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What London neighborhood to stay in?

Husband and I making first trip to London ( en route to conference in Manchester) in late June. We will be there for 4 days and 4 nights. We like to explore the soul and history of a city while enjoying only the "must see" tourist attractions (obviously Buckingham Palace). We always like to see modern art and arts venues. And we want to see at least one castle while in the country (neither of us have ever seen a real castle). Seeking recommendations on what neighborhood to stay in and any specific soulful sights, hangouts, historic and/or arts districts. We don't mind lots of walking.

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1. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

You will do plenty of walking in London even if you take public transportation, which I think is essential. Get a hotel in zone 1-2, and make sure it is near an underground stop. Let us know your budget, in pounds.

Sadly, Buckingham is not open in June. The Tower of London is a "must see" and also a castle, despite the name. Outside of London, but still an easy journey are Windsor Castle, and Hampton Court Palace (not a Castle, but still a fascinating venue of royal life, especially Tudor).

Tower of London:

http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

Visiting Windsor Castle:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186419-c157824/Winds…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186419-c157699/Winds…

Think about getting Travelcards for zone 1 and 2 from a *national rail* station; these will entitle you and your husband to 2-4-1 deals; pay one entry for two people. At the Tower of London, this means a savings of £21.45.

If you don't have a guidebook yet, I recommend that you get one ASAP. The DK Eyewitness Travel London is very good, and possibly available in digital format.

Edited: 19 May 2013, 18:33
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You should book very soon for travel in late June. Visitor numbers will be increasing each day, Wimbledon will be in full swing; rooms at reduced rates are already limited for that time.

As Laura said, let us know your budget in pounds. As well, let us know if you plan to fly to Manchester or take the train.

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3. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

Stay near Covent Garden. Lots of pubs and restaurants. Between two tube stations.

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4. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

windsor castle is a must see, for a real castle. national gallery as well, if you like art

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5. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

Bayswater is a convenient area to stay.

Quite a few tube stops, like Bayswater, Queensway, Lancaster Gate.

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Tricky one this, as I suspect that you are looking for something slightly different to the usual tourist favourites.

You might like to look at hotels in the Tower Hill area, which is great for exploring the City of London (London's oldest part). A good walk along the South Bank of the river will take you to the Tate Modern, possibly with a stop at Borough Market on the way. Also you can explore the historic East End, the riverside communities of Wapping, Limehouse, Southwark, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe have rich and interesting histories. You could also take a river cruise or the Docklands Light Railway to historic Greenwich. For exploring further afield, the District and Circle Lines will soon get you 'Up West'.

But do get something booked soon, as rooms are filling up and prices are increasing. I suspect that for a short first visit to London it won't actually matter that much where you decide to stay, as I am sure you will enjoy exploring wherever that is.

Edited: 20 May 2013, 13:48
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7. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

The only way is Chelsea :) but failing that try the Marriott Governor square is such great location has 2 Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and is great value especially if you have Marriott rewards

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8. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

Bloomsbury - convenience or Tower Hill/South Bank area, history.

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9. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

Agree with Spongle that Chelsea is wonderful. We have also stayed in Kensington, which is fairly close to Chelsea. Both very nice neighborhoods. Have a great vacation.

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10. Re: What London neighborhood to stay in?

Our budget is about 100 pounds a night. Is that reasonable or crazy?