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I booked a room at Travelodge London Bank for four nights in March 2013. The total cost was £146, on the non-refundable Saver rate, booked 5 months in advance. £36.50 a night is a really good price for Zone 1 ensuite double room in a London hotel. The hotel is a two minute walk from either Cannon St or Bank stations. There’s an M&S Food at Cannon St station and a Tesco Express about five minutes walk away. Many of the restaurants and cafes nearby are closed at the weekend.
Travelodge sign in St Swithin’s Lane
I arrived at the hotel around 12.30 but check-in wasn’t until 15.00. As Travelodge don’t offer luggage storage facilities and I wanted to make the most of the daylight hours, I paid the £10 early check-in charge, enabling me to deposit my suitcase in my room and get out and about. I was allocated a double room on the first floor, directly above the hotel entrance overlooking the cobbled courtyard, shared with a restaurant. I was a bit concerned that my room might be noisy if people from the restuarant and hotel came out into the courtyard for a cigarette, or if the restaurant’s rubbish bins were wheeled out early in the morning. But I wasn’t disturbed by any exterior noise.
Liverpool has come a very long way from being basically an industrial port city and is now a place full of cultural attractions of all kinds – although its most famous exports and probably the reasons most people visit are both the Beatles and the Liverpool Football Club. But there’s plenty of art, music and also an impressive maritime history to explore. This post offers travel tips on what to do in Liverpool.
The Beatles Story
For me the first thought that pops into my mind when someone talks of Liverpool is the Beatles, every time. The Beatles Story is much more than just a Beatles museum – it’s a hands-on (ears-on?!) experience and it’s now spread across two sites after lots of expansion in recent years.
On the drive back from our walk along the River Tweed near Paxton House there was a bit of a delay. We assumed it was caused by the road line painting that we had seen on the drive there. However, after a few minutes some of the riders taking part in the Riding the Bounds passed. This Berwick upon Tweed tradition traces the Anglo-Scottish border every May Day.
The restaurant interior is decorated with various wooden panels. We requested a booth at the back of the restaurant The waiting staff had to check with the manager if we could sit at the booth, as it could’ve seated six and there were only four of us. Fortunately, we were permitted to sit in the booth which was spacious and quiet, ideal for a family get-together.
Interior decoration at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow
There was a selection of Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian and Japanese food. I didn’t try any of the Italian food or the Japanese Sushi.
Selection of starters at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow
I’m going to Tarragona in Spain to be on the international blogger panel at the Travel Bloggers Meeting CatSur event which takes place 17 – 19 May 2013. I’ll be flying with Vueling for the first time, from Edinburgh to Barcelona.
This morning we headed south west to Twizel Bridge, around ten miles from Berwick on the Coldstream road, for a walk along the River Till. The remains of Twizel Castle tower above the Till. There were grand plans for the restoration and expansion of the castle in the late 18th century which never came to fruition. The building has been crumbling since then.
Family room at Travelodge Clapham Junction (taken with fish eye)
Although there isn’t a Tube station at Clapham Junction, there’s a very frequent rail service into Victoria Station (a ten minute journey) and it’s a stop on the London Overground. It only took me a couple of minutes to walk from Clapaham Junction station to the hotel. There’s an Lidl supermarket opposite the hotel, a McDonald’s up the road and plenty of other shops, restaurants and bars within a five minute walk.
Exterior of Travelodge London Clapham Junction
The receptionist was very friendly. I was allocated a room on the second floor. It was a large family room, nice and bright with two windows. I could hear a bit of exterior noise as there was a bus stop across the road. However I didn’t hear anything from adjoining rooms.
The Travelodge London Clapham Junction doesn’t have a Bar Cafe, so there’s no free WiFi here. I did have problems getting online with both my USB modems. I assume this was because I was on a lower floor, if I stay there again I’ll request a room on a higher floor which should improve the mobile broadband signal.
The cold wind persists. At least yesterday there was some warm sunshine to be enjoyed, as long as you could find a sheltered spot. This morning in the cloud cover, I had to don my double jacket, wooly hat and gloves for a walk on the town walls in Berwick upon Tweed. In the front left of the photo, you can see a wrought iron boot scraper, very useful in the days before proper pavements.
This morning we headed to Eyemouth, in the Scottish Borders, for a walk along the North Sea Trail. As we passed the Fishermen’s Mutual Association (FMA) store in the town, I stopped to admire the lighthouse and boat money boxes displayed in the window.
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