Now that London Connection is gone, I need to start my search again for a 2 bedroom apartment for a one week stay. For this exercise, since my visit was supposed to be the last 2 weeks of September, lets keep that date in case it matters with anyone's opinion. We are a couple-mid 50's plus 1 Mother-in-Law age 76. All are very active and healthy, walking won't be a problem.
We like a location that is;
- Within walking distance to nightlife such as plenty of restaurants within a 10 minute walk. Bar or pub scene is not important, but we do love to wander after eating just to take in the atmosphere and people watch.
- Prefer location to be bustling with people in the evening.
- Close to a tube station to get us to our daily destinations.
- Convenient to get to from Gatwick-we don't mind taking our luggage on train, tube and rolling down a sidewalk for a bit.
We were going to stay in Mayfair this time as it seemed to be a good neighbourhood to be able to walk to places like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey but I was concerned it might have been too quiet. Last time we stayed in Covent Garden and loved it, but that apartment was not available this time. If I remember my last visit correctly, we didn't think the Westminster/Pimlico area would make the cut as it seemed like restaurant choices may be limited, but I'm willing to be convinced. Notting Hill and Chelsea look interesting but I don't know they meet the main criteria of plenty of restaurants withing walking distance. I'm intrigued by the Southbank area from the London eye to the Tower bridge, but not sure about restaurants and Tube stations.
Budget, about £300/night, but am not opposed to less. For us, an apartment is a place to sleep until its time to explore again. Luxury is nice, but not critical.
Looking forward to your opinions.