I have always thought that the leisure visitor to London has to pay through the teeth for every single aspect of their visit and especially accommodation in a half decent and convenient area. With that in mind Janice and I decided to see if we could find a central London budget hotel which offered realistic value for money. The perfect opportunity arose when we had a 24 hour stopover in London after arriving from Dubai.
We decided that we would first select the area and we would our criteria on convenient, popularity, ease of access and how "tourist friendly" it was. Our conclusive selection was the district of Bloomsbury as its good for theatres, Oxford Street, Soho and transport links. Many of London's major attractions are within easy walking distance.
In recent years, Bloomsbury has become even more popular due to the neighbouring Eurostar terminal at St Pancras which has boosted tourism in the area and spawned many hotel openings.
We wanted to find cheap accommodation in the southern part of the district (the most popular) so that we were in fact very close to Covent Garden and away from Kings Cross area which is not particularly to our linking. We therefore restricted our search to the area around the British Museum with Russell square being the maximum acceptable northern point. We knew that this part of Bloomsbury would allow quick on-foot access to many attractions including the shopping areas of Oxford Street and the restaurants, shops and markets around Covent Garden and Neal Street.
We used the london-hotels.co.uk website which is the only price comparision facility dedicated to locating a London hotel.
Ian and Janice contribute to various websites about their travels and experiences.
♦ Their claim to fame is producing the very first internet travel site in the UK.
♦ Since those heady days of internet pioneering, they spend their time being on a permanent "gap year" with an ever growing love affair with the culture of the Middle East and Far East.
♦ Loves: Bangkok for its food; Hong Kong for its vibrancy; London for its interest factor; the Spanish; Marbella in winter; Formula 1 and fishing (only Ian).