Category Archives: Travelling in London

Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Watch fireworks light up the Houses of Parliament, and ask ‘Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?’
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across the majestic views of the Thames?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And finally. The climax of London’s Autumn. The best reason to don a coat & gloves. The World’s best Festive Festival… Winter Wonderland reopens on 19th November. Last year it was FREE, and you can walk there from B+B Belgrvia.

So how about it? Gleaming pavements, riverside restaurants, the most exciting city in the world… London is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues.

If you are planning a jaunt from 1st November, book at B+B Belgravia for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online.

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B & B Belgravia ready to accommodate for the world’s largest cycling event









London is preparing itself for more Olympic style attention. The world’s largest cycling festival is due to pass through Wandsworth and Merton this summer. The news was announced by Boris Johnson, who has said Bradley Wiggins is also due to appear.

More than half a million spectators are due to visit London so they can cheer on their cycling heroes. The weekend of August 3rd and 4th will be joyfully reminiscent of the London Olympics 2012.

Around 20,000 amateur cyclists, including the London Mayor, will push to complete the 100-mile course. The Ride London-Surrey event begins in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then passes some of the capitals most iconic landmarks before heading out to Richmond Park.

Speaking from The Mall, Boris said: “It’s going to be a fantastic feast of velocipedes, the equivalent of running the marathon, only better.

“I have been conscripted for the 100-mile ride and I will perform.”

Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Laura Trott said: “It’s exciting to think that in less than six months’ time, Ride London will have started and the streets of London and Surrey will be filled with over 70,000 cyclists taking part in the two-day festival’.

Visitors flock

Cyclists participating and their families will be looking for comfortable accommodation that is central to the start of the main event. The 500,000 people expected to attend Ride London means that bookings are being taken up fast.

Those cycling and their families certainly deserve modern comfort where they can mentally prepare the night before; not to mention a hearty English Breakfast to fuel them through the race.

 B & B Belgravia is able to provide these things and more with service to rival a 3-star Hotel.


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Taking In The Sights Of London On Bike

As London continues to become more accommodating to cyclists, here at B&B Belgravia we find ourselves in a great location for those looking to discover the many landmarks that the capital has to offer.

Despite public transport being comprehensive in London, taking the tube can mean you miss out on many sights, and on a warm day / rush hour it can be hot and uncomfortable; whilst London’s bus network leaves you at the mercy of traffic jams.

Here at B+B Belgravia we are lucky enough to have 3 London Cycle Hire docking stations within a 5-minute walk of our front door, however we would recommend turning right from our front door and walking to the end of Ebury Street. Here you should find many blue Boris bikes available for you to hire for the day. The pricing scheme is unique in that it promotes short travel, and after paying £1 for a 24 hour access fee and removing the bike from the docking station, you are then charged on the time it takes you to return the bike to any docking station across the capital. For every journey under 30 minutes not charged any extra, and those under an hour only charged £1 and so on. For more information on the charges for the scheme click here.

Providing the weather is nice, we would recommend taking an 8-mile route that takes in most of London’s major landmarks including Harrods, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

  • After leaving our bed and breakfast, start cycling towards Knightsbridge, where you will pass through Sloane Square before reaching Knightsbridge tube station. We would recommend parking up your bike at one of the docking stations here so that you can take in the world famous Harrods department store.
  • Hopping back on your bike, ride through the grounds of Hyde Park up to Marble Arch and then along Oxford Street.
  • After continuing along the world famous shopping street either on foot or by bike, stop at the Oxford Circus intersection, turn right and head Regents Street to pass Liberty London and Hamley’s Toy Shop before reaching Piccadilly Circus. It is worth parking your bike up here and then walking across to Covent Garden, via Leicester Square – don’t worry it’s not a long walk, only 15 minutes or so.
  • After seeing the sights around this part of London, jump back onto a bike and head onto the Embankment, where you will find yourself opposite the London Eye until you reach Westminster where you will come across Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Round Parliament Square to go down past Whitehall and Downing Street before reaching Trafalgar Square. Here you will need to pass through Admiralty Arch to go onto the Mall, heading towards Buckingham Palace.
  • Once at the palace your 8 or so mile round trip of London would be near complete and you would have taken in the vast majority of London’s major landmarks. If you’re feeling a bit tired by now, don’t worry – you’re almost back at the Bed and Breakfast, as we’re less than a mile from the front gates of palace.

If you are considering using this form of transport, you will find that It’s a great way to get fit and to also explore the capital providing the weather holds up. Here are a few tips from Transport For London on how to stay safe when cycling around London.

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Travelling by Tube in London – A Tourist’s Guide

Whether you’re visiting London for business or pleasure, the chances are you’ll have to take the Tube at some point to get from A to B. Central London’s so vast and the roads are incredibly congested so the Tube is often the most practical commuting solution.

For first-time Tube riders a number of emotions may creep over them before embarking on their first underground pursuit; excitement at riding on London’s iconic transport infrastructure, anticipation at the thought of being underground and general confusion at trying to navigate the system. The fact is; there’s a sort of unwritten code of conduct on the Tube that savvy commuters always adhere to which ensures safety and efficiency for travellers using the underground. The best thing you can do as a newbie is read this simple guide so you don’t have “lost tourist” written across your forehead.

Underground Fares and Ticket Debunking

The London Underground can be a confusing concept to grasp in terms of fares and tickets. Firstly, you need to establish which zones you will be travelling in; Tube tickets are priced according to how many zones you will cross and how many single journeys you will make in a day.

For example, a daily travel card for zones 1-3 (off-peak) costs £7.70 and enables you to make unlimited journeys within those zones, whereas a single journey within those zones costs £4.30. So if you intend to make more than one trip within those zones you may be best purchasing a travel card.

Alternatively, you can purchase an Oyster Card which basically entitles you to cheaper fares on any mode of public transport in zoned London areas. For example, the regular zone 1-3 single fare would £4.30 as mentioned before, but with an Oyster Card would only be £2.60. If you made various journeys within zones 1-3 your Oyster Card would stop charging you once it hits the daily cap (which is the equivalent price of the daily travel card). It also allows you to top up Pay as You Go style in Tube and train stations as well as at a large number of off licences.

You can also load railcards onto your Oyster Card for further savings; you get an extra 34% off single and daily price caps so it’s definitely worth utilising! You can load a railcard onto your Oyster by visiting any train or Tube, London Overground and certain national rail ticket offices.

Navigating the System
Before even thinking about getting on the Tube it’s highly recommended that you have a look at the Tube map and plan your journey as best you can before setting out. Certain lines only run through certain stations, so you may be required to change lines at particular stations to reach your intended destination.

If you have a smartphone then it’s definitely worth downloading the Tube Map App, not only is it convenient to have on your person at all times but it also calculates your journeys for you! If you put your starting point and intended destination it will pick the most efficient route, informing you of any changes required and providing you with an estimated journey time. Of course if you do get lost there are plenty of Underground staff on hand to help you find your way.

If you’re planning to travel via Tube at the weekend then allow extra time for your journey. The Underground often suffers from partial line closures at the weekend for planned engineering work, so you may have to take an alternate route or endure delays. This is due to the Underground track being rather ancient and needing a refurbishment.

If you’re intrigued by the transport system that is, in its own right a major tourist attraction, then why not watch the BBC documentary series The Tube? It delves into the daily life of Underground staff filling various roles and provides an interesting insight into how it all runs. It also gives Tube novices a fairly good idea of what to expect when travelling on the Underground!

About the author: Stephanie Staszko writes for MF Airport Parking who provide cheap London Heathrow Airport Parking for those visiting the Capital by air.

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