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Oct 9th, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Staying in Hammersmith, London

Look to booking a B&B on Black Lion Lane in Hammersmith on an up coming trip to London. Anyone have information about this area. Good/Bad? Any comments?
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Oct 9th, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Not central generally, not close to most major attractions (Tower, Brit Museum, Trafalgar Sq and the various nearby Galleries, Westminster) or to the major national rail stations that connect London with day-trip worthy sites.

So if you don't want to stay in a convenient location and you don't want to stay in Central London, you've made a fine pick
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Oct 9th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Thank you for your quick response BigRuss, I know it's not central and that's the way we like it. More of a neighborhood feel (I hope). Also not so expensive.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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My company has an office there but I've only passed through on the way from the airport. I would never stay there. If you're looking for a neighborhood feel, I don't think this is the place.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 06:05 PM
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Central? Not really but hardly way out....if it's near the Hammersmith Underground station you're right along the Picadilly line (navy blue on the maps) from Heathrow along with the district line (green on the maps), the circle line which now should be called the Banjo line(yellow on the maps) and the Hammersmith and City line (pink on the map) all of which in another couple of stops are in the extreme western part of central London.

While there are more convenient places to stay, if you're getting a good price it's not the worst place in the world to stay as you'll need the tube or one of the many buses to get around anyway. But it's not really within walking distance of much.

Of course, the more central you stay, the higher the price!
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Oct 9th, 2012, 06:12 PM
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"if it's near the Hammersmith Underground station you're right along the Picadilly line"

It isn't near Hammersmith tube station. It is near Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park on the District line.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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I stopped at a pub in Hammersmith and thought the area was charming.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 08:03 PM
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You can get plenty of "neighborhood feel" far closer to the center of London: South Kensington, Pimlico, close to Old Street or Gloucester Road or Regent's Park instead of way out just a stop away from Turnham Green (where I once stayed long ago when we had an exchange there - it's not quite convenient).

Perhaps if you stated prices in actual numbers, you could get suggestions closer to central London for comparable prices. And apartment rentals are often better value than B&B or hotel stays.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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BigRuss,
Can I get that neighborhood feel closer to the center in a bed and breakfast for 78 BP or less? I haven't found such a place, but if you know of one, I would sure consider it. I've also looked at apartments, but we like B&B. We don't want to stay in a hotel that serves breakfast, but in someone's home.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 09:01 PM
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I don't know where this "If you're looking for a neighborhood feel, I don't think this is the place" is coming from.

Black Lion Lane is the kind of neighbourhood most Londoners live in. A bit too close to the Great West Road for my liking, but scruffyish, mixture of a couple of hundred years' building, coupe of boozers, handy for decent shops (along King St.)

Beware superficial generalisations. The area round Hammersmith tube feels much more commercial: closer to Chiswick is "charming". This is neither, and labels like "Hammersmith" tell you nothing. London isn't a city of gated communities: virtually everywhere (even houses costing over £20 mn) is within 100 yards of some low-income housing and characters can change from street to street.

Almost everywhere, the key criterion is how close your place is to a tube station (which station rarely matters). I'd agree with those who say it's probably a bit too far from Stamford Brook tube for most visitors' comfort. But that depends on your tastes and the price
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Oct 10th, 2012, 01:48 AM
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I read the description and it is located nearer to King Street rather than the Great West Road end and the description also states it is a 4 minute walk to Stamford Brook tube station. Even if this is a bit of an exaggeration, it is still within reasonable walking distance, plus there are plenty of buses going everywhere both on Kings Street and the Great West Road. It's easy to get to central London from this area.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 10:32 AM
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Don't know - when are you going, what type of room, and is 78 quid just an arbitrary cut off considering that 80 or 85 or 90 might be worth staying closer to where you'll actually spend your days?

I just ran a google search for guest houses and B&Bs in London and found one in Pimlico (far closer) with en suite doubles (no sharing the pot with the guy down the hall who reads War & Peace whilst evacuating himself) for 80 quid per in November in less than 50 seconds.

Have you checked guest houses? In the UK a B&B has 1-5 rooms for visitors, guest houses have 6-10. Functionally, they are B&Bs under an American definition.

Stated simply, you wanted comments so here it is: you have other options and should explore. A city of 7.7M people and untold visitors has plenty of temporary housing possibilities that will fit your need.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Thanks to all for your responses. BigRuss, The 78 figure is what I can get this place for.
http://www.athomeinlondon.co.uk/our-...details?ref=62
I'm willing to pay a little more so 78 isn't the cut off, just what the place in Hammmersmith costs. I haven't made any reservations and we're not going till next year, so I'll keep looking, although I haven't ruled out Hammersmith.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 03:35 PM
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dgassa, that does look nice but it looks like you would share a bathroom (it says adjacent bathroom).

Last year I stayed at the George Hotel in Cartwright Gardens, and liked the neighborhood very much. The hotel is very basic but clean, meets your budget, has private bath and breakfast.

http://www.georgehotel.com/english/index.html
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Oct 10th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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LouisaH, thanks for the link. Actually it's an adjacent private bathroom, one reason we like it.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Okay, I missed that point, so much for my reading comprehension skills.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 03:53 AM
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dgassa, actually, given your criteria for a neighbourhood feel, that looks pretty nice.

Bear in mind, though, that it's sandwiched between two very wide, traffic-heavy roads, but at least you will have pub and restaurant amenities nearby.
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