I have a soft spot for this place near the British Library. I stayed here often when I was just out of college (in room no. 3, a cozy single on the rear landing—still there, still snug). Back then, the Beynon family had a young son, Glyn. Today, Glyn is a grown family man, and he’s in charge—and he’s doing a proud job of updating the family B&B in a 1780s townhouse (ask him about its history) 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 traffic. He also converted the former parlor, with its antique (nonworking) fireplace, into room no. 2, a spacious double. It’s classic (four units share bathrooms), and in fact, has been a Frommer’s selection ever since Europe on $5 a Day (when it cost $3.20). Pay for 6 nights from November to February, and you can stay for 7. Don’t confuse this place with the Jesmond Dene, a B&B on Argyle Square—it’s very good, too, but not as central.
63 Gower St., WC1
Our Rating Neighborhood Bloomsbury Transportation Tube: Goodge Street Phone 020/7636-3199 Prices £75–£85 single, £95–£125 double, £150 quad, often a 3-night minimum. Rates include free breakfast. Amenities Free Wi-Fi Units 15 Web site Jesmond Hotel
Map63 Gower St., WC1 London
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