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Inexpensive B&B or Hotel Suggestions

I will be staying near the aliverpool Train station for two nights, in order to be close to the Express Train to Stansted Airport. I don’t know the area and I wonder how safe it is. I notice travel guides don’t list hotels here. I only want to ge close to that train. My questions are: How far out of London is Stansted?
Is this the quickest way to get there?
How long does it take?
I’m traveling solo and want an inexpensive place to stay, (even a really nice youth hostel for females!), where I can walk to dinner at night .
What is there to do in that area?
Anything historical to visit? Any London Walks in that location?
Does London have a “Meet Ups” program? In the States, this is where visitors (or locals) have certain places where they meet up on certain nights for social outings. We meet a a movie theatre or a Happy Hour or for dinner. My travel travel friend needs to leave two days before I do, so I’m changing my hotel from the Premier Blackfriar because it’s too dear for a single. Any help y’all can give me would be helpful. I’m interested in the Dickens Museum and the British Museum. Thank you ALL, for giving me your best advice and suggestions!!! I have no place booked and I welcome any advise...thank you!!!🙏

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In order to your questions:

Stansted Airport is about 40 miles outside central London.
If you are choosing to stay near the Liverpool Sreet Station then yes, The Stansted Express is the best option for transport.
Will still take about 45 minutes from Liverpool Street Station to the airport though.
Dennis Sever House, Spitafields, and Brick Lane are all nearby the Liverpool Street Station. Easy to walk to and remember if you have your Oyster card you can tube to other parts of London.
You mentioned the British museum. Using the website shows a
20 minute tube ride on the Central Line from Liverpool Street Station to Holborn Station then a 10 minute walk to the Museum.
As far as where to stay what does inexpensive me to you? There are Travelodges that have good deals but I’ve never stayed in one. Look on and AirBnB.

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Liverpool STREET station

it matters!

why do posters make up incorrect names????

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Yes, i thought they were traveling from Liverpool to Stanstead! Not the obvious please to stay before a flight. ......

It’s a nice area - quite mixed but safe and interesting. Liverpool STREET Station is on the edge of “the City”, the financial centre of London with brand new skyscrapers. But it’s also very close to Shoreditch, which is hipster central. And just to the east is Spitalfields, a shopping/restaurant complex centred on an old market area: very nice area.

It’s not a huge tourist area, because it’s to the east of central London, but there are some inexpensive hotels there. There’s a Point A (good clean budget chain) on a very pretty Georgian street right opposite Denis Severs’ house and a few steps from Liverpool Street Station. I’m sure there must be a Premier Inn somewhere nearby...

And please, don’t ever drop the word Street or Road or Palace or anything off a London address. It could cause great confusion.

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If you want inexpensive, there are many locations where you could get a National Express coach to Stansted. Some of these would have accommodation cheaper than Liverpool Street. For example around Finchley Road there is Palmers Lodge hostel and Express by Holiday Inn Swiss Cottage. Around Stratford there's an Ibis and a Travelodge.

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Thank you for all your suggestions. I found that there are rooms at Goodenough College. It’s seems close to Liverpool Street Station. Does anyone know?
Also, the week prior to my leaving for Stansted, I wanted to stay in the area of the Millennium Bridge. I have tickets for the Globe Theatre and I wanted to be nearby. The Blackfriar Premier is full...are there any suggestions on hotels in the area, on either side of the Thames. Apartment, B&B or Tavern like to pay less than £165 per night for a twin room. Thanks for your help!!!

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Very close to the wobbly bridge - official name Millennium Bridge - is the YHA hostel at St Pauls in the shadow of St Pauls Cathedral. I've never seen a bad review of the place and you can't beat the location for what you are asking for.

Also, the week prior to my leaving for Stansted, I wanted to stay in
the area of the Millennium Bridge. I have tickets for the Globe
Theatre and I wanted to be nearby.

LSE has student rooms near the Tate Modern which might suit your needs. Click here for details.

But I also wanted to add that London’s Transport is so good, and the city centre is so safe to walk around at night, that you really don’t need to keep moving to be near specific places.

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Hi chicksberry:

There are plenty of meetup groups in the London that you can join. Every time I go to that city - once a year or so - I participate in meetup events. My favorite is London Culture Seekers which has a membership of nearly 28,000. This group has a meetup event just about every other day and most of these are free except for the fees that you pay to a third party. There is usually an optional pub stop after the event. The group has a weekly coffee social hour. The organizer, Robert, is a swell guy who knows a lot about the city and surrounding area. Some of the unusual events that he had led include a visit to Big Ben, the bell, which is limited to UK residents, and a visit to a Cold War underground military headquarter. Most of his events are along the lines of in-city hikes. Here is a link to that group's web site:

Let me know if you have any questions about meetup groups (e.g., dining groups).