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Re: Where to stay in London? (Need ideas)

Postby Fivelives » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:18 pm

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You should really check out Nurnberg or Amberg while you're over there.

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Re: Where to stay in London? (Need ideas)

Postby Barathorn » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:09 am

Nikachoo have you decided on a venue yet or is it just going to be a meet up in a pub?

If so you need to be careful and avoid sports clashes as London pubs get full very quickly. We always used to use the Sherlock Holmes or Princess of Wales at Charing Cross [Central london with good rail links].

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&bav ... =0CLwBELYD

Because it is at Charing Cross you can then stay around London rather than 'in' it if need be, likewise for other Central London Pubs.

Let me know what you are looking for and I can dig some more and check what sporting events are on that weekend etc for you.
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Re: Where to stay in London? (Need ideas)

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:53 am

We're in London from the 2nd of May until the 6th. Guild meetup is on the 4th.

Venue hasn't been decided yet - so far the best suggestion has been to do the Monopoly pub tour of London. (Not overlllly sure how well this idea will work for any of the non-drinkers in the group.)

Personally, I'd rather stay in the heart of London. I've lived in downtown Toronto for about 10 years now and the idea of being out in the 'burbs isn't all that appealing.
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Re: Where to stay in London? (Need ideas)

Postby melisandyr » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:33 am

Central London can be a bit expensive, because of all the travellers to the business district.

A lot of the more individual hotels, or boutique hotels, at around the £150-£200 a night range are in Clerkenwell, or the Leadenhall part of the City (meaning the City of London - the central business area). There are others scattered in places like Soho in the centre and the West too.

Chain hotels, like Holiday Inn in Kensington, or the Park Plaza at Westminster, or the Guoman at the Tower are around £160 a night (no coincidence that this is the amount you can have as a business expense for staying in London overnight).

If you're looking for cheaper than that, you could try a Bed & Breakfast in the east for about £60 a night, or the north near Bloomsbury or Camden (more like £80 to £100).

I don't have much experience of staying in the south, because it can be difficult to get to the rail terminals in the north.

http://www.myboutiquehotel.com/en/bouti ... ls-london/

http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/destinatio ... don/hotels

or Late rooms, as a site is pretty decent http://www.laterooms.com/en/k16295585_l ... otels.aspx.
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Re: Where to stay in London? (Need ideas)

Postby sahiel » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:14 am

I'll echo the Camden area as a good spot, each tube access at Camden Town and Kings Cross, reasonably cheap (especially compared to much of the rest of central London) and best of all (in my mind) Camden market will be right there, which is a bloody fantastic spot to go shopping and avoid the generic high street crap (although they're slowly creeping in and bit by bit eroding the uniqueness of the area as the years go by). There's also some great pubs around there, lots of which have some good live music.

If you're interested the British Library & the British Museum are both pretty close, as is the Barbican (about 20 mins by tube and well worth a visit if you like art at all, I think they have a James Bond exhibition on at the moment as well!)

Also, you probably know this as you've been there already but rooms in the UK tend to be significantly smaller than US hotel rooms, so try to avoid large luggage if you can! ;)
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