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Jan 16th, 2013, 11:38 PM
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Where to stay within striking distance of London

We (partner and myself) are planning a month or perhaps a little longer in or close to London. We visit London almost every year but always just for a few days. We're familiar with all the big sights but now we really want the luxury of time to wander round the city and see all those obscure little museums and so forth.

I'd like to rent a small apartment - even a bedsit would do - but am looking at our budget and wondering if there is somewhere close to London but not in it, on a train line, that might be a cheaper solution. We don't mind sitting on a train for forty minutes or so to get in and out of the city. However we would like to stay in a location that is safe and attractive, with some access to restaurants and pubs. We won't have a car. I've seen some apartments in Richmond and Kew but they still look quite pricey.

I'm not looking for apartment recommendations (though would be happy to hear any) but am specifically looking for advice on location so I can start my accommodation search. We haven't set dates yet but this is a pretty timeless question!

Thanks in anticipation
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Jan 17th, 2013, 12:18 AM
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What is your budget? Staying 40 minutes outside of London means the train travel will cost more than the saving you get by staying there.

If your budget is reasonable/doable, staying IN London is best for seeing London.

But another option would be to stay in the city for a couple of weeks and then pick an entirely different area to stay/explore. Out in the countryside or another city.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 12:48 AM
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Hi janisj - I was hoping you'd be the one to reply as I've had great advice from you before about a trip to Scotland.

I've found apartments in London for around $900 a week. There are a couple I've seen around Wembley for around $3000 a month and a few in Greenwich for about $4000 a month. So that's the starting point I guess. I also stayed in an apartment in Marylebone last year for $180 a night. So in London is not impossible.

However I am expecting to pay about $15 a day in train fares and imagined that rentals out of the city might be at least that much cheaper. Do you have any suggestions about pleasant places a little way out that I could investigate?

If this were my first trip to the UK I'd happily spend some time in a different area. But I've travelled extensively around the country and the idea this time is to really focus on the city.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 01:17 AM
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Whereabouts in Wembley is the apartment? It's not a particularly nice area, in parts.

These apartments are in a lovely area, right by Hampton Court Palace and a short walk over the bridge to Hampton Court station. Currently it costs £8.90 for a daily travel card covering the train and tube zones 1-6 from Hampton Court (travel after 9.30am and there are 2 trains an hour to Waterloo). You could buy a weekly travelcard. Some of the apartments are pricey but the studio might be ok?

http://www.cravenhouse.net/
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Jan 17th, 2013, 01:30 AM
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St Albans - 20 minutes to St Pancras and Farrringdon

cathedral, park, affluent (supposedly!), lots of restaurants, good transport links

heck, I sound like a blinking estate agent

http://www.enjoystalbans.com/where-to-stay/index.html
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Jan 17th, 2013, 01:44 AM
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Thank you odin and sofarsogood - even if the apartments don't turn out to be the right ones, I have a couple of areas in which to start looking. I've been to St Albans about five years ago and thought it was a pretty place, but didn't think of it in this context.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 02:16 AM
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You can check out transit prices here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14416.aspx If you are in zone 1-6 a monthly travel pass would work best.

What about areas like Clapham, Wimbledon, Stratford etc...
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Jan 17th, 2013, 03:11 AM
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You can stay outside the city (I live about 30 mins from London by train) and regularly travel in) - however your $15 a day budget for travel is not realistic. These relatively short hops on the overground are expensive - best part of £30 from where I live on a weekday, non-discounted fare.

If you position yourself at the end of one of the tubes lines however, the travel becomes much more affordeable and will be doable within your budget. You just have to be sure you are ok with the travel times - Epping to the west end is about 45 mins - and that's a straightforward journey with no changes...
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Jan 17th, 2013, 03:24 AM
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Looks like a weekly or even a monthly travel pass is the way to go, as well as ensuring I'm on a tube line rather than overland. Travel times really aren't an issue as we'll have a whole month and don't mind getting started a bit earlier.

I'll investigate Clapham, Wimbledon and Stratford as suggested. Thanks!
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Jan 17th, 2013, 04:02 AM
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You don't have to be on a tube line, you need to be on a line where the tfl travel cards from zone 1-6 ate valid. Here is the map which includes the Overground line plus the train lines http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloa...rvices-map.pdf
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Jan 17th, 2013, 04:29 AM
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Fantastic. Thank you.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 08:22 AM
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I'd strike Stratford off your list, to be honest. Still quite ropey... not unsafe, just not somewhere you could hang out in the evening.
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