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The Osborne Hotel is set in the West London suburb of Acton, about five miles from the capital’s centre. Although it’s surrounded by modern, low-rise apartment blocks, the hotel itself occupies a three-storey
Townhouse built in Victorian style. There are two persuasive reasons to book into the Osborne: firstly its room rates are rock bottom by London standards, and secondly the nearby Acton Town London Underground station offers efficient and speedy connections to central London destinations.
The Osborne is a 10-minute walk from a large green space, the 186-acre Gunnersbury Park. The park includes a museum with exhibits illustrating local history and there’s a boating pond overlooked by an 18th century folly in the shape of a Greek temple. Other amenities include a children’s playground and an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course open in summer.
If you’re looking for food drink and entertainment in the evening try the Swan, a gastro-pub 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The pub serves modern Mediterranean cuisine, offering dishes like leg of lamb with warm cannellini bean salad, and braised rabbit with wild mushrooms and polenta. Dessert choices include pear and almond tart and homemade ice creams. The Swan has a well-chosen wine list and you can also sample a selection of traditionally brewed ales.
Le Vacherin, a French restaurant serving a bistro menu, is a couple of minutes’ walk from the Swan, just across the road from Acton Green Common. The a la carte dinner menu includes specialities like herb confit loin of lamb, chargrilled fillet mignon and caramelised red onion tart. Next door to Le Vacherin, the Duke of Sussex serves a Spanish tapas style menu in a stylishly converted Victorian pub.
All of the Osborne’s guestrooms are ensuite with basic furnishings and décor including framed prints on the walls. Rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities, microwaves and fridges. They’re also equipped with free wifi and TVs.
Room rates include free parking at the rear of the hotel. Guests can breakfast at a nearby café for a discount using vouchers issued by the hotel. A full English breakfast is available including egg, bacon, sausage and beans. Alternatively you can choose the vegetarian option of grilled mushrooms, eggs, tomato and beans.
The hotel offers single, twin and double rooms, and infants under 12 months stay for free but there is no space for extra beds or cots in the rooms.
Pets are not allowed at the hotel.
London Underground’s Acton Town Station, on the Piccadilly and the District lines, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. From the hotel entrance, turn right and walk less than 100 metres to Bollo Lane. Turn right into Bollo, and walk the three or four minutes to Gunnersbury Lane. Turn left, and you’ll see the station just in front of you. Take the District Line heading east and you’ll be at St James’s Station in 25 minutes. St James’s Park, a couple of minutes’ walk from the station, has 58 acres of green space in the heart of London including rolling lawns, mature trees and a pond with some unlikely residents – a flock of pelicans. Stroll for about 10 minutes through the park and you’ll come to Buckingham Palace.
Taking the Central Line, you can travel to Monument Station in the historic City of London in about 35 to 40 minutes. Monument is a 61-metre Doric column designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1777 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666, which started close by in Pudding Lane. Inside the tower is a spiral staircase that takes visitors up to a viewing platform offering excellent vistas across central London and the River Thames.
Arriving at Heathrow Airport, you can catch a Piccadilly Line train and be at Acton Town Station in about 25 minutes.