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Checking Out London’s Guy Fawkes on Blackheath

One of the most popular nights in Britain is Guy Fawkes on the 5th November. Traditionally this was a time to light bonfires to celebrate the fact that King James I survived the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. The ‘Plot’ was a failed assassination attempt by a bunch of Protestants to blow[…]

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Review: Arcadia Guest House, Weymouth

Arrival My train journey from Cheltenham to Weymouth turns out to be a long, tiring one underlined by service delays. At one point I’m not sure if I will get there at all but after 7 1/2 hours I make it and head off in the direction of the waterfront.[…]

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Review: Alice Guest House, Cheltenham

Arrival Alice Guest House is around a 20 minute walk from Cheltenham Spa train station. It’s not ideal but I don’t want to fork out for a cab, and the host couldn’t tell me what bus to catch when I rang earlier, so walking it is. The area that the[…]

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Review: Hotel Ibis, Leicester City

Enroute to Cheltenham Spa from Norwich, I booked into another Hotel Ibis overnight, this time in Leicester. Like the other Ibis in Nottingham it was close to the train station, within a 10 minute walk, but this one was a newish looking brick establishment on a busy main road. I[…]

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Review: Central Hotel, Norwich

The weather doesn’t look too promising with spits of rain threatening to turn into something heavier, so I’m glad the Central Hotel is perfectly placed for a short trundle down from the Norwich train station with my luggage. The check-in process is easy and the friendly receptionist shows me to room[…]

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Review: Hotel Ibis, Nottingham Centre

After the train fiasco from Windermere, I’m glad I’d booked to stay the night at the Hotel Ibis in Nottingham Centre, instead of journeying straight through to Norwich. It’s bordering on dinner time when I arrive, so I’m relieved the check-in process is streamlined. The receptionist simply checks her Smartphone and[…]

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Review: County Hotel, Kendal (Lake District)

Arrival The County Hotel is a 2 star hotel part of the UK Holiday Group Limited and a former coaching inn. The location is awesome, it’s right across the road from the train station so it’s incredibly convenient. It looks a bit different from the photos on booking.com, it was[…]

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Review: Hotel Kyriad Reims Centre, Reims

Arrival Reims isn’t the easiest of cities to get to, all trains seem to go via Paris, where there’s a lengthy connection at Gare du Est. The Hotel Kyriad also seems to have an odd setup, even though it’s advertised on booking.com as the Hotel Kyriad and Spa, the two are[…]

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Review: Clarance Hotel, Lille

Location After a slightly delayed train journey from Ypres, we’re happy to alight and make the 20 minute trek on foot across town from Gare de Lille Flandres to the Clarance Hotel on rue de la Barre. Lille looks lively in the afternoon sunlight and the whole town seems to be out enjoying[…]

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