London is bloody expensive. Whenever I’m there on business, I stay at an unpretentious little hotel between Paddington and Lancaster Gate north of Hyde Park. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s clean, quiet, conveniently located for the business I have to do and has some nice English charm. The damn thing place still costs more than £200 a night. A three-night stay costs me over $1,000 CAD–and that doesn’t include breakfast.
If that’s the going rate for a mid-range hotel, I might consider something else for a long-term stay. Maybe I’d look at a rental in Gunter Grove, Chelsea which is going for £1,295 a week (let’s call that $2500 CAD). It’s still expensive, but considering the heritage of the place, I’d consider it.
Back in 1978, the five-story block was bought by one Johnny Rotten who lived and partied there with his mates in Public Image Ltd. before selling it for a profit in 1981. The place has been since divided into two apartments–and damn, they’re nice. Go to The Daily Mail for more pictures.