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Any locals needing a London staycation?

I've been in contact with my "usual" London hotel, The Lime Tree, regarding reservations for next year. They closed in Dec for a reno, of course were hit with the virus closures and now are reopening next week on 20 August. The manager indicates they (unfortunately) don't have many bookings at this time but will open any way.

The pictures on their website of the reno look lovely and I think their small cafe called The Buttery is open to the public instead of just being a breakfast room for the hotel.

Just throwing this out in case the information is useful to anyone. No connection to them other than having stayed there a number of times in the past and feeling bad about all the smaller establishments right now.

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Thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness in sharing this.

Too bad I can't go!

Stay safe wherever you go next.

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Good to know they are hanging in there. It is my favourite hotel in London.

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Carole...I’d love to he there!!

Mark, I don’t know if you’ve followed the reno but they’ve taken out the old noisy dumbwaiter from the breakfast area. I always thought that gave it a touch of Upstairs Downstairs, lol.

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It looks nice, but there is no way I would go to London or any large city at present nor would I stay in a hotel or use public transport.

I will stick to trips to rural parts in my caravan where I can avoid others and be self contained other than a trip to a supermarket every 10 days.

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Great suggestion Pam, but I'm with Jennifer. But I don't have a caravan. And my groceries come to me (except like this week when all of my local Waitrose's chiller units went out in the mega-heatwave and only half my shop arrived so I had to mask up and visit the Marks and Spencer food hall). Otherwise it is stay home and stay safe.

Even with free travel on buses and trains I won't go near one at the moment.

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Pam,
I went to their page and just for a minute, I felt like the old days of planning a trip had come back! The rooms look lovely. I believe the single room I stayed in was featured in the pictures, the window was in the same relationship to the bed, etc. it was on the 3rd floor.
I loved the terminology of cosy double, comfy double and generous double to signify the differences in how we experience the size of each room. I would probably choose to stay in a cosy double next time because the single is too small for a stay of more than two nights. IMHO.
Breakfast starts at 9 am? Seems late to me. I think it used to be 7:30 am. If you have early reservations somewhere, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy their nice breakfast, you would need to dash off to the tube, taxi or whatever. On trips, I love to sit and relax at breakfast for at least 30 minutes or so and if it’s at 9 am, I would feel I’m wasting time. I’m an early-riser and during the workweek I eat on the go before work. On vacation, lingering at breakfast and planning the day’s activities is part of the experience I look forward to.
Thanks, Pam for sharing.

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on the other hand it will make sure that you go through the barriers at the Tube station after 9:30 which gets you the cheap fare.

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Thank you Pam for your Lime Tree recommendation. I bookmarked it a few months ago for my trip next year.

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Jennifer and Nigel...I can truly understand your position.

Judy...I can't imagine breakfast will be at 9 once they get going? Maybe that will be when they open the doors to the public for breakfast? I'm an early bird too and want to get going....I might miss something, lol. And yes, I've stayed in the top floor singles and I'm sure "my" room is what they are showing, lol. I've stayed on both sides but preferred the one at the top of the left staircase as you looked out onto an arch. I booked the cosy double as well for next March/April. I've done the single for a week at a time and they are pretty small!

Horsewoofie...I am hoping we will all be able to travel next year! I love this location as a solo woman traveler. I like that the front desk is manned 24/7 and that after a day they know you and have your key ready when you come in the door. I also like that they work hard to recognize folks as that makes it feel safer to me.

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Pam, that's very good of you, to try to send some business to the Lime Tree.
We will stay there next time we are in London.
A great little hotel in a great location!
Here's hoping it won't be long until we can all travel again safely.

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Thanks for the recommendation, Pam. It looks like a lovely hotel in a great location.
I have saved it for any future trips to London.

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Oh, to be in London...seriously, it’s the first place I will go, once I can go.

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I just wanted to add....I need a London Staycation about now, very badly! That is all.