Earls Court is home to many great restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, all of which are within easy walking distance from the Amsterdam Hotel. If you stay with us for bed and breakfast you will be able to take some time in the evenings to explore the local area and choose exactly what you want to eat, there is no pressure to fit in with hotel meal times or menu choices. However with this much freedom comes a problem, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which to try first.
We have chosen 5 of our favourite local food joints for you here, don’t take our word for it though – go and try them out for yourself and tell them they were recommended to you by the Amsterdam Hotel!
Byron Earls Court 242 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9AA
The Byron chain of burger restaurants is well worth a visit, providing good quality reasonably priced food just a short walk from our hotel this could become a firm favourite of yours. You’ll find a range of gourmet style burgers as well as the more traditional favourites and a range of drinks and side orders to compliment, plus fantastic service.
Website – www.byronhamburgers.com/locations/earls_court_road/
The district of Earls Court in West London is home to two of the largest exhibition centres in the city, Olympia and Earls Court. This means that the area is one which is regularly explored by large numbers of tourists and other visitors, bringing a whole host of trade to the area. The Amsterdam Hotel is centrally located within Earls Court and is close to both of the exhibition centres as well as other attractions, restaurants and bars which makes it an incredibly convenient place to stay if you are looking to visit the area on business or for pleasure.
While staying with us at the Amsterdam Hotel London, you will most likely want to get out and about and see what is in your local area. What better place to start than outside of the iconic Earls Court Exhibition Centre which is home of the Ideal Home show – one of the longest running annual home shows which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every April. The venue’s art deco front looks out over Warwick Road and the Exhibition Centre is also home to many live bands and events, be sure to check Continue reading
Here at the Hotel Amsterdam, we welcome a number of women guests who are travelling alone each year. We understand that sometimes this can seem like an intimidating idea, and we are pleased that so many of our female guests feel comfortable to stay with us more than once. We have put together this small guide for women travelling alone in London and would be happy to welcome any lone female visitors to our hotel as we are confident we can provide them with a safe and secure base from which they can enjoy their visit to London without having to be concerned.
1 – Book somewhere safe – Security is important, check how safe and secure the hotel is before you visit. Phone and speak to them before you book and explain that you are travelling alone, all good hotels will be able to reassure you before you visit.
2 – Make sure someone knows where you are staying – Leave contact details with your friends or family so that they know where you are going to be and can get in touch with you if they need to. Continue reading
Summer time in London can be beautiful, and if you are visiting during the summer months you need to make sure you make the most of your visit. When you stay at the Amsterdam Hotel in Earls court you will find that you are a short walk away from the Royal Parks of London – just perfect for relaxing in the summer.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, close to Buckingham Palace and containing the world famous speakers corner. Here you will find the Serpentine Lake and many places to sit and watch the world go by. Hyde Park is home to many musical and other events throughout the year and is a great place to spend some time with a picnic and your family. Open from 5am through to midnight you really could spend a whole day here.
We are one of the few hotels in our area to have an amazing garden for our guests to enjoy so if you don’t want to go far from home you are welcome to enjoy the summer sunshine from the privacy of your own back yard. With chairs available and your own personal belongings just a few steps away, here you can close your eyes and imagine that you are in your own home – in the centre of London! Continue reading
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