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Staying near the Waterloo station-safe or not? Rundown or nice?

Hello there-First timers headed to London. Looking at some places to rent within a few minutes walk to Waterloo Station. (near lower marsh) Read mixed reviews from years ago. Wondering if it's turned around from what I read and a bit nice. A good choice for family of 4? We are happy to do walking, tube and bus. Very much want to be able to walk out of door and feel like we are in the middle of lots to do/see, etc. Drawn to it for it being close to London Eye, but could easily make that a day trip if we choose to stay someplace on the other side of the Thames. Seems after reading reviews about so many areas, I'm still at a loss for what areas to consider/stay clear from. We'll be there a week, and have a decent budget. Prefer vrbo over hotel, just for the room to spread out on our downtime. I'd love some help in choosing an area to call home near a tube, some shops and places to eat/enjoy a beer. Many thanks for your input.

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  • Monica Wambold

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    The area is in transition and is better than it was and has more choices thx to London Eye the National Theatre rebuild and improvements of river bank. But frankly I would never choose it as a place to stay w children. Nothing charming. Noisy busy ugly ( sorry anyone who's there!). Try looking for the parks on London map and choose Airbnb or whatever right near those parks Regent's Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Park Gardens, even Battersea Park(St James's Park, Green Parkst will be too central/ will be expensive). Hope this helps!

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  • Robert Baker

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    Personally I think Waterloo is a great place to stop for a week. The Eurostar platforms (before relocating to Kings Cross) made the local area smarten up from what was a bit dingy ten years ago. From Lower Marsh you can walk to almost every tourist and fun site in town and from the neighbourhood website you get an idea of what it looks like (& how safe) it is today

    http://lower-marsh.co.uk/

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    The area near Paddington Station has many hotel and B and B options, pubs and restaurants and good underground, bus and Heathrow connections.

    Pimlico/Victoria also offers options similar to those near Paddington as well as good bus connections to the West End.

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      Careful reading of B and B reviews can be helpful. A street may have many adjoining lodgings that look the same from the curb. One may offer good value; its neighbors might be filthy and overseen by an indifferent, unresponsive staff. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kristi Dabertin

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    There's a lot of stuff south of the Thames now, Waterloo is near all of the restaurants and attractions at South Bank, 10-15 minutes on foot from Lower Marsh. Lower Marsh is near a theater that I just went to called the Vaults, the area around it didn't seem to be particularly hopping and I had a heck of a time finding the theater so if you decide to stay there ask which exit to leave Waterloo to get you going in the right direction.

    Personally I like to stay in the area within the boundaries of the Circle Line, I've stayed outside it as well. The more central you are, the more your stay will cost in general. I love staying near Trafalgar Square as I love theater and tend to go to a show every night and like being near the TKTS booth in Leicester Square but it's the most expensive part of the city

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      So would you say Lambeth area is a place you'd prefer to go for a day trip vs staying there? (side note-i'm originally from chicago - hi-five!) · (0 likelikes)

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      ps what is the circle line? · (0 likelikes)

    • Kristi D.

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      I don't think there's much in the Lambeth area to go see. I'd stay there if the price was right, you aren't far from Waterloo which has good connections to London and beyond and there's lots of activity around Southbank which is still on the south side of the Thames but about 10-15 minute walk from the flat. If you can find something in the same price range on the other side of the Thames I'd go for that. The circle line is the yellow tube line that runs around central London. · (1 likelikes)

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      For convenience I like Soho/Trafalgar Square/Covent Garden/Piccadilly Circus but that's going to be the priciest. South Kensington/Gloucester Road/Kensington/Westminster/St. James's Park maybe a little less expensive. I've stayed in Earl's Court several times, it's a little further away from the attractions but lots of restaurants. Holborn/Bloomsbury/Notting Hill/Marble Arch are all good and central. · (1 likelikes)

    • Maggie P.

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      Thanks for being so helpful! The flat we are looking to rent is a few steps from the Hostel, The Walrhus, I think is it's name. I'm feeling so torn. I will look at the circle line, thanks for that tip! Around $2,500 for a week, having 2 bedrooms seems like a pretty good deal, but I am now thinking perhaps it's not the right area for us to stay, but a daytrip there to enjoy. It's been so hard trying to find the right area, walking distance to diners/cafes/attractions. I've never felt so lost, honestly. I really appreciate the help. I still can't believe we are going to be in Europe! lol. · (0 likelikes)

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      I just had a look at the reviews of the Walrus Hostel and they all say the location is great. If you are 5 minutes from a tube station then all of London is at your disposal. However, $350+ per night doesn't sound like it's an incredible deal to me, but I've never looked for an apartment before so I'm not totally sure. I don't think you say when you are going, if it's the summer months a lot of the more central reasonably priced options will likely be booked. · (1 likelikes)

    • Maggie P.

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      Yes, summertime. Since we'll be there for 7 nights, we wanted a place we could give our children a place to spread out a little, so a 2 bedroom flat and space to cook some meals is what we are after. I've had a heck of a time finding something with good reviews as well as walking distance to food, shops, some of the main attractions. I would LOVE to find a place where we didn't have to pay that much, but I'm not sure it's out there during summer. I have heard summer costs more in general. Most important is for us to be in a good safe area. I'm a city girl, born and raised, so I don't mind urban at all. Coming to such a big city I truly have felt lost with where would be good to stay. The last thing I want to do is choose a place that is seedy. I really really appreciate your time, Kristi. It's valuable and you choose to share it with a total stranger on the internet. Thank you! · (1 likelikes)

    • Kristi D.

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      Just one final thought, if you are comfortable with the price, the location is fine from a tourist standpoint. You've got good transportation links at Waterloo, you've got some of the attractions such as the Eye and Westminster Abbey within 15 minute walk. Lots of restaurants on Southbank are also within a short walk. You keep saying that this area is a daytrip away, it's not, it's part of zone 1-2 (tube terminology) and is considered central London. I don't think you mention the ages of your children, if they are not toddlers, they might enjoy a daytrip to Hampton Court, you can catch the train at Waterloo. You can also take a daytrip to Windsor, those trains also leave from Waterloo (and also Paddington) · (1 likelikes)

    • Maggie P.

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      I think we have been talked into staying on the west side of the river. So now I'm going to look on that side. Our kids are 10 and 12 :-) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Donna Weisz

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    London is divided into two halves, north and south of the river. Where you are suggesting, is the south side of the river. I personally am a north side person! My suggestion is to stay anywhere with a W1 or WC1/2 postal code. Then you will be really central, and will be able to go anywhere by public transport or foot. Hope this helps.

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      Do you feel the South end is more of a location to go and visit for a few daytrips, rather than staying there? Would you be able to suggest some areas on the north side of the river? Many thanks for taking the time to help me out. Super overwhelming. Peace. · (0 likelikes)

    • Donna W.

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      Yes,visit places south of the river, but stay in the west end. Personally I like baker st, Marble Arch, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, Holborn , Russell Square . Look at tube map. Anywhere zone 1 is good · (1 likelikes)

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  • Becky DeFazio

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    I stayed at the Premier Inn at County Hall, directly next to the London Eye and the Westminster Bridge Rd. I travelled alone as a 28 year old female. I felt very safe. I walked from both the Waterloo station and Westminster station at night. I made sure to walk quickly and not hang around, just get where I was going. I recommend the location as it's convenient to walk to many attractions or hop on the tube.

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  • Monica Wambold

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    While it's true there have been many improvements it's still an area I would steer away from w children, and esp as first time visitors. . London has so many charming neighborhoods and this is not one. Busy, traffic congestion, ... would strongly advise against. Suggest you look at map and favor ateas that fringe the parks. Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and stay within the circle line roughly. Areas to consider include pimlico bayswater maida vale Gloucester Road. It's a walking town so stay somewhere w shops and cafes and parks or garden squares and little streets forget staying near s major train station!! The tube will take you everywhere to visit eg London Eye.

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    Have you considered staying near Paddington Station? Train from airport stops there-lots of little hotels, etc round the station area in all the mews. Tube is next door to Paddington Station-you can walk to a lot of places easily from Paddington. Hyde Park not far. Canals at back of Paddington station a few streets back -can take a canal boat trip to Camden Town. Lots of cafes and restaurants. I always find it a convenient place to stay.


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    Lower Marsh is a bit edgy and perhaps not a great place for a family, as a south Londoner I would suggest Clapham, specifically roads that runoff of Northcote Rd which has a daily food market, lots of restaurants, bars, shops also walking distance to Clapham and Wandsworth commons both large free green parks. The average house price in this area is over a $million and that is reflected in the upmarket ambiance of the area. Walking to Clapham Junction (you can get some groceries at whole foods) ((overground) gets you trains to Victoria Station, Waterloo, frequency is every 2-3 minutes and only takes 10 minutes.

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