I am taking my niece (age 15) to London/UK this summer. We will fly in to Gatwick in the evening, then train to london, 2 nights there and then afternoon train from Paddington to Wales. On return, we will return to London on saturday morning and fly out from Heathrow on sunday afternoon. The last night I thought it would be convenient to stay in a hotel close to Paddington to get most out of the short time available. However, on the first stay we could also stay in another area. Any recommendations? Are all hotel areas safe or any places in central london you would not recommend for women?
I am sure she wants to do some shopping but other ideas for what to do are very welcome (she has never been to London before - and me not in 15 years??)