We are planning a summer trip to the UK with London being our first stop. We plan to spend 5 nights in London. It will be husband, kids ages 14 and 12 and I. We spent a week in London 2 years ago and stayed at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. We LOVED the hotel and the view but thought the area lacked a bit especially in terms of shops and nice restaurants. We wanted to try a different area this time. Preference is for a lively, nice-looking area, close to the tube but where we can also walk around and to shops, pubs, restaurants, etc. Right now, we are considering the following hotels: Marriott Park Lane , DoubleTree West End and The Landmark. The websites of the hotels indicate they are located respectively in Mayfair, Bloomsbury and Marylebone, but you never know if they are really in the best area of these neighborhoods. This is why I am including the names of the hotels in this email. I am aware that there are differences in price among the hotels, but I would like to focus on area rather than price right now. Where would you stay to have the experience I described above? Many thanks!