best area to stay in London
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 1, 2012 1:22 PM Last Post By: OneFishTwoFish
Dec 31, 2011 7:20 PM
best area to stay in LondonWill be in London for 5 days beginning of May and wondering what is the best area to stay in (will stay in a hostel) to be able to see all the major tourist spots....Buckhingham Palace, London Bridge, Big Ben etc etc. Also want to check out Stonehenge. We will be using public transport. Any info/tips/suggestions greatly appreciated. Also thinking of maybe taking the high speed train to Paris for 2 days.
Jan 1, 2012 1:33 AM
1"Buckhingham Palace, London Bridge, Big Ben etc etc"
You probably mean Tower Bridge, London Bridge is a "nothing special" 70's structure.
Jan 1, 2012 2:04 AM
2doesn't matter too much as it is easy to get about central London. And you'll only have two days left for your London sightseeing anyway.
Jan 1, 2012 3:47 AM
Jan 1, 2012 8:19 AM
45 days in London, 2 of those days will be arrival & departure days, you want to spend 2 days in Paris and another day visiting Stonehenge. When are you going to have any time to visit ANYTHING in London?
Jan 1, 2012 8:20 AM
5If you're going to Stonehenge, you really need to allow two days, or rather, one night in Salisbury where you can catch a bus to the stones. Salisbury is worth an afternoon too - check out the Haunch of Venison pub right in the town centre, and of course, the tallest Cathedral Spire in the UK (and quite possibly, Europe).
Jan 1, 2012 10:02 AM
6I agree: five days is hardly enough time to see London itself. Aiming to do Stonehenge AND Paris too is far too overambitious.
Personally I wouldn't bother with Stonehenge if you're tight on time - it's two hours each way driving from London, far more if you're taking public transport as you need to get to Salisbury and take a bus from there. Unless you have a very particular interest in pre-Roman history and/or Druidism, it's not worth your while.
With regards to where to stay: this will have to be driven by budget. London transport is generally good and you can get pretty much anywhere in an hour. There is one BIG caveat to this though; in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics the are a lot of engineering works on tubes and trains at weekends. If your visit is over a weekend, I'd strongly suggest you pick somewhere with a tube station serving more than one line, so that if one's down you can still get about.
Jan 1, 2012 12:16 PM
7There is not ONE best area to stay in in London. The city has good public transport and getting to the sights you list is easily done using buses and the tube. I would not consider Paris and Stonehenge as your time in London is short and you won't see much in 5 days.
"Buckhingham Palace, London Bridge, Big Ben etc etc".
London has so much to offer, it's an expensive city for accomodation and transport, spend your five days in London wisely, many attractions are free. The etc, etc you mention can be endless. Do not short change London.
Jan 1, 2012 12:41 PM
Jan 1, 2012 1:22 PM
9It is possible to mop up all the headline main sights in a day or two, if only as far as going past them and grabbing a picture.
eg get off tube at Victoria, take pics of Buckingham Palace, walk through St James Park to Westminster for Big Ben, jump on tube to Tower Hill for Tower Bridge - you could, at a pinch, do that in an afternoon. Actually going into any of these places will take rather longer.
To that end, I'd recommend plotting a good London Walk (plenty of routes and maps online, otherwise try the Time Out books fo the same name). Or, at a pinch, one of those cheesy open-top buses.
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