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Where to Stay in London

Where to Stay in London

With its great attractions, shopping facilities, history and transport links, London is like a magnet for tourists. Where there is an abundance of tourists, invariably, there is an abundance of accommodation. Prior to arrival, tourists and visitors are advised to do a bit of research to find the best deals and avoid paying last minute rates, which can be excessive in some cases. There are lots of options, but your final decision might depend on your budget and your ability to secure early bird rates.

Hotels

Hotels come in all shapes and sizes and it is the most preferable accommodation option for most people because of the privacy and access to the modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, room service, and on-site restaurants and bars.
When it comes to hotels, there is something for everyone whether they have a limited budget, are traveling with kids, want a traditional hideaway, or have a fondness for the luxury five-star hotels. If you are traveling with kids, the best place to stay in London would be a family-friendly hotel. Here are some tips to find the best hotels in this category.

  • Find a family-friendly neighbourhood so that you can also see some of the attractions while you stay without having to travel far away. Some of these neighbourhoods include South Kensington, Marylebone, and Bloomsbury.
  • The best hotels to stay with kids are the ones that offer great food for children and adults alike.
  • There are luxury hotels in this category as well offering 2 or 3 bedroom suites and are ideal if you plan on staying for more than a week. So, if you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the quality.
  • There are not many options when it comes to finding family hotels and the best deals in London. So, if you come across a reasonable choice don’t hesitate to book it right away.

Many hotels are star-rated including five-star, four-star, three-star and two-star. There is always a trade-offs when you decide to opt for the lower-starred hotels. Virtually all star-rated hotels offer a certain level of cleanliness and a well-maintained standard of services.

Bed and Breakfast Inns

Also known as London B&B’s, they can be quite spartan, though breakfast is included in the price. This type of accommodation is suitable for people with have a limited budget and who don’t want to spend a lot of money on luxury or even three-star hotels. The best way to find a suitable, reasonably priced, and comfortable Bed and Breakfast in London is to check out the reviews of some of the most popular ones online. If a B&B has received a 3-star rating, it is fairly good. Most B&B’s offer free Wi-Fi, a good level of cleanliness, peaceful and serene atmosphere away from the usual hustle and bustle of city life.

Self-Catering Apartments

This is yet another popular accommodation option in London especially for people who are traveling in groups. Staying at a holiday apartment is much cheaper than booking separate rooms for all families even at the most reasonably priced hotels. You can also find luxury apartments in this category along with a fully-functioning kitchen where you can prepare your own meals at any time. It is also a good place to stay at when you have small children with you since it offers a large area for settling down comfortably with privacy.
Some of the most popular and highly rated apartments in London include :

  • Beaufort House – Serviced apartment
  • British Museum Apartment
  • The Wick
  • Docklands Riverside Apartment
  • The Apartments Chelsea

As usual, it is best to conduct an initial online search to find the best apartment in the area and the best rates.

Hostels

There are nearly 200 hostels in the city of London providing accommodation to not just the residents but also tourists who wish to stay only a few nights. A hostel is the most suitable option for single and budget travellers. Most hostels in London have a capacity of more than 100 beds with private rooms for those wanting to spend the night in peace and with a measure of privacy. Finding a hostel near many of London’s attractions is not difficult. First ensure that you search online for the prices, and to understand the location and neighbourhood, and learn about the features of a particular hostel.
Some of the options to check out in this category include:

  • Saint James Backpackers
  • Palmers Lodge
  • Equity Point
  • Generator Hostel London
  • Rest Up London
  • SoHostel
  • London Backpackers

Homestay

Finding a home away from home is not an illusion anymore thanks to homestay London. You get a chance to stay with Londoners in their homes at a fairly competitive price, enjoy their hosting, and get to know about London attractions and interesting facts first-hand from people who have stayed here for long. It is also an option for families with children and who wish to stay for more than a week in London. There are quite affordable options in this category, and could be much cheaper than staying at a serviced apartment.