Which area to stay in London?

Old May 30th, 2002, 09:58 PM
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Which area to stay in London?

OK, done with rome and moving onto London planning -- which area of London is best to stay. We're only going to be there for a day and a half, so I want to see the biggie s-- big ben, westminster abbey, etc. But I can't figure out from looking at map which area to stay?
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 04:01 AM
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Pam - I'm a Londoner and there are two areas that you may enjoy

Bloomsbury - easy walking distance of the British Museum and 20 minutes walk to the West End (Covent Garden/Oxford Street etc) A good neighbourhood feel to the area - plenty of eating places and georgian squares
Nearest tube stop - Russell Square

South Kensington - upmarket neighbourhood with a cosmopolitan feel. Easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and one tube stop from Harrods

Both are very safe areas and offer a variety of accommodation options

Hope this may help
Andrew
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 04:47 AM
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Oh dear, I too am a Londoner and find neither Bloomsbury nor South Kensington as central as the Strand. The British Museum is at Bloomsbury and three fine museums are at South Kensington, but the Strand is ten minutes walk from theatres, the South Bank Arts area, Convent Garden, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Westminster and Convent Garden, ten minutes by bus from the British Museum, and 15 minutes by underground from South Kensington and the Tower. The hotels I know of are these

http://www.royaladelphi.co.uk/index.htm
http://www.demon.co.uk/hotel-uk/adelphi.html#
Royal Adelphi Hotel. From £45 or 80 inc breakfast

http://london.hotelguide.net/data/h100241.htm
Strand Palace Hotel. £159 to 199
Also at discount £57 any date in August
and £66 Fridays to Sundays all year
on http://www.hotelsengland.com./
Discounts also on http://www.travelnow.com/hotels/
and on http://www.180096HOTEL.com
Many rooms are small, but not all, so it is good to ask
the room size before you book.

http://london.hotelguide.net/data/h100316.htm
Charing Cross Thistle Hotel. £190 to 255

Pleasse write if I can help further. Welcome to London.

Ben Haines

 
Old May 31st, 2002, 05:14 AM
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You might really enjoy staying in the Brixton area famous for the vibrant ethnic scene and great music.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 05:32 AM
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Oh dear, I too am a Londoner and find neither Bloomsbury nor South Kensington as central as the Strand. The British Museum is at Bloomsbury and three fine museums are at South Kensington, but the Strand is ten minutes walk from theatres, the South Bank Arts area, Convent Garden, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Westminster and Convent Garden, ten minutes by bus from the British Museum, and 15 minutes by underground from South Kensington and the Tower. The hotels I know of are these

http://www.royaladelphi.co.uk/index.htm
http://www.demon.co.uk/hotel-uk/adelphi.html#
Royal Adelphi Hotel. From £45 or 80 inc breakfast

http://london.hotelguide.net/data/h100241.htm
Strand Palace Hotel. £159 to 199
Also at discount £57 any date in August
and £66 Fridays to Sundays all year
on http://www.hotelsengland.com./
Discounts also on http://www.travelnow.com/hotels/
and on http://www.180096HOTEL.com
Many rooms are small, but not all, so it is good to ask
the room size before you book.

http://london.hotelguide.net/data/h100316.htm
Charing Cross Thistle Hotel. £190 to 255

Pleasse write if I can help further. Welcome to London.

Ben Haines

 
Old May 31st, 2002, 05:41 AM
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I am afraid that the web software says that Jabul ([email protected]) is not a known address. And of course Brixton, a place I like a lot, is well away from the sights of central London, and is not strong in hotels.

Ben Haines
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 05:46 AM
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I am afraid that the web software says that Jabul ([email protected]) is not a known address. And of course Brixton, a place I like a lot, is well away from the sights of central London. Brixtonhas just one hotel in the yellow pasges, the Ebenezer.

Ben Haines
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 06:56 AM
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Ben - I don't disagree that the Strand is far more central but it is rather noisy don't you think? Also both Russell Square and South Kensington benefit from being on the Piccadilly line - the best link to the main attractions and also a direct link to Heathrow.

Pam - Brixton is not the obvious choice for a first time tourist to London
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 07:54 AM
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Pam - First of all to clear up Jabul's post - it is an attempt (a lame attempt) to send up Ben since he often lauds the attarctions of Brixton. Brixton is not somewhere you should consider for this trip.

As for where to stay - just about anywhere in central London will be fine since everywhere is convenient to the tube. I agree with Andrew that being on or near the Picadilly line is probably the most convenient for short-time visitors. That would mean areas like S. Kensington, Knightsbridge, Green Park/Mayfair, Covent Garden and Bloomsbury.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 08:04 AM
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I've had 4 10-day trips to London in the past 4 years. Needless to say, I love it! And I've chosen to stay in Bloomsbury each time. There are some nice budget-type hotels there, as well as more up-scale, like the lovely, small Blooms Hotel, which backs up to the British Museum. The Piccadilly line direct to Heathrow is a plus, as well as being very central to so many things, and less crowded and touristy than the Strand area. I always go to the theatre several times on my visits, and can usually easily walk from my Bloomsbury hotel.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 08:10 AM
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I am afraid that the web software says that Jabul ([email protected]) is not a known address. And of course Brixton, a place I like a lot, is well away from the sights of central London. Brixtonhas just one hotel in the yellow pasges, the Ebenezer.

Ben Haines
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 08:12 AM
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I agree with Ben. The Strand is great and where we always stay in London. Noisy, busy yes, but we like that vibrance and activity. We like Covent Garden and the convenience of several tube stations, lots of buses and easy walking distance to many places. Also enjoyed walking along the Thames to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament--and on to Westminster Abbey, etc.

When we visited the British Museum we felt Bloomsbury was nice enough, but pretty dull.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful visit no matter which of the above suggestions you decide on. London is a wonderful city.

j
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 08:15 AM
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We recently stayed at the Travel Inn at County Hall, on the South Bank. Decent location, near Parliament, the Abbey, etc., but a decent hike to a tube/Waterloo. Previously stayed on Ebury near Victoria, and the location, again, was ok.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 08:41 AM
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Just returned from London last week. We stayed at the Rubens Hotel across from the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. Very central location. We walked just about everywhere but Victoria Station was just a couple of blocks away. Within a few minutes, we could walk to St. James Park, Green Park, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Hyde Park, etc.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 09:00 AM
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I respect Mr. Haines enormously, but it is possible that as a native, or just as a person with a different opinion, he has his opinion and others have theirs. I do understand his point about the Strand, but as a visitor I find that I like South Ken. and the Knightsbridge areas, as well as Bloomsbury. They feel "neighborhood-y" to me.

But pam, with any of the above serious suggestions you really can't go wrong, each area has its fans and none is really inconvenient.
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 09:08 AM
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Wow, what great helpful information! Ben, thanks so much for the hotel links, the aldephi looks very nice and within our price range. I am tempted to stay in other areas (near hyde park was recommended by friends) but with our short visit, the Strand may be better -- what area do I search for when looking for hotels in that area, the city of London? Is the Waverly House hotel in this area? I found them on activehotels.com for 70 pounds, and the hotel looks lovely, but I am not quite sure which area it is in.

Thanks again!
 
Old May 31st, 2002, 09:42 AM
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I vote for Ben - If you have the money and want location and easy walking distance to sites - The Strand is pretty good.

Easy Walking Distance:
* Trafalgar Square (National Gallery, St Martin's in the Fields, Pall Mall)
* Antique Book/Map/Prints hunt along Charing Cross Road
* Covent Garden incredibly near
* River Thames walk south of you
* Piccidilly & theatre distance ~20 minute walk

The strand is not bad! South Kensington is grander and quieter plus near the museums and knightsbridge but you don't have the theatre district and covent garden on your door step.
 
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