I'm at the London County Hall, and in case it got lost (as it seems to), I got into my room shortly after 7:30am Wednesday! I have a beautiful room looking over the Thames, The Eye, Westminster, Parliament and Big Ben. I tried posting photos from my room, but they didn't take. I know I did not take the tutorials (and won't have time to till summer), but my efforts to do so seem to have failed. I'll try again till I send the post. My one complaint is the Concierge Lounge. It is tiny, has no outside window, and the food is not very good. That said, as always, the staff is great.
Tumble if you count a tuppence. Alas, no. What happened last week when the Brits vetoed the Europlan was that the euro fell but the pound lost almost nothing. However, I've seen it worse. It's at 1.55 right now, and the euro has sometimes been at 1.64 while I remember the pound over 2.
Still worth it, even though the UK is not my favorite place to be -- something I am sure many Insiders will disagree with. I come here for business, but France and Italy are more to my taste. The difference is often astounding when you go between France and England, and I first fully understood the Hundred Years War after a trip on the old Hovercraft from Boulogne to Folkestone.
I should add as a postscript that my background is entirely Swiss German (Berne) so there's no apparent reason for my love of France and Italy as opposed to England.
What program are you using Professor? Is it the one from your camera? Are they then saved as a jpg file and if so can you right click on one and get the properties of that photo? I cannot imagine them being too large, but it's always a potential problem. I wish we could cut and paste photos in as we could sometimes in Insider 2.0.
There is a limit of 2MB per photo https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/8102 uploaded within a post or reply.
This post would make a great formalized review for the property, http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1206. Here are some instructions for creating a Rating & Review, https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/message/36086#36086.
It is great to hear you have a room with a view...enjoy your time in England!
I am with you on your love for France and Italy, although I have lived in France, and I am half Italian:), so I am a bit partial!
How is the weather in London right now, and is it all lit up for Christmas?
Wishing I was on the beautiful CE in Paris,
Glad to hear you got early entry and the service is up to standard. Didn't know the CL was so small, glad to get that tidbit of info! The hotel looks really nice in Jerry's pictures. Hope the weather is good! Where are you off to from there? Please keep us posted on your travels as we always enjoy reading them! Thanks for the post!
No, I don't think it is really dangerous, but you cannot imagine the destruction the "Protestors" have done nearby. They had the whole Westminster Bridge closed on my last trip.
The situation there is challenging, and with the Olympic situation one should be cautious.
I am only thinking about any woman that is traveling.
Actually nothing seems to be going on at all right now (at least of the dangerous variety). While I did most of my walking in the British Museum yesterday, I've gone back and forth over the Westminster bridge and to Waterloo and plan to walk along the south bank then cross Tower Bridge to the East End later today.
As for my photos I use a Kodak Z991 (large camera) with 30 X zoom - it's the same camera I've been using the past year to post photos; I also use Kodak software. And prior to that I was using a Z960 with 24 X zoom, so unless the change in MRI format has changed the size, then I don't know what's going on.
Weather is not good. Yesterday was fine but windy; today it's cold and tomorrow there is a chance of snow. I had been planning to revisit Warwick Castle today but there was a serious danger of ice and snow on the BBC news last night.
I'll write a full review of the County Hall (where I've stayed many times before) when I get home, but wanted to recommend two restaurants to London visitors. As all of you may have guessed, I'm not a fan of British food, though the occasional burger and pint in a pub is fine. Anyway, I found two wonderful restaurants by chance. The first is literally next to the British Museum (Great Russell Street), a Turkish restaurant called TAS. I had only ever eaten Turkish food in Turkey, and loved it. When I walked in at noon, it was already crowded, very unusual for anywhere in Europe. Most of the people seemed to be Turkish-English, another good sign. Alas since I had no reservation I had to agree to begone within an hour and fifteen minutes, but I actually beat that by a lot. The food was amazing, as was the service. Mideast appetizers are some of the best I have ever had, so I got a taste of Istanbul again closer to home.
Today, I walked the full south bank and crossed over at the Tower Bridge to the East End then walked partially back before getting on the tube. But about 10-15 min walk (toward Tower Bridge, before Waterloo Bridge) and after you get past all the got dog and wienerschnitzel stands, the second actual restaurant (after Zen) that you'll see is Strada. AMAZING! It's an Italian restaurant run by a mostly Italian staff. (I got to practice my Italian so it was even better.) Besides prosecco (accompanied by complimentary olives and delicious REAL bread) and a glass of wine with the meal, I had an appetizer of prawns in something that seemed like lemongrass with garlic sauce, then pasta with lobster and shrimp. Again, amazing. All for 21 pounds. I could have added a dolce for 2 more pounds, but I don't like sweets. When I had my espresso, they added a limoncello. I briefly spoke with people on both sides of me and one British woman from the Midlands said this was the third time in 4 days she'd eaten there. The other side likewise.
REAL ITALIAN FOOD - very close to the County Hall.
For those who want great pub food in a dining room experience, I highly recommend The Red Lion (upstairs). If you cross Westminster Bridge from the County Hall, go about a block to the end of Parliament (but you're on the other side), turn right and walk about a block and a half. There are surprisingly few dining establishments on that side of the Westminster bridge, and I found the Red Lion last trip here, so went back. It was delicious (a great burger with a poached egg on top with a pint of lager). Just allow plenty of time -- the place appears to be well known, and the wait time can be long, though it's open for lunch from 12-5. I've heard people from all nationalities there.
Glad all went well and you are back home. How/Why did you get the Delta upgrade?
Just had to buy a Delta Business Class ticket to Paris, ouch!
Will look forward to you additional comments on County Hall and other aspects of London. Will be back at County Hall next Spring and want to try some of the pubs/places you have mentioned.
Any rate, "Cheers"!
I'm Platinum Elite Plus with a Delta Reserve Amex Card, and also very close to Diamond. Still, I hadn't gotten any international upgrades in a couple of years. Back in 2008-9, when the recession was at its worst, I got upgraded about five times to Europe. I think I know now one of the secrets. If you fly offseason, they use smaller planes (e.g.,767s rather than 747s). Even when I looked at my return seating I was hopeful, since at worst I'm always in Economy Comfort. (But you know that's not the same as business). Anyway, there were 2 empty seats on the plane map online. Especially if you're flying alone, that ups the odds. I was the first person who they took from EC to the full flat bed (WOW! - I actually slept even in the short distance from London). Then suddenly there was an onslaught and I think they moved about half of EC to business. The plane was apparently way oversold and/or the weather the previous day in Britain had affected the flights, so lots of people got upgrades. There were still several empty seats in Business, but they did move many people up. It's one of the reasons I have remained loyal to Delta over nearly 40 years of flying. Admittedly because of my flexible schedule I can choose different routes or different days a lot of the time, but I have never had trouble booking award travel (I usually do so in business, because it makes such a difference, esp. on longer routes). I estimate I have gotten about 12 free flights to Europe in the past five years in business and I always get upgraded in N America.
Plus I love the 100% mileage bonus. I wish Marriott would do that for its most Frequent Stayers. As it was, four nights at the County Hall netted me nearly 27,000 pts) although also a nasty MR VISA Premier bill -- though I haven't even gotten the bonus pts for that, which should be around 6000 more.
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