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what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

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what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

Thanks in advance.

Planning a trip in the spring to London. My wife and I, late 50s , would like to be close enough to all the sites but very close to good food, fun pubs and shops. ( If you've been to NYC think the Village )

Basically we want to eat and drink like locals but be able to walk or taxi to be tourists. Is there a section of London where we should be looking?

Thanks again, all input appreciated.

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1. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

'My wife and I, late 50s , would like to be close enough to all the sites but very close to good food, fun pubs and shops.' The first is impossible as sights and attractions are spread across London. The second is almost ubiquitous within central London (although I'm sceptical about what defines a 'fun' pub).

'walk or taxi to be tourists' Why taxis? London's transport options are numerous and inexpensive, although there may be times when a black cab or minicab will be useful to use.

What are your dates for next spring, and what is your budget per night in sterling? Are you looking for a hotel or a short stay flat?

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2. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

<<<< would like to be close enough to all the sites >>>

Impossible ! They are spread over many square miles - but the excellent transport system - tube, rail, bus, - means they are all easily and quickly available.

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No there’s no one neighbourhood in London that’s close to all the sights. Central London is about 6 miles long, but if you include places like Hampton Court Palace and Greenwich it’s about 18 miles between them.

If you want to be like locals as well as walking and taxis don’t forget the Tube and buses .

Look at the TFL map of Tube lines anywhere in the centre where the yellow Central Line is or close to it is pretty good. Some people like South Kensington with the V&A museum, National History Museum, Royal Albert Hall close by and plenty of cafés and restaurants. Others Bloomsbury or around Kings Cross with its recent gentrification.

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4. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

As one of the world’s oldest decentralised cities, you don’t have a chance of getting such a place. However the advice to stay near the Central Line is good as it links a good number of the main sights and offers direct connections to others.

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5. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

I'd start my search with Bloomsbury / Holborn if I were you.

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6. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

The Circle line is yellow, Central red. Note: we call the lines by their names not colours.

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7. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

Here's a schematic of many of the most popular sights in central London; nearly 6 miles E to W.


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8. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

Covent Garden would be a good central area to investigate and a bit more lively than bloomsbury IMO.

To eat and drink like a local would mean you would need to go.to work during the day in order to fully enjoy it!

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9. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

The closest London has to The Village in NYC is , I would say, probably Soho ( not like Soho in NYC!) . Location wise it is pretty easy to access most of London’s sites. Borders onto Covent Garden which is another option.

Eating and drinking "like locals " is pretty difficult in central London as there are comparatively few "locals" for that you need to head out from the centre.

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10. Re: what's my neighborhood? (neighbourhood?)

There isn't such a place in London - the sights/attractions are spread over a wide area. This doesn't matter as London's public transport is so extensive that if you stay within the bounds of the Circle (yellow) tube line, you'll be able to reach the tourist sites quickly & easily. The tube will probably be quicker than a taxi too! Covent Garden is pretty lively with pubs, bars & restaurants or look at the South Bank.

I doubt you will be eating like locals - most locals will usually take their meals at home.

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