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I was fortunate to travel first class from Dundee to London in May this year. The first time ever I have travelled this way as I simply could not afford it. We had a city break saver deal which included hotel accommodation and we were allocated first class train tickets as part of the deal - which was extremely reasonable, probably cost less than a standard rail fare to London. We were offered countless cups of free tea, coffee, juice, water - still or sparkling and biscuits. We were also given the free newspaper too. The compartment was quite empty and we did have seats booked although we would have still managed to find a seat if the seats had not been booked. You have the option to purchase food and waitresses will deliver this to your table. Waitresses also come and clear your table after you have had refreshments. You also have unlimited wi-fi access on the train which is great if you are commuting with your laptop, although some compartments do not have the wi-fi access so you should check once you get seated. There is much more leg room in the compartments and I think the seats are slightly bigger than standard class. There are deals out there offering first class tickets at a knock down price so it is always best to ask what the difference is when booking tickets as I would pay a little more for the convenience of it......but not over the top prices as it just is not worth that. On the downside, the toilets were disappointing for some reason I thought they would be nice and clean but unfortunately they were just as filthy after the long journey as standard class toilets. On our return journey home, we went into the VIP lounge at Kings Cross which is for first class customers. We had not realised at the time that this was an additional charge, but we did not have to pay. You have the full use of comfy chairs, internet access, tea, coffee and biscuits in a cosy room whilst waiting for you train so no hanging around a noisy platform.
We went to The Royal National Hotel in London a few days after the royal wedding celebrations in May this year. We booked this through a city break package for a 3 night stay for 2 adults and 2 children including first class rail travel from Dundee to London for an excellent deal of £600 for all of us. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Kings Cross Station which cost around £8. When we arrived at the hotel we checked in at the desk. Now I did find the people at the desk helpful and we checked in speedily, there was no queue although there was a lot of school children around in the foyer waiting on check in too. I think this hotel is used for international stays for children and students worldwide. Once we checked into our room via swipe card, there was 4 beds in the room, a double wardrobe, 3 sets of drawers, trouser press and TV. We had a family room which sleeps 4. The room was very roomy and there was 2 radiators in the room, which we did use although we left the window open. there was also a kettle and the usual tea / coffee / biscuits etc. It was very quiet at night and the only noise we heard was the sound of ambulance sirens now and again. The bathroom consisted of a bath with shower and sink and the toilet was in a separate room on its own. There was plenty of soap, toilet rolls and towels and these were replenished for us every day. The beds were comfortable and we all slept extremely well each night. The breakfast room is entered through the foyer accross the courtyard of the hotel. The room was huge and it was full of children, students and families from all nationalities. The choice for breakfast was brilliant. There was something for everyone, different cereals and fruit, tea, coffee, juice, milk, rolls and toast, butter, jam, marmalade. We had full english breakfasts which was self service although a waitress was on site, the choices were sausages, eggs (poached, fried, boiled and scrambled), bacon, hashbrowns, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes. You could go up as many times as you liked to replenish your plates but we only went once..... Once we had this breakfast this would set us up until late afternoon / early evening which was great as we had lots of time for sightseeing. There is a tube station just accross the road from the hotel. Bus stop right outside the door of the hotel. The sightseeing bus tour stop is right outside the hotel as well, which we went on. There are a some shops nearby the hotel, for convenience foods and papers, pizzas, subway, small tesco. There is also a pizza restaurant in the courtyard of the hotel where you can order pizzas. It is also a fully licensed bar but they also sell hot chocolate, coffee and teas etc. We went in there one night and it was quite empty you can also use their wi-fi facilities for a small price. On the whole we enjoyed our stay at the Royal National and London itself. We were out most of the day from breakfast time until around 8.00 pm at night and were pretty exhausted by 11.00 most nights anyway.
I recently purchased this fridge freezer from Appliances on line and saved quite a bit of money compared to what other retailers were charging for it. For many years I had a larder fridge and separate chest freezer. I am so impressed with this new fridge freezer as not only is it great having everything in one place it is also very tall and roomy inside. It is so easy to use just one setting to be selected. In the door compartment you can store large items like milk and juice, the shelf above that is suitable for jams and smaller juice cartons and above that shelf you can store eggs and cheese which has a lift up lid for freshness. There is 3 adjustable shelfs in the fridge itself allowing for lots of food to be stored. Two separate compartments at the bottom can be used for vegetables and fruit. The freezer has 4 drawers with built in ice trays on 2 of them. The drawers are large and many items of frozen food can be placed in them. I would recommend this fridge freezer to anyone interested in purchasing it as I am very pleased with my purchase. I have this product in white but it is also available in silver.