Post # 1
My new passport finally came (name change!) so now we want to book a trip to London for the spring. WHERE DO WE STAY? What are the best areas of London to stay in close to metros, sights, etc.? Any recommendations?
Post # 3
I’ve been to London 3 times now – it’s one of my favourite cities! You will find London looks like a huge city, but really, a lot of major sights are very close together. I wouldn’t worry too much about being close to the sights, since the Tube (metro) will get you anywhere very quick. I would suggest looking for hotels near a Tube station on either the Central Line, District Line, or Circle Lne, since they are the major lines.
In my experience, staying in London can get expensive, so look around for a deal. The last time I went, I stayed in a Hotel Indigo near Tower Hill. It was a nice hotel – small, but very clean. It’s a bit away from downtown, but not too far. The downside to that is it’s more of a business district, so a lot of places closed earlier and there wasn’t much going on in that area.
Other areas that I’ve heard are nice are Paddington, Knightsbridge, and Kensington. You will find East London is cheaper to stay, but in my opinion (although it may have changed some after the Olympics), it’s kind of sketchy. I have stayed out at Queen Mary University in East London. In the daytime I felt very safe, but at night I was uneasy. I’ve also heard the area around King’s Cross station is kind of sketchy, but I can’t confirm that…
If I recall correctly, a lot of the bigger attractions and open-top bus tours allow you to book tickets online in advance at a slightly discounted rate. You don’t necessarily need to specify a date for when you will use the tickets, so you still maintain some flexibility. If you are looking for recommendations of things to do, let me know. I have plenty! (I wasn’t kidding when I said it’s one of my fav cities)
Post # 4
@Mulan05: Thank you so much for all of your advice! I’ve been to London also once and absolutely loved it, so now I want to take my hubs! When I went, I was with other students on an organized trip and we ended up staying at people/volunteer’s homes- and I have absolutely no clue what area that was in. I’m definitely going to look into all of your suggestions– except the sketchy ones.