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Which London neighborhood is most like New York's Upper West Side?

Which London neighborhood is most like New York's Upper West Side?

Dec 11th, 2001, 11:59 AM
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It's funny what people read into these messages. I live on the UWS and understood Elaine's message perfectly. There was no malevolent intent; I think it's an apt description. We all know that you can get a place for millions on the UWS or for $1000 a month. Actually, you can say that for nearly every NYC neighborhood. Let's stick to the subject; I've enjoyed this thread and the thoughtful answers it has surely provided many people.
Dec 11th, 2001, 01:07 PM
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My definitions, at least the way they were intended:
Middle class=neither necessarily very rich nor very poor. Y'know, in the middle.
Parents with strollers=people with young children. Implying (I hope) families, neighborhood, community.
and a residential neighborhood with ambiance and services that welcome them. I don't think of strollers or "middle class" as pejoratives but as compliments to a neighborhood.
All together: UWS like any neighborhood can be characterised in many ways, but I don't think it would be wrong to say that it has families, strollers or a middle-class. Yes, like many neighborhoods it also has poor people, rich people, and people without strollers.
Even Times Square or Piccadilly Circus house families, but wouldn't you agree that they don't have that same overall
residential character as neighborhoods? If you don't agree, then let's just say we simply have different perceptions or different ways of expressing our perceptions. And yes I do live in NYC.
Dec 12th, 2001, 04:59 AM
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I see that your question isn't "Where should I stay?" but instead, "What neighborhood of London is similar to my UWS haunt?" So forget Notting Hill or Putney--they're great places but not the answer. If you're looking for an London version of Upper West Side, then the tips about Kensington and Gloucester tube station are exactly right. I'm visualizing Manhattan's Museum of Natural History and am then mentally sequing straight to London's version in the neighborhood. I think you'll feel at home immediately.
Dec 12th, 2001, 08:32 AM
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jpg...if you haven't chosen a place to stay yet try www.SmoothHound.co.uk/
They have a very long list of hotels that are divided into neighborhoods and you'll get pictures of the hotel and a description of the area and they also offer low rates. One of my favorite London neighborhoods is Kentishtown and you have to take the Northern line to get there. I found it because of a restaurant called Le Petit Prince (after the children's book) that a friend wanted to go to. The owners are a very nice couple from France and the man loves the storybook and named and designed his restaurant after the book. The food is delicious especially the non-veg broth with veggies served with couscous and it's all you can eat and the desserts are fabulous. They don't take credits cards. The neighborhood is a regular middle class area with a diverse population. I didn't stay there just went there on my visits to London so I don't know its safety record, but it was fun to explore the Woolworth's, Pound Stretchers stores and many others and there were pubs and even a McDonald's. I'm sure this isn't a typical tourist area though but when I travel I like to go off the beaten path.
Dec 12th, 2001, 01:55 PM
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I have been to London many times on my own and I always stay at the Marlborough Hotel - its a 15 minute walk to amazing shopping and the tube will take you anywhere. I felt totally safe stumbling home alone - (I'm female) after enjoying a little too much wine. Get the London Guide from A to Z - and be choosy about hotels my first time I stayed at the Royal National and felt like I was in a prison. The Marlborough is amazingly nice.
Dec 12th, 2001, 06:51 PM
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I like Earls Court (this is basically South Kensington)-see www.london.co.uk for discount hotels --the Burns was 75.00 pounds and really nice.
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