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Week in London, what part of city to try and stay UPDATED x2! Covent Garden area?

We will be spending a week in London end of June. We usually book Airbnb. We are a family of 4 (2 kids 10,9) and typically look for at least 1 bedroom with at least 3 beds, but much prefer 2 bedrooms. In RS book he says to try and stay in central London. Is this really more convenient/a must? Also, any suggestions of a good hotel that would fit our needs would be appreciated.

***Thank you for all the help. I tried London Connection but they are full. I found a nice place on VRBO but they require booking through Expedia Rental. Any one have experience with this? Also how is Mayfair neighborhood?

*****I asked the host for a better idea of area and they said Long Acre, Covent Garden. Looks like it is 5 min walk to Leicester Square Station.
The other station was listed in a review. Is this a good area?

Posted by
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The Premier Inn chain have a few family rooms, assuming your children are under 15, although you may have left it too late for these rooms. They have many locations - South Bank, Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Lancaster Gate are all suitably central locations.

You aren’t going to find many one bedroom properties with 3 beds. Bedrooms in the UK tend to be smaller than those in the USA. You may find somewhere with a sofa bed.

Posted by
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You will be in London during the height of tourist season. Be prepared for long lines.

Check the Premiere Inns but suspect AirBnB’s your best option.

Look at the London Tube Map and stay within zones 1 & 2.

I spent January visiting friends in Ealing which is a suburb of London.

From the Ealing Broadway station it’s eithet a 7 minute ride ( Oyster Card accepted) on a Great Western Train to Paddington Station where you can hop on the London Underground and go everywhere. ( ) OR take the underground train from Ealing Broadway into London which is about a 25 minute ride because of numerous stops. You can also use the Tube from Ealing Common to say Westminster ( Parliament Big Ben etal) which is a 30 minute ride on the District Line.

Mentioning Ealing simply as option as you might find accommodations a bit cheaper. Lots of good restaurants, pubs. Nice farmers market on Saturday.

Then again the savings might be eaten up in daily Oyster Card usage into and out of London. You’ll need to do the math.

If that’s too far out of London Central for you look in the Kensington, Bayswater, Clerkenwell, Pimlico and Earls Court neighborhoods.

Be sure to ask AirBnB hosts where the closest underground station is so you can look on Google maps to see how close or far you would be from it.
Helps if children are tired at days end.

Great city and with a family definitely research the 2 for 1 deals.

Posted by
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The usual RS advice, echoed in this forum, is to stay somewhere within or near the orbit of the Circle Line on the underground. The neighborhoods the previous poster recommended all meet that standard, I believe. London sights are so spread out that there's no one "central" area that's best. You want to be near a tube station, ideally one serving more than one line, making it easy to get around.

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The Southwark/South Bank neighborhood is a great neighborhood to stay in. Close to the underground pretty much anywhere you stay, a small neighborhood feel while being just minutes from Big Ben. Some of the best food I had in London was from restaurants south of the Thames. I agree Premier Inn is a great chain there is one just steps from the London eye, if you use the link you can see all of their other locations! Have a great trip!!

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On our trip to London last May (myself, my husband, and our toddler), we stayed at this apartment owned by the RS-recommended London Connection:

We also usually stay in Airbnbs when traveling, but after having our booking cancelled by the host (who "offered" to put us in a different, smaller, less nice place, much further out), we wanted to go with an authenticated and trusted apartment rental business.

We loved our experience with London Connection and recommend them to everyone. Our apartment was in a GREAT location with lots of great restaurants/pubs nearby, only a short walk from the Tube stop, walking distance to Notting Hill, a very quick bus ride from South Kensington (with the kid-friendly Natural History and Science Museums), and two blocks away from the entrance to Kensington Gardens. The second bedroom is very small (only one twin-sized bed), but there is a couch, so one kid could sleep on that. We loved having a kitchen and grocery store down the street as this cut down significantly on our food costs. London Connection also arranged for a car service to pick us up at Heathrow and help us with our bags. The price for the car service only slightly more expensive than taking the Heathrow Express and our driver was amazing.

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I'll 2nd Erin E's recommendation of London Connection. We used them for a visit last September. They have many options in many areas of London. We stayed in Covent Garden and loved it, however that area's nightlife and noise may be a bit too lively for a young family. Other comments about booking soon are correct. We booked around this time last year for a September visit and places were filling up fast.

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We are working with London Connection now and booked a great little apartment in Mayfair. They be lots of great choices!

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It is impossible to be in Mayfair - the north side of Green Park, the east side of Park Lane - and be a 5 minute walk to London Bridge Station which the other side of the river and considerably further east. You have the whole West End to get through first.

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I was curious how long that walk would actually be and checked Google Maps, which I've found to be quite accurate for walking times and distances. From the Piccadilly Circus Underground, located just outside Mayfair, on the side nearest London Bridge Station, Google says it's a 2.4-mile / 50-minute walk to the London Bridge Underground Station. It appears that a digit got lost somewhere along the way.

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From Grosvenor Square in the middle of Mayfair - the location until recently of the US Embassy - try 70 minutes for 3.3 miles.

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Does it have to be a rental or can it be a hotel quad room? Have stayed at the Byron Hotel in Bayswater (look up their quad options) and Star Hotel B&B in Hammersmith (they have a quad room). Both walking distance to Tube, buses, restaurants, Zone 1 and Zone 2. Breakfast included.

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Where you stay affects what you are able to do. How far do you want to walk, or do you want to spend lots of time on busses. I used to enjoy taking the Tube (Underground), but it's unbearably crowded nowadays. I always stay in Bloomsbury, near the British Museum. Everything is so close, a short walk. The Morgan Hotel is affordable, no frills, and right there. I highly recommend this well run institution.

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Covent Garden/Longacre is central, delightful, safe, and scenic. Very good area - I'd jump on that rental in a heartbeat!