Where to Stay in London
Where to Stay in London
Quick links to London hotel districts
|Bankside [SE1]||Covent Garden [WC2]||Kensington [W8]||South Kensington [SW7]|
|Barbican [EC1]||Knightsbridge [SW1]||Kings Cross [N1]||Southwark [SE1]|
|Belgravia [SW1]||East End [E1]||Liverpool Street [EC2]||Stamford Bridge [SW6]|
|Bank [EC3]||Earls Court [SW5]||London Bridge [SE1]||St Johns Wood [NW8]|
|Bayswater [W2]||Eurostar St Pancras [NW1]||Marble Arch [W1]||St Pancras [NW1]|
|Bloomsbury [WC1]||Excel [E16]||Marylebone [W1]||Theatreland [WC2]|
|Borough [SE1]||Fulham [SW6]||Mayfair [W1]||Tower Hill [EC3]|
|Camden [NW1]||Greenwich [SE10]||Old Street [EC3]||Trafalgar Square [WC2]|
|Canary Wharf [E14]||Hammersmith [W6]||Oxford Circus [W1]||Victoria [SW1]|
|Chelsea [SW3]||Hampstead [NW3]||Paddington [W2]||Waterloo [SE1]|
|City [EC]||Hyde Park North [W2]||Park Lane [W1]||West End [W1]|
|Clerkenwell [EC1]||Islington [N1]||Soho [W1]||West Kensington [W14]|
| Wimbledon [SW19]
About London Districts
Inner London with 7 million people, consists of 13 districts:
Camden, City, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham and Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, and Westminster.
For those visitors wanting to do the "tourist thing", the question is often................
Where do I stay?
Firstly let's be objective, Inner London for the tourist or shopper is a relatively small place stretching from Hammersmith in the west, to the City in the east; Hampstead in the North, and Westminster in the South. Travel around this area is simple by tube or bus and hotel location is not majorly critical. If good dining is a requirement then you may be best around the areas of Kensington and Fulham where you have an incredible range of choices.
Which London area suits my budget?
In terms of price, the West End is the most expensive followed by the City, Kensington and then Bayswater. The reason is accessibility, although hotels in the West End are more expensive they offer fast accessibility to most attractions such as Soho, Theatreland and Oxford Street. Kensington which is roughly 1 or 2 miles south east of the West End has the museums and the Exhibition centres of Earls Court and Olympia and has a ten minute underground service in to the West End. Hotels in this area tend to be generally of a higher standard than in Bayswater which is a vast expanse of budget and tourist class hotels with good and bad areas in terms of the general condition and amenities of the area. However the western part of Bayswater offers an easy 15 minute walk to Oxford St. and Notting Hill. The Westminster and Victoria area is a real mixture with Westminster having the Houses of Parliament and 4 and 5 star hotels and Victoria having the Station and a mass of bed and breakfasts so you pay your money and you take your choice!
There are 5 general London areas for you to stay:
Park Lane, Mayfair, Soho, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and Theatreland.
For the tourist, unless it's museums you are looking for then the first choice of location must be the West End, budget permitting. A stay here in "Zone 1" of the London underground will enable fast access to many locations including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street and Regent Street / Bond Street shopping, Carnaby Street, Madame Tussauds, Soho, Theatreland and of course Park Lane and Mayfair. Staying in this area will enable most of these to be accessed on foot saving time and money on travel.
Hotels in the West End range from mid-tourist to deluxe standard. For lower budget hotels in the West End have a look at Kings Cross. Most tourist stays extends over a weekend so there are many hotels which offer discounted weekend breaks, usually with tax and breakfast included. Be sure to check our London Hotel Offers page for more deals or check out the hotels in W1 page
South of Hyde Park:
Kensington, Chelsea, Earls Court and Knightsbridge.
Here we have Knightsbridge, Kensington, South Kensington and Earls Court. Knightsbridge is a shoppers and diners paradise with many world famous locations including Harrods. The area is generally very up market and borders onto Mayfair (Park Lane 5 minutes walk) and Chelsea (with King's Road only 5 minutes walk) and is within a ten minute walk of the Kensington museums. Many repeat visitors have a preference for this area with its calmer atmosphere and more sophisticated environment yet accessing the West End in minutes by underground, foot or taxi. Kensington High Street is a mile long road of shops, stores and restaurants and pubs and has a very colourful presence in the evenings.
The south of this area around Gloucester Road in South Kensington and Earls Court offers direct access to most London areas via the underground stations. South Kensington is again quite up market and is a mixture of up market residential and 3 to 4 star hotels. A good safe area to stay in and easily accessible from London Heathrow Airport. Earl's Court just to the east of it is slightly more down market but adequately safe to visit and stay in. Earl's Court Exhibition Centre dominates the skyline.
North of Hyde Park:
Bayswater, Paddington and Marylebone.
This large area bordering the north edge of Hyde Park is a mixture of residential and commercial properties with many 2 and 3 star hotels. Now subject to regeneration we are seeing the birth of designer type small hotels of a great 3 and 4 star status. Generally speaking this is this is the only other area where we would recommend the tourist to stay in Central London.
With many hotels, all in competition with each other, rates tend to be competitive in this area. Bayswater holds the greatest concentration of budget and tourist accommodations and you can usually find a cheap London hotel easily.
Notable locations in this area include Marble Arch, the north border of Hyde Park, Lancaster Gate and Whitley's Shopping Centre. Oxford Street is within 15 minutes on foot or 10 minutes by underground or taxi and you can walk across Hyde Park to Kensington High Street Shops and restaurants.
Hotels may vary in standard and quality and we recommend that you set your nightly budget above the £35-40 mark. In saying that, there are some great places to stay in this area and at great prices too! Check the 3 star Blakemore Hotel or 4 boutique 4 star Caesar hotel for some excellent deals.
Many visitors to London like to stay in the Westminster/Victoria area, because of the proximity to the Gatwick Express and national rail links that operate from London Victoria station. The area is also convenient for the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. There are a few 3 star tourist hotels in the area, but many more budget bed and breakfasts. We have a few up market 4+ star hotels, whose rates tend to be suitable for those who require a greater level of luxury and quality whilst staying in this particular area.
Westminster is home to some of the tourist's ideal sights, like Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, or the London Eye, and so many 3 star hotels' availability run out fast. The tourist travelling on a limited budget it may be more appropriate to stay in one of the other areas mentioned and taking advantage of the London Underground.
more suitable for business travellers needing proximity to London's financial district.
The City area of London is classed as the Eastern side of the City Centre. Often referred to by its postal codes of EC1 (Clerkenwell) or EC2 (Liverpool Street EC2), this area is usually frequented by business and corporate travellers, visiting one of the many offices and companies in the area.
The City offers many higher class hotels, with prices catering more to those using company credit cards to finance their London visit. However, you can get some very good bargains at the St. Gregory Hotel and 196 Bishopsgate Apartments in this area, when these four star properties fall into the 2 star price range!
Offering easy access to any area of the city centre, this area is served by a wider range of tube lines and also has access to the Docklands Light Railway which gives visitors a quick and reliable link into Docklands, Excel and Canary Wharf. The City's tube connections offer direct links to Euston Station, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street Station, Paddington Station, Victoria Station, Waterloo Station and London City Airport, making all areas of Central and Greater London extremely accessible as well as all of London's airports.
Have a great stay in our town!