California native, London resident, travel addict.
Like the other commenters have mentioned, Heathrow Express is more expensive, but much faster and very convenient to Paddington. You may be able to book a ticket at a reduced price online before your arrival. Check out the website before going with the tube for the cost... See More
Like other answers here, I agree that Mountain View is hardly a destination, but if you will be staying there, I would suggest finding a hotel close to Castro St, somewhere between El Camino and Central. It's a cute downtown area with a ton of restaurants... See More
Scoma's Restaurant up at the piers, but not quite in the heart of the touristy area, so it's not as gut-wrenchingly overpriced. Really good food, and huge portions. Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro is also great, especially... See More