I have a soft spot for this place. stayed here often when was out of college (in number 3, a cozy single on the rear landing—still there, still snug). Back then, the Beynon family, who took over the Jesmond in 1979, had a young son, Glyn. Today, Glyn is a grown family man and he’s in charge—and he’s doing a solid job of updating the family B&B in a historic Georgian town house (ask to read the history he wrote of it) far beyond the expectations of its tariff range. He installed new bathrooms with all-new piping, accounting for the larger-than-average showers, he soundproofed the front windows to keep out the roar of Gower Street’s bus traffic, and he converted the house’s 18th-century coal chute into a kitchen where full English breakfasts are served in a cellar breakfast room that doubles as a day lounge. The back garden provides welcome respite and is cultivated with flowers and wooden chairs. He also converted the former parlor, with its antique (non-working) fireplace, into room 2, a spacious double. t’s simple, it’s friendly, and it’s still one of London’s last “they’re charging how much?” values. Pay for 6 nights from October to March, and you can stay for 7. Don’t confuse this place with the Jesmond Dene, a B&B on Argyle Square in King’s Cross—it’s very good, too, but not as central as the Jesmond.
63 Gower St., WC1
Our Rating Neighborhood Bloomsbury Transportation Tube: Goodge Street Phone 020/7636-3199 Prices Singles £55–£65, doubles £85–£110 Amenities Full breakfast, free Wi-Fi Units 15 Web site Jesmond HotelBook a Room Now
Map63 Gower St., WC1 London
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