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The Rex Hotel is set on Shepherd’s Bush Road, a busy main road leading from Shepherd’s Bush Green to Hammersmith Broadway in West London. This hotel is one of a clutch of premises set on Shepherd’s Bush Road offering basic accommodation at rates which can only be called cheap in the context of central London prices. Nevertheless, you’ll have to look hard to find a better deal than that offered by the Rex, and the major plus is that there are two London Underground stations nearby, which means getting around London is a breeze.
While you can take breakfast at the Rex, you’ll need to look elsewhere for your other meals. Fortunately, this won’t be too much of a chore as there is a great selection of restaurants in the Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith neighbourhoods. The Tatra, a five-minute walk from the hotel on Goldhawk Road, serves dishes from Poland and other Eastern European countries. Menu items include grilled black pudding with apple, Russian pierogi (dumplings) stuffed with cottage cheese and marinated herring with beetroot salad. The restaurant also stocks a huge range of vodkas. Café Rouge, just a three-minute walk along Shepherd’s Bush Road, is part of reliable chain that serves French and Mediterranean food and features a children’s menu.
One of London’s prime shopping and leisure centres, Westfield, is just a 10-minute walk from the Rex. There you’ll find more than 250 shops, some 50 restaurants serving food from all over the world including Mexico, Thailand and India, and a 14-screen cinema. The centre has a section called The Village which is entirely dedicated to upscale international brands like Aquascutum, Prada and De Beers.
Occupying a terrace of Victorian townhouses, the Rex Hotel has a total of 45 rooms, some ensuite and some with shared facilities. Room rates include a continental breakfast and there’s a kitchen where guests can make coffee and tea and use a microwave oven. The guestrooms, which are all non-smoking, come with TVs, free wifi, towels and basic toiletries. The hotel offers single, double, twin, triple and family rooms and has a lounge for guests. The reception, which is open 24 hours, can provide fax and photocopy services for a charge.
While you’re staying at the Rex, get a real flavour of the incredible cultural diversity of London by taking a 10-minute stroll to Shepherd’s Bush Market, just around the corner on Goldhawk Road. This daily open-air market runs along the edge of a Victorian railway viaduct and has stalls selling goods from all around the world including India, the Caribbean and Africa. You can buy exotic fruits, brightly coloured fabrics and all kinds of knick-knacks there.
Shepherd’s Bush is an undeniably urban environment, so if you’re craving some open space, take the Central Line from Shepherd’s Bush Station three stops to Queensway. Alight there, and you’re right across the road from Kensington Gardens which has grassland, mature trees, a pond and excellent children’s play facilities.
There are two London Underground stations within a 10-minute walk of the Rex. The closest, Goldhawk Road Station, is a five-minute walk from the hotel on foot, and is on the Circle and the Hammersmith and City lines. You can travel on the Circle Line to the Tower of London in about 40 minutes from Goldhawk Road, alighting at Tower Hill Station. A seven-minute journey on the Hammersmith and City Line will take you to Ladbroke Grove Station which is a few steps from Portobello Road Market and the romantic Notting Hill area.
Take the Circle or the Hammersmith and City lines one stop from Goldhawk Road to Hammersmith and you can change there for the Piccadilly Line. This will get you to Heathrow Airport in about 50 to 55 minutes.