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London Marathon tour packages.

"The service has been fantastic and I am so
glad that I booked with WRP at Novotel"

An important message to all previous and potential WRP guests:
A potential shortage of hotel rooms in marathon week 2014


Those who have been with WRP previously will note that there is no mention on our website this year of Novotel ExCeL and that in one other hotel the number of rooms is a little less than in previous years.

This is not due to WRP expecting fewer bookings, but because of a big international medical conference being held throughout the week leading up to the race. The venue varies each year – and this year it’s coming to the ExCeL Centre in London!

We are told that something in excess of 10,000 delegates attended last year and filled hotel after hotel from Tuesday through until Sunday when it finished. The effects are already there to see and on a visit on 30th July I discovered that, not surprisingly, Novotel ExCeL is already fully booked all that week and the effect is being felt – not just on hotels in the city centre but even as far out as West London.

Demand also affects prices and I was told that many will be looking for in excess of £200 per night; one 4 star was already quoting £230 per night B&B. The fact that the conference will not finish until Sunday will not allow guaranteed release of rooms on Saturday night – the key night for many runners and their families.

Despite this situation, due to loyalty between Novotel and WRP we have already (Aug 2013) secured contracts with 3 of our regular hotels for over 350 rooms with only inflation increases since last year. However, it is noticeable that the allocation of rooms for 1 night has decreased so we expect a shortage of these rooms as hotels in general seek to maximize profits at this potentially busy time.

A number of regular clients are already reserving rooms at their favorite hotels with the usual £50 pp deposit to ensure they get what they want.*

WRP is continuing to work with other hotels in London to see if we can get access to further rooms, but in the meantime we would urge those interested to be proactive and at least reserve their rooms now.

John Joyner
Tour Organiser

1st August 2013

* Balances are not due until early February 2014
+ If anyone places a deposit but fails to get either a ballot or charity place buy 1st December 2013, WRP will refund their deposit
Novotel - London West

NOVOTEL - Accor hotelsCelebrating 25 Years

NOVOTEL – LONDON WEST (Hammersmith): 175 rooms

WRP Staff:
John Joyner
Caroline Rowlands : Annie Kacher
Nigel Barker : Rob Morgan
Roland Gibbard: Gordon Robbins
Sam KacherStaff

WRP first used this 629 room, West London hotel some 18 years ago and in that time have seen it emerge into a state-of-the-art, multi-award winning conference, exhibition and event facility. The hotel has had millions of pounds spent on it and is of a very high standard and we are extremely proud of our relationship with this flagship hotel.

The hotel is in the centre of Hammersmith – on the western side of the city close to shops, the Riverside Walk along the River Thames and boat race landmarks such as Hammersmith Bridge.

This hotel is used as our main base for the weekend – primarily because of its size and range of facilities which are second to none. It is also used as a weekend base by many of the charities with whom we work. As it has coach parking, the WRP coach service from Weston-super-Mare/Bristol is roomed at this hotel as it also gives the quickest access on Saturday and easiest return access to the motorway system on Sunday evening.

“ My first London Marathon was a fantastic experience both for myself and the rest of the family. We were based at Novotel London West which is superb!  WRP took all the stress out of all the logistics which are almost as challenging as the race itself.

A huge “Well Done” to all WRP and hotel staff. I had a ball!  Roll on next year."

Novotel London West - 1 to 7 nights

Rooms:
WRP currently has an allocation of 175 rooms of which approximately one third will be available for 1 night bookings. As with all the hotels, the rate for 2 (or 3) nights does represent far better value.
Note;  this is usually the only hotel where we can take booking for 4 or more nights.

All rooms have one Queen sized double bed plus, (if needed), one sofa bed which can allow the room to be used as either a double, twin or, as family room for parents with either one or two children.
Triple rooms: Rooms with 3 single beds are no longer available at this hotel, but one can use the double plus sofa bed for 3 adults.

Room at Novotel London West - Hammersmith

Normal check-in cannot be guaranteed until 14.00 hrs and normal check-out is at 12.00 hrs.
For those leaving on Sunday evening after the race a “late check-out” facility is available whereby guests can retain their own room until 18.00 hrs. The price per room is £40, and is subject to availability, and must be requested and booked upon arrival.

Coming by air?
This hotel is ideally located for those arriving at Heathrow as there is a direct link (approx 40 mins) by Underground on the Piccadilly Line from the airport to Hammersmith or you can use a taxi.

By road?
The hotel is just off the A4 with easy links to the M4, M25 and other major routes out of London.  The hotel has on-site parking for 240 cars and special car passes offering a generous discount can be pre-purchased via WRP.  Those who do not think ahead and pre-book the WRP passes will have to pay the normal rates of up to £1 per hour.

Note; if you are approaching from the west or north then you will not be affected by the London Congestion Charge. Those who have to cross the city and the zone will be affected and should be aware of the basic regulations concerning the London Congestion Charge which operates Monday to Friday in this area of London.
For up-to-date information go to - www.cclondon.com
If you will need a ticket for part of your weekend WRP strongly advises that you pay in advance, on-line so that you do not forget -  penalty fines are expensive!

Map of location - Novotel London West - Hammersmith

By Underground?
You have access to the Piccadilly, District and Hammersmith & City Lines – all within 400m of the hotel.

Restaurant and bar
The Garden Brassiere restaurant is open from 06.00hrs until midnight. You can also purchase bar food in the main lounge Bar. The WRP / Novotel Discount voucher offers a 15% discount on all food purchases in the hotel restaurants/ bars during your stay.

Travelling to Marathon Expo at the ExCeL Centre
Our recommended route from Hammersmith would be to take the Piccadilly Line to Green Park; change to the new Jubilee Line (east) to Canning Town. Change platform for Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House- just 2 stops up the line.

Note: On an Underground map the District Line can often appear to be the most direct but it does tend to be slower as it stops at all stations. Both the Piccadilly and Jubilee Lines offer much faster services.

Sunday – post-race
Novotel London West is also our main post-race centre with the majority of our post-race facilities including 40 rooms for showering (including towel, soap and shampoo) plus two rooms for our team of masseurs.  There is a large seated area for post-race light refreshments.

Champagne Suite - Novotel London West - Hammersmith

Note: WRP will continue to have a number of other rooms available for showering (including soap. Shampoo and towel) until 19.00 hrs. This service is complimentary and automatically included in your package.

Novotel London West - Hammersmith
Novotel London West - Hammersmith

Novotel London West - Hammersmith

Prices
Adding a third night to your stay at Novotel London West costs just £48 pp including full breakfast. That extra day/ night can transform your weekend into a 4* leisure break with time for sightseeing, doing a little shopping, going to a show, etc. – as well as running the marathon.

“ Once again WRP excelled. This was our third time with WRP Tours. This time we opted to pay the extra for a late room check-out which was a huge benefit and made a massive difference. We also loved the new buffet meal on Saturday evening. Both the hotel and WRP staff were very efficient and approachable. Next time we plan to take advantage of your long-weekend break.” KH - Macmillan Cancer Support

Thank you for an amazing weekend. Your organisation throughout was amazing and really took the stress out of the whole event. Should I do it again (and I probably will) I now know a man who does everything – except run the miles for you!  SG

I just had to drop you a quick line to thank you all once again for your amazing hospitality and support over the weekend. It was truly memorable and I look forward to seeing the team again next year.  D & C

Very impressed with WRP’s organizational skills. Great to have so many knowledgeable staff on hand – and so friendly! Hotel food was first class and excellent value. Thank you for making this a no hassle-informative trip. JH   Phab Kids


Tour prices 2014 for Novotel London West (Hammersmith)

The prices shown are per person and based on 2 adults sharing a double/twin room and includes full buffet breakfast. Separate rates are shown for children but these only apply if there are two adults in that room – e.g. a child paying a children’s rate cannot be used as a substitute for one of the adults. Third adult in a triple room (double + single) – add £70, plus £25 per night stayed - e.g. £90 for a 1 night stay, £110 for a 2 night stay and £130 for a 3 night stay.

Number of nights: 1
(Saturday)
2 3
Adult: (shared double/twin)
Adult: (sole occupancy)
£142
£209
£195
£312
£242
£399
Children:
Aged 0 - 3 years
Aged 4 - 14 years

Free
£25

Free
£25

Free
25
Extra nights - if available - (including Breakfast): £130 per room    


Other rates:

Coach from Bristol: return fare £30 adult, £20 child under 16 years


2 course evening buffet meal on Saturday evening - Sample Menu - Click here
Adults £21.00 per person     Children £10.00 per person

Car parking (if available): (Covers vehicle up to 23.59 on day of departure)
£19.00 for 1 night; £33.00 for 2 nights; £49 for 3 nights

A note on bed configurations:

A standard "Superior" room has a Queen size, double bed
A "family room" will have an additional single of double mattress sofa bed
A "triple" room would have the double bed plus a sofa bed

Note: Any runner going off the Elite Women’s start at 09.00 would be advised to book at either Novotel London West or Novotel Waterloo, as from these hotels WRP do offer an earlier coach to give these women a little more preparation time at the start.

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NOVOTEL - Accor hotelsCelebrating 25 Years

Novotel - Tower Bridge

NOVOTEL – TOWER BRIDGE: 50 rooms

WRP Staff:
Geraldine Hope and Neale Jarrett
Staff

“ I want to say a big thank you to all of you for yet another wonderful weekend in London. The organisation was seamless and your staff made everybody feel special and relaxed – nothing is too much trouble for them.
I shall be booking again next year; all your hard work is appreciated and for anyone running a marathon you always make it special.  NN

2014 will be our 14th visit to this excellent 4* hotel in the heart of the City of London. It is immensely popular and now is invariably the first of the hotels to fill. Winner 2012 and 2013 of the Traveller's Choice hotel for the family.

So, why is it so popular?  Without doubt one of the primary reasons is the fact that it lies on the marathon route – not once but twice so is absolutely ideal for spectating. The first time is when the runners cross Tower Bridge at about half way – all of 5 mins walk away and again at 22/23 miles when they come behind the hotel (alongside the Tower of London) – just 200m away!

Secondly, there are so many interesting sights within a short distance – be that the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern or Tower Bridge itself which has organised trips showing you how the bridge is raised – you can even walk across the top!

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Alongside Tower Bridge, steps lead down to St Katharine’s Dock – the capital’s first Docklands redevelopment. The area once had over 1,000 cottages, a brewery, hospital and the 12th century church of St Katharine but in 1828 all this was removed to make way for a vast new area of docks designed by Thomas Telford. From the early 1970’s the area has been transformed into a hugely successful and attractive residential, commercial and leisure marina with a lighthouse ship and old sailing barges. It really is well worth a visit and is a super location for lunch as there are many attractive waterside places at which to eat!

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Just across the bridge – you can turn left into Butlers Wharf offering a selection of smart and interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, turn right and you are on the Queens Walk which will take you past HMS Belfast to the Globe Theatre. Why not use the Millennium Bridge to bring you back to the hotel by St Paul’s Cathedral ?

For runners in the marathon other reasons for its popularity include its proximity to the Marathon Registration and Expo out at the ExCeL Centre (15 mins), easy of access to City Airport (30 mins on the Docklands Light Railway) and the proximity of the Tower Hill Underground – just 100m from the hotel. The delightful area of Greenwich where the race starts is but 30 mins away on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
Tower Hill Underground station is on both the Circle Line (linked to Paddington, St Pancras, Euston and Kings Cross stations) and the District Line. Both give rapid access back after the Finish of the race. Only 400m away is Tower Gateway station on the DLR – the transport system that will take you both to Marathon Registration and the Expo – as well as to Greenwich. Also, with the hotel being in the heart of the City, in the evenings and at weekends, the area is quieter than many city hotels.

WRP staff: Geraldine Hope and Neale Jarrett

Novotel Tower Bridge

Rooms
We have 50 rooms booked at this hotel. Due to its great popularity the hotel insist that 45 of these are for 3 nights. All rooms are en-suite with hairdryer, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, colour TV.
The basic room configuration is suitable for single, double or twin room occupancy and, with an added sofa bed, can easily accommodate families with 1 or 2 children.
Normal check-in cannot be guaranteed until 15.00 hrs and normal check-out is at 10.00 hrs. For those leaving on Sunday evening after the race, a “late check-out” facility is available whereby guests can retain their own room until 18.00 for a charge of £40.00.

Coming by rail?
The hotel is within easy travelling distance of most of the main line stations via the Circle and District Underground lines. If you are not sure just ask the WRP office for advice.

Coming by road?
Though the hotel does not have a car park though there is a NCP Car Park at The Minories - about 4 mins walk away. Charges apply but are very reasonable for the weekend.
Clients coming by car to this hotel should be aware of the basic regulations concerning the London Congestion Charge which operates Monday to Friday in this area of London.  See -  www.cclondon.com
If you will need a ticket for part of your weekend WRP strongly advises that you pay in advance, on-line, as there are no shops in the immediate area selling Congestion Charge tickets… and fines are expensive!

Location Plan - Novotel Tower Bridge

Travelling to Marathon Expo at the ExCeL Centre
It is a 4 minute walk from the Hotel to Tower Gateway Station – one of the two city termini of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). A 15 mins ride takes you Custom House station which is alongside the ExCeL building. It is very easy.  You can also go from Tower Gateway to Greenwich.

“Just a note to say thank you very much again for your help in providing such a great weekend. Going with WRP takes away a lot of the stress and worry of an already fretful event. Knowing that WRP will take care of us – from the coach to the start, the post-race reception as well as a fantastic venue such as the Novotel at Tower Bridge just makes it so easy.”  PJ

An excellent base on marathon day
On Sunday, Novotel Tower Bridge will be acting as an “on-course” centre for all guests on the WRP tour and so during the day will be providing live coverage of the race on a large plasma screen, have bar facilities including coffee, tea and soft drinks plus excellent bar food, a place to sit down and take a break… and toilets!  In the midst of a tiring day this is a great bonus for all WRP spectators.

Prices
Adding a third night to your stay at Novotel Tower Bridge costs just £50 pp including full breakfast. That extra day/ night can transform your weekend into a 4* leisure break with time for sightseeing, doing a little shopping, going to a show, etc. – as well as running the marathon.

Tour prices 2014 for Novotel Tower Bridge

The prices shown are per person and based on 2 adults sharing a double/twin room and includes full buffet breakfast. Separate rates are shown for children but these only apply if there are two adults in that room – e.g. a child paying a children’s rate cannot be used as a substitute for one of the adults.Third adult in a triple room (double + single) – add £70, plus £25 per night stayed - e.g. £90 for a 1 night stay, £110 for a 2 night stay and £130 for a 3 night stay.

Number of nights: 2 ** 3
Adult: (shared double/twin)
Adult: (sole occupancy)
£225
£372
£275
£465
Children:
Aged 0 - 3 years
Aged 4 - 14 years

Free
£25

Free
£25
Late check-out Sunday - per room:
(You keep your room until 18.00 hrs)
£40 N/A
Extra nights - if available (including Breakfast) £185 per room  

Other rates:

WRP 3 course buffet on Saturday evening - Sample Menu
Adults £21.00 pp    Children under 12 years £7.50

** Please note: Our 50 room contract only allows for 5 x 2 night rooms. We cannot just switch a 3 night room to a 2 night room. Once sold, then that's it!

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Novotel - Waterloo

NOVOTEL - Accor hotelsCelebrating 25 Years

NOVOTEL – WATERLOO: 110 rooms

WRP Staff (Provisional):
Kate McCullough
Steve Baxter
Malcolm Gammon
Staff                       

“I would like to thank both yourself and your staff at Novotel Waterloo for the excellent manner in which your organised our marathon trip last weekend. The organisation was spot-on, your staff extremely courteous and helpful. The whole weekend went like clockwork.” DR

“I have to write and say well done – your marathon tour At Novotel Waterloo was flawless.” NN

“Just a quick note to the WRP team to say THANK YOU for a job well done. My family and I stayed at Novotel Waterloo which was great and your staff could not have been more helpful. It was my 12th London. One huge logistical nightmare but WRP triumphed again.” TH: BHF

This will be WRP’s 13th year at this 187 room, and hugely popular, hotel located at the southern edge of Lambeth Bridge and almost directly opposite Lambeth Palace. Those with a front bedroom on the upper floors have a wonderful view of all that lies behind them – both the River Thames and the Palace of Westminster – or “Parliament” as it is more usually called.

Lambeth Palace has been the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury since the 1207. The complex huddle of red-sandstone medieval buildings are accessed via an imposing Tudor gatehouse (1485) which is one of the capital’s most familiar riverside landmarks. For centuries there was a horse ferry across the river here with the revenues going to the Archbishop. When the first Westminster Bridge was built in 1750 the Archbishop was granted compensation for the loss of his business income!

Novotel - Waterloo

What more perfect evening stroll than to do a circuit across Lambeth Bridge, through the Victoria Gardens and round the Palace of Westminster returning across Westminster Bridge (almost within touching distance of the London Eye) and then back along the lovely Thames Path with the spectacular views across the busy Thames to the terraces of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. At this hotel it’s all on your door step!

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Use of the name “Waterloo” can be slightly misleading for the hotel is not that close to Waterloo Station, it is about a mile away.  If using a map of London you should look for Lambeth Bridge as this would be your main approach by car.
If using the Underground, your best way to the hotel is via Westminster Station then walk across Westminster Bridge before descending steps to walk along the broad boulevard of the Thames Path on the south side of the river. This is a delightful, 15 minute, walk.

A further point of interest is the position of the hotel with regard to the finish of the race. As many will already know, one of the key things recommended after the race is a period of 20 mins of gentle walking – this helps to dissipate the lactic acid in your leg muscles and so stops them becoming stiff and sore.
All finishers, if they so want, can easily stroll back from the finish to this hotel within 20 – 30 mins.

Please note that due to its position and facilities, you may not be surprised to learn that year after year this hotel is invariably booked-out by early January.

Novotel - Waterloo

WRP Staff
Kate McCullough works as our Office Manager during the winter and helps run a hotel on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey during the summer so you are in good hands! To support her in this hotel she will have two very experienced marathon runners – Steve Baxter and Malcolm Gammon. Not surprisingly Steve and Malcolm will be taking the two race clinics on Saturday afternoon and all will be available for last minute individual advice throughout the weekend.

Rooms
We have 110 rooms booked at this hotel although our allocation of rooms for just Saturday night has been cut to just 30 this year. Early booking will be essential. All rooms are en-suite with hairdryer, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and colour TV. and the bed configuration can accommodate single, double, twin and family occupancy.
Please note that all rooms have one double bed plus (if needed) one sofa bed which can allow the room to be used as either as a single, double, twin or as family room for parents with either one or two children.
Normal check-in cannot be guaranteed until 15.00 hrs and normal check-out is at 10.00 hrs.

Novotel - Waterloo

Sunday – late check-out
The hotel has agreed to offer a late check-out facility until 18.00 hrs on a maximum of 20 rooms. The additional charge would be £40 per room.

Coming by car?
This is one of the two hotels that WRP uses which has pre-bookable car parking – a scarce commodity these days in central London! The secure underground parking is available to WRP guests, if pre-booked, at the discounted rate of £15 per night stayed. (40 spaces).
If you do not pre-book then:
a. you will have to pay the hourly rate and
b. we cannot guarantee that you will get a parking space

Novotel - Waterloo

Clients coming by car to this hotel should be aware of the basic regulations concerning the London Congestion Charge which operates Monday to Friday in this area of London.

Coming by rail?
The hotel is easily reached from all the main rail terminals but your best method of transfer to the hotel could be to pick up a taxi as the nearest Underground is about 15 mins walk away. If you are not sure just ask the WRP office for advice.

Travelling to Marathon Expo at the ExCeL Centre
From Westminster, take the fast Jubilee Line (east) just 8 stops to Canning Town. Use flight of stairs to change platform for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House - just 2 stops up the line. Very easy – allow about 30 mins.

Restaurant and bar
Along with a totally new foyer, the hotel now boasts a completely new restaurant and bar. Last year all were impressed with both the changes and the superb value of food in the bar.

Saturday evening 2 course buffet
The hotel plan to repeat their popular pre-bookable system with sittings at half hour intervals commencing at 18.00 hrs.  WRP clients will have access to the normal hotel hot/cold buffet which, that evening will also have some additional pasta dishes as well as vegetarian options.
Those not booking this meal should be advised that the WRP advance bookings may well fill the restaurant and those who do not want this option may have to wait until a little later for a table. The bar offers an all-day menu with an extensive selection of light meals.

Prices
Adding a third night to your stay at Novotel Waterloo costs just £53 pp including full breakfast.
That extra day/night can transform your weekend into a 4* leisure break with time for sightseeing, doing a little shopping, going to a show, etc. – as well as running the marathon.

Tour prices 2014 for Novotel Waterloo

The prices shown are per person and based on 2 adults sharing a double/twin room and includes full buffet breakfast. Separate rates are shown for children but these only apply if there are two adults in that room – e.g. a child paying a children’s rate cannot be used as a substitute for one of the adults.Third adult in a triple room (double + single) – add £70, plus £25 per night stayed - e.g. £90 for a 1 night stay, £110 for a 2 night stay and £130 for a 3 night stay.

Number of nights: 1
(Saturday)
2 3
Adult: (shared double/twin)
Adult: (sole occupancy)
£162
£245
£223
£367
£278
£470
Children:
Aged 0 - 3 years
Aged 4 - 14 years

Free
£25

Free
£25

Free
£25
Extra nights - if available (including breakfast) £160 per room    

Other rates:

WRP 2 course buffet on Saturday evening - Sample Menu
Adults £21.00 pp    Children £10.00 pp

Car parking (if available):

£15.00 per night stayed (Covers vehicle up to 23.59 on day of departure) - but only if pre-booked via WRP

Note: This hotel does not have any twin bedded rooms. A twin room can be made by using the standard Queen sized bed plus a sofa bed.

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