We are going to the UK in June. Spending 3 to 4 days seeing the sights of London. A place to stay in London is pricey, we would like to stay 30 to 45mins out of London & take the train in for day trips. Can anyone recommend a clean affordable hotel or b&b? So many neighbourhoods to explore on the map, we'd like to stay in a place that's near some good pubs & still has the London atmosphere but a little on the outskirts since the trains go everywhere. Should we go north, east or south to stay? Thanks.
You may find that the cost-saving on your place to stay is wiped out by the cost of the train fare, not to mention the fact that you will be travelling on hideously crowded standing-room only commuter trains.
This may be an example of penny wise and pound foolish.
Transport is expensive ..
Time is money.. is spending thousands of dollars on airfare worth wasting 1=2 hours commuting everyday..
I suggest a better idea is to name your budget per night for lodging and get some suggestions in town.
Hub Hotel Westminster is hugely affordable, and you can buy a very nice bfast in the lobby dining room for only 4GBP if you want. It's just around the corner from Westminster Abbey and St James Tube stop is across the street. Location and price can't be beat. Don't waste your precious vacation time sitting on trains trying to save a pound here and there by staying outside of the place you actually came to see.
You don't say how much you want to spend per night. London is pricey. Try the London House Hotel or the Premier Inns, which is a chain and all around London.
Hub Hotel Westminster:
It's brand new and high quality and cheap (for city city London). They have regular rooms and "Bigger Rooms" which is what we just stayed in for 88GBP per night.
How many are you? What is your budget?
We found the Celtic Hotel to be affordable and a great location (a few blocks from the British Museum). It is not fancy, but the room was clean and we felt safe there.
My daughter and I stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast in Golders Green called Martel's Guest House. We did have to walk about 10 minutes to the tube and then another 15minutes ride to London, but, even with the costs of a tube pass, we stayed in GG much cheaper than within London. Phil was a great B&B host who cooked us up a big custom breakfast each morning. Our room was plain, but big and clean with a private bathroom.