (From there it's a beautiful walk to the Chelsea Old Town Hall.)

[www.londontoolkit.com]

And the link to the photo gallery of the London Elizabeth. It's gorgeous.

[www.londonby.com]


(If you should happen to book there, tell them Teafoe sent you.)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2007-08-01 05:44 by 3DTeafoe.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: austrianstones ()
Date: August 1, 2007 09:52

can somebody recommend this hotel, it`s close to the venue ?

Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel (Bexleyheath)

[www.superbreak.com]|countryCode=ENG|locationCode=SO3|regionCode=AL1|searchString=|airportHotelType=&board=Full%20Breakfast&unit1=1|unit_1_BB|Room%20for%201%2D4%20%28Max%202%20Adults%29|95.00|4&unitList=1_BB

thanks
robert from austria

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Harm ()
Date: August 1, 2007 10:07

I'm staying at the "THE BRITANNIA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL". It's cheap and near the O2. I don't expect too much of it.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: August 1, 2007 10:32

Robert, check google maps. That hotel is 10 miles away from the O2.

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Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: August 1, 2007 10:47

Harm Wrote:
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> "THE BRITANNIA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL".....near the O2.
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LOL Harm, looks like you have to swim then :-)

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Keep On Rolling smoking smiley

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: bv ()
Date: August 1, 2007 11:00

Don't expect me to write a book about the hotel. It's fine that says a lot about a London hotel. I stayed there once for business but it is too expensive for private travel. So I am back to all these up-price low-quality tiny little bathrom sized rooms around. If you want something outstanding go for a 5-star in the Strand area.

I know London and this concert setup at the O2 pretty well. You do really have two options. Eiter stay in the Docklands area walking distance of the O2 and save hours of waiting for transportation after the show, or stay central where at least you are at a place you can enjoy. Docklands is not a place to be. It's for business. Nothing like central London, west end, Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Soho, Kensington or anything like that. London is a big city. You have to compromise based on your own personal preferences as where to stay and go.

Bjornulf

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Harm ()
Date: August 1, 2007 11:02

Rolling Hansie Wrote:
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> Harm Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > "THE BRITANNIA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL".....near the
> O2.
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> LOL Harm, looks like you have to swim then :-)

Nah, I'd rather drink a guinness at the pilot inn

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 11:28

Take a tip from a Londoner, check out the Earls Court area. It has several things in its favour.

Prices: It is just that little bit further west from "Kensington", which means that you're getting away from those hideous Kensington prices that prevail there - where as far as hotel rooms go, you definitely do NOT get a lot of bang for your buck.

Vibe: Earls Court is quite a nice buzzy area, notably the Earls Court Road itself, which basically is a long N-S road with major E-W running London conduits (main roads) at its north and south ends respectively. Loads of nice enough pubs, and traditionally an area occupied by Aussies and Kiwis coming to UK to do their "thang" as they travel round UK/Europe.

Architecturally it consists of 4-5 storey Victorian terraces in its larger streets, 3-4 in its smaller. A lot of the larger properties have been converted into typically 2-3 star hotels and bed and breakfasts. It goes without saying that any building that has been "converted" from a 19th century former private house into a 2-3 star hotel isn't going to end up with quite the same internal appearance and levels of "mod cons" as a "new" purpose built hotel, so if it's one of those that you're after ... perhaps don't look at Earls Court. It depends on "when" in time the building was converted into a hotel. Some of the ones done 20-30 years ago are not liable to be that great, ones done more recently will be perfectly adequate. but rooms in general are likely to be small.

Location/transportation: it is crucially still within the approximate area that puts you very much in "central" London, and is on the tube (both Picadilly and District Line). From there to the O2 it's a simple journey, 6 stops eastbound on the District line, change at WESTMINSTER, and a further 7 stops southbound on the Jubilee line.



[earls-court.hotels-london.co.uk]

PS: The above is just one of loads of links/websites ... if you're not fixed up as yet for a hotel in London, then I would strongly suggest putting in some time and checking out this area in detail, because there are some little gems of moderately priced (as "moderately" as anything can possibly be in one of the most expensive cities in Europe) places to stay tucked away in the side streets just off the Earls Court Road. For a lot of people visting London, this part of the world is a little off the beaten track and hence not that well known.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2007-08-01 11:39 by paulywaul.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: SWojtek ()
Date: August 1, 2007 11:48

You can check Quality Crown Hotel Hyde Part at Talbot Square. I was there last year (Twickenham concert) with my family and it was really o.k. (I booked early on-line and I got a good price).

[www.london-town-hotels.com]

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: August 1, 2007 12:18

How easy/difficult will it be to get back by tube to Marylebone after the show on the 26th ?

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Keep On Rolling smoking smiley

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 12:33

Rolling Hansie Wrote:
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> How easy/difficult will it be to get back by tube
> to Marylebone after the show on the 26th ?

Can't you read a simple tube map ? Northbound/Westbound on the Jubilee line for six stops, change at Waterloo, a further six stops on the Bakerloo line northbound to Marylebone !!

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: mickijaggeroo ()
Date: August 1, 2007 12:45

bv Wrote:
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> Don't expect me to write a book about the hotel.
> It's fine that says a lot about a London hotel. I
> stayed there once for business but it is too
> expensive for private travel. So I am back to all
> these up-price low-quality tiny little bathrom
> sized rooms around. If you want something
> outstanding go for a 5-star in the Strand area.
>
> I know London and this concert setup at the O2
> pretty well. You do really have two options. Eiter
> stay in the Docklands area walking distance of the
> O2 and save hours of waiting for transportation
> after the show, or stay central where at least you
> are at a place you can enjoy. Docklands is not a
> place to be. It's for business. Nothing like
> central London, west end, Hyde Park, Oxford
> Street, Soho, Kensington or anything like that.
> London is a big city. You have to compromise based
> on your own personal preferences as where to stay
> and go.


I did a pretty smart thing last year, at least I think so myself smiling smiley
When I stayed at the St Giles, I asked in the reception if one could hire a van with driver. No problem, a nine seater showed up outside the hotel when I wanted it, and it took us (9 people) to the Cabbage Patch, and it cost us a tenner each. Best of all, the driver left me his phonenumber, so immediately after the first gig, he came and picked us up, and took us back to the hotel. When passing the trainstation on the way back, I felt very happy that we decided to travel this way. Needless to say, we did exactly the same thing for show number two.

Vilhelm
[www.stonesvikings.com]

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: barking paul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 12:46

As Marylebone is just a few minutes walk from Baker Street, you might as well stay on the Jubilee Line rather than change.

Some nice hotels in this area too, and also try the Bloomsbury area around Russell Square.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:03

barking paul Wrote:
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> As Marylebone is just a few minutes walk from
> Baker Street, you might as well stay on the
> Jubilee Line rather than change.
>
> Some nice hotels in this area too, and also try
> the Bloomsbury area around Russell Square.

<<< As Marylebone is just a few minutes walk from Baker Street, you might as well stay on the Jubilee Line rather than change >>>

Agreed, you can do that too. Baker St and Marlebone stations are geographically reasonably close, so there wouldn't be any great distance to walk if you simply got off at Baker St - in which case just stay on the Jubilee line and don't bother changing at Waterloo as barking paul suggests.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:38

barking paul Wrote:
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> As Marylebone is just a few minutes walk from
> Baker Street,stay on the Jubilee Line.
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Thanks, good tip.
And yes paulywaul, I know how to read a tube map. I ain't that stupid :-) I have been in London a few times before. Maybe my question wasn't clear enough. I would like to know if there will be enough tubetrains running after the show, and if the show ends late, will there be any trains running at all.

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Keep On Rolling smoking smiley

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: kaskatanas ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:44

I´m been in a hotel in Marble Arch, really, really cheap but without lift... I think Jubilee line stop at Bond Street and from Bond Street to Marble Arch I can go easily walking, not???

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: lodge ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:51

As I do not really fancy London, we stay at th Excel Ibis. First of all it's very good value for money and new. REnovated Hotels in England could be a nightmare, but could be also very, very nice and charming. As we will have a car to go out and see the East coast, Excel is very handy. But it is true that there's no cocktailparty in docklands.
As BV said it all depends on your preferences. I just think London or UK is so expensive that I have to stretch somehow. We will travel and see the countryside during the day and enjoy the nights at 02 or coming home late.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:54

Rolling Hansie Wrote:
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> barking paul Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > As Marylebone is just a few minutes walk from
> > Baker Street,stay on the Jubilee Line.
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> Thanks, good tip.
> And yes paulywaul, I know how to read a tube map.
> I ain't that stupid :-) I have been in London a
> few times before. Maybe my question wasn't clear
> enough. I would like to know if there will be
> enough tubetrains running after the show, and if
> the show ends late, will there be any trains
> running at all.

If you don't hang around the O2 for any length of time after the show the tube trains should still be running, but beyond say midnight, you will be on shaky ground ... so CHECK what time the last Jubilee line train passes through North Greenwich. It MIGHT be a little earlier than normal because of it being a Sunday.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Adrian-L ()
Date: August 1, 2007 13:59

paulywaul Wrote:
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> If you don't hang around the O2 for any length of
> time after the show the tube trains should still
> be running, but beyond say midnight, you will be
> on shaky ground ...

exactly- i was there last friday, for a concert.....plenty of trains/good service, at 11pm, but trains shut down soon after midnight... then you hot problems.
If you're going to be based in a Central London hotel, that week, you should leave the Greenwich area straight after the show(s) and head back to
the night-life that the centre of town, has to offer.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: August 1, 2007 14:04

Thanks mate

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Keep On Rolling smoking smiley

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 14:24

mickijaggeroo Wrote:
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> bv Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Don't expect me to write a book about the
> hotel.
> > It's fine that says a lot about a London hotel.
> I
> > stayed there once for business but it is too
> > expensive for private travel. So I am back to
> all
> > these up-price low-quality tiny little bathrom
> > sized rooms around. If you want something
> > outstanding go for a 5-star in the Strand area.
> >
> > I know London and this concert setup at the O2
> > pretty well. You do really have two options.
> Eiter
> > stay in the Docklands area walking distance of
> the
> > O2 and save hours of waiting for transportation
> > after the show, or stay central where at least
> you
> > are at a place you can enjoy. Docklands is not
> a
> > place to be. It's for business. Nothing like
> > central London, west end, Hyde Park, Oxford
> > Street, Soho, Kensington or anything like that.
> > London is a big city. You have to compromise
> based
> > on your own personal preferences as where to
> stay
> > and go.
>
>
> I did a pretty smart thing last year, at least I
> think so myself smiling smiley
> When I stayed at the St Giles, I asked in the
> reception if one could hire a van with driver. No
> problem, a nine seater showed up outside the hotel
> when I wanted it, and it took us (9 people) to the
> Cabbage Patch, and it cost us a tenner each. Best
> of all, the driver left me his phonenumber, so
> immediately after the first gig, he came and
> picked us up, and took us back to the hotel. When
> passing the trainstation on the way back, I felt
> very happy that we decided to travel this way.
> Needless to say, we did exactly the same thing for
> show number two.

So ... we take it that the same nice van/driver will be transporting you once again to the Cabbage Patch, this time on Wednesday 22nd August 2007 ? Or have you managed to book the Counterfeits for a private gig in your room at the St Giles ??

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: barking paul ()
Date: August 1, 2007 14:44

If Sylvain Sylvain was ever to play at the pub in Twickenham, he'd be a true Cabbage Patch Doll.

Re: Hotels in London
Posted by: bv ()
Date: August 1, 2007 16:14

I am adding this and other London threads to the London Travel pages so that they are easy to find at all times: [iorr.org]

Bjornulf

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