9-10hrs. (open sea nearly the whole way ); train from London to
Queenborough in 2hrs., from Flushing to Amsterdam in 6-9hrs. ;
through-fare 33s. 6d. or 20s. lid.
F'rom Neirhaven to Dieppe, daily, in 6-8hrs. ; 16s. or lis. 6rf.
(Rail from London toNewhaven, or vice versa, in 2-3 hrs; fares 13s.
^d. or lis. 2d., 10s. 2d. or 7s. U)d., and 5s.)
On the longer voyages (10hrs. and upwards), or when special
attention has been required, the steward expects a gratuity of Is. or
more according to circumstances. Food and liquors are supplied on
board all the steamboats at fixed charges, but the viands are often
not very inviting.
Arrival. Those who arrive in London by water have sometimes
to land in small boats. The tariff is 6d. for each person, and 3d. for
each trunk. The traveller should take care, to select one of the
watermen who wear a badge, as they alone are bound by the tariff.
There is still much room for improvement in the arrangements for
landing in small boats.
Cidis (see p. 23) are in waiting at most, of the railway stations,
and also at the landing stages. The stranger had better let the
porter at his hotel pay the fare in order to prevent an overcharge.
Hotels in London, see below.
3. Hotels. Boarding Houses. Private Lodgings.
Hotels. Charges for rooms in the London hotels vary according
to the situation and the floor. A difference is also made between a
simple Bed Room and a bedroom fitted up like a Sitting Room, with
writing-table, sofa, easy-chairs, etc., a higher charge being, of
course, made for the latter. Most of the rooms, even in the smaller
hotels, arc comfortably furnished. The continental custom of locking
the bedroom door on leaving it is not usual, but visitors are recom¬
mended to make their door secure at night, even in the best houses.
Private sitting-rooms are generally very expensive. In some hotels
the day of departure is charged for, unless the rooms are given up
Breakfast is generally taken in the hotel, the continental habit
of breakfasting at a cafe being almost unknown in Emgland. The
meal consists of tea or coffee with meat, fish, and eggs, and is
charged for by tariff. Tea or coffee with bread and butter alone is,
of course, cheaper.
A fixed charge per day is also made for attendance, beyond which
no gratuity need be given. It is, however, usual to give the 'boots'
(i.e. boot-cleaner and errand man) a small fee on leaving, and the
waiter who has specially attended to the traveller also expects a
shilling or two.
In most hotels smoking is prohibited except in the Smoking
Rooms provided for the purpose.