If I choose to spend 2 days in London where should I stay (considering I need to get to and from the airport without too much expense) and what should I see?
Thanks so much!!
That's a consideration.
That said, there is an excellent Heathrow express train from Paddington Station that takes about half an hour.
Paddington is right in/beside Kensington, which is my favourite place to stay in London. It's not cheap, though. I've heard that if you go a little further east, look for the area around Russell Square Tube station and you'll find better prices.
Anyway, in Kensington I found lots of hotel choices, quite a few that are in little squares facing private gardens. Surprisingly quiet at night despite being right next to major roads.
Walking distance to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, transit to anywhere you want to go. Tons of great restaurants and things to see.
Tip: if you don't want to pay through the nose for transpo to the station, take the Tube or flag down a taxi from the street if you can. The "private car" they'll order from a hotel will cost big bucks at a set rate... Learned that the hard way and it pissed me off!
[This message edited by FaithFool at 11:46 AM, April 6th (Sunday)]
They also have hotels in central London but prices are considerably higher. If you really wanted to save money you could stay out at Heathrow and catch the train/tube in each day. If you travel after 9:30 a one day travel card for all tubes and buses is around Gbp 9.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
However, since I have never been to London, I would love the experience of actually staying in the area. I looked at photos of Kensington and would love to stay in an area like that.
Have any of your tried Airbnb? Is it reliable?
Or, do any of you have names of lodging that you recommend?
[This message edited by Chrysalis123 at 4:25 PM, April 6th (Sunday)]
I like to go with a chain usually because I know I'll get a good bed - had a bad experience with a private condo in Hawaii once, the beds were like rocks and we were booked for two weeks....
BW are not outrageously pricey and it can include breakfast.
Rooms are tiny though, not what we are used to in North America, but you don't spend any time there except to sleep.
[This message edited by FaithFool at 5:37 PM, April 6th (Sunday)]
The tube from Heathrow takes about 50 mins to central London. The fast train - Heathrow Express to Paddington takes around 15 mins.
[This message edited by timeforchange at 11:56 PM, April 6th (Sunday)]
Yes, the Premier Inns are good. So is the Ibis chain. And the Holiday Inn Express. You will find the East End cheaper. Somewhere like Aldgate/Aldgate East (Ibis hotel, Commercial Rd, is quite new, we stay there when visiting DS25) is just a few tube stops to most places in central London and you can walk to the Tower and stuff round there.
You can get some good deals with Best Western, but try emailing direct for a better deal.
Have a great time!!!