Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

"Tom, You Bloody Idiot! Maitai Needs Help On England

"Tom, You Bloody Idiot! Maitai Needs Help On England

Old Feb 19th, 2013, 09:08 AM
  #101  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
janisj - I agree. I mistakenly thought the $200/night figure was for the apt, not per couple.
bardo1 is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2013, 10:09 AM
  #102  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,073
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
Onslow garden is lovely and very near the South Kensington tube station. Bloomsbury Gardens is practically on the doorstep of the British Museum. Both are really excellent locations.

When you find a flat that interests you ask for the post code. That will be something like 'SW1 7AB' Then you can put that in google and the exact location will show.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 19th, 2013, 01:06 PM
  #103  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,123
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We stayed near the"famous Bloomsbury Garden Square", actually just off Russell Square, in 1964, for 25 shillings ($3.50)per person B&B.The houses were 170 years old then, but whats another 50 years. Same trip, lunch at Simpsons roast beef and Yorkshire pudding was $2 including 28c cover charge. We also liked the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub on Fleet Street.
dugi_otok is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2013, 01:13 PM
  #104  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,123
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thinking of the car rental. Stick or automatic makes no difference. Tracy and Mary will be screaming on every right turn and every time you exit a roundabout. Kim will just keep his eyes closed.
dugi_otok is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2013, 03:22 PM
  #105  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
The Regency Hotel,
100 Queens Gate South Kensington

I might be able to get this for about $170 US. Has anyone ever stayed here..

By the way I did finalize my night in Salisbury at the Cathedral View, so London is my only stumbling block.

maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 19th, 2013, 03:32 PM
  #106  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,073
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
Queensgate is fine. But for that long a stay I'd MUCH prefer a flat than a hotel. London hotel rooms at that price range can be teensy. For a couple of nights - sure. The extra space in an apartment for essentially the same ££ is better IMO.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 06:49 AM
  #107  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
I found an apartment on Prince of Wales... W8 5PQ with the nearest tube station of High Street Kensington. Is that good? Thanks.

maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 06:49 AM
  #108  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tom...I've arranged this transportation for you and your handsome entourage "whilst" in Chipping Campden. Enjoy!

stu
https://picasaweb.google.com/stuarttower/MaitaiTom#
tower is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 08:44 AM
  #109  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tom,

That apartment at Prince of Whales is an excellent location.

2-1/2 blocks to High Street Kensington tube stop puts you to most of central London in no time.

There are also constant bus options and a Whole Foods grocery on Kensington High St. 100 ft away from the apartment. Very convenient and a very nice area.
bardo1 is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 08:52 AM
  #110  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
Thanks bardo. Hope I can get it.

Stu...great photo. It looks like the car that picks Tracy and I up each morning at the house to take us to Whole Foods so we can pick up our jar of Grey Poupon.

maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 09:41 AM
  #111  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Grey Poupon can make a mess of the leather in that baby! But enjoy it...last I checked it was getting 3 miles to the gallon. At 7-8 equiv. $'s, your trip is already in the red. Be prepared for paparazzi stalking you,
tower is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 09:52 AM
  #112  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,073
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
The Prince of Wales Terrace flat is in a very nice location and is very close to Kensington Gardens.

However for transport either the Onslow Gardens or Bloomsbury Gardens locations are much more convenient if that is important. Both are on the Piccadilly direct line in from LHR and across all of London.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 10:17 AM
  #113  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
"However for transport either the Onslow Gardens..."

I just got an email, and it looks like the Onslow Gardens apartment will be available for our dates. Watch out London!!



maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 02:27 PM
  #114  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
Should I be concerned that I am working with a management company?

maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 04:28 PM
  #115  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,073
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
"<i>Should I be concerned that I am working with a management company?</i>"

That may be the first time that question has been asked . . . most are concerned if they should work w/ a private owner.

IMO it makes no nevermind . . . there are good and bad agencies and good/bad owners. if you tell us <i>which</i> agency we can tell you about it.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 04:39 PM
  #116  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,012
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Onslow Gardens would be a great location, at least for Tracy and the others. It's quite posh, so you'll have to ace the entrance exam, but maybe your friends can sneak you in under the radar.
Wherever you stay, the pressure is definitely ON for an unforgettable trip report!
taconictraveler is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 04:44 PM
  #117  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 16
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If Stonehenge remains on your itinerary I would recommend that you think about booking a visit before the regular open hours. This can be done through the English Heritage website, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/d...circle-access/ and is the only way you can actually get into the inner circle of the Henge. If you visit during the regular opening times you will stand behind a rope line some distance away. When we went a few years ago there were about a dozen people there that had pre-booked. After about 40 minutes, we were the only ones there. We had Stonehenge all to ourselves for 15 or 20 minutes. Amazing. The only requirement is that you have to get up early that morning. Small price to pay and you will have the rest of the day for Old Sarum, Salisbury Cathedral or whatever else you choose to do.
kevdoy08 is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 04:46 PM
  #118  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
"That may be the first time that question has been asked .."

And that surprises you from me. I guess I wish there was some reviews of these folks, but they are prompt with their emails, so the worst that could happen is we get to town, have no apartment and call all the London Fodorites to put us up for six nights (we do light house-keeping...but no windows)

And yes tt, I will sneak in under the radar with my more "sophisticated" friends. Looking at what we want to see during our 15 days in England, I fear this potential trip report will be the longest ever. Be afraid...be very afraid.

maitaitom is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 04:58 PM
  #119  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,073
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
Is it classified top secret or something?? Which agency? It <i>can</i> make a difference.
janisj is online now  
Old Feb 20th, 2013, 05:02 PM
  #120  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 10,318
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
FG Property Management.

maitaitom is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -