Affordable London Hotel

Jun 10th, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Stay at Bed and Breakfast accommodations in London it would be affordable for you. In London you can take help of cab or taxi driver to find the affordable accommodation for you in your desired area.
You can hire a cab or taxi for transport and you can get the help from taxi drivers to fining good B&B or any kind of accommodation where would you like to stay.
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Jun 10th, 2013, 11:49 PM
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I would never hire a taxi to find me a hotel on arrival...I don't know anyone they does that...
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Jun 11th, 2013, 06:15 AM
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I visited London solo (my first solo trip abroad) last fall and stayed above the Fleet River Bakery in a studio apartment run by the woman who owns the building and the bakery. The Bakery is at Lincolns Inn Fields, the largest public square in Central London a one minute walk to the Holburn Station on the Picadilly line. I took the Picadilly Line directly to Holburn Station from Heathrow Airport when I arrived and directly from Holburn to St Pancras Station to catch the Eurostar to Paris. A room at Fleet River Rooms, with one double and a pullout sofa runs 130 pounds for three people and includes a yummy breakfast of anything you want each morming from the bakery below.

In addition to the close proximity of Holburn Station, the studio location is walkable to many interesting sites including Sir John Soames Museum on the square, Seven Stars Pub dating to 1602 (escaped the fire of 1666), the Lincolns Inn Court and the Royal Courts of Justice. I loved the Hidden Pubs of Old London Town Walk with London Walks offered on a Tuesday evening. A highlight was Ye Olde Chesire Cheese pub, rebuilt in 1667 and fairly unchanged since.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 06:24 AM
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Just a caution, the bathrooms are very small at Fleet River Rooms but showers have good pressure and hot water. I was very happy with the great location at an affordable price. The area is filled with university students and professionals such as Solicitors and Barristers as the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court are nearby.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 06:35 AM
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One more comment, Fleet River Rooms fill very quickly due to the excellent price for the location. Book now or forget it. There is an availability calendar on their website. It appears they also have one king size bed with a pullout sofa and rates have gone to 120 pound plus 15 additional for third person. Read their terms of rental, you pay in full at the time of reservation but the reservation is fully cancel able with 100% refund provided you give a minimum of 14 days notice.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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Hi Zoobiechick,

You wrote: “…my forbears were high-profile Puritans who helped organize the migration from England in 1630 and founded Boston, Mass. I'm trying to reconstruct the England part of the story from the tumultuous 1500s to the 1630s when they left--hence my desire to walk where they walked and see what they saw in any way possible.”

Have you read MAYFLOWER, The Story of Courage, Community, and War by New England author Nathan Philbrick? It is a fabulous read and covers a great deal of info about the Puritan forefathers who took such preparations to sail to Massachusetts in 1620. The narrative takes you through many decades of the Colonial period after the original landing including the barbaric King Philip’s War. Described here:

“The colonists were an unusual group. They consisted of families who sought religious freedom in the New World and were willing to endure the crossing to get it. The goal had begun in Leiden, Holland with a group of English Puritans. They rebelled against the Church of England and left the church, an illegal act in those days. The group was also known as Separatists and they were a radical group. They moved to Holland in 1608, seeking greater religious freedom. In Holland, he religious tolerance that they sought had...”

What is the surname of your Puritan ancestors, may I ask? Also, I love London as a solo traveler – going back in less than two weeks. I hope you find what you are looking for. If not, all the more reason to return…
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Jun 11th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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I second SusannahT's suggestion. We have stayed at Waterloo Travelodge twice. Don't expect anything but the basics (seriously) but great deals if book early enough and it's always been very clean. The location, near Waterloo station and tube, is convenient. Plus tons of buses on Waterloo road. It was worth the effort to figure out London's buses, in addition to tube.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Laurie_ann’s recommendation for the Amateur Historian's Guide to Medieval and Tudor London is spot on. You will enjoy it, but they note that many of the areas/buildings that are referenced are no longer in existence. You might also want to look at the London Encyclopedia.
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Jun 19th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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amwosu, latedaytraveler and others...

Thank you so much for the additional info. I've been following up on all the leads offered here--books, hotels, etc. so please know all suggestions are most helpful and taken seriously.

Annemarie/amwosu, I'll check into the Fleet River suggestion. Sounds intriguing.

latedaytraveler--I haven't read the book you referenced, but will follow up on it. It sounds great. Just FYI, the Puritans and Pilgrims were two different groups to begin with--separatists (Pilgrims, settled Plymouth 1620) and reformers (Puritans, settled Boston/Bay Colony beginning 1630). Won't bore with the details but the Puritan migration was much larger and lasted 10 years give or take, and eventually absorbed the Pilgrim settlement. My family were Puritans, key surnames being Dudley, Bradstreet and Wade.
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Jun 19th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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I've tried to book at the Fleet River Bakery several times - usually months in advance and have never been able to get in. Just took a look at the website for a possible stay in October and it is totally booked solid.

If you are interested in it book immediately. I peeked at next May and there is availability during most of the month - but that may not last long.
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Jun 20th, 2013, 02:55 AM
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I booked at Fleet River a year in advance. It's so popular due to great price at great location.
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Jun 20th, 2013, 03:45 AM
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Controversial I know but isn't it the case that they wanted religious freedom for themselves but not for anyone else? They weren't after a haven of religious tolerance but a place where their religion was THE religion and no other would be tolerated.

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Jun 20th, 2013, 07:02 AM
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Havana, no doubt you're right. I think religious freedom was a largely unknown concept. One was meant to conform whether with the king's or queen's beliefs or with those of the leadership in the colonies.
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Jun 22nd, 2013, 02:47 AM
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Hi Zoobiechick,

Thank you for your reply. Yes, I know the distinctions between the Pilgrims who landed in Plymouth and their Puritan brethren who settled the Bay Colony in Boston and environs. I have always lived on the “North Shore” in coastal Massachusetts, many of whose towns were settled in 1630.

You wrote: “My family were Puritans, key surnames being Dudley, Bradstreet and Wade.” Indeed you are in good company. Have you visited the historic areas around Boston or Salem? Have you been to the New England Genealogical Society in Back Bay in Boston? I am sure that you would find a treasure trove of info about these families (probably more than you would want to know.

Let us know how you make out in your research in the UK.

Havana128, true those early settlers who braved the new world for religious tolerance were loath to grant that same privilege to others. Hence, so many of them fled to establish their own communities such as Roger Williams who moved on to Providence, Rhode Island.

Interesting stuff…
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Jun 24th, 2013, 10:43 AM
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I checked out the Fleet River rooms and would book today, except I'm not sure when exactly I'll be able to schedule my vacation time. Darn it! Sounds absolutely perfect.

We have to put the Puritans in the context of their time. As mmeperdu said, religious freedom was a concept in its infancy, and was allowed to breed and develop thanks to those brave pioneers who left their homeland and sowed the seeds of rebellion against royal authority in a new land--the seeds their children and grandchildren harvested to fight the Revolutionary War. They also still had the king and his minions breathing down their necks, and had they ventured too far away from the Church of England's practices, he could have withdrawn their patent and shut down the colony. That's one reason they were very worried about detractors. Context is everything.
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