For a delicious taste of local London life without venturing far from the center of town, the Bligh—where Captain William Bligh lived after that sordid mutiny affair—is a transporting choice. Artists Gayna and Simon approach their teeny guesthouse, built in the 1780s (before the invention of the lift), as a quiet home away from home: Units have little kitchens for cooking up market ingredients, but you also get a starter pack of breakfast supplies. Although the Imperial War Museum is across the street, it’s not a neighborhood crawling with tourists, so you’ll kick back at the local pub and jump the many bus lines that go past. The value is over-the-top.