How to avoid the crowds
Galleries and Museums can be very crowded with hundred of school children, particularly at the end of term time, so the best thing is to plan your visit after 2.30pm during the term time.
At other times of the year, visit early in the day and try your very best to avoid the weekends.
Where to stay?
Bayswater definitely is popular as it's near Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens. Lots of museums are pretty close-by in South Kensington. You could even walk to Victoria if you want! A wide range of prices possible in this area :)
Soho/Chinatown (further east from Bayswater) is mainly a shopping & munching area, not near any 'sights' in particular, but not far Regent St/Oxford St, and landmarks like Eros in Piccadilly, Leicester Square cinemas, theatres, Covent Garden restaurants, etc.
Pimlico is just South of Victoria, so good as a commuting location. Otherwise devoid of fun/action.
If you venture slightly further East from Soho, eg Aldgate (near Tower of London) prices are lower, and still you're near tourist attractions, like the bridges, etc.
Enjoy London :) The history, the museums, art galleries, the architecture, multi-ethnicity, the list is endless....
On the Buses - No Problem Blakey
You can see very little of London hidden in a tube in the ground, so why not take your time and travel by bus ?
If you can master the way things work, then it is slower but much more pleasurable way to explore the capital.
You can buy a zones 1-4 card for only two pounds - and it lasts all day. On Sundays especially (because its less crowded) it is quite fun just to jump on any bus you fancy and see where it ends up. It means you will end up discovering areas you may never have considered visiting before. And when you get bored - just hop on something in a different direction.
Listen to Music - for free!
There are many places in London that allow you to listen to and enjoy music, for free.
Many churches have free lunchtime classical music recitals during the week.
St James, a lovely old church across the street from my office, have daily recitals at 1pm. From the flute, to the piano to the trumpet. It's very popular and I love going :)
There are other places too, you just need to do your homework to find out if the one near you does too! :)
People say that todays headlines are tommorows chip wrappers but despite the wide availabilty of foreign newspapers you may wish to dip a toe into the open sewer of British newspapers and buy one. Therefore this is a highly subjective guide to the domestic media.
The Sun - Happy only when branding people who dislike the government as mentally ill or running amusing headlines on people with mental illness. Runs the pro government stories for them plus any leaks or smears , other than that it's topless girls on Page 3 and nothing else but football and celebrities.
Britains most popular newspaper apart from in Liverpool ,where they claimed in typical fashion that Liverpool supporters robbed and urinated on the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. This paper sometimes sounds like its put together by Slobodan Milosevic.
The Daily Star - Exactly the same as the Sun only with more naked girls.
The Daily Sport - Even more naked girls and totally made up stories ex " my son turned into a fish finger".
The Express - Hates immigrants ,always warning about invading hordes of gypsies ,owned by a far right wing porn baron.
The Daily Mail- Hates women ,ethnic minorities ,liberals and the modern world generally , obsessed with Hitler ,Stalin and Churchill and thinks the BBC is run by Communists.
The Times - " the Thunderer " was the worlds best newspaper until bought by Rupert Murdoch and turned into the propaganda wing of News International.
The Telegraph " the Torygraph " ,litle and big C conservatism, along with the Mail the home of " hunting , hanging and flogging" brigade.
The Guardian - Can be a bit " Islington Liberal " but more blanced than most.
The Independant - LIke reading " save the planet" over and over again ,till you get sick of it.