Best District in Central London?

Jul 3rd, 2002, 10:07 AM
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Best District in Central London?

We will be in London for only 2 days and need to find accommodation (B&B, small hotel). In your opinion, what would the safest, cleanest, and most charming district be, close to most attractions (particularly interested in seeing The National Gallery, St. Paul's, British Museum, Westminster Abbey).

Thanks for any feedback you can give.
Jul 3rd, 2002, 10:13 AM
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Hi Susan,

I worked in London and they always put us up in Mayfair. I don't know if that is the most quaint, but it was very fashionable and close to Picadilly. I always loved it.

Jul 3rd, 2002, 10:20 AM
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There isn't one "most charming", safest area. All of the sites you mention plus 100's of others are easily accessible from anywhere by tube or bus. Most parts of central London are perfectly safe.

Some great areas for B&Bs are Bloomsbury/Russell Square (near the Brit. Museum), Kensington/South Kensington, and Victoria (less charming but very convenient).

Areas to generally avoid include Kings Cross, parts of Bayswater/Paddington, Earls Court and anyplace outside of transit zone 1. Not than any of these are terrible (except for Kings Cross) - they are just more spotty. Because there are so many good areas, there is no reason to stay in an iffy neighborhood.
Jul 3rd, 2002, 12:29 PM
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JB and Janis ...
Thank you for your feedback. Eliminating the areas we DON'T want to be in really helps. The Mayfair area sounds great, but PRICEY!

Shall try finding a B&B or small hotel in the areas you mention Janis ... any ideas on places to stay? Thanks again!
Jul 3rd, 2002, 12:29 PM
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The Nat'al Gallery and W Abbey are not that far from each other, easy walking distance. You could try looking into the Charing Cross Thistle Hotel.
If you do a search on it here (search function is above) you will find past comments.

Br. Museum is in Bloomsbury and that is a popular area to stay in.

St Paul's is in the City, the oldest part of London. I don't have any hotels to recommend there and in general
most people stay in other areas.

With the Underground, buses, and taxis, you can easily get around central London. Pick an area or tube stop that has more than one tube line running through. I personally like the South Kensington area for that reason.

It's hard to recommend a specific hotel without knowing what you want to spend.
YOu can do a search here on London hotel for other suggestions, also check the hotel Rants and Raves area in this website. is a great way to search for hotels, especially with a budget in mind.

I have a file on London; if you'd like to see it, email me.
Jul 3rd, 2002, 01:10 PM
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Thank you so much for your valuable input.
It's also important for us to be close to Victoria station on our last day in London, because we need to get to Gatwick Airport for our return flight home. I'm currently doing research on the Thistle Bloomsbury Park Hotel - do you know it?
Jul 3rd, 2002, 03:08 PM
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Susan, recently stayed at the Rubens-at-the-Palace Hotel which is right across from the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. It was a fabulous location and a great 4* hotel. We could walk to so many of the attractions (St. James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Cabinet War Rooms and, of course, Buckingham Palace), but the hotel is only a couple of blocks from Victoria Station.

Try and look under "small luxury hotels" to see what kind of rate they have. You can also contact the hotel directly via the parent company website to see if they have any specials. The rooms aren't huge but are well appointed and the staff is friendly.
Jul 3rd, 2002, 08:20 PM
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Ssuan, you're welcome to try "my" hotel, the Georgian (House) Hotel, a small B&B near the Baker Street tube stop. It's near all the resources, and a few blocks from Oxford Street. You can find out more at
Jul 3rd, 2002, 09:44 PM
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Thanks for the recommendation of the Georgian House Hotel. Actually, they were on my list and I'm waiting to hear back from them. I'm gradually narrowing my search, thanks to all the helpful suggestions on this forum.
Jul 4th, 2002, 09:02 AM
Ben Haines
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With so little time I should try Waterloo or (better) the Strand. My notes on hotels there read thus.
Travel Inn County Hall. £62.95
Royal Adelphi Hotel. From £45 or 80 inc breakfast
Strand Palace Hotel. £159 to 199
Also at discount £57 any date in August
and £66 Fridays to Sundays all year
Discounts also on
and on
Many rooms are small, but not all, so it is good to ask
the room size before you book.
Charing Cross Thistle Hotel. £190 to 255

Please write if I can help further. welcome to London.

Ben Haines
Jul 4th, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Ben, it may be time to up-date your listing:

1) Travel Inn County Hall are now charging, Mon-Thurs £79.95 / Fri-Sun £74.95.

2) Your 2nd URL for the Royal Adelphi on Villiers Street is, in fact, for the Adelphi Hotel in Kensington.
Jul 9th, 2002, 01:48 PM
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Susan, I would recommend you stay in South Kensington. It is more patrician and peaceful, yet still in the heart of London. It's also known as "Museumland." As for hotel, I would HIGHLY recommend the Gallery Hotel. It's a 5 diamond bed and breakfast, and the service is excellent. Check out the website and you'll see the accomodations. Whether checking with Fodors, Frommers, or, you'll get a very positive review for the Gallery Hotel at
Jul 9th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Mike Miller
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Two places I love to stay: In Kensignton it's the Vicarage at and in Victoria it is the James & Cartref House at: Both are family run concerns and in a quiet area of town.
Jul 9th, 2002, 03:12 PM
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If you need to be near Victoria, the most convenient area is Ebury Street in Belgravia. There are lots of moderate places along this street just a few blocks away, which means you are close to everything since you can catch any kind of transport from there. Try the Alison House 011-44-207-730-9529, I've stayed there several times over the years, run by a charming young Welshman.

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