London Lodgings

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Finding reasonably priced accommodation in London is always a challenge. Balancing the convenience of the location with the standard and cost of a room can take some time, particularly since the $A has been so weak against the £ for many years. Despite improvements in the $ parity, the challenge remains.

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I have stayed in a variety of hotels and ‘other’ accommodation over the years and after much internet research, I opted to take a studio apartment in Cartwright Gardens in Bloomsbury. The nearest tubes being Russell Square and Euston. I stayed in this part of London on my first visit here many years ago, and I enjoy the walk back from the theatre district of the West End in the late evenings (weather permitting).

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This particular establishment received favourable reviews on the internet and is good value for the money. I will be here for the week so some unpacking can be done!

The studio is really a bedroom into which a wall unit comprising a wardrobe and kitchenette was been installed along two walls. It is quite adequate for one, not much on the entertainment front though with one small folding chair which I use as a bedside table. It has cable TV, a fridge and freezer, hotplate, microwave, etc and is all very new.

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There is free internet access (which is great) and it is individually air conditioned (also important) . The property consists of four terraces which have been renovated as a whole. There are about 28 flats in each four-stores walk up, each with a laundry in the basement and a common shared garden at the rear.

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I am amused by the stairwell, whose steps seem to slope slightly towards the bannister. This is a navigation hazard for the inebriated and could be deadly with a heavy suitcase, which is why I allowed the young man who checked me in to carry the most untrafficable item. I think this could be an OH& S claim in waiting.

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