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We are a family of 5 with an infant, travelling in September, looking at 3 properties, located in different areas.

We are getting in from Heathrow and flying out from Gatwick. Majorly want to do the touristy things around London Eye, Tower Bridge, Oxford street and also go to Kent.

Not really looking for any pubs around, just a decent area to stay around. Basically meant to be a place where we can crash at night and should be safe for a walk around midnight.

Needed suggestions/opinions on what would be the ideal and safest location to stay 

Thanks in advance :D

7 Answers

answered by
Robert from London

Of the three, number 1 definitely though the pricing looks either just wrong or exorbitant. Number 2 is not where you'd feel safe around midnight and three is very trendy if you're in your twenties and probably without children. The Oval Station is served well by both buses and tubes and is close enough to kent via nearby Waterloo Station station

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  1. Oval Station (attraction)
  2. Waterloo Station (attraction)
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Safest is definitely no 2. Dangerous area no3 and number 1 is average.

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answered by
Micah from Humacao

A really great area close to everything is St George Wharf TowerSt. George Wharf. We stayed here in March as a family of five and it was fantastic; close to restaurants, grocery stores, across the street is the bus station and Vauxhall metro stop and you are minutes away from all the big central places to visit. There are numerous apartments you can book at St. George via sites like home away (such as 6063806), airbnb, vrbo, etc. Nice, safe area too with amazing view of the city and Thames at night.   

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answered by
Veronika from Würzburg

Hi Neha, the first link I'm not terribly familiar with the area so can't say too much about it. The second link is Whitechapel and quite a ways out from the sights, it's a very cool area being part of London's East End but it can be a bit rough in parts. The third is Southwark which is fine but can be traffic-y and a bit on the business side. Things to do if you decide on Whitechapel is Brick Lane and Spitalfields market with lots of street vendors on the weekend and Columbia Rd flower market is cool. If you dont' stay there, might still be a fun Uber or cab ride over. (Or Tube to Liverpool street).  In Southwark, the goal is often to get back over to the North of the River Thames, haha. Southwark has great pubs and restaurants and is a bit closer to the London Eye and the Tate Modern museum but after that it's a long walk (London is very very big) to all the other interesting areas. Why not stay more central? For great neighboorhood feel, we usually stay in Notting Hill and areas nearby like Fitzrovia or Marylebone Great walks in Hyde ParkThe Regent's Park, and St James's Park Near Buckingham Palaceand also near the museums (Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)) . I think that if you have a short stay and want to see a lot I'd stay Central Londonor west end.

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  1. Whitechapel (attraction)
  2. Brick Lane (attraction)
  3. Spitalfields (attraction)
  4. Columbia Rd (attraction)
  5. Southwark (attraction)
  6. London Eye (attraction)
  7. Tate Modern (attraction)
  8. Notting Hill (neighborhood)
  9. Fitzrovia (attraction)
  10. Marylebone (attraction)
  11. Hyde Park (attraction)
  12. The Regent's Park (attraction)
  13. St James's Park (attraction)
  14. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
  15. Natural History Museum (attraction)
  16. Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N) (attraction)
  17. Central London (attraction)
  18. West End Lane (attraction)
  19. River Thames (attraction)
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answered by

Hi further to my earlier comment, this would be a far better place to stay IMHO, this a very cool and safe area, which allows quick access to all of the Touristy things whilst being safe and restful at night. Of your other 2 picks the Oval area is a bit edgy at night, Canary Wharfis a soulless concrete desert, South Kensington is not typically British although a lovely upscale area. 

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  1. Canary Wharf (attraction)
  2. South Kensington (neighborhood)
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Linda from Nashville

I understand that you are feeling that you want to be close to the well known tourist spots but the city of London is not the best spot or Canary Warf in my opinion.. it's better to be in a proper neighborhood like South Kensington , which has great transport with the Piccadilly line, District, Circle .. you can get to all airports and historic landmarks.. it is filled with museums, and beautiful  parks, groceries , restaurants.. Gloucester Road is close to Kensington Palace and  KensingtonHigh street  and has all three tube lines.... Earl's Court is another good neighborhood  area .. 

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answered by
Duncan from London

Given all the places you want to go, staying near Waterloo Station would make sense. It's inbetween, central and as safe as London can be.

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  1. Waterloo Station (attraction)
  2. London (city)

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