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marylebone vs south kensington

I have found 2 flats of what appears to be equal quality and price, one in Marylebone and one in So Kensington. Which area is better for easy travel to tourist points, restaurants, etc. This is my 1st time in London.

Posted by
13802 posts

If you could give us addresses it would help. Quite often, in apartment descriptions, they'll exaggerate where the apartment is located. South Kensington could really be EArl's Court. Marylebone could easily be a nice area or right next to the Marylebone train station.

Posted by
643 posts

we stayed in South Kensington in an apartment and found it incredibly easy to get to most anywhere in London. We had three tube lines to choose from, District, Circle, and Picadilly at the station near our flat. We could also walk to Hyde Park and there were tons of pubs and shops nearby. And the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum. I would definately stay in South Kensington again, it is a wonderful location.

Posted by
425 posts

Depends which tourist points you want to get to. Both areas have good Underground links, just different lines. As it's your first time, you will probably want to be near a central Picadilly line station - e.g. South Kensington. If you get the Underground from Heathrow airport, that takes you there as well.

Roger Bruton

Posted by
780 posts

The "S. Kensington" flat could very well be in Earls Court, which is in the Borough of Kensington, and they do have alot of "flats to let" in that area. When I have googled a few things in that earls court area, it sometimes comes up with "South Kensington" instead. Its not at all a sketchy area. At least not what I would consider bad. I stay there alone as a female when im in London. The only thing I have heard about the flats there is that if they are too close to the tube station, you hear the trains mroe than youd want to.

Posted by
5191 posts

Hi Loisanne,

As others have said, the addresses would really help. I typically stay in South Kensington and like the fact that it is on both the Circle and Piccadilly line. However, Marylebone is one of my favorite neighborhoods to explore. There are lots of great little shops and restaurants and it is a great place to visit if you are a foodie.