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favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

We will be in London Xmas through New Years with our 16 year old son. We are interested in staying in a moderately-priced neighborhood near sights, that a 16year old would find interesting to explore on his own, during the time we are back at the lodgings.

Any ideas? (both neighborhoods and moderately priced apartment sources. )

We have been offered an apartment in Hammersmith but are afraid it is too far from sightseeing. Any opinions on that? Thanks.

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1. Re: favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Hammersmith may be a tad far out although it is a living breathing part of London with a large Polish population rather than a tourist neighborhood. There should be (depending on exactly where the apartment is) a reasonable choice of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Hammersmith to Piccadilly Circus (the heart of the west end) or Westminster would take about 20-25 minutes on the tube so it's a valid option especially if you were happy to stay out all day. It's also an easy journey from Heathrow (should you be flying into that airport) on the tube.

Bloomsbury and Kensington would be the obvious other suggestions in that they offer a mix of residential and tourist accommodation with shops and eating places and plenty of attractions. The former has the British Museum and a slightly rakish air and is walkable to the west end whilst Kensington has three great museums and Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens on your doorstep. Do though bear in mind that it gets dark in London around 3.30-4.00 at that time of year so not that much time for exploring in daylight. An idea of your budget would help us to suggest a few places.


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2. Re: favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

Moderatley priced and near sights are more or less mutually exclusive.

That said, I wouldn't be averse to staying in Hammersmith, though you should check exactly where as it's quite a large area and not all close to tube.

I would also look into Maida Vale/Little Venice area which is more central and also very nice and neigbourhoody.

Then, as Adam said, there's Bloomsbury and Kensington both nice--Kensington posher, Blooms more eclectic--I traipsed around the area of Goodge street recently and there are lots of nice looking shops and restaurants round there and it's very central.

If you come up with some possibilities and come back to the forum folks will be able to give you a good idea of what the areas are like and how accessible to the sights.

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3. Re: favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

Oops, I didn't mean to make it sound like Goodge st was in Bloomsbury as it's not, just another area to consider.

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How wonderful - spending Christmas in London. I love London at Christmas.

I suggest several areas.

Firstly - Islington or Clerkenwell. You can walk to all the

sights including St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, British Museum, The National Gallery, Picadilly Circus, and all the Theatres etc quite easily in about 30-40 minutes or take a bus which will take about 15 minutes to reach the West End. A cab home at night will cost between 8.00 and 13.00GBP.

You will find apartments to rent quite easily. The other benefit is that this is a very interesting part of London with Georgian and historical architecture.

If your budget allows the best areas are Soho, Marylebone or Covent Garden. These are very central areas which have a high level of permanent residents as well as a good choice of holiday rentals.

From here you will be free to walk everywhere which is a good idea as public transport does not operate on Christmas Day.

All of these areas are safe and you will be able to relax whilst your son enjoys the great street life;.

Please let me know if you'd like more help.

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5. Re: favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

If you stay in Bloomsbury, it is near Tottenham Court Road where all the electronics gadgets shops are and it's a short walk from the huge Virgin Megastore at Oxford Circus selling CDs, DVDs, computer games, etc.. These should appeal to a 16 year old.

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6. Re: favorite neighborhood, moderate prices

Dear Aslavin:

Another moderately priced area is Earl's Court. It isn't too far from the major sights, and its Tube station is on the Picadilly Line, so you can get there easily from London Heathrow. The tube stop is 2 away from the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a short walk away from Hyde Park. In 3 stops you're at Harrod's. In 5 stops you're at Green Park and in 6 Picadilly Circus. Public transportation in London is excellent, so you are always within easy reach of most places by Tube (London Underground.)


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