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England is notorious for its wealth, yet visiting the country as a tourist is surprisingly affordable. Its largest museums are free and its grand architecture and beautiful universities can be appreciated from the outside. Stay within a budget while seeing London’s sights.
London is filled with grand buildings constructed from the wealth of England’s once vast empire. The Elizabeth Tower, otherwise known as the Big Ben clock tower, crowns the massive 19th-century Parliamentary building of Westminster Palace on the River Thames. Head downriver to find the iconic Tower Bridge, a drawbridge supported by two tall Victorian towers. Drop by Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s stately London residence.
Finish your London trip with a visit to any of its major museums. The extensive British Museum, the Tate Modern, the luxurious Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery all feature free admission to their permanent exhibits.
Leave London to explore England’s two nearby university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Cross the ancient courtyards and well-cropped lawns of Oxford University. Tour Bodleian Library, which at over 400 years old is one of England’s oldest libraries. The library’s monumental Radcliffe Camera rotunda is an Oxford icon. Afterward, drive up to Cambridge and visit its many universities. Cruise down the River Cam and float under the Bridge of Sighs, a covered bridge patterned after one in Venice.
Travel southwest to find Stonehenge in the British countryside. Despite its fame, the circle of rock formations from the 31st century B.C. is still a mystery to behold. The best time to visit is during the winter or summer solstice when the stones line up with the rising sun, although huge crowds can take away from the magic of this experience.
Arrive in England via one of its international airports - London alone has six. Get around the cities on the extensive public transit network and travel around the country by train or rental car. Most travelers like to take at least one of England’s iconic cabs during their stay as well.
Loved the location Comfortable bed (hated the pillows) Concierges very helpful getting theatre tickets & arranging a car service Arrived early & was shown to a room immediately
When two rooms were found to be mistakenly booked for the same night, they easily approved the cancellation of one room without penalty in coordination with Expedia
Really funky and modern. Super clean and comfortable rooms. Perfect for Heathrow Airport. Couldn’t fault it.
Easy access to airport. All under cover. Easy to book on line. Nice breakfast.
Clean new and convenient to Heathrow. Nice bar, restaurant and breakfast.
In the 'Gin Palace' the guy they call Mark (from Bangladesh) was my favourite bar man. A cool guy! However all of the staff were great and extremely fiendly. They all made me feel so welcome. I'm coming back in November 2019 and much of that is down to the wonderful service - 5 x *****
The hotel overall was quite nice. The room was clean and tidy so no issues there. The only issue was the bed. The matress was not the most comfortable and there were only two pillows supplied without any extra pillows in the room (as one would expect with the room like most other hotel groups) so ...
It is conveniently located between 2 underground stations. Easy to get around. We had a nice walk every evening at Big Ben. Because of the structure, my room was dark. No outside view from room.