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  1. The Greenwich Cutty Sark DLR station is just a half-inch or so diagonally down and to the left of the red circle--literally just one minute's walk to the circled luggage drop-off location. However... I should point out one significant drawback of the DLR--namely, the fact that Bank Station (the central London terminus of the DLR, and which also serves the Central and Northern underground lines) is without question the most confusing and user-unfriendly underground station in London. Having travelled between central London and Greenwich via public transport on numerous
  2. From what I recall, having done the "TBE" with a friend and her young son about 15 years ago, this "experience" is more or less geared for children. Unless you have a particular interest in the design/engineering/mechanics of a neo-gothic Victorian drawbridge, I certainly wouldn't consider it a must-do. According to the page for the PI County Hall on the PI website, yes, they do offer luggage storage. I believe it's offered by most if not all Premier Inns. I have taken advantage of this service at another Premier Inn on at least one occasion. (That particular PI had
  3. Fortunately, I've never had the "pleasure" of sleeping in a Yotel😵/ pod😱 / whatchamacallem🤔 . . . Nor have I yet experienced a Premier Inn hub. However, a quick search on YouTube for "premier inn hub london" brings up quite a few video reviews of PI hub rooms: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=premier+inn+hub+london Thankfully for the OP, hub rooms are distinctly larger than the aforementioned Yotel / pod / whatchamacallem accommodations, with the added advantage of decent en-suite facilities, basic amenities (e.g., a bottle opener attached to th
  4. "£26 for a dreary plate of fried dough and cauliflower." I can get that around here for less than half the price! 😁
  5. As John Bull and just_don't have mentioned, quite a bit of "weather"🌧️ happens in the Lake District--as I can attest from much personal experience! It's a beautiful region, but the amount of sunshine--or lack thereof--can have a profound effect on how you perceive it. However, I think my main concern with this tour would be that you will spend at least half of the 8+ hour tour just travelling there and back. Sitting in a coach on the M6 motorway for four hours isn't my idea of a good time, and I don't know if the remaining four hours or so that you will actually have in the Lake
  6. Answering your question purely in terms of location... The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is more central, relatively speaking. Just around the corner from Trafalgar Square (Nelson's Column, the National Gallery, St Martin in the Fields, etc), and within walking distance of a number of other major tourist sights (e.g. Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Rooms, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Thames) as well as many West End theatres. Also, a short taxi ride from Waterloo Station. That said, The Hyatt Regency - Churchill is not off in the boondocks by any means. I
  7. Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure that was the Sanctuary House Hotel, literally next door to the PI Westminster Abbey hub on Tothill St. It (Sanctuary House, that is) is frequently mentioned on CC, and gets generally very good reviews on Tripadvisor (apart from occasional complaints about noise from the pub at night). I must make it a point to pop in for a drink next time I'm visiting my friends around the corner at H.M. Treasury!😉
  8. See my previous comment, above. Be aware that the Premier Inn "Hub" hotels feature minimalist high-tech pod-style rooms. They might or might not be suitable for you, depending on your needs/expectations and the amount of luggage you have. I have not stayed at a Hub and probably would not be likely to do so in the future unless it were only for a night or two. (It might be tolerable for me on my own, but I know that SWMBO would not be keen to share the experience.) The hub hotels also have what PI calls "Bigger Rooms"--bigger than the pod-like standard hub rooms, that is, but not
  9. As per my comment in response to a similar question in a previous thread ("London Hotel - down to 3 choices", started by MSPCUBS)... I would suggest you look at several Premier Inn properties that are much more centrally located than the Travelodge London City: Blackfriars, Holborn, Euston, St Pancras, County Hall, Waterloo, Smithfield/Farringdon (in addition to Victoria, suggested by Bob++.) I haven't stayed at any Travelodge hotels, but have stayed in a number of Premier Inns (in London and elsewhere in England) and have been quite satisfied with each of
  10. Just as Globaliser says, I too would eliminate Staybridge Suites London Vauxhall on the basis of location if nothing else. For me, it would more or less be a tossup between the two other hotels. Friends from NYC stayed at the Hampton Inn by London Waterloo a few years ago, prior to a Cunard transatlantic crossing. They were quite satisfied with the hotel and recommended it to me for a future visit. Although I favor other areas of London--the location is a bit out of the way--this hotel does give you easy access into central London, as it is on a number of bus routes t
  11. Sounds like a good choice. I hadn't heard of The Rookery before, but I liked the look of it when I checked it out on Tripadvisor. As it happens, I stayed not too far from there (at the blandly modern and functional but comfortable Premier Inn Smithfield/Farringdon) last April, and am pretty sure that I walked right past The Rookery on at least one occasion. (The Rookery is just north of Smithfield Market; the Premier Inn is just south of the market.) Here's what I wrote about the area In a previous thread on Cruise Critic: I love the location -- a bit off the usual t
  12. Yes, the Sanctuary House Hotel is within easy walking distance (less than a mile each) to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye. (The abbey is directly on the way to the Eye.) But I'm sure you mean Tower Bridge, not London Bridge. You'll know the former when you see it. You'll pass by or under the latter without even realizing it.😉 There's no discernible advantage to the Visitor Oyster Card over a regular Oyster Card. Simply purchase a regular Oyster Card when you're in London. The standard Oyster can be returned for a refund of any unused £££ (up
  13. Whoops! Just realized I've basically repeated what markeb already said (post#17), without having noticed his post!😁
  14. Believe me, you won't have any trouble finding a place to purchase wine in London! Supermarkets (such as Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco, etc) have branches all over town, and all carry a basic selection, as does the "food hall" section of Marks & Spencer (department store) -- not to mention the food hall section of Selfridges and of Harrods. You might also see an off-licence (=liquor store) shop called Oddbins, part of a retail chain. For more rare/ high-end wines, head to Fortnum & Mason or to Berry Bros. & Rudd.
  15. That's what our friends like about it. It's right around the corner from the Wallace Collection (it actually faces the back of the Wallace Collection building), and a short walk from Wigmore Hall. Also very close to Daunt Books, one of the great old London bookshops.
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