The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0378  Wednesday, 15 July 2009

From:       Carol Barton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 07:23:09 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 20.0373 When Researching in London
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0373 When Researching in London

Amen to Arthur's and Louis' posts. Endsleigh Court is a wonderful place 
to stay -- though I do my food shopping in the Waitrose in the Brunswick 
shopping center (off the Tavistock side) when I'm there. For 5 pounds 
(which is less than what it would cost for a taxi, and more convenient) 
they will deliver your groceries right to your flat, and there are lots 
of nice little shops for electrics and things in the same street, and a 
Boots and more upscale boutiques in the Brunswick Center. Round the 
corner on Marchamont Street, there's a laundromat -- a couple of blocks 
away is Russell Square.

The accommodations at Endsleigh Court are very comfortable, and 
generally clean (if in need of a little bit of sprucing up, here and 
there). The kitchenette comes stocked with dishes and silverware and 
pots and pans -- bring your own aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc. 
though, and some storage containers if you expect to have leftovers. The 
refrigerator is tiny -- campus size -- and there's not much of a 
freezer, but you have an electric kettle and a toaster and will hear the 
birds singing from the nearby park (Tavistock) -- where on a nice day 
it's lovely to sit with a good book. The Institute for Historical 
Research is across Tavistock to the southweast, and there's a 
Waterstone's just down Tavistock in the same direction at Gower Square. 
If you're in the mood for a hike, you can go about half a mile farther 
to Tottenham Court Road and all of the shops and eateries there.

Tell the concierge that you are a scholar, and need peace and quiet, and 
they will accommodate you quite readily. You can even arrange for a 
private telephone in advance. If it's in the warmer months, ask for a 
fan, too. It can get sticky, in London in July and August . . .

Best to all,
Carol Barton

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