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Doing laundry at a laundromat - 10 day trip to London in November

Previous trips to London we have stayed in apartments but now prices are too high, so we're staying in a B&B in South Kensington (yes, it's Aster House). It was easy to do laundry in an apartment as there was a machine in the kitchen. But now we are looking at finding a place where we can do our own without paying huge fees to a business to do it for us. Anyone know a self-service laundromat in South Kensington? I know in 2008 there was one, but it seems to be gone.

I suppose I could just bring a bag of dirty laundry to a business and have them do it for me but I'm worried a load might cost a lot!!

Any ideas??

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Rick's S. Ken hotel map shows a launderette near the corner of Harrington Rd & Queensbury PL, but maybe that's the one you know about. Your hotel staff should know the latest and closest.

Google Map is showing some dry cleaners, which may also do laundry. This one clearly has washers, though:
Bobo's Bubbles
154 Cromwell Rd

Posted by
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Just go to a laundry and ask for a Service Wash. they will take it from you and charge by weight.prices vary but I doubt a 10kilo load will not cost you much more than £15 wash dried and folded.Certainly in my home city of Edinburgh it is a good bit lower than that. you can also pay to get stuff ironed but that's when it starts getting expensive.
Service washes usually take 24 hours put it in one day and collect the next ,some places will do it same day if you get in early enough.

Posted by
357 posts

Definitely pay for the service wash. My experience has always been same-day service, but I dropped off early in the day. Ask the staff at your B&B for close places - the last hotel I stayed at had a list at the desk.

Posted by
855 posts

I have not had laundry done in London, but I've had it done in various places in the UK, and it has never been expensive -- nothing like the ridiculous prices that US full service hotels would charge. We have never done self service in the UK. It's nice to have someone else take care of this when you're on vacation.

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I agree about having a service wash to deal with laundry. On our recent trip to England ,Wales , and Scotland , we were always able to get it done for about ten to twelve pounds with no difficulty . While it is inconvenient for your location , we stayed near Waterloo station , and a nearby place at Elephant and Castle cost eight quid . In Llandudno , it was about twelve or so .

Posted by
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Wow, thank you all for your replies. Definitely agree that I'd like to just drop the bag of laundry off for them to wash for me. 15 pounds is reasonable, certainly when I paid just 4 pounds for a shirt to be dry cleaned last time in South Kensington in 2011!!

Posted by
341 posts

We're actually in London right now, and just got back from doing a couple of loads at Bobo's Bubbles at 111 Earl's Court Road. Total cost was £14, took less than an hour, and was just a short walk from our hotel.

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Thanks Mary! Did you just bring stuff to them and they washed it for you, or was it self service?

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This was the second trip to London that we used this particular location of Bobo's. We always wash and dry our clothes ourselves there, but I've seen plenty of other customers dropping off items to be handled by the attendant.

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993 posts

Dave, Absolutely get a service wash. I hate wasting valuable "being in England" time doing laundry. Just as an aside, in Edinburgh once we had a service wash done and the launderette delivered it back to our B&B. It all came back in a bag, not folded but clean, dry and all there. The tip here is to ask your landlord if someone will be home to accept it when its delivered. Probably wont be an issue in London, but who knows but some
day you'll want to go to Scotland.

Posted by
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Well now I have learned something new. Next time I'm in London and need laundry done, I know to ask for a Service Wash. I have always looked for a launderette with a pub near by, always made doing laundry easier.

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Joel, good idea. Drop laundry off and wait in next door pub. Very London!

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Dave,

I don't know about laundromats in South Kensington but if you need one on the Pimlico / Victoria station area, there's at least one there. Using a self-serve facility will be much cheaper than a service wash, and also means you won't have to return to pick up your laundry.

I never mind taking an hour or so to do laundry, as that often presents some serendipitous moments. That was certainly the case on my last visit to London a few weeks ago, as I had an interesting chat with a young guy that was in Mogadishu the day of the "Blackhawk Down" incident (he was 8 years old at the time).