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Upcoming London trip advice

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This is my first time posting, but have read posts for quite some time. I tend to be wordy, so I apologize in advance!

I’m looking for advice on my upcoming trip to London. In 2012, I flew into Heathrow from the US, picked up a car, stayed in Hatfield, then on to London, Cotswold’s, the New Forest area . Dropped off the car and left from Bournemouth airport.

I’m flying into Heathrow mid - Sept. and plan on taking the train to London and hotel. Have a few ideas in mind, probably near transportation. Love the Covent Garden area.

This time I don’t want to drive in London. I'm taking the same basic route. London, Cotswolds, New Forest. As a solo female traveler, it wasn’t bad but wasn’t relaxing. Not to mention roundabouts and I didn’t quite get along. Even with the trusty sat nav!

First question, and it’s a bit hypothetical: Is it safe to wheel my 21” bag on the train/tube to get to the hotel? It’s pop art loud and flowery and my husband seems to think someone will grab it and run. Is that something that happens quite often? Or, as a solo female, would I be smarter to pay the price for a cab?

Second question: I’m trying to find out a good location (town) that would be best to rent a car from. One that would be easy to return to on the way to Heathrow, if possible. Have to leave from Heathrow this time.

Thank you, and I enjoy reading London information on your posts.

Shamrock27

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