Places to Stay in London

Oct 28th, 2010, 01:46 AM
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Places to Stay in London

Just starting to research a place to stay for 3 people (including a 4.5 year old) for a 2-week visit to London in early July 2011. I would prefer a flat with a small kitchen and very centrally located. Any suggestions?
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Oct 28th, 2010, 04:33 AM
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There are lots of places, in all price ranges. Citadines on Trafalgar Square, Beaufort House Knightsbridge, Sloane Club near Sloane Square. Acorn have a number of flats in the Bloomsbury/Marylebone area. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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Last time I was at Blackemore hotel near Hyde park. 10 minutes from Oxford street, 3 stars clean and with a good breakfast. Prices were really good.
Take a look at the reviews:
http://www.tripadvisor.it/Hotel_Revi...n_England.html
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Oct 28th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Alex_75: IMO a Bayswater hotel might be OK for 2 nights but for 2 weeks like the OP - it would get very dreary very fast

RainyDay09: There are tons of flats to choose from but we do need to know your budget.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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My budget (right now, without much research put into it) is $1000/week.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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Does anyone have experience with LondonPerfect? They also run ParisPerfect apartment rental.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 08:03 PM
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$1000 = approx £625 which is definitely doable if you don't expect overly posh.

No that this one necessarily fits where you'd want to stay but these 1 bdrms are quite nice, fairly large, and just outside your budget in July. http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hamlet_uk/

Also check out vrbo.com and homelidays.com which are site which vacation rentals by individual owners.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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Didn't see your last post - London Perfect is fine. But they do tend to specialize in high end/expensive flats.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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Yes, they are definitely above my budget. Thanks for the link, janisj! It is what I was looking for from people on Fodors: links.
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Oct 28th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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you're welcome -- but jeeze -- my post was a jumbled mess

This is better: >>Not that this one necessarily fits where you'd want to stay, but these 1 bdrms are quite nice, fairly large, and just outside your budget in July. http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hamlet_uk/

Also check out vrbo.com and homelidays.com which are sites which list vacation rentals by individual owners.<<
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Oct 28th, 2010, 09:08 PM
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@janisj: I totally understood what you meant. Thanks again
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Oct 28th, 2010, 09:15 PM
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I like Homelidays.com. VRBO always seems too confusing, because not all apartments show availability. Thanks for the link, I have not heard about Homelidays before.
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Oct 29th, 2010, 05:48 PM
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would you suggest day trips around London? Or is there enough to see in London proper for two weeks? Should we break our stay into two parts? London and elsewhere? I frankly would like to stay in one place, based on our last hectic trip to Sweden and Denmark.
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Oct 29th, 2010, 06:12 PM
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There is loads to do in London without splitting your trip. You can easily do day trips outside London if you want, train to Canterbury, Cambridge, Brighton, bus to Oxford, etc. Also Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace are good days trips. London is fabulous but it's nice to get outside it for a change of pace. Richmond and Kingston upon Thames are nice places to visit by bus/train for lunch, shopping or a walk along the river.

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Oct 31st, 2010, 12:57 PM
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Is Hammersmith a good area? I have a nice studio picked out for the two weeks in July. The price is right, my only reservation is the location, since I am not familiar with London. Please help!

I am using the website: HouseTrip.com. Any experience with that service? Thanks, erudite Fodorites!
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 08:16 AM
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I wouldn't stay in Hammersmith, and definitely not on a first visit to London with a small child. Too far away, and not very nice. Isn't there anything in Kensington, Bloomsbury, Bayswater that is within your budget? Have you tried Acorn, they have some flats in Bloomsbury.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Hammersmith isn't a good area. You should be able to do better.

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Hi RainyDay,
In June we stayed at LondonPerfect's coach house in Kensington. I'll find the link for you and post again. We loved the flat! And the location.
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Here is the link. It was a little expensive but still beat two hotel rooms for the three of us.
www.londonperfect.com and scroll down to the Kensington Cottage under apartments.

We also ate breakfast in every morning and some lunches so saved a little money there.The full size washer and dryer were great.
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Nov 2nd, 2010, 12:21 PM
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Most any London Perfect property is going to be very nice -- but also pretty darned expensive.

There are much cheaper options in just as good/convenient neighborhoods.
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