9.5 hours flight from Vancouver to London Heathrow Airport. Is it just me or the in-flight meals getting more and more minuscule? But all in all Im excited for my first business trip to London.
We took the Heathrow connect and a 5 minute taxi ride from the Liverpool station took us to the hotel where we will be spending our first two nights in London.
The Crowne Plaza London Shoreditch became a mini oasis for my trip (attending the WTM 2012). From the friendly front desk staff to the hot breakfast buffet each morning and the 7 jet shower head massager. I felt at home right away. And the location, the #26 bus stop is literally right in front of the hotel entrance and will take you to the Liverpool station. Where you can catch the tube,taxi and or train.
For easy transportation, I brought a 7 day octopus pass and used the underground extensively. Being in London gave me a wonderful feeling because it actually reminded me of Hong Kong minus the neon lights. As you may know, Hong Kong was once under British rule for 156 years. And coincidentally, I will be in Hong Kong in 3 weeks time.
On the last 3 nights, we checked in The Re London Shoreditch Hotel, about a 15 minute bus ride from our original hotel. And how I wish we had remained at the Crowne Plaza. I’m not a big complainer but cleanliness is my minimal requirement. The Re had been open for 4 years and recently renovated. I can’t imagine how the property was like before the reno. I try to cease that thought.
So the two pet peeves…the carpet was filthy..like dirt dirty. And the shower curtain and pillow cases had stains from I don’t want to know where. *sigh* At this point I already know I wont be back. And the location was in between 2 underground stations so it was in the middle..not good not bad. And lastly, the wifi was sadly slow and did not connect. To be fair I will not compare this hotel to the Crowne Plaza. But cleanliness is really an issue here. I would suggest not to categorize this hotel as a 4 star rather a 3.5 star would be most fitting.
The highlight of my trip besides WTM, was visiting Harrods and Fortum & Mason. It’s one of those places you must see in real life, much better than the photos. And the atmosphere in the already Christmas carol ready decor was worth the whole visit. And to end my last night in London, I brought tickets for the Emirates air line cable car ride across the Thames river. And to my surprise, fireworks were on display in full view!