Hotel or B& B in London

My husband & I will be in London for a week in early May. Can someone suggest reasonable lodging that is easily accessable to tourist sites and is in a safe neighborhood. We would like to be able to go to restaurants and walk around in the evening.
Thank you.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6833 posts

Give us your price range, so we can help narrow you choices. London is a large spread-out city, so there is no one neighborhood that is close to all or even most of the tourist sites. The tube systems is extensive and will get to/from everywhere. I like to spend most evenings in the West End for the plays and musicals, unfortunately most all the hotels and in this area are super expensive:( I like the area around the Kensington High Street station.

Posted by Ron
southwest, Missouri, U.S.A.
1359 posts

Hello Linda. I recently liked being at the London Vicarage Hotel, located very near Kensington Palace. Walk to that hotel from either the High Street Kensington station of London Underground trains, or Nottinghill Gate station of London Underground trains (London "Tube"). Hotels in London are expensive. This hotel has some rooms that have a private bathroom, and some rooms that do not have a private bathroom. The rooms that do not have a private bathroom have a much lower expense. (I think sharing a bathroom with other guests there would not be a problem, as not many people are there. It is a small hotel. When I was there, a very decent class of people were guests there). A big and good English breakfast is included in the price. That hotel is staffed by pleasant and proficient people. I think that Kensington area is at a convenient location. The day I visited the Museum of London (located in the original "City of London"), I easily went to it by riding in the London Underground train (London "Tube") to the St. Paul station, and walked from there. And I easily went in London underground trains to Railway stations in London, for day trips away from London. Going from Heathrow airport to the Vicarage hotel is easy, not very time consuming, riding in a railway train (Heathrow Connect, or Heathrow Express) to Paddington railway station in London, and a quick ride in a London Underground train, and a short walk. The Vicarage hotel is in a pleasant neighborhood. Near Church Street Kensington and High Street Kensington. Both of those streets are loaded with interesting stores (antiques, collectibles, unique art) and several eateries.

Posted by Patricia
Portland
1 posts

Hi Linda, I spent 4 days in London last summer, and I stayed at the Parkwood at Marble Arch. If you don't need fancy amenities, it's a good place to stay. I'll stay there again, if I'm fortunate enough to spend more time in London. The hotel is on a side street near Hyde Park, just a few short blocks from the Marble Arch tube station. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby, as well as a take out sandwich shop and other stores. My room was small, but comfortable. The staff was very helpful, and the breakfast was very good. It's a very pleasant place to stay and not expensive at all, by London standards. I travel alone, and I felt perfectly safe while I was there, inside and out of the hotel. Check it out on TripAdvisor. I hope this helps.
Patty

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

I don't know what you consider "reasonable"; however, for convenience you can't beat the Mayfair area from which you can walk everywhere. The Green Park Hilton in that neighborhood (which we have used several times) is less expensive than others in that area. It's half a block off Picadilly Street....... You can get a reasonably priced breakfast right around the corner at Pret and buy groceries for a picnic dinner at a nearby Simply Food.

Posted by Leslie
Orange, USA
151 posts

Linda, I second Ron's recommendation of the London Vicarage Hotel. We spent several nights there at both ends of our recent trip to London, and will stay again when we return. We were out walking around each evening and never left unsafe. There are a good number of restaurants and pubs in the area. We walked to Portobello Road, Holland Park, and Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, plus the underground station is just blocks away.

Posted by Melanie
Central, MN, USA
45 posts

My husband and I are traveling to London the end of March and I have found many flats to rent for short stays on housetrip.com, we are also renting in Paris and Munich from the same sight. This sight gives you the total for your stay in dollars so you dont have to convert to figure out your actual cost. Hope this helps!

Posted by Susan
Davidson, NC, USA
11 posts

Highly recommend Luna Simone not far from Victoria Stationvery safe neighborhood and wonderful bus connections right across the street. Not far from an underground station too. Very friendly staff and reasonable rates by London standards. One of Rick's recommended accommodations and also highly rated on TA.

Posted by Mary
Leesburg, VA, USA
161 posts

Linda, I really like the London Lodge Hotel, which is near both the Earls Court and High Street Kensington tube stations. Last month my husband and I stayed there for 6 nights and were very pleased with it for comfort, cleanliness, convenience to transportation, and price. It has A/C, a lift (elevator), and a continental breakfast is included in the price. There are a lot of very good restaurants nearby (especially Bistro Benito and the Princess Victoria Pub); and a local grocery store on the way to the tube so you can pick-up water, snacks, etc.

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
835 posts

Linda - The Falcon Hotel is near Paddington Station and is 95 gbp per night for an ensuite double.

Posted by William
Van Buren, Arkansas, USA
122 posts

Reasonable is probably 150 pounds per night. We did well with American Airlines Vacations and also with Rick's recommendations in his book. London is a hard place to get a place with a good place and good service.

Posted by Marie
Northbrook, Illinois, USA
181 posts

My husband and I spent last week (November 4-11) at The Kensington in South Kensington. You don't give a budget. London is a freaky expensive city! However, we went for my 50th birthday so I was OK with paying a bit for a decent lodging. I would say the Kensington was not cheap but was a very good value (i.e. I felt we got more than we paid for) - great room (moderate size), clean and spacious bathroom, fabulous hot breakfast (more than the "continental" option that you usually get over there, wonderful staff and - to you point - about a block from the South Ken Tube where three lines can take you anywhere. We are 50 year olds and took the Tube all over - even to/from Heathrow with luggage. The neighborhood was really safe and very "English" which I wanted. Lots of smaller, local spots to eat. We walked around every night. Tip - buy a 7 day TravelCard and take advantage of the 2-1 vouchers for all the great sights. We saved a bundle in a town where money flies out of your pockets! Here is the link.
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london Have a great time!

Posted by Wendy
Chatham
25 posts

We spent 5 nights at the Base 2 Stay Kensington recently and were thrilled with the area, hotel, and proximity to the Earl's Court tube station. Their rooms are equipped with a unique fold-away kitchen area, tiny regrigerator, microwave, utensils, so breakfast purchased down the street at the grocery was on us at our own pace each morning, I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Posted by Dave
Newcastle, WA, USA
621 posts

For the same price as Base2Stay you can rent an apartment for a week and have much more space, privacy, and your own kitchen and best of all, your very own laundry. On both of our trips to London we've rented an apartment and wouldn't have it any other way. Last September we rented a lovely one bedroom apartment in South Kensington very near to the Gloucester Road tube station.