How is this area of London? Also, has anyone use this London apt rental?

Rental agency, "London Agent" Apartment: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g186338-d2242554-Crisp_and_Smooth_in_The_City_with_lots_of_Light-London_England.html Reviews are great, however my limited knowledge of London has me curious about the neighborhood. It's between Tube stations Aldgate and Tower Hill. Map is at the link. Will be traveling with husband and two teen girls. Thanks :)

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2011 posts

Looks nice. Positive reviews. Not sure I'd stay above a pub but that's just me. Be certain the give you the exact address of the place before you book so you can use Google Maps satellite and street view to check out the neighborhood. Seems you are close to the Tower of London so you are on the outskirts of the East End which has evolved into a hip artistic district in recent years. If you do book the place be sure to take a stroll over to and thru the Leadenhall Market. Can't comment on the rental agency as haven't used them. Enjoy your trip.

Posted by Brian
Los Angeles, California
1986 posts

Places over pubs can get very noisy at night- especially toward closing time, and especially on saturday night

Posted by Robin Z
Troy, Oh, USA
1634 posts

We have stayed over pubs before, it was great!! We had two teens with us at the time, they loved it.

Posted by Gina
Los Angeles / Orange County
28 posts

Thanks so much for the replies, however I am not happy with the response, or shall I say, lack of response for that agency. Too bad.. Off to search a bit more!

Posted by Steve
WI
73 posts

Gina, we did not stay at that particular apartment but found a different one that was right next to the Tower Hill tube stop. I can provide a link you are interested, but really just wanted to comment on the neighborhood. The area around Tower Hill was great - you can get to the West End or other more tourist driven areas easily enough with the Tube and yet you have the Tower of London, the underrated All Hallows Church (right next door to the Tower of London - worth a quick stop), and plenty of pubs and great restaurants nearby. We found the area safe and even a bit quiet at night after the work crowd heads home from the local pubs. Enjoy your trip!

Posted by Gina
Los Angeles / Orange County
28 posts

Thanks Steve, I appreciate the reply. I just booked a flat this morning in Bloomsbury that looks like it will be perfect.

Posted by Diane
Ottawa
1155 posts

Gina, Bloomsbury is my favorite area of the city. Can you please post the link to the flat that you found? Thanks!

Posted by Diane
Ottawa
1155 posts

Here are some things that might interest you, when based in Bloomsbury: Would seeing a dodo bird squeleton interest you? The nearby university has a low-key, old-style (specimen jars, etc.) small natural history museum. From Russel Square, you can take a direct bus to Greenwich and come back by boat to Westminster. Covent Garden is within walking distance and the British Museum is within spiting distance. If you're short on time for the British Museum, head straight to the Mesopotamia, Greece and Egyptian sections (downstairs/sculptures and upstairs/mummies); and skip the rest. IMO, these antiquities (better than any other museum's) must be seen once in any cultured person's life: the Rosetta Stone, Palaces of Nimrud and Nineveh, Elgin Marbles, etc.. Based in Bloomsbury, I would start one morning at the British Museum, as soon as it opens. Spend an hour or two, or get sucked in for longer ;-) From there: a) Start the HOHO bus from this Museum stop, or
b) Head down to Trafalgar Square (and continue with your plan for the rest of that day, like the Tower of London - direct bus from Trafalgar Square). Finish one of your days for sure at Covent Garden. Lots of places to eat, buskers, shops, etc.. It's an easy stroll back to Bloomsbury. Ditto for Soho. Have fun! I love London and I keep going back.