From my first communication with Caroline I knew that The Main House would be my choice of accommodations. A friend and I travelled to London and spent five nights with Caroline staying in the French Suite on the top floor. The Main House allows you the opportunity to feel like a true resident. The French Suite is tastefully decorated and allowed us each to have our own “room” sharing the more than efficient bathroom meeting all our needs.
Once we had our travel plans in place, Caroline arranged for a personal driver to pick us up from Heathrow Airport, which was so worth the small cost. We then returned to the airport via the tube.
Notting Hill is home to Portobello Market. There are many cafes, pubs, restaurants and beautiful building literally in your backyard! Favorites were Daylesford Café – delicious organic foods & spirits all just literally right around the corner; Tom’s; Duke of Wellington – local pub with great beer & food; Bumpkin Restaurant; Walmer Castle Pub – Thai food.
The Main House is a short 10-minute walk to the tube or you can hop on a bus just around the corner. Save time and pre-order a 7-day Travelcard which will pay for itself the first day of your travels and so easy to use. Take advantage of riding the buses to get a glimpse of the city instead of paying for the tour buses.
Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park are right around the corner. The Orangery Tea Room is literally within the gardens - delicious lemon ginger tea! While in Westminster stop in at the Crypt Café at St Martin’s in the Field for lunch. Harrods and Liberty Department Stores are not to be missed – don’t buy just browse! Make sure you beat the crowds to view the Crown Jewels as soon as you enter London Towers and then go back for the tour with a Yeoman. Take the Tate to Tate museum boat ride on the Thames. Make time for a London Walk (www.londonwalks.com) and the theatre – Billy Elliott was my choice and it was speculator.
At the end of the day settle into The Main House and enjoy a most comfortable sleep! Stop in at Tesco’s market on your way to pick up some wine & cheese – there is a guest refrigerator available on the second floor along with brochures, menus etc. Wake up to delicious coffee or tea. Then on your way out remember to stop and talk to your personal tour guide – Caroline who is more than happy to provide you with many helpful and most practical hints.
Owner/innkeeper The Annabel Lee B&B
Geneseo, NY (western NY just south of Rochester)
- Also Known As:
- The Main House Hotel London