Sorry about the light blogging. Have been a bit distracted with my travels.

British Midland lost my bag on a direct flight from Naples to Heathrow. Unsure who's fault it was, but no apology (not that I expected one) from anyone. Luckily, it arrived that night.

Staying at the Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly. Looked like a nice room at first glance, but the fax machine was broken, room safe broken (they've tried to fix it 3 times, still broken), drippy faucet, door lock broken (took 24 hours to fix), wifi in room, but a credit card based T-Mobile network with spotty coverage in my room.

The room is much better than many places I've stayed, but it would be SO MUCH better if they just had their shit together a bit more. (Maybe it's because I'm using mileage to pay for the room...)
Anyway, I expected much better from a "five star" London hotel. What a pity. I'm never going to stay at this hotel again.

On the bright side, I've gotten to meet a bunch of the UK bloggers and so far the food is MUCH BETTER than I remember it from visiting years ago.

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You are right. In London most places only look nice from outside,l as soon as you look into detail, everything becomes a bit morbide. Feels like living 50 years ago....

Food: try Chez Bruce, 2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth Common, London, SW17 7EG, tel: 020 8672 0114

Best rice pudding (desert) in the world. Perhaps also the most expensive. Not a cheap place, but very good (18 months ago -- Shumpei liked it.)

Less expensive, more traditonal, better still: http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/

welcome to england: the plumbing does not work and it oh all looks so quaintly beautiful.

for your next stop consider the fact that yesterday i discovered wlan at the ataturk istanbul airport lobby!

Doesn't that make it "nice" to visit England? Imagine a country with a monarchy and tidy places to stay :-)

food's better?

i guess there's been some positive influence from jamie oliver (blogger - http://www.jamieoliver.net/) and nigella lawson?

better ask locals where to stay. there is a hotel chain called "high tech hotels". they provide all a travelling blogger needs. but at the moment not in london...:

http://www.hthotels.com

I like your comments about the food! Really good. I've found some meals in London, I never exspect to find anywhere on this planet, because the ingredients do not fit together, anyway. But the British do not seem to care so far.

Joi,

If you want to eat very well, go out to Middlesex, and have dinner at Madhus. Amazing Indian food.

In London, try Fino.

Lastly, don't miss my client's places. Nando's.

P.S. I stayed at the new Marriott Park Lane, which is a much better hotel when I was in London last November. Super hotel.

You should visit the new Tanaka Business School in South Kensington between the Science Museum and Hyde Park on Exhibition Road. New building and sponsored by Gary Tanaka.

I study there.

>> Unsure who's fault it was, but no apology (not that I expected one) from anyone.

Typical japanese misunderstanding of European service culture ;-) There is no such culture.

Joi -- It doesn't matter that you are travelling on mileage points -- the fact that you've put the miles in is what is adding to their existence. And the fact that nobody keeps quiet about poor hotel service anymore -- mainly because of the greater opportunity to tell others about it -- should surely be a wake-up call for hotels generally.

was nice to see you ever though we did not get to chat, you looked so jet lagged ;)

i have been in the uk for more than 9 years now but still can't get used to the lack of service in this country, the bad food, high prices, poor quality of living etc etc... but the great sense of british humour makes up for it... it was a massive culture shock to visit japan in january where everything works so well!

I know you are too young to be a member of a club, but in case you have some kind of posh club membership you can stay at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, is totally fab place, great martinis, gin and tonics...(or are you still Quit Drinking Guy. Oh the rooms are OK too. Plus the world's most amazing marble swimming pool, so smooth. Cheers, Gayle (we met in Davos, am not GLT. I even have photos...will send. Gayle

Yeah, I've stayed at this hotel also attracted by the 5* Hotel in Piccadilly tag. I stay in London hotels 3 or 4 times a month and this is one of the worst I have used. Please don't extrapolate from a statistically insignificant sample! There are some very good hotels at reasonable prices but you cannot tell which they are before you stay there. Perhaps I should write a guide... I use www.lastminute.com for London hotels.

as someone who was born in the UK and has lived in london for several years I can tell you that central london - is in many ways the worst place to both stay and eat in the country.

Get away from the big corporate places - the best place to find these out is from the excellent range of Time Out guides.

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. As someone who has had the privilege to travel rather extensively, I have often been disappointed in accomodations that were touted to be more than they turned out to be. Whatever happened to truth in advertising when it comes to hotels?

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. As someone who has had the privilege to travel rather extensively, I have often been disappointed in accomodations that were touted to be more than they turned out to be. Whatever happened to truth in advertising when it comes to hotels?

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