Looking for opinions on these three choices for September trip. Have read many posts and reviews, and it's a mixed bag. Prefer high-end experience with great service. Like a location with great restaurants within walking distance. Will have platinum status (already lifetime gold) by the time we arrive. Thanks.
I must have missed something in your post... what are the three choices you'd like to get opinions about?
You made a great choice in The JW Grosvenor! It is an exceptionally nice property in a wonderful location in London.
You can enjoy a walk to:
Buckingham Palace, (Check the times for The Changing of The Guard)! It's very special! Watch the weather however!
A Thames River Cruise,
Don't forget, you are close to Harrods, and a historic Hard Rock Cafe!
You will want to consider The Big Red Bus for touring sites a little far to walk! It stops near the front of the hotel and is an inexpensive way to see:
The Tower of London
St. Paul's Cathedral
The British Museum, and more!
A few things that could effect your budget:
Enjoy the fine CL at The JW!
Near an entrance to The JW is a classy pub, very clean with moderate prices, and great food: The Audley!
One other major expense is transportation:
The Big Red Bus will be a major savings, likewise, you can purchase a "Tube Pass"! You can arrange for transportation to/from LHR via The Concierge using a private car/taxi or save a lot (dependent on time/luggage), by taking the tube from LHR. You will have to leave LHR and take the Black line to Green Park, from there exit, walk up along side of Hyde Park, (Across the street) to The JW, again, watch the weather!
Good luck, and let us all know if you have more detailed questions!
Like theolejudge says, it is a great way to go!
You just must remember that there are a few considerations: Luggage, and do your "Homework", along with "Common Sense"! Do get a "Tube Map" downloaded prior to the trip, review your plans, fares, stops, etc. You will find you will be fine after the initial experience. Likewise, be prepared to know the "Farthest Stop" on your desired tube train. It will keep you from going the wrong direction once inside the tube tunnel.
Again, review fares, and select the best possible fare for your party. I would suggest seeking suggestions from fellow MRI's as needed, especially those fine MRI's in The London area.
IF you're in London for a few days and are planning to use the tube to get around, and it's certainly the cheapest and speediest way, then you should consider buying an Oyster card. The card costs £2 and you load it with cash. All fares cost half the published rate subject to a daily cap of £6 in central zones 1&2.
The tube map map is to be found here http://content.tfl.gov.uk/standard-tube-map.pdf
Hope this helps