What is considered a central place to stay in Lnodon?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 12, 2013 11:05 PM Last Post By: Nice_But__
Apr 6, 2013 11:21 AM
What is considered a central place to stay in Lnodon?Hi,
we r looking for a (budget) place ( a double room) to stay in London. we would also consider staying with someone who rents a room at his/ her house- but i don't know what areas/ neighborhoods iwe should be looking for in order to stay close to the center. this is very important for us as we'll be having only three full days in the city, and would like to take the best advantage of them possible.
what i already know we would like to do is visit some major art museums (like the British museum and the Tates), make some walking tours around the city and explore markets, bookshops, interesting stores- etc. so we would like to be close to all of that.
Can anyone give us any hints as to where we should be looking?
Apr 6, 2013 1:22 PM
Just back from London, and I would say that anywhere around the Victoria or Pimlico stations are both central and cheap.
We stayed in a hotel called the Vegas Hotel on Warwick Way. By all accounts it has very mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, but I can tell you that our experience was positive. Room was warm, water was hot and sheets were clean. It was 270 pounds for a double room for 5 days too.
Basic accomodation but it does the job.
The Underground is the best mode of transport. But you will have to buy a 7 day unlimited travel card for this - cost is 30pounds plus 5pounds for the card (As far as I know, 7 days is the minimum, we were looking for a 5 day one, but there was no 5 day. There may be a 3 day one though.) The unlimited card will only serve you for 2 zones - zones 1 and 2 are best to pick as they cover all sites of interest you have mentioned above.
Apr 6, 2013 10:30 PM
Apr 6, 2013 11:00 PM
3You say "... major art museums... like the British Museum..."
It may be a typo, or it may not. The British Museum isn't an art museum. It is primarily a collection of historical artifacts. Well worth seeing, but it wouldn't be classified as a major art museum. Do you mean the National Gallery?
You do not need to by a 7-day travel card to use the Underground. Obviously if you go on the Underground (tube) only once you don't need a 7-day card! There are one-day and seven-day cards (nothing in between), but a travelcard may not be the best for your needs anyway. Look here for help on tickets.
Apr 6, 2013 11:03 PM
Apr 7, 2013 12:12 AM
5thank you repliers 3 and 4!
yes, i know the british museum is nit considered an art one- i just tried to make my writing shorter, plus i do consider many of the exhibits there to be artisitc. i would also love to see the national gallery. unfortunately we'll have to choose s we'll only have three days in the city, that we would not like to limit to museums only.
Am i right in figuring that zone 1 is closer to the main points of interest? and what neibbourhoods are included in it?
thank you once more!
Apr 7, 2013 5:02 AM
Apr 8, 2013 4:07 AM
7Great hotel location--you are an easy walk from Shepherd Market, a wonderful little tucked-away area with fun shops, a some restaurants, a pub, etc. location of hotel is easy walk to Piccadilly Circus (just head down Piccadilly) Trafalgar Sq, the large area parks, Pall Mall, etc.
We stayed in Mayfair at the Intercontinental Hotel, usually available on Hotwire (the 5* in Mayfair) for $150 or less.
Apr 9, 2013 1:14 AM
8There are a few main areas where there are lots of guest houses and mid priced hotels - Bloomsbury, Paddington, Pimlico and Bayswater. They are not bang smack in the middle of London but there are always loads of buses and tubes so if you have an Oyster card you can get around easily.
There are several hostels in central London. They are about as cheap as it gets.
Apr 12, 2013 11:05 PM
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