A friend recommended staying near the Thames in London city, but I am concerned that we won't be close enough to the action for my son. I love the location for the views of the river and the Tower Bridge, but we are definitely planning to be tourists in London as we have never been there before. Looking forward to the changing of the guard, evensong at Westminster, taking in a London show, a ride in a London taxi, a cruise on the river and so forth. We will be relying on public transport and will be heading to Paris as our next stop via Eurostar.
Any feedback on my friend's suggestion? We are visiting late June/early July and staying mid week, and I am thinking that fact may raise the prices of hotels in London City. My friend seemed to believe that the Covent Gardens area would be more costly, but it has been a while since he traveled home. From searching on line it seems that he may be incorrect. I am open to any neighborhood that is more moderately priced and safe, but am feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Any advice on neighborhood, then accommodations would be appreciated. I am looking for safe, clean and moderately priced (by London standards) lodging. Thank you!