This is my first post in the London forum. I've been reading a lot of this forum lately and the information I've found has been really great. Everyone seems to be so knowlegable and happy to help.
I'm going to start off by saying this will be my first trip to London (my first trip to Europe as well) and I'm still trying to figure out all the different neighborhoods and transportation options around the city. The ones traveling on this trip would be me (23 years old) and my aunt (in her 50s). We're looking to travel in either April/May or September/October of 2011. I haven't really found one part of town that we really want to stay in and it seems that the stuff we want to see is spread around quite a bit so there wouldn't really be a 'central' area for us. I just want to make sure we stay in a safe part of town that we would be comfortable walking around in at night. I heard Rick Steves mention in a podcast that Brixton isn't the safest at night and wasn't really sure if that was reliable. My aunt is very into museums and I'm sure we're going to try and visit the big ones and I'm interested in seeing things like The Tower of London. I'm trying to find somewhere for us to stay that isn't a 'chain' hotel and my aunt would prefer somewhere like a B&B although I understand with the budget a chain might have to be our option.
We are looking to spend about 100 GBP a night. The length of the stay isn't fully set yet so we might end up considering an apartment (I'm hoping for at least 7 days in London). Does anyone know if Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay is reliable? I've found a couple on there I like. Also has anyone used The Bed And Breakfast Club? These are the places I've found so far that seem to fit our budget and what I think is their closest tube station incase that helps to find a good location. Sorry in advance that there are quite a few!
-Kennington B&B (Kennington Station)
-Holland Park House (Holland Park Station)
-Gate Hotel (Notting Hill Gate Station)
-Arosfa Hotel (Euston/Russel Square Station)
-108 Streathbourne Rd (Balham Station)
-69TheGrove (Vauxhall Station)
-Lime Tree Hotel (Sloane/Victoria Station - a little above the budget)
-Captain Bligh House (Lambeth North Station)
-Barclay House (Fulham Broadway station)
-No 49 @ Kensington (Kensington Station)
-The Ville's B&B (Parsons Green Station)
-Telford Park B&B (Balham Station)
-26 Hillgate Place (Notting Hill Gate Station)
-Temple Lodge Club (Hammersmith station)
-90 Old Church St (not sure about underground - located in Chelsea SW3 6EP)
-At Home Inn Chelsea (Earls Court station)
-31 Rowan Rd (Hammersmith Station)
I'm just trying to find out if anyone has any experience at any of those places or knows anything about them. We don't want to have a long commute into the main part of London, but are also comfortable staying somewhat far out (about 15-20 minutes possibly).
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer! I'm looking forward to some responses.