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St Georges Inn is situated along Belgrave Road, a very attractive part of London designed by master builder Thomas Cubitt in the 1840s. The rows of elegant white Victorian town houses and the tranquil atmosphere give the area a village-y feel in the centre of London, but this doesn't mean the area is dull by far, as some of London's most well known sights and attractions are located just a few minutes walk from the hotel. The St Georges Inn has very affordable room rates and has been refurbished recently, so it is a good option for those who want comfort and style on a budget.
Rooms at the hotel range can accommodate everyone from solo travellers to visiting families. Recently updated, the rooms are clean and modern with tasteful furnishings and fittings and comfortable beds. All rooms come complete with a colour TV and remote, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities, a wake up call service, a direct dial phone and wireless internet access. A simple continental breakfast is included in the room rate, however previous guests have found it a bit bland, so a good idea is to head to the St Georges pub nearby for a full English fry up. Staff are very friendly and attentive; previous guests have reported thoughtful attention to details such as remembering to supply brown bread for a diabetic visitor at breakfast when it was unavailable previously.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but considering you are staying in one of the culinary capitals of the world, this shouldn't be a problem. From McDonalds to Michelin stars, you will find something to suit all tastes and budgets nearby. Two popular options, a mere two-minute walk away are Grumbles, which serves cheap and cheerful British cuisine and Mekong for a chic take on Vietnamese food.
Of course the gastronomic delights aren't the only thing you should sample on your trip, history, culture, art or theatre; anything and everything you are interested in you will find to do nearby, even bating and outdoor sports in Hyde Park, ten minutes from the hotel. Just down the road you will find Buckingham Palace, flanked by ornate fountains and gardens, for two months of the year, when the Queen is out of town, you can tour the staterooms, but if you miss the season you can still watch the pageantry of the Changing of the Guards ceremony, which hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Nearby you will also find Westminster Abbey, a stunning building with architecture dating back to the 11th century. The abbey has been the site of coronations since the Middle Ages, and in recent years it has hosted some elaborate royal weddings, most recently for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You can tour the abbey throughout the year, but for a seat at a royal wedding you might be out of luck, unless you can blag like a pro. For something a little more sombre, you can tour the Houses of Parliament, with the iconic Big Ben clock tower next door, largely the site of dry debate, the building is an inspiring testament to the men (and Margaret Thatcher), who have helped to shape the country. The Prime Minister's home is conveniently located down the road at 10 Downing Street, but as a private residence, security is high here, although you can have your picture taken with the policemen outside if you wish.
For those who want to immerse themselves in culture, Victoria is home to theatres and jazz clubs from the Pigalle for cabaret, to the Apollo Victoria for mega musicals and the Boisdale, a delectable Scottish restaurant with very fine whiskey, for jazz nights in sophisticated surroundings. From the hotel, you are just a short walk away from the Tate Britain at Millbank, and just a little further away, in Bankside, you'll find the imposing art deco building of the Tate Modern. If you prefer to spend your time perusing things to buy instead of art, you can spend an afternoon in the exclusive shops of Belgravia Mayfair and Knightsbridge, where you will find Harrods department store, the largest in the UK; Fortnum and Mason food hall, where the Queen gets her groceries; Harvey Nichols, for designer labels galore; and unique boutiques such as The Chocolate Experience, where you will find the sweetest treats in the city.
Victoria also has some of the best transport links in London, from the station, housed in a dramatic Victorian building, you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in 30 minutes as well as overground services to their areas of the UK. The Victoria, District and Circle lines can take you further afield to explore the rest of London and from Victoria coach station you can catch coaches to other areas of the UK and to Europe. The station is also a bus terminus, so there are dozens of bus routes you can take to many other areas of the city. It may take you a few minutes to work out which bus is the correct one, but once you have the hang of the system you'll be away!
With all this so close by, St Georges Inn is a good option for those who want to stick to a fair budget. Although some of the hotels along Belgrave Road have better facilities for just a little more money, the modern rooms and friendly staff at the St George's Inn make it a good place to stay; however, guests with mobility difficulties should note that there is no lift, and check your bill before you leave because some guests have had surprising surcharges.