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I have had many trips to London to visit a college friend. However, my first trip to Great Britain was after my school days when I joined a Smithsonian Art History Tour. Our “mission” was to view and study “Perpendicular Gothic Cathedrals, Abbeys and Churches”. Beyond those scholarly tours through London, Oxford, the West Country and Wales, I saw the major sights from the British Museum to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Here are some “hidden” gems, I found along the way not to be missed:
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For solo travelers tired of paying “2-for-the-price of-1”, European lodging provides relief. Many, if not most, offer a reduced rate for “one adult one room” versus “Two adults one room”. Unlike the standard “rack rate” elsewhere, single travelers can receive discounts of 40%. Even the 5-star Stockholm Grand Hotel has solo-priced deals.
Located just 3.1 mi from O2 Academy Brixton, Balham Bright Room features accommodations in London with access to a shared lounge, a terrace, as well as a shared kitchen. With garden views, this accommodations offers a patio.
The homestay also includes a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, as well as a hairdryer.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club Center Court is 3.7 mi from the homestay, while Stamford Bridge – Chelsea FC is 4.3 mi from the property. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 9.9 mi from Balham Bright Room.
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Individually designed with a contemporary style, each air-conditioned room features a floor-to-ceiling Victorian window, a flat-screen TV with BT sports channels, bespoke oak furniture, and a mini bar. The private bathrooms have bathrobes and White Company toiletries.
With French windows overlooking the landscaped garden, the intimate Rockwell Dining Room offers a modern take on traditional British dishes. An extensive wine list is also available. During the warmer months, guests can dine in the south-facing walled garden which features oversize plant pots.
Many public areas of the building retain original features, including wrought-iron banisters and Victorian mosaic flooring. Ideal for exploring London, the luxurious Rockwell is a 10-minute walk from Cromwell Road’s popular museums, such as the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Harrods department store is a 15-minute walk away. There is a bus stop outside the property, being serviced by the 74 bus.