Affordable London Hotel

Jun 3rd, 2013, 04:13 PM
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The hostel ElendilPickle mentions is in a convenient location for your Eurostar trip. However that £115 triple is approx $175.

If you really want to see Tudor sites - London is not really the most fertile place for your exploring. There are other parts of the country that didn't have the Great Fire and weren't bombed in WWII and have a LOT more Tudor properties still standing.

Maybe you need to do a tad more research . . .
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 05:04 PM
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You know, you say that you are interested in Puritans. No doubt you have done more research than I have, but I remember the Marian Martyrs (those from the mid 16th century) as generally Protestant rather than specifically Puritan. Five of them (including the three commemorated at Oxford) were bishops - indeed, Cranmer was an Archbishop. After Elizabeth came to the throme it was Catholic priests whose lives were in danger. Rather than Tudor/Puritan I would have thought you should be looking into Stuart/Puritan.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 08:11 AM
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Thank you--most of the comments are very helpful, especially about various places to stay in London & costs. (But why some people have to be nasty in response to an innocent question, while hiding behind their computer screen, is beyond me.) Thursdaysd, I'm covering a large time period starting with the Protestant movement and transitioning into the Puritan time period, and am familiar with the distinctions of different groups. I know exactly who my ancestors were and where they lived. There's a reason I'm looking at London and Dartford right now. Sheesh!

I'm currently focused on the Henry VIII period. I do know of certain churches and places that are still in existence. I simply turned to the board in case I might have missed something that those who are familiar with modern-day London might help with. Reading about a place is different than actually being there, knowing the neighborhoods, etc. And thank you, laurie-ann, for the excellent book recommendations.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Unfortunately, you're four years late for Tudorpalooza. In '09, the UK "celebrated" the 500th anniversary of the ascension of Henry VIII to the throne and that would have been perfect timing for your research.

Consider lengthening your stay in London with the fam and getting an apartment. You could get a decent one for about 100 quid/night, which would move you closer to your proposed budget. But $100 per for a family in central London, en suite, means a dump even if it's possible to find such a place.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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The reason I suggested a bit more research was not to be snarky. There are terrific Tudor sites all over the country - just not many in London.

And for someone looking to do research you have very little time in London/England.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 09:24 AM
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"I know exactly who my ancestors were and where they lived."

Then you might get better answers if you shared some of that information.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 10:09 AM
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It goes without saying that what I really need is a month or two, or even more, to see and do what I would like. But at this point, with family in tow and limited vacation time, in-depth research isn't even a consideration.

Back to the original question, safe neighborhood near good public transportation in and out of London, from Heathrow, and how much I should expect to pay. Are there safe places in Southwark that would fit the criteria?
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Jun 4th, 2013, 10:21 AM
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We stayed at the Luna & Simone some years ago; it's always highly ranked and, though more expensive than it used to be, is still inexpensive for London. I know they have triples as my sis stayed in one. It's very near Victoria Station; safe neighborhood with immediate access to the very convenient #24 bus.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Thanks azzure, I'll look into it. Final question--perhaps we should just stay in Dartford since I want to spend time there, and travel into the city a couple of days. Thoughts on that? Would a huge chunk of time and money be spent on transportation?

I haven't spent much time yet researching transportation in the London area, so pardon my lack of familiarity. As a rural, small-town dweller, I find planning travel around one of the largest cities in the world is a bit overwhelming.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 11:04 AM
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Have you tried Airbnb site plus Monastry Stays the prices look really reasonable and some of the univeristies are now putting their rooms up for rent in the holiday season.
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Little known fact - the place with most pre-reformation churches is Norwich - 34 I think.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Sorry - the rates for a triple with private bath at the Luna Simone are from $210 to $270 per night - depending on date.

My guess is that about $200 per night is a base rate for a triple with private bath in a place that is not condemned - barring some sort of fantastic deal.

(For a 4* double in London we figure at least $400 per night - similar to NYC.)
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Jun 4th, 2013, 02:29 PM
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Staying in Dartford makes no sense at all. Stay there because you want to visit there once??

You'd be commuting into London just so you could spend part of one day in Dartford.

As for how much you need to spend . . . How much can you spend? $100 doesn't cut it (and wouldn't in NYC, or San Francisco or Rome or most any major metropolitan area). Can you spend $200?

Also how old is the child? A couple of chains (Premier Inn and Travelodge) have reasonably priced family rooms - but the child must be under 16. Not 16 - under 16, and they do check. The problem is their rates are VERY date specific. So one night of your stay might be £75/$120 but the next night runs £145+ / $225-ish
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Jun 5th, 2013, 07:29 AM
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Okay--I can see that $100/night won't cut it for a short stay. If I were to go ahead of the fam and stay for an extra week or so, I gather it might be possible to rent a longer-term option at a more reasonable price? Let's say, $150/night or some kind of weekly price?

This will be a matter of opinion, but generally speaking is a woman traveling alone safe lodging and exploring around London and its environs, especially having never been there?

Janisj, the child will be 17. No discount. (
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Jun 5th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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London is extremely safe.

$150 is a little less than £100 and you probably could get a large studio or small 1bdrm flat for that. Unfortunately those sorts of rates usually require a week's stay, not 3 days.

There are some small B&B hotels near Victoria, Paddington, Kings Cross and Earls Court stations that will fit that budget.
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Jun 5th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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If seriously interested in Tudor/Puritan history, the British Library would be your best bet for information.However not nearly as much fun as visiting pubs/ museums/ churches etc.

The books laurie-ann mentioned are good.
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Jun 5th, 2013, 08:49 AM
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I don't know London well enough to advise, but have been to Hampton Court and it was fantastic, so I'd make a point of going there.
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Although I'm not a woman, I know women who have visited and explored London with no problem. I'd say you'll probably be fine, provided you exercise common sense:

1. Don't drink too much and don't stay out too late.
2. Don't eat or drink anything that you didn't buy in a bar, shop or restaurant. I haven't heard anything about London, but in Italy gangs of men drug and rape women they meet on trains. In Peru, the motive is more usually robbery, but you get the point. Beware of friendly strangers and don't be shy to be rude to someone you just met.
3. When booking a hotel, use Tripadvisor or and read the reviews regarding peoples' experiences in the neighborhood. As you're looking for inexpensive lodging, you may find things in shady neighborhoods, so check this out before booking.
4. When booking a hotel, the second consideration after price should be proximity to an Underground station. That way, you won't have to hike a long way, and an Underground Station close to your hotel may offset an otherwise sketchy neighborhood.
5. Underground is the best and least expensive way to get around London and as long as you travel during normal hours and go to the usual tourist travel destinations, is quite safe. Get a map of the London Underground before you leave home or as soon as you arrive and use it each morning before leaving your lodging to plot lines and stops for that day. There is a little book called something like "What's On London" or "Time Out London" available free in racks at Heathrow (and probably Gatwick) that has an Underground map in the back. Most guidebooks have one as well.
6. This segues into an all around tip: Act like you know where you're going at all times--don't stop to consult a map, ask a question or anything. Although Londoners and people in the UK in general are very friendly and will help you out--even if you don't ask--there are also bad guys who may be keeping an eye out for someone who looks like she doesn't know where she's going or what she's doing. So act at all times like you know where you're going and what you're doing.--that means not stopping on the street to consult a map or a guidebook.
7. Leave your jewelry and most valuables at home. Put your passport and anything else you don't want to lose in the safe at the hotel (make sure when you book that there is one in your room) and when out and about carry a copy of your passport, one credit card, and cash in a moneybelt. You can get a moneybelt that will hang on a cord around your neck under your clothes, and it will keep pickpockets away because they can't see if you're carrying anything valuable. I've gotten to where I feel comfortable carrying one credit and a little cash in a front pants pocket so that I don't constantly have to run into a bathroom to retrieve these. I try to estimate how much cash I'll need before lunch and put that cash plus one card. Again, no one can see it's there so (so far) it hasn't attracted pickpockets.
8. Don't carry a purse or bag, even one that goes across your body. A backpack will be fine to carry guidebooks, umbrella, raincoat, sunglasses, etc., but don't put anything valuable in it. BTW--you will need everything listed because weather in London changes very rapidly and it may be raining one minute and bright sunshine ten minutes later.
9. When walking, avoid areas where there are no people about. This sounds like it would be easy because London is a very populous, crowded city and the tourist areas can be mobbed. But depending on the location, time of day, and day of week, there are many areas where no people are on the street. So notice this before you turn the corner onto a street.
10. Beware of anything "odd." The few times we've been robbed were times when we saw the thief and even commented on him or her to each other, but didn't take steps to avoid it until our purse or wallet was gone. We've since stopped carrying purses and wallets while travelling (and even while going to concerts, etc., at home) and have not had any trouble. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out of it ASAP.
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Jun 5th, 2013, 09:13 AM
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I haven't read all the posts, but your desires do sound like a solo trip to me. I very much enjoy the freedom on solo travelling. The people you are travelling with have these same feelings? By yourself, you could rent a studio apartment for less than a hotel, keep a budget in tact by eating most of your dinners in and while touring your tours, lunches at better places.
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Jun 5th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Most of dwd's post is sort of common sense - but written in semi-hysterical hyperbole/overkill.

Don't carry a handbag? Why on earth not? And a pack pack instead - silly since a handbag is much more secure than a pack stuck out of sight on your back.
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