Jews for Jesus
The picture was taken in Camden, London
Five Star Hostels in London
Normally you wouldn’t want to do that – to stay at a hostel, that is. First things that spring to mind when you think of hostels would be:
1. Lack of hygiene
2. Lack of privacy
3. Communal toilets
4. Security issues
6. Staying with people who are poor, desperate, possibly drunk
7. How would you tell that to your friends. It is like admitting to them and to yourself that you are in Dire Straits.
Now, all of the above is a myth. I stayed in three hostels in London and in regards to two of them all of the above considerations are not true or only partially true, or do not apply at all, and those hostels have something that no four star hotel can offer (I never stayed at five star ones)
Debunking the Myth
You probably are more threatened by the staff in your h o t e l s than by people that stay in hostels. Because 95% or so of hostel guests are university students.
Again, you probably are more likely to catch something from your toilet seat in a regular hotel than in a hostel, which are cleaned – it seems – continuously, and which are being utilized by the most healthy section of the society.
In a hostel you – arguably – have more privacy even when staying in a room which houses 20 people than when you stay in a hotel room. There are so many people there that one simply becomes invisible. It is like the city versus a small town. In the city you are invisible, whereas in a small town you feel like being watched when even you are at home with your curtains drawn.
You stay with people who – most of them – are highly intelligent, unbiased, open to new ideas, generous, healthy, honest, friendly, sharing, happy. You can make conversations and make friends very easily and you can keep yourself to yourself without being judged or noticed or wondered at.
When to stay at a Hostel
Hostels are the best place to stay if you
- feel lonely
- feel you’ve had enough
- are tired of people
- want to make new friends
- want to be alone
- want to try your French or Spanish or German, or even you want to learn some English..
Don’t take my word for it. You can have a bed for 10 pounds a night. It is worth it even if it turns out that it is not quite your cup of tea.
Hostels that I would recommend
Willesden is very clean, quiet location, plenty of shower, toilet facilities. Place to dine, self-serve kitchen with 2 fridges. With a very nice lounge room where you can read, use your computer or even – yes – one of five available free computers.
Russell Square. A very good location. Close to everything – British Museum, Shopping centre, Supermarkets, Unis. They don’t have free PCs but they have a huge dinner room and a huge self-serve kitchen open 24 hours with a lot of fridge and shelf space and plenty of kitchen utensils. The hostel is also very clean even though the rooms, showers and toilet facilities are less spacious.
An amazing place (LSE)
There is a wonderful place in London. Come there at 6.30 pm on weekdays and you are most likely to be intrigued. You will find yourself like in a club of like-minded people listening to things that are absolutely fascinating. We are talking here about the London School of Economics and their public events. You can listen to lectures and participate in debates in Science, Politics, Economics, Mathematics. There are also concerts, to which they invite world-famous musicians! And what is absolutely incredible, that most of what is going on there is free! I’ve been already to three lectures and a concert. Just can’t help myself saying that London is the place to be, once you find the LSE! http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/eventsHome.aspx
The softly softly approach just works
I don’t know about you, the natives of London, but to me your police appears to be so helpful so nice and so professional. I was absolutely fascinated and loved the way they handled the incident at the Buckingham palace
on Saturday, September the 24th. One guy got himself on top of the gate and kept screaming from time to time the same phrase that nobody could understand at first, even though it seemed that it was in English and he kept repeating it for half an hour or so. It turned out that he was shouting “Fathers for Justice”, which became clear after another guy on the ground explained it. This guy was disrupting the Changing of Guard ceremony and, it seems, even the visits to the State Rooms were cancelled or suspended. What about the police? They just kept order on the ground, not allowing people to get jammed or stuck where the shouting was taking place and the result was, that nothing really happened. People stopped paying attention to the guy on top and just watched the ceremony, which the disruptor also watched and was quiet for a while so as not to get on people’s nerves too much. After two hours or so, the “top guy” seemed to have really got tired of standing there uncomfortably and, by the way he was fidgeting ant changing his pose, you could tell that he had had enough and wanted to be removed.
I am not saying that there may have been a worthy cause, which fathers-for-justice were working for, but my point is about the police keeping order and at the same time allowing people to express their views, be it in such a disruptive way as that. My kudos to you, London Police.