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East End Hotel Question

Hi all, my husband and I are planning trip to London in mid-March this year. This will be the first visit for both of us and we want to see as much as we reasonably can. The only day trip we have planned is to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden. We'd like to strike a balance between convenient location and somewhere quiet. We currently have reservations at the Cable Street Inn in Shadwell. Now we're second-guessing ourselves and would like some other opinions. Would you keep the current accommodation or look elsewhere? If you'd keep looking, where would you suggest instead? Thank you for your thoughts!

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If your are referring to the Cable street Inn on Cable Street you are actually more in the Whitechapel Neighborhood than Shadwell.

You’ll be in walking distance of the Wilton Music Hall so check their calendar to see if there is something of interest during your dates. Transport will be via the DSLR from the nearby Shadwell station. You will be able to access the must see sights fairly easily from there. Use the tfl.gov.uk website to plan your routes. I’d say it’s a 30 minute journey to Westminster and Parliament Square. Perfectly acceptable travel time.

If you like venerable pubs the Prospect of Whitby is worth a visit.

This area isn’t hopping at night so enjoy the quiet.

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From the website it looks like a very nice place to stay. From a location standpoint, it looks less than ideal for sightseeing. While the Tower is a 15-minute walk (per the website), none of London's other major sights are that close. That means you'll be using public transportation for most of your sightseeing. Your nearest station (Shadwell) is served only by the Overground and the Docklands Light Railway, so you'll be changing to the Underground (Tube) to reach most likely destinations. See the Transport for London]1 website for lots of info about that. London's transit system overall is excellent, but a more central location might help you get around faster, and/or let you walk to more sights. You might look for someplace in South Kensington or Chelsea for the balance you seek between convenience and quiet. Or maybe the area around Russell Square. Generally, any location within or close to the orbit of the Circle Line would let you get anywhere faster than one near Shadwell.

But don't overthink this -- mid-March is coming up soon, you may have trouble finding another place as comfortable-looking as Cable Street, and London transportation is easy to use (buses are also fun though can be slow). You haven't made a bad choice, just maybe a sub-optimal one from a location-convenience standpoint. Have a wonderful trip!

EDIT -- Claudia was writing while I was. She knows London more than most of us who don't live there, so I'll defer to her.

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You will be using public transport at some point each day, as the main sights are spread across the city, so this location is fine. Shadwell to Westminster is no longer than Pimlico to St Paul’s and shorter than Paddington to St Paul’s.

Quiet is difficult to find in central London and this looks like as quiet as you will find. I would go for Cable Street.

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Fwiw this might help,

My nephew lives in E14, he uses Westferry DLR station which Is two stops further on than Shadwell DLR, I find the DLR gets me to Bank station in no time, or the change between Tower Gateway DLR and Tower Hill District/Circle lines is 5 minutes external walk with iconic views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

From Heathrow direction an easy change to the District line at Hammersmith will take you directly to Tower Hill Station. Once on the DLR it's a 2 minute journey to Shadwell .

From Shadwell you can easily get to Cutty Sark station for historic Greenwich.
If your accomodation gets decent reviews and your happy with their room rate, I'd go with it.

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Cable Street is a very important location historically for Jews and others oppressed by Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirts. The mural on the building side commemorates the event of the Battle of Cable Street in 1936.

If you are staying there it is worth knowing why the area is so important. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BattleofCable_Street