So you’ve arrived in London, and following a good night’s sleep, what might your typical day in London entail? With so much to see and do, it’s best you ease yourself into London life. Don’t aim to try and do too much, as it can be very tiring. And you won’t get it all done in a day!
The first thing is to do is get hold of a copy of a popular attractions brochure together with a London Underground map. You can find copies at Amsterdam Hotel reception and these will serve you for the duration of your stay. Unlike package holiday destinations in the sun, the cost of attractions and tours tend to be the same whether you book through an agent, book in advance yourself, or turn up on the day (don’t “turn upon the day” for extremely popular paid-for attractions – you’ll end up queuing!) Continue reading
While the staff at the Amsterdam Hotel will do all they can to ensure your stay a happy, comfortable and memorable one, like any major international city in the world, there are the minor and slightly unpleasant pitfalls that you have to look out for when you are out and about in the city that might otherwise put a dampener on your stay.
1. Being caught in rush hour on the tube (underground)
Approximately 24 million tube journeys are made in London every day. Naturally enough, these journeys peak during the morning and evening rush hours and are legendary. This means that if you are part of a small group, you will have to take great care if you want to stay together – nothing gets in the way of a Londoner wanting to return home from a hard day’s work! It also means that like any major city when you’re in a crowd, you have to watch you, your family and your possessions don’t get crushed or lost and that you don’t fall foul to pickpockets who thrive in a bustling environment. Leave a little earlier for your journey if it is likely to involve peak journey times. Continue reading
Samuel Johnson, the world-renowned English writer who made such a major mark with his contributions to English literature as poet, essayist, editor, biographer, literary critic and moralist, once said: “Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
London is a huge, bustling, international city. The economy of the London metropolitan area, which is the largest in Europe, is responsible for approximately 30 per cent of the UK’s GDP (in excess of£400billion) and is in constant competition with New York as the most important city of international finance, with over half the UK’s top and 100 of Europe’s largest companies headquartered here.
Like any of the world’s major and most important cities, there is so much to see and do, and so many people to do it with! The one thing that first-time – and sometimes repeat – visitors often find is that its sheer size and constant activity can be tiresome.
But isn’t that the case with so many major world cities? Or even smaller cities for that matter? The big difference is that London is perhaps one of, if not THE most famous city in the world. Continue reading
“Mammoths: Ice Age Giants” @The Natural History Museum (23rd May – 7th September)
Staying at the friendly Amsterdam Hotel means you are conveniently situated to everything that makes London so famous as on the world’s premier capitals. The local Underground station can whisk you to the bustling West End within quarter of an hour, while a short walk will have you in the upmarket shopping area of Kensington, famed for the iconic Harrod’s department store, often referred to as the finest in the world.
Within a few minutes’ walk of the Amsterdam you will also find the London Museum Quarter, home to some of the most famous and respected museums in the world. In this, the Royal Borough of Kensington, there are museums celebrating the life and works of many famous Britons as well as some of the incredible advances – and inventions - the UK has made over the centuries in science, technology and natural history.
Easy access at all times
Our newly-refurbished hotel is perfect for your stay in London. A short Underground journey gives superb accessibility to all the UK’s main rail networks that pass through the capital. There is also a direct Underground train journey to London Heathrow Airport from the local Earl’s Court station or an extremely cost-effective direct bus service to Gatwick that departs from the bus station, both being but a short walk from the hotel door. And extremely popular with guests, unlike other hotels, at night you’re away from the noise of the city centre.
Warm and welcoming
And within a quarter of an hour, you can be choosing a restaurant in the famous West End, Continue reading
Planning a visit to London soon? Whether you are a long term traveller to the city or if it’s your first time coming to the capital, make sure you come clued up with some of the key facts to note, to help make your visit as smooth and easy as possible. Here are seven top facts and features to help you stay clued in!
1- Check the location
London is a big city, so when you choose a hotel, it’s a good idea to look it up on the map beforehand. If you’re planning to sight-see, then you’ll want to be close to the city’s public transport network, so look for the closest Tube station. The Amsterdam Hotel is one of many that are in easy walking distance to a main Tube station, where you can easily get to anywhere in the city.
2- The right type of room for you
Gone are the days when a hotel was ‘just’ a hotel. Now you have a diverse range of places to choose from – from budget hostels, luxury hotels, and mid-range hotels. For a more intimate experience, you can try apart-hotels, which give you a spacious, apartment feel – or you can even rent an actual apartment in the city, to make you feel like you’re right at home. Continue reading
Spring is in the air, and it’s the perfect time to visit London to enjoy the best of the city in the new season. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, you can look forward to make the most of the city – from eating al fresco on warm, bright days, to exploring the variety of culture and exciting activities across the city. And what better way to kick off your spring visit in style, than by saving an extra discount off your hotel fee? Well, with a trip to the Amsterdam Hotel, you can save a hefty 15 % off on your hotel stay, but you better snap this offer quickly as it is is only available when the booking is made through our official website!
London – The World in One City
London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Planning a visit? Here’s the Amsterdam Hotel London Info-graphics to the Big Smoke -
This is a guest post written by Angelica Eliza, who wants to share his experience at Amsterdam Hotel.
Arriving late on a cold and wet evening off the train in London, the last thing I wanted was a long trek to find the hotel – or worse, having to resort to a really expensive cab ride!
Thankfully, after a quick check on the map, we realised that the Amsterdam Hotel was just minutes away from Earls Court tube station, and pretty soon, we could see the inviting appearance of the hotel up ahead. First impressions? The Regency style building looked beautiful from the outside – and definitely more expensive-looking that what I had expected from the prices!
It might have been late in the day, but we still got a warm welcome from the staff of the hotel. We were quickly on our way to our rooms, and we couldn’t wait to get out of our cold and wet clobber and hopefully relax a bit before we went out to dinner. The room was a fantastic surprise – enormous and spacious, and super stylish – I wish I could have stayed there for weeks! With a beautiful satin bedspread and a soft sheepskin style rug on the floor, it was more than tempting to just snuggle in our rooms for the entire weekend. But London called, and after some complimentary drinks to refresh ourselves with in our rooms (very handy to have!) we set out to explore the city. Continue reading
Thinking of planning your next stay in London and need somewhere to stay? The Amsterdam Hotel has now earned over 400 reviews from guests at the hotel, and we’re really pleased to see that lots of people have enjoyed their time at the hotel! With some really fantastic reviews of their experience with us, we wanted to share some of people’s favourite parts of the stay, and tell you more about what you have to look forward to during your own visit.
Lots of guests commented on the ideal proximity to places like Earls Court. Staying close to the city centre is an important feature for many guests, and having vital attractions like Earls Court Tube, or Earls Court Exhibition Centre in easy distance, are definitely benefits, as it means you can enjoy getting around the city via Tube, or attending events at the Centre, without the hassle of spending ages to get there. The Amsterdam Hotel is also within close distance of many other key attractions in London – from shopping at department stores like Harrods, to parks, art galleries and museums – you’ll find the best of the city all just moments away! Continue reading