The British plug-in kettle pot, for almost instant boiling water, is perhaps the finest UK invention in the past century. We’re usually in B&B’s now, many of which have had a communal electric kettle. Hotels in the past 20 years have all had one in the room, as I recall. This includes one in Belfast 2 years ago, and one in Manchester the year before that.
One London hotel, recommended by Rick Steves back in 1999, but no longer a recommendation, even though they’re still operating, had no kettle hot pot. It only had a full ashtray in the room, along with a sink, and the toilet was down the hall. Walls as thin as paper. Indifferent check-in staff. Cheap, close to Victoria Station, and a nice neighborhood, but the place was a dump. A hostel might have been an improvement. We moved to another hotel down the street.
Unless you’re in a place like that one we had for one night 21 years ago, I’d wager your room will come with an electric kettle, and some tea bags. Eschew any instant “coffee” until you can get a proper cup.
And I recall a post on this forum a while ago, about someone who either used the pot to wash their socks, or found a wet sock in theirs. Might want to rinse it out before you heat up your water! 😄