Hotel Assist guide to London lodging and accommodations in central London and at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. We cover the City, West End, Bayswater, Earls Court and Kensington areas all of which are centrally located.
Transport links to all these are plentiful by tube, bus or train and as London is quite a small size, you can travel around the centre speedily and easily. It is not too important as to where you stay in London in terms of accessing a particular location as you can travel from east to west of central London by tube in 30 minutes or so.
Lodgings in London are all expensive in terms of value for money. London is a popular place most of the year around and especially during times of national exhibitions, conferences or music events when it can literally be sold out. If you are planning to visit London during one of these peak periods i. e. Wimbledon Tennis then plan and book your London lodging as soon as possible.
Overview of central London areas to book lodging
Bayswater is a district on the northern perimeter of Hyde Park and just 1km east of Oxford Street. The area is a mixture of residential and hotel accommodation with the epicentre being around Sussex Gardens, a 1km stretch of victorian terraced hotels all competing with each other. Bayswater is very convenient for the Heathrow Express terminal with its 15 minute high speed but expensive trip to all 5 terminals. Bayswater lodgings are generally 2 or 3 star category catering for visitors on a budget. The area is generally quite safe.
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Kensington sits nicely on the south side of Hyde Park opposite to Bayswater and extends into South Kensington before bordering Chelsea. To the east is Knightsbridge and to the west is Earls Court.
This district is very upmarket and is a mixture of extremely expensive real estate, embassies, universities, cultural attractions i.e. museums and mid to upmarket hotels. Notable sights include Harrods, Harvey Nics, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History and V and A museums.
Transportation is a breeze and there is even a direct tube to Heathrow as well as to Covent Garden and the Tower of London.
Restaurants and bars are plentiful and cater to all tastes and budgets. Lodgings tend to be tourist to executive status with a few excellent 5 star properies.
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West End (Theatreland)
Situated east of Hyde Park, the West End is a very busy place 24 hours a day. The area comprises of uber expensive residential property i.e. Mayfair, shopping areas, attractions and theatres.
Transport is simple by bus or tube although it is possible to walk the 3km wide area in less than one hour.
Within the West End there are differing areas all with their own different identity, sophisticated and rich Mayfair, seedy but touristy Soho, cultural Covent Garden, literary Bloomsbury, high roller Park Lane, residential Marylebone, stately St James's and downmarket Edgeware Rd . The hub of the tourism is around Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.
Lodgings in the West End are in general expensive, starting at around the 100 GBP basement and going up to mega bucks on Park Lane. There are some basic tourist hotels around Russell Square but do not book with high expectations of a nice room, think "adequate".
Regular visitors to London on medium budgets will tend to use Kensington rather than the West End.
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City of London
For those who are not familar with London, it is necessary to explain that "the City" is not in the centre but 3 or 4 km east of the main action of the West End. The City is a "square mile" of high rise offices and is the hub of commercial activity. Do not select lodgings in this area if you are sightseeing and doing the usual tourist things as the area, which caters predominantly for business people, closes down at the weekends. The only exception to this warnig is if you find a great price at one of the 4 star hotels and are prepared to go outside the area to eat or find entertainment in the evenings.
Lodgings in the City are mainly 4 or 5 star levels and bargains can be had for weekend stays.
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