My wife and I will be spending two nights in London in very early June next year on our way back to Canada. We had planned to stay at an old but nice hotel like the Olympia Hotel (Earl’s Court) or the Ridgemount Hotel (65-67 Gower Street) but a friend has advised us to stay at some kind of huge tourist hotel because most of them provide free shuttle service to Heathrow Airport. He has warned us that taxis in London cost, according to him, “an arm and a leg.” He has told us that if we stay at a hotel without this shuttle service, the taxi trip from our hotel to Heathrow could cost the equivalent of a night’s accommodation at our hotel (depending on the cost of the hotel, of course). Frankly, we don’t know what to do. We wanted to stay at a place with history and character, but not if this history and character cost a fair bit of money. Please note that we are on an extremely tight budget. Any advice in this matter would be greatly appreciated.