Could you please give me info about the hotel? Is it still running or closed down? I spent there two beautiful summers when I was younger, I've just liked the atmosphere there! I remember we played cards down in the laundry, it was a great fun.
I would like to visit London this summer and I thought about Driscoll House to stay, but I am not sure if they are open.
Please try to avoid somehow that it would be demolished! I would really sorry it!!
Yes, it is open, although not in great shape these days. I live across the street from Driscoll House, and last year I visited and took some photos (without permission). The photos and more information are on the Wikipedia page about Driscoll House -- there is a link to it further back in this thread.
I spent a week there in August 2006 and it's still good value to stay there even though its not luxurious like a hotel (no elevator, no private baths, small rooms), and the atmosphere that there was years ago has somehow gone. But at £150 per week with breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and lunch as well included on weekends, with a 20-25 minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus you can't beat it's price for a stay in London. I don't understand why many more people do not stay there.
I forgot to mention, on the morning of the day I was leaving I stopped at the reception to ask what time was check-out time and the lady there said, "We don't have rules like that. You can leave whenever it's convenient for you." It was a Saturday when lunch is provided. I had lunch at 1.00 p.m. relaxed a little, had a shower and then left at 4.30 p.m. without a problem - very convenient as my train leaving London was not till 6.30 p.m. If I was staying in a hotel I would have had to checkout by 12.00 noon then find something to do (with my luggage in my hand) until 6.30 p.m.
You're absolutely right, it is an end of an era. Where did you hear of this sad news, do you have a link? Rest in peace Mr. Driscoll; if it wasn't for Driscoll House I wouldn't have been able to afford to visit London as many times as I did.