You might already be aware that throughout this week, I’ll be posting vacation bundles of popular destinations for Eid Al Adha, including:
- Thailand (Phuket and Bangkok)
- Spain (Barcelona and Madrid)
- Italy (Rome and Milan)
Each vacation bundle post will include flight and hotel options for 2 people, so you can choose what suits you best. All vacation bundles run for the period of 4 to 11 September 2017 (8 days in total).
Again, before we go any further, here are a few important notes:
- I am not sponsored or affiliated with any party mentioned in this post
- This post was written out of my own interest in travel, and the desire to share this interest with as many people as possible
- All hotels recommended in this post are options that I would personally consider when travelling
- Prices indicated in this post might change from the time of posting
- Don’t rely solely on information in this post
- Make sure you verify all information, terms and conditions before making any bookings
Now that the intro is out of the way, let’s talk London. If you told me to pack my bags, and go to London right this second, I’d do it. I just can’t get enough of that place. If you love London as much as I do, you’re really in for a treat. This post will go into details about flight and hotel options after Eid Al Adha. Flights aren’t really an issue, as London is so well served by carriers regionally. However, hotels (especially good ones that are affordable) are starting to dry up very fast. September is a bit of a high season for London, as the weather is starting to turn. Nevertheless, this post will show some amazing accommodation options that I consider to be bargains.
4 September 2017: Bahrain (BAH) to London (Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted)
7 nights in London
11 September 2017: London (Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted) to Bahrain (BAH)
London is one of the most well served destinations, so you’re not really short on flight options. As always, I used http://www.kayak.com to scout for ticket prices. Below are the best flight options, listed in ascending order by price:
- Pegasus (through Stansted): BD 213/person
- Emirates (through Gatwick): 247/person
- Emirates (through Heathrow): BD 270/person
- British Airways: BD 324/person
- Gulf Air: BD 399/person
Gulf Air really isn’t competitive on price, but I thought I’d include them just for those who prefer the convenience of a direct flight. British Airways are cheaper than Gulf Air, but their fare is still pricey to me. If I had to choose, I’d take the Emirates option flying through Heathrow. Gatwick is an okay airport, but I’d prefer going through Heathrow as it has better amenities.
I prefer the serviced style apartments when in London, as they’re typically bigger than hotel rooms, so you get more bang for your buck. As you’ll see from this section, I’ve leaned more towards apartments as they offered significantly better value than hotels, especially during this high season. Don’t fret though, all apartments are located in Central London, with excellent connections.
Option 1: FG Apartment (Earl’s Court)
Cost for 11 nights: BD 375 (BD 34/night)
Option 2: Private Apartment (Victoria)
Cost for 11 nights: BD 414 (BD 38/night)
Option 3: Private Apartment (Old Brompton Road)
Cost for 11 nights: BD 433 (BD 39/night)
Option 4: The Z Hotel (Victoria)
Cost for 11 nights: BD 474 (BD 43/night)
This is budget hotel, so the rooms are so small. The place however, has an excellent location, and is super clean. This gives you an idea why I’d pick apartments over hotels.
Option 5: Saint Georges Hotel
Cost for 11 nights: BD 543 (BD 49/night)
I personally prefer the apartments over this option. Saint Georges nevertheless is a good option due it’s excellent location, and cleanliness.
Option 6: Dream Apartments
Cost for 11 nights: BD 552 (BD 50/night)
I stayed here last year, and the place was fantastic. By London standards, you get a lot for your money. The place is super well maintained, secure, clean, and located next to Pimlico (Victoria line). I would definitely stay here again.
Option 7: The Z Hotel (Gloucester)
Cost for 11 nights: BD 626 (BD 57/night)
This option is very similar to the Z Hotel in Victoria. The rooms are small, but the location and quality of the hotel are good. This is a good fallback option if they other choices dry up.