Housing in London 7/4-7/13

Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:49 AM
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So, the trade off is a bit of a longer commute but easy access vs a shorter commute but only on bus lines?

I think we would rather a rail/tube line than a bus. We're not big "bus people."

Are the commutes too far to be reasonable?
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:58 AM
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Pretty much hahaha! Keep in mind that rail stations = trains = not as frequent as tubes. Tubes generally come along every 2-5 mins...some trains (like Kingston) go into Waterloo but not nearly as frequently - I think they are every 15 mins or so during the day during the week, but less frequently than that on the weekend. And if its a minor station (like Hampton Wick which is one after Kingston) they may not all stop at that station so they are less frequent.

The buses in London are actually pretty great, and a good way to get around. They should run at the most every 12 mins, are pretty darn reliable. Just waiting for one when you want to be home could be annoying and not as conventient...but then waiting 14 mins cause you missed the train and then spending 30 mins on the train (Waterloo to Kingston is 30 mins btw) assuming there are no delays plus walking to the flat might be annoying to some as well. I would rather be close in.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:59 AM
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Oh meant to add again (I really should read before posting) you wouldnt need to take the bus the whole way - just from Angel tube stop to your flat - looks to be quite a short bus ride so its not like you would be taking a 30 min bus ride.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 06:11 AM
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I understand now. Thank you for all of the help.

I am inquiring today at a few rental agencies (london-hideaways, ivylettings) to see if there are any other more reasonably prices options closer to tube stations.

I'll post for more advice if they have any options.

I have already wrapped up the Rome housing for the second leg of the trip and would like to finalize London and airfare today.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 06:26 AM
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Throwing this one out there - with the caveat that I dont generally recommend staying in this area because its a bit far from the sites (it says westminster is in the area, but if you look at the map thats an exaggeration!) But its £840 for the week and much closer than what you have been looking at and close to a few tubes.

Also, I have never dealt with the agency, so cant really judge based on that but it looks like and the area is good.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 06:26 AM
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Ok helps to leave the link ha
http://www.londonsholidayapartments....ater-49965.htm
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:11 AM
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"to see if there are any other more reasonably prices options closer to tube stations."

Please understand that I'm not being snarky here, but trying to help. What you are looking for really isn't 'reasonably priced' in London. You are sort of looking for dirt cheap. The trade off for cheap is you end up either waaaaaay out of the center and having hours of extra transport time/hassle every day - or - in a not so nice area in the center.

Even the LSE accommodations (which may be your best option) will challenge your budget. Check the links jamikins gave you --but I'd be looking at raising my budget just a bit.

Or another option . . . can you spend less time in London? If you stay say 6 or 7 days in London (expensive) and the rest out in the countryside somewhere to see a different part of England (generally much less expensive) your per night average cost will better fit in your budget.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:25 PM
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I ended up going with a flat that is a 19 minute train ride from Victoria Station. It fit the budget fairly well and is convenient enough for us without sacrificing.

The kicker was the wife's comment that she would prefer Village life a bit more than city life and seeing how people live in the suburbs. We're close to a grocery and lots of small village restaurants. It works out.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:26 PM
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You booked a place?? 19 minutes out of Victoria could be in a nice area -- or not. Where is it - the post code if you know it.

Just about no place 19 minutes from Victoria will be a 'village' in the way you are probably envisioning it.
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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:08 AM
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BR3 1TZ. Right next door to Kent House Station.
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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:21 AM
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did a quick google street view on this and looks like a good. Beckenham is a nice enough little area, i think its a good option if the flat looks nice enough, and if you are right next to the rail that is ideal
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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:29 AM
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It looks really nice and the owner is uber organized which I appreciate. He forwarded a "flat guide" which is over 45 pages long with details on every step of the way (ie: easiest travel from Heathrow, walking to grocery, local banks, local restaurants... etc). Seems perfect for my needs.
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Feb 4th, 2012, 05:41 AM
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as you are in south east london i would definitely recommend a day in Blackheath/Greenwich. You could go to Blackheath village, get some lunch and then walk across the actual heath and down hill though the park to Greenwich village which has a nice cute market (definitely sat and sunday, not sure about through the week). The walk through the park takes you by the meridian line where you can stand either side of the world at the same time.

It will hopefully be sunny and there will be loads of people out on the big open heath flying kites or having picnics (you can stock up in Blackheath) or having a glass of vino from one of the pubs overlooking the heath.
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Feb 4th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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totally agree with visiting blackheath and Greenwich! Blackheath has a lovely farmers Market at the rail station every Sunday!
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