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What area of London do you like to stay in best?

What area of London do you like to stay in best?

Oct 18th, 2010, 11:09 AM
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ekscrunchy: I think I'd enjoy staying in the Barbican. Not many folk's cup of tea maybe. But w/ St Paul's and the Museum of London and the various tube/train stations nearby, and the arts venues etc it would be interesting.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 03:15 PM
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Janisj what service do you recommend for finding apartment rentals in London? I am looking at Home Away Holiday Rentals but find little in the areas you recommend.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 04:07 PM
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My daughter and I love the South Kensington/Chelsea area. The Millinium Bailey's Hotel is just across and on the same side of the street as the Gloucester Road tube stop, which has three lines and restaurants and a grocery in the shopping area above it. From there you can easily walk to the V&A and the History & Science Museum for children. There is a Paul's Patisserie across the street as well as other restaurants and an Indian restaurant on Cromwell Road we enjoyed. You can even walk to Harrod's if you are so inclined.

Once you get the hang of the tube system, London is easy to get around in, as well as being a very walkable city.

Check out the London Walks site (www.londonwalks.com). They are great. Enjoy your trip.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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My favs are S. Kensington/Knightsbridge and Mayfair, with Covent Garden and Bloomsbury in second place. I prefer having easy access to the Piccadilly line since I usually take the tube at least one direction to/from Heathrow and I don't like switching lines with a suitcase. And I find that I use the Piccadilly line most often in getting around the city.

Mayfair's very central but depending on the exact hotel location there might not be a lot of family friendly restaurants and pubs on the doorstep. For that reason I usually recommend S. Ken to first or second time visitors.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Does anyone have an opinion of Trinity Square? We're looking at a flat there and trying to decide if that's a good spot.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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South Kensington, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill, though I'm no afficionado. Been to London maybe 10 times but it's not high on my favorite places list (though it is on SO's). Just absoluted HATED Earl's Court area, though it was quite a few years ago.

I can find many reasons to love London, but I can also find many reasons to travel elsewhere these days.London doesn't even come close any more to satisfying my need for "foreign." It's basically just like where I live, so why pay thousands of dollars to get to it (realize most of you don't live where I live).
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Oct 18th, 2010, 06:49 PM
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ksbeem: Trinity Sq is across from the Tower of London. It is a bit far east for some folks liking. But it is next to Tower Hill tube station (Circle/District lines), on the #15 bus route which passes through many of the major tourist areas, is across from a pier for river trips.. So even though it isn't in the middle of things,it is fairly convenient.

mikej48: The agency I used for maybe 15 years and that concentrated in Pimlico/Victoria/Belgarvia, closed up shop 3 or 4 years ago. Now I mostly use vrbo, homelidays, and a few other sites/individual owners.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:02 PM
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tuscanlifeedit, when you stayed near the Tower Hill tube station, were you staying in an apartment or a hotel?
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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:04 PM
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StCirq, appreciate your candor. We're going to London because we want to see much of what's there AND my husband is presenting at a conference in early July. He's got thousands of FF miles, so we're flying free. It's too good of a deal to pass up.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:14 PM
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ksbeem: If you are considering Trinity Sq, maybe look in St Katharines marina too.here is a site w/ 4 flats in the Marina development. It is just a few hundred yards down the road beyond the Tower.

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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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Thanks, janisj. You are so helpful! I have been looking at VRBO, ownersdirect, holidaylettings. But many of these list pretty expensive flats.
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Oct 18th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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We stay in S. Kensington area, about 5 minute walk to Gloucester Road underground-has 3 lines-circle, district, and piccadilly. Easy to get to most sights with relative ease. Can walk to Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum. Have a great trip!!
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Oct 18th, 2010, 09:15 PM
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Another Bloomsbury fan
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Oct 18th, 2010, 09:51 PM
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We'd second chris45ny. We've stayed in a flat Mayfair once and different flats in Knightsbridge twice. Knightsbridge is adjacent to and just east of South Kensington. As a visotor but non-Londoner, I'm not sure if I could identify any real border between South Kensington and Knightsbridge, especially if one were near the west edge of Knightbridge, say around Harrod's. In any event the museums are marvelous and the dining opportunities at all budget levels are are good and many.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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Think I've booked an apartment near Hillgate Village. It can accommodate our party of 7. It's just off Kensington Church Street.

Thanks, everyone, for all your advice. We're getting very excited. Although my in-laws are widely traveled, they generally go with a group and do a lot of "canned" things (IMO.) My husband and I are looking forward to showing them how we like to travel.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 08:46 AM
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I also stayed at the Millenium Bailey this year. My room was nice and I loved the fact that there were restaurants, a Boots and grocery stores nearby. I found an internet cafe that served breakfast of an espresso, croissant and orange juice for 3 pounds. I've stayed in Chelsea and Bayswater on previous trips but I liked this location best.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 09:03 AM
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Bloomsbury. But if I could afford to stay in Mayfair, that would be pretty great. Earl's Court was really divey years back, but I thought it had straightened itself out. Stayed near Holland Park once, that was pretty nice.
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