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What district in London is the best area to stay in regards to location, cafes, and allover access to the city?

What district in London is the best area to stay in regards to location, cafes, and allover access to the city?

Old Sep 15th, 2000, 11:30 AM
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As much as I love the Tube in London for its convenience, safety, price, etc., I've really moved away from it and opted for the bus. Bus maps are available at most Tube stations and the daily/weekend passes are valid on buses as well as the Tube. Traveling above the ground, especially the double-deckers, has allowed me a more scenic (although slower) and enjoyable ride thru one of the most fascinating city in the world. And there're lots of buses running thru Bloomsbury!
Old Sep 15th, 2000, 07:12 PM
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Thaks Rena, I'll try the bus this time. I personally don't like the tube. Did anyone else see the show "Pickpockets" on TLC? They showed pickpockets on the tube, and made me even learier to use the tube on a regular basis. Last trip to London, if it was walkable, I walked. Even walked back from the Tower of London to Bloomsbury! It took 3 hours, would have been shorter but I got lost for about 15 of those minutes...

I'm a walker, and even I thought that that 3 hr walk was a bit much, but I did see alot of London along the way!!
Old Sep 16th, 2000, 11:41 AM
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Hi Rose,
In my travels over the years, I have enjoyed staying in a different neighborhood, every time I visit the same city...that way I get to know the city and its neighborhoods better.
I have to say, in all the times I have visited London, I enjoyed the Bloomsbury area the least...but I know enough never to go back to that area (to stay), I will definately visit it.
The areas that I would return to are Mayfair, South Kensington, Chelsea, and St. James, by Green Park.
I think that it is not just convenience that is important, but the ambiance of the neighborhood. While in Mayfair, I never took the tube,(as much as I love it),because we were able to walk everywhere. That was a real plus for us.
It is fun to try different areas, and more adventuresome....Mary
Old Sep 16th, 2000, 09:56 PM
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Recently went to london on vacation. I found in researching for a nice hotel at a modest price Bloomsbury seemed to have the most, but there are hotels in the Kings Cross area that list themselves as Bloomsbury. Many on this site have stated that is not so nice around the tube. Through further research I found a hotel in South Kensington which was great, right across from the tube. It was a quite neighborhood which was nice and relaxing after being in the busy tourist mode all day. Plus based off of where we were we had acces to the circle/picadilly/district lines which made it easy to get to everywhere.
Old Sep 24th, 2000, 07:03 PM
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South Kensington gets my vote, too. There are some good eateries around there for breakfast, nice market, several good restaurants, and the Tube stop. Believe it or not there is a lovely Holiday Inn there. Our room was quite nice and large, great bathroom, great service, good food, and it was very clean. There were no surprises at that hotel vs. The Beaufort, an English hotel. Bad, bad, bad, and quite exorbitantly priced.
Old Sep 24th, 2000, 09:13 PM
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As a theatre buff and also as a cheaper option, I vote for Bloomsbury. Wonderful area - not to mention, if it's good enough for the Royal Academy of Dramtic Arts...

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