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 prefere
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