London can sometimes feel like something of a daunting prospect. It’s big, it’s bustling, the London Underground goes in every direction, and at first, it’s a tough cookie to crack.
We get this, so for you, our exclusive travellers, we have the ultimate, ever so freakin’ stylish solution to all your fresh off the plane jitters – the Contiki Basement.
WHAT IS THE BASEMENT?
The Basement is a centrally located one stop shop for all your LDN needs. It’s where your trip starts, where your kick-start meeting is held, where you’ll meet up with like-minded travellers, and where you’ll get a jumpstart on what it feels like to travel the world, Contiki style.
Did we mention it’s also probably one of the coolest spaces in London, and we’ve got a video that proves it. MTV cribs ain’t got nothing on us...
SO, WHAT'S ON OFFER?
THE PRACTICAL STUFF
CONTIKI TEAM: Our Basement crew are here to answer anything and everything, from baggage weight dilemmas to where to catch a last minute gig in Camden.
One of life’s greatest necessities, because we know you’re going to want to be snapping and gramming your trip from day 1.
You don’t want to be lugging your bags all over London, so leave them with us, safe and sound, and pick them up when it’s most convenient.
Each day we update our departure boards with the trip hashtags of trips departing that day, so watch out for yours.
TRIP CHECK-IN: If you forgot to check-in online before leaving home, here’s the place to do it. Ask one of the Basement staff for assistance, or DIY on one of our free to use tablets.
CHILL OUT AREAS: Have a snooze, watch some Netflix, or get involved in some good old fashioned conversation as you get to know your new travel crew.
LAST MINUTE ESSENTIALS:
We’ve got travel must haves like neck pillows and ear plugs on offer, plus Contiki threads we know you won’t be able to resist.
THE FUN STUFF
QUIZ OUR BASEMENT CREW ON ALL THINGS LONDON
These guys are city locals, so can point you in any direction your wandering heart desires.
But not just any old vending machine, oh no. A vending machine packed with all the tastes of home, wherever your home may be.
Damn right we have a photo booth, and it’s every bit as incredible as it sounds. And the best part? Not only is it totally free, but you can also post your snaps direct to Facebook.
Because seriously, what else could you want?
HOW TO GET THERE
Russell Square is where we call home, smack bang on the Piccadilly line which you can jump on direct from Heathrow Airport.
Our central location and close distance to the tube means the whole of London really is at your fingertips, from cute Portobello Market in west to hipster Shoreditch in east.
We’re also right by the hotels where your trip starts, making life even simpler. Coming from Heathrow? Here’s how to find us:
Contiki Basement, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H ODG
Winter (1st October – 30th April) 11.00 - 19.00
Summer (1st May - 30th September) 9.00 - 19.00