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First trip to London - where to stay?

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First trip to London - where to stay?

Hi all....my husband and I are visiting London for the first time this May. We've already booked our flight into the Heathrow airport. Trying to figure out where to stay. We're in our early 30's. A friend suggested the Kensington area. Thoughts on that area and also any recommendations as to specific hotels? We could probably go up to 300 dollars a night or so. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

How much is that in our currency?

Kensington wouldn't be my choice.

Take a look at Bloomsbury or around Westminster.

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2. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

Have a look at this and give us more info...

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3. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

What about Kensington would make it not be your choice? What do you like about the other areas you mentioned?

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What about Kensington would make it not be your choice? What do you like about the other areas you mentioned?

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300 USD is about 181ish in your currency. We can spend a little more if necessary. We don't have a hard and fast budget.

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6. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

I can't speak for bevhicklin, but some people consider Kensington more west of the city centre than may be desirable. Kensington is also used fairly liberally to describe an area that may or may not be nestled near High Street Kensington or South Kensington stations.

Please let us know your dates in May, as with two bank holidays in the month you may be looking to book with many others. Let us know as well if you will leave London from Heathrow, another London airport or by rail.

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7. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

Hi again! Arriving around noon on Saturday may 17. Staying 4 nights and then plan to leave for Paris via rail (haven't booked train to Paris yet) thanks for any advice about places to stay!

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8. Re: First trip to London - where to stay?

First of all please book your Eurostar tickets to Paris NOW. There is currently a reasonable amount of availability for travel on May 21 but prices can rise quickly as tickets get sold. Buy direct from Eurostar.

South Kensington is pleasant and popular with tourists. It's handy for Heathrow and the area is perfectly safe if maybe lacking in real character. But seeing as you are departing from St Pancras then I would suggest Bloomsbury or Kings Cross/St Pancras; the two merge into one area. You will be more central and within walking distance (or a short bus or tube ride) from St Pancras and a lot of attractions. It's still an easy if slightly longer tube ride from the airport.

£200 is a decent budget so have a look through the TA reviews and see what takes your fancy. In the meantime these two in Bloomsbury are worth considering -

…hilton.com/en/…index.html

http://www.hotelrusselllondon.co.uk/

And if you decide to stay very close to St Pancras then these two are both good options -

http://www.gnhlondon.com/

http://hotelmegaro.co.uk/

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