We chose to stay on the South Bank, and at first it may seem "away" from a lot of tourist haunts, but we found that to be just fine with us. Really experience the South Bank by walking from the Westminster Bridge to the Tower Bridge. Along the way you'll pass The Eye, the Royal Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, several restaurants, a skateboard "park", & taverns. The people watching is great too-- business people, artists, actors, tourists & buskers--and all this while nestled up to the beautiful Thames. It can be quite romantic on a clear evening.