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TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 02:09 AM

Visiting London for the WTF
 
I'll be visiting london from the 3rd to the 7th of november to watch monday and tuesday's matches.

Can anyone advise me some hotels downtown london?
I mean which is the best district to really enjoy the stay without having to spend half the day in the tube or on the bus?

I've been looking on the web for <150 euros/night hotel in london but I cant really manage to choose the right location, as I of course also intend to visit the city and go to some nice restaurants and clubs too.

tx

Torres 09-17-2012 02:25 AM

All depends on how much you want to pay, what you want to do during the 4 days, and how much tennis you're planning to watch.

WTF is out towards the east of the city so there's always going to be some travelling involved. Unless your trip is 90%tennis, I'd be inclined to avoid any hotels around the O2 and find somewhere closer to town.

TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 02:46 AM

^^^^
tx for your answer.

My budget is maximum 150 euros/night for the hotel.
We'll be watching monday and/or tuesday's matches, depending on the day federer plays actually.

I dont not intend to stay near the Q2 as we plan to visit the city, so we're looking into Bloomsbury, Victoria or County Hall for our stay but I cant pick anyone of those districts cause I dont really know what's there.

Mostly it's gonna be walking around, some free museums maybe, some markets also, dinners, etc.

TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 03:14 AM

I'm actually looking into this on tripadvisor
any comment from someone who's living in london is welcome

Ash_Smith 09-17-2012 03:23 AM

^^^Marriot County hall is nice (not sure if it fits your budget though?) There is also a Premier Inn at county hall which will fit your budget (they are cheap and cheerful like Holiday Inn, but perfectly good for the amount of time you'll spend in it!). County hall is right next to the London Eye and over looks The Palace of Westminster (Big Ben). You'll be within easy walking distance of Westminster Abbey and if you walk up Whitehall (just over the bridge) you'll go past Downing Street and be in Trafalgar Square. Plenty to keep you busy, plus you can get a boat from County Hall down to the O2 (and the Marriot is the players hotel for the event!). If you want to be nearer the 02, but still not on top of it the Guoman Tower at Tower Bridge is nice and there are plenty of restaurants around St Katherines Dock and Victoria Wharf over the bridge, plus really nice walks along the bank of the thames (again plenty to keep you busy!).

Hope that helps!

Cheers

TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 03:38 AM

Tx for the tips!

I didnt know the players were staying there
now that I checked, the hotel is full :-(

Damn, hotels in london are quite expensive...

Torres 09-17-2012 04:31 AM

The South Bank location suggested by Ash is an excellent location for somewhere half-way house between O2 and the West End.

Not sure if you've seen the guide below? Might give you some ideas. Also has ideas for things to do, attractions etc.

http://www.londontown.com/hotels/

Ash_Smith 09-17-2012 04:54 AM

LovaLova - welcome to London!

You might get better value going nearer the 02 and travelling back into town when you need to then. The Aloft at London Excel is really nice and just over the river from the 02 and the Ramada Docklands (which is next door is good too - I've stayed at both), however, I would expect that given the location these might be full too!

Closest you'll get to your budget is probably http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/L...DCMP=KNC_D_BND not as glam as the Marriot County Hall, but in the same building so the location is great! You're probably looking at 150 per night though (that's about as good as it gets for a hotel in central london you'll actually want to sleep in!

Cheers

TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 05:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Torres (Post 6903954)
The South Bank location suggested by Ash is an excellent location for somewhere half-way house between O2 and the West End.

Not sure if you've seen the guide below? Might give you some ideas. Also has ideas for things to do, attractions etc.

http://www.londontown.com/hotels/

tx for the link! Very helpful indeed

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ash_Smith (Post 6903976)
LovaLova - welcome to London!

You might get better value going nearer the 02 and travelling back into town when you need to then. The Aloft at London Excel is really nice and just over the river from the 02 and the Ramada Docklands (which is next door is good too - I've stayed at both), however, I would expect that given the location these might be full too!

Closest you'll get to your budget is probably http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/L...DCMP=KNC_D_BND not as glam as the Marriot County Hall, but in the same building so the location is great! You're probably looking at 150 per night though (that's about as good as it gets for a hotel in central london you'll actually want to sleep in!

Cheers

Actually it's all about my wife now. She agreed to travel to London and to watch 1 or 2 games but she has to profit of the vacation in London, which means staying in the city. Btw I told her that we had to take the boat to got to the O2 she was quite happy about it cause they say it's very pretty for seightseeing!
Again Ash tx a lot for your tips
This hotel you're proposing is definetly a good value!

Torres 09-17-2012 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TennisLovaLova (Post 6903997)
Actually it's all about my wife now. She agreed to travel to London and to watch 1 or 2 games but she has to profit of the vacation in London

I think your wife must have stumbled across this thread because she's PM'd me and suggested that I recommend the place below ;-)

http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/

TennisLovaLova 09-17-2012 11:03 PM

^^^ well this is funny
minimum is 200 pounds / night
damn this is expensive

Ash_Smith 09-17-2012 11:16 PM

Well, if it's all about your wife you should book yourself here http://www.41hotel.com (without any shadow of doubt the best hotel in London) :D

Torres 09-18-2012 01:46 AM

Right...this is a bit left field so I'll leave it to you to ponder whether its your sort of thing.

If you go to www.lastminute.com they do this thing called Secret Hotel. Basically you punch in your general requirements and they find a hotel for you but they don't tell you what it is or the specific location. Many hotels will discount but don't want to be seen to be lowering the brand or affecting pricing from their own website by publicly offering discounts. Hence 'Secret Hotel'.

I used this once a few years back and it worked out pretty well and we ended up here http://www.london.churchill.hyatt.com which was a really nice 5* hotel yet at a discounted rate. What I did at the time was when the general description of the hotel came up, I copy and pasted the blurb into Google and voila! one of the Google results linked to the name of the hotel thus allowing me to know the specific hotel and the specific location before I booked it. Not sure whether that still works, but its worth a go particularly if you're trying to keep the Mrs and the wallet happy.

Meaghan 09-18-2012 02:17 AM

I stayed in a holiday Inn in Southwark, close to Tate modern. Its a stop away from Waterloo and into the city and also a short tube ride to Greenwich and the o2.

I also stayed in a small inn down the road from the o2 (Pilot Inn), it gets booked up well in advance but it does save getting the tube after the games have finished with the other 10,000 commoners :) Lovely place tho.....

Thud and blunder 09-18-2012 02:29 AM

Central London...less than EUR 150/night...make the wife happy: the impossible trinity.

TennisLovaLova 09-18-2012 03:33 AM

Tx everyone for your help
I shall succeed in accomplishing the trinity no matter what

Edit: Just booked in county hall
4 nights= 870 euros
it hurts the azz

Torres 09-19-2012 08:32 AM

170 per night? Wow, that's pricey. I'm sure the Mrs will be pleased! :mrgreen:

Great location though, and its lovely walking up and down the South Bank provided the weather is good, with museums, restaurants, galleries, street entertainers etc all around you and other sights not far from there.

TennisLovaLova 09-19-2012 09:05 AM

Actually there's the world travel forum the same week so most of the bedt value hotels are sold out...

Ash_Smith 09-19-2012 09:26 AM

^^^Glad you got something sorted, sure you'll have a great time - there's loads to do along the south bank - you're really close to the National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, london aquarium, London Eye, Palace of Wesminster - plenty to keep you busy when you're not at the tennis!

cheers

TennisLovaLova 09-19-2012 09:57 AM

Now the next thing to get straight is the order of play of WTF
when does federer play is the big question now...


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