Good value for money hotels for Marylebone Paddington and Hyde Park Areas (Reviews)

So I quickly review my brief contracting stay around the Paddington area (my work right near Marylebone station) for this is a great easy single bus to Marylebone station also walkable somewhat in extremis. But the single bus 27 opposite mc donalds direction chalk farm is great.

I ended up trying to find the cheapest or best value hotel in the Paddington and Hyde Park area. I would like to share my findings as it may help you decide where to start your explorations in the area. Every week end I had to do this online searching and so you should save yourself some time and some hotels best avoided unless you get deals on them.

The Strategy

First try to get a good deal with ALL hotels and try not to leave the booking too late as this is always hard to find a deal unless for some reason demand is down then late can be good – don’t aim for this strategy however is my advice.
Check laterooms and for your region and specific hotels – also try TRIVAGO. Please comment and add your findings below and I will add them here.

I don’t like to save my card details online but you will get fed up inputting them each time – and indeed I found that I was not getting the best deal with any single site so you will find shopping around best.

Some Hotel Reviews Hyde Park and Paddington

The first week I stayed in the Indigo Paddington (by luck) and this was my original booking for 3 nights in the sister hotel the Quality Crown Hotel around the corner. But for some reason they took me to the indigo. I liked this hotel very much but normally it is outside my price bracket.

Review Indigo Hotel Paddington

The hotel indigo Paddington is a boutique hotel and though the rooms might be a little small (but ok) the bathroom was comfortably sized and I had an outside patio area (hence the room is not small if you add bathroom and patio) – and for this reason I think it is a good compromise – its not so small that it was an issue unless you intended to spend all day in it. Well located next to the Paddington tube and mainline station the 27 bus is close buy to get you to Marylebone station as well. It has its own bistro and a well appointed gym. You get free soft drinks from the mini bar and a newspaper on your door handle in the morning – the breakfast is excellent. It is ideally located. Its décor is especially welcoming as it is contemporary. The bathroom and shower are spacious and luxuriating. Other treats include a good array of TV channels to choose from. This extends into the gym where I found myself watching storage hunters that I had never ever watched before while in the middle of my sets. I did have headphones on to keep the intensity somewhere reasonable. Towels and water in the gym provided. I wish they didn’t polish the floor mats you will know why this irritates me perhaps!
It goes without saying that the staff are all excellent but I will. You can smoke in the designated outside spaces if you like that sort of thing !

Review of the Connaught Hotel Hyde Park

The next hotel was the Connaught the following week and as I was too late to book I ended up booking just one night. And I was glad. It’s a 4 star rated hotel and was quite roomy the biggest room so far but it lacked some kind of charm. It also felt a bit of a cold neighbourhood as close by are other just as big hotels. I paid 80 pounds for my single night and used the ok gym. Indigo has a better gym by the way.
I was offered the room again for 100 pounds then they had some bookings and this went up to 159 or so…I decided to get online (their wifi was very dodgy) and find another. I lucked out with the linden house hotel this was 55 but I again could only stay one night. I couldn’t fault the staff and the room was a twin and more spacious than some but didn’t seem to be especially 4 star for me looking a bit tired in places though all clean of course. I think if I could have this room for 80 per night I would have thought ok – not bad. At least it does have a decent enough gym. The bedding and mares gave me a good nights sleep. I also think you will get more peaceful sleep in this part of London as its not near a major street where people are likely to shout which sometimes happens in more central Paddington.

Review of the Linden House Hotel Paddington (55 pounds paid per night)

Again based on a one night stay – wanted the rest of the week it was fully booked.
The breakfast room was the only real downside as this is a value place however if I had paid full price might be thinking it was not great value. Clean not too small room – just you know that when furnishing and fitting ot out they found the best deals on tiles not the best colours for example. They are not so bad style wise and everything worked well and the shower was every bit as powerful and warm as the Indigo’s.

Review of the Alexandra (55 pounds per night deal 2 nights stayed)

Similarly across the road I finally stayed in the Alexandra. All these hotels are good location for the tube and busses and hyde park let me say – the Connaught a little less handy for Marylebone but not at all far by normal standards. The con was closer to Bayswater and next to Lancaster gate.
The Indigo and Connaguht did have a good hotel safe (big enough for laptop) and the Alexandria and linden house didn’t have a safe at all. But I felt things were secure and took my laptop to work anyway. I am sure these hotels would be normally ok as they have reputations to keep and any theft would render very bad. I have not heard nor felt problems in any of these hotels.

There really isn’t much to pick for the Linden vs the Alexandra…and it may come down to which you can get a deal for and for this I share my own best ways to find your cheap Paddington indeed London or other area hotel. Ah yes forgot the main drawback of the Alexandria to date is the lack of free wifi and the paid one was not even recommended to me by the reception ! So the Linden is better for that reason as well. The Alexandra does have more seating for breakfast and I found the Linden to be too busy to enjoy breakfast – but functional.
For the Connaught you can get the 274 for baker street station and walk the rest if like me you are working in Marylebone.

Stick to your guns – know when your getting the brush off ticketmaster #fail

This is quite funny, and it’s taken a whole week to come to fruition, but it just goes to show you what happens when you stick to your guns, don’t take no for an answer, and don’t be fooled into thinking that companies can always enforce their terms and conditions.

Basically I wasn’t happy with the vip area at the lovebox festival so I asked for my money back. Here’s what happened:

Customer     21/07/2008 11:08 AM
To all concerned,

I wish to have my money refunded for the two VIP tickets I purchased for the Saturday at the lovebox festival.
the reasons being as follows:

1. There was nothing remotely resembling VIP or any other premium or exclusive facilities as I was led to believe when I bought the tickets.
2. The ‘vip area’ lacked a spa, hot-tub, masseuses, table-service and restaurant area as promised. These facilities were the reason I was happy to pay a premium, and were what I expected in return for the £200 pounds I paid for myself and my friend.
3. The roof terrace wasn’t in view of any stage.
4. The area and facilites were clearly not adequate for the amount of people being sold vip tickets, with the result that the bar quickly generated queues as long as any other part of the festival.
5. The vip toilets became unusable by mid-afternoon, without any maintenance whatsoever. In contrast, the standard toilet facilities at the venue were regularly maintained. however there were still very large queues, making either option unnacceptable. I paid a premium for vip facilities and shouldn’t have had to queue for the cubicles, as I was forced to.
6. At some points there was even a queue to get into the ‘vip area’
7. I decided it would be a good idea to remedy the situation by walking home, using a well maintained toilet, getting myself a drink without queuing for half an hour and returning to the festival. I was then informed that despite having a ‘vip’ wristband, that I wouldn’t be allowed re-entry, contrary to that which my friend and I were advised when we arrived at the festival. Consequently I was unable improve the day by using my own facilities.

FYI, The rest of the festival was a success and I enjoyed the music and the company of my friends. I believe some of the problems occurred as a result of too many vip tickets being sold, although some of the promised facilities were totally absent regardless. I’m not cynical enough to believe that this was a simple and greedy way to sell tickets at treble the cost, simply poor planning on the part of the organisers and in particular those who organised the ‘vip’ facilities.

As a result of not being given what I paid for, what was advertised, and what I was intentionally led to believe I would get, I would like my money refunded in full (£200), for both of the tickets (one of which was a present for a friend)

Please advise as soon as possible when/how you intend to make the refund.

Many thanks,


Response (TM)     21/07/2008 04:38 PM
Dear ****

Thanks for your e-mail

We are sincerely sorry to hear of your reasons for writing to Ticketmaster. It never pleases us to hear that what should have been an enjoyable day was in fact a disappointment. As a ticketing agency Ticketmaster work on behalf of the venue, promoter and producers of each show, and as such work upon the instruction of the aforementioned bodies. Ticketmaster can not be held responsible for what takes place at the event in terms of artist performance, technical issues, organisation and staffing. I have however forwarded your complaint and your booking to the promoters for their consideration. Unfortunately i can not guarantee a response from them.

I am sorry i am unable to offer you any further assistance at this time and assure you of our best intentions.

Customer   21/07/2008 05:50 PM

I bought the ticket from ticketmaster. whilst you are not responsible for the actions of the event organisers, you are responsible for refunds, as you are the retailer of the ticket. I’m protected by consumer regulations which state quite clearly that it is the responsibility of the retailer to provide refunds if the product or service being sold isn’t provided as advertised.

It isn’t satisfactory, or adequate to your legal requirements to merely pass on my complaint, if you’re acting as an agent for a supplier of something which isn’t being sold as advertised, you have to deal with them. I only have to deal with you, as you are the agent.

Please refund the full value of the tickets. This is your legal responsibility.

Many thanks,


Response (TM)     22/07/2008 11:47 AM
Dear ****

Thanks for your response.

As a ticket agency, Ticketmaster act on behalf of the promoter, venue and event organiser in the sale of tickets.  When purchasing tickets, customers are not only entering into a contract with Ticketmaster but also the promoter, venue and event organiser of which certain Terms and Conditions must be adhered to prior to purchase.

Ticketmaster played no part in the organisation of the above show and event package nor were responsible for the service encountered at the venue.  We are dissatisfied to hear of the substandard service described and Ticketmaster in no way dispute the level of upset that was incurred on the evening. As i mentioned previously i have forwarded this complaint to the promoters for their consideration.

In the meantime Ticketmaster sincerely apologise for any disappointment incurred on the evening and we thank you for your patience whilst this matter was investigated.

Assuring you of our best intentions at all times.

Customer (****)     22/07/2008 12:38 PM

The terms and conditions entered into prior to purchase are an attempt to absolve ticketmaster of any merchant’s responsibility. They are therefore COMPLETELY unenforceable. If I were to get you to sign a contract waiving me of my legal responsibilities, the contract would be null and void.

I refer you to the “Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999″ – It’s an EC directive, and unlike ticketmaster’s terms and conditions, it IS legally enforceable.

Consumer law is something I’m more than slightly familiar with and I know when I’m dealing with someone being instructed to fob off customers with canned responses to complaints. I won’t back be be backing down on this until it’s satisfactorily resolved.

Ticketmaster have two choices – either

A. Refund my money, as I wasn’t given what I paid for, and tickmaster took my money for something falsely advertised,


B. Be forced by court judgement to refund my money, and pay all legal fees brought forth by the case, which in my experience would probably be 10-20 times the amount of money paid for the tickets.

Please let me know ASAP whether you intend to take the reasonable route or the expensive one. If it’s the latter, please can you forward contact details of your legal dept or appointed representatives.

Many thanks,

Response (TM)     23/07/2008 04:32 PM
Dear ****,

I have forwarded this to our legal department and i will be back in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience

Customer (****)     23/07/2008 05:46 PM

Many thanks TM,

Your patience in this matter is also appreciated.


Response (TM)     24/07/2008 10:40 AM
Dear ****,

I have been informed that you are going to be contacted by the promoters today regarding this. Can you please let me know if thet don’t get in touch with you.

Many thanks

Customer (****)     24/07/2008 05:13 PM
Hi TM,

I’ve heard nothing yet.


Response (TM)     25/07/2008 12:06 PM
Dear ****,

Thanks for keeping me updated. I have been informed by the account managers that the promoters are formulating a response and will be in contact on Monday. I am sorry this is later than i first mentioned.

I’d like to thank you for your patience and i have been assured they will contact you on Monday.

Many thanks

Customer (****)     25/07/2008 12:27 PM
Hi TM.

I’m not really sure that having the promoters “formulate a response” is going to appease me in any way whatsoever. If they’re “formulating a full refund” then let’s go with that, otherwise please forward details of your legal dept so I can carry on as planned and get a refund from ticketmaster.

Many thanks.


Response (TM)     25/07/2008 02:19 PM
Dear ****.

I am sincerely sorry for the delay in resolving this matter but the promoters have just agreed that we can refund the booking in full. I have actioned this for you so £200 is now credited back in your account. It may take a few days to show on your statements.

Any further questions feel free to contact us

“Scandaliser est un droit. Être scandalisé est un plaisir.” ― Pasolini, Pier Paolo


It cannot be left to the authorities alone to address the axis of evil – we need to be brave and mindful of safety at the same time.

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Canvas Prints Online Reviews

I had some bad prints come back from and they just were not at all interested in my complaint they were saying that the poor crops would have shown in the preview on their website – they were done just fine and all thorughly checked and a different company was able to do it correctly I shall share the link for those guys here when I get it.

I am sure that many people don’t have issues and some of the canvases were ok but 2 were really not good – one was acrlic too and on this thin material you cant blame the wrapping around the edges – which could give a canvas a different cropping effect.

In short if you are going to offer a fully automated system and have people pay expect to reimburse them if the product is not satisfactory. the Acrylic colours also were not good from this canvas print maker.

I was very angered by the comments too as they seemed to come to an office conclusion that I must be a bit senior or something. So what ? But I am not and do things right – I develop websites and I can say that it was the image that didnt work with the preview properly.

They offered me a slight discount not as much as the spam discounts they have been hitting me with regularly which was also insulting. I ordered many canvasses in the original order so they would have still made very good money and I would have re-ordered and recommended them if they had just done the right thing.

Avoid this company –  there are many out there and I can recommend a better one.

Aerial Photography and Mapping

Over the last decade there have been a number of developments in the precision and accessibility of satellite imagery. A number of internet firms including Google and Microsoft are able to offer public access to satellite images. Whilst this can be very useful and also very interesting, it does not mean that aerial photography is finished.

One of the reasons that aerial photography retains its popularity is due to its excellent resolution. With the advances in digital camera technology, aerial photography provides images of very high resolution whilst satellite resolution can be a bit limited by technology and also law. You might think that satellite images can be quite detailed but as yet, cannot compare with aerial imagery, which is approximately 5 times clearer. Satellite imagery resolution will improve as technology advances more detail will become apparent. This can be very useful in conservation areas where it can be difficult to gain access or where it would be preferred not to have humans go for fear of damaging delicate environmentsor ecosystems but where monitoring is necessary.

Another benefit of aerial photography over satellite imagery is the availability of images. Most commercial satellites are in orbit approximately 400 miles above sea level and circle the planet in a set pattern and retain a set speed. The satellite will pass over the same point on the planet once every 3 days. This means that it is not a very good method for capturing events particularly if there is cloud cover and if you think about it, the earth is covered in cloud approximately 60% of the time. Of course aerial photography is also subject to weather conditions however, if there is a break in the weather the plane can take off but can also fly below the cloud level and as such does not suffer the same limitations.

One of the limitations of satellite imagery is that the images are taken from above and although it is possible to take pictures from an oblique angle, it generally requires that the satellite camera has to be repositioned. This can be a costly and difficult manoeuvre and as such is only done when absolutely necessary. Aerial photography on the other hand is usually taken at an oblique angle and from one short flight, a number of images can be captured from different heights and from different sides. The time of day can be very influential as the sun will vary in strength and angle and also cast shadows.

There is no doubt that the technology for both satellite and aerial imagery will continue to evolve and develop. At the moment though, aerial photography remains a very useful tool if you require high resolution images from a variety of heights and angles.

Surfing spots in Cornwall

You don’t have to fly to California to truly understand the Beach Boys. You don’t have to adopt a twangy, hippy accent to understand surfing. You don’t have to leave the country. Britain is more than able to provide eager wave riders with some fantastic activities and opportunities. You may very well scoff but it’s true. Just get yourself down to Cornwall and find out.

For those in the know – Cornwall is a surfing mecca. Its positioning in the Atlantic Ocean provides it with some of the finest surfing conditions in Europe, say the experts at It’s got golden beaches, hundreds of miles of staggeringly beautiful coastal paths and a superbly diverse natural environment. What more could a budding surfer ask for?

Here’s a guide to the best surfing hotspots in Cornwall.


Whitsand is a great all rounder. It’s got easy bits, intermediate bits and bits that only the most experienced surfers should try. The beach itself is four miles long – it’s one of the longest in the region. At low tide the beach is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. At high tide, it turns one of the most sought after surfing spots in Cornwall and it can get a little busy. Venture east for the biggest swells.

Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is one of the safest surfing spots in Cornwall. If you’re not as confident in your skills as you’d like to be – try this beach. It’s privately owned and home to the Adventure Centre which offers a range of outdoor skills and lifeguard courses. For this reason, it can get very busy during summer. It’s a stunning piece of land though, being as it is located 200ft below a bank of dramatic Newquay cliffs, says


This beach is one of the lesser known surfing gems. It’s not as busy as Whitsand or Lusty Glaze, but it’s every bit as impressive. It is, again, one of the longest beaches in Cornwall – there’s never any worry about running out of surf at Gwithian beach. It’s generally quite a mild spot but it has been known to get turbulent. Inexperienced surfers are advised to talk to lifeguards before they dive in. Gwithian biggest swells are from the north and south.


Experts call Sennen beach a ‘surf indicator.’ There’s a well known phrase attached to it too – ‘if it’s flat at Sennen, it’s flat everywhere else.’ This is because Sennen seems to be one of the most accurate natural surf forecasters in Europe, say the experts at the Sennen Surf Centre. Waves are generally very manageable but can quickly become large and punchy.


If you’ve tried every other swell in Cornwall and have started to find things a little too easy – take a trip to Portheleven. This is the expert’s beach of choice. It is notoriously challenging and should only ever be undertaken by extremely experienced and skilled surfers. It is difficult and it is pulse pounding.

Where Can I Stay? 

There are hundreds of high quality holiday cottages available for rent in Cornwall. Due to its intense popularity with tourists, many of the central cornwall cottages are quite expensive to rent – especially in the height of summer. Choose a cottage that’s 15 or 20 minutes out of a town, however, and you’re likely to get a nice surprise. Most are luxuriously furnished and have their own private gardens. If you want to get a true taste of Cornwall, stay in a holiday cottage. You’ll be free to drip your sopping wet towels and your wetsuit across the bathroom floor without an angry hotel maid peering through the keyhole.

Furking and why do we need to do more of it.

YOLO – Your only live once is one of the more truthful things you will hear from the youth of today. So we spend so much of our lives at work you should really think about how much fun you have at work and consider taking up some fun working or furking for short.

There are a lot of websites out there that can help you get furking faster. Sites such as or allow individuals like you to say what you like to do. You just have to come up with something that people need or they may not furk with you as they will find it pointless.

One common problem is that females complain that males furk for just a short period of time. They get their goals completed and then move on before really exploring their projects full potential. Note that if you don’t please a client they may not rehire you and even though your having fun you will need to appreciate that its a two way street all the same. So you must keep it fun while at the same time pleasing your client(s).
With modern websites that cater to group furking you can get some 3 -4 or more way action going ! Often the more the merrier. Maybe someone is better at editorial and is into the detail while another pat of the team is into the detail. Indeed there is an app for that and if your poor but would still like to furk then kickstart offers a way that you can ask people to invest in return for gifts or even parts of the company. This is crowd fun-ding.

Say more of..
I am sorry Arlene I can’t come to the movies tonight I am furking with this Indian girl I met online she is very god at SEO.

I like new technology and love writing reviews and sharing my unboxings at where that is a serious fun working job ! Where I get paid for writing up to date cool stuff that I then share with my friends.

I am sick of my job I am going to quit and go furking for a living.

Gamerdj – just wanted to play battlefield 4 on his xbox for a living so he just loves to furk. At any moment in time somewhere in the world someone is furking , in Australia they furk upside down ! The USA unsurprisingly are the biggest furkers in the world and the rest of the world is trying to catch up as fast as they can. The Germans are quite a serious people and this is a barrier to really good furking though they say in opinion polls that they are really keen to have more fun. The Japanese just WORK and get their FUN at the end of the day after a hard long day. This is different this is furking at work. The French and Italians have started up that old pizza war – who invented it and now each claims to have invented furking.

Tax Concerns
The government are worried about the amount of unprotected furking going on they see work that is not guaranteed to be paid as unprotected but it’s clear to see that they are scared of not getting the tax as a result of the furking. If the government start to tax furkers the future may be unclear.

A lot of furking IS done in the home a lot by mothers. (you knew it was coming) Mother Furkers find it most convenient but furking while looking after your children is just plain wrong on many levels. Mother Furkers tend to do their own thing.

Available Furking in Your Area
Anyone into preaching religion and helping the locals in far flung places might consider the missionary furking position.

If you find that you like to draw chalk boards for pubs for fun then you might like the position in the pub called ‘the Ass’ it has been found to be readvertised this month yet again as many that try furkin up the ass not to their liking and if you are not having fun then there is just no point.

Say less of
I have never tried furking , but I think I should. Maybe try a bit of furking on the side so not to get in the way of my main work.

It has stopped being fun, no more furking going on now it’s all just work. At least I have time for my relationship now.


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