Subject: Cumberland Hotel, London
We stayed at the Cumberland last January and found it very satisfactory: The tube stop is very close by; many busses run by the hotel; you can walk to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens easily; there are many small ethnic restaurants behind (north) of the hotel in the maze of streets that way that are fun to explore and try. As was said, it is a very large hotel; our room was bigger than in some London hotels, i.e. the St. Giles and the Regency, but not huge. The staff was helpful, to a point--maybe not the service one gets in a small or a large deluxe hotel, but we certainly found nothing to object to. The Carvery Restaurant is popular and if you have not gone to a Carvery in England, it is worth a try. We have been in London in January and love going then--no lines. Do try some of the Original London Walks walking tours; we went on a number of them last Jan. and enjoyed all. We do have good luck at the half-price theatre-ticket booth IN Leicester Square (do not be misled by the so-called half-price booths lining the street leading to Leicester Sq.--they can be rip-offs, as has been well documented in many articles.) We always have found something we wanted to see at the half-price booth on the day of performance. Last year we saw 5 plays in 4 days and the only one we paid full price for was Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van; we did not book ahead for that. When we got there, we found it was sold out for weeks, but simply walked up to the ticket office one afternoon and found 2 tickets had just been turned in in the first row Grand Circle! So we were lucky, as we often seem to be. We like leaving ourselves flexible, often looking through a copy of the current TIME OUT (which we buy on arrival in England) and deciding which museums, galleries, theatres, concerts, walks, etc. we feel like doing that day and then just take off. Have a great time! Pat and Bill in Baltimore