I am always getting asked the best place to stay in London when you first arrive, and no wonder – it’s a huge city and Central London alone is around 15 square kilometers, so it’s hard to know where to base yourself if you’ve never visited before. If it’s short term accommodation London you are after it’s great to be in the midst of everything in zone 1, as this allows you to do lots of sightseeing and walking around so you can get your bearings.
When you’re booking your short term accommodation in London before you leave it’s probably best to book around a week for when you first arrive – that way you can relax for a couple of days and do some sightseeing, then if you need to extend your stay or move out with friends or into a flat, you can.
Short Term Accommodation London – Hostels
Hostels are a dime a dozen in London, so it’s hard to know which are the good and which are the ugly. Here’s a few that we recommend that are all based in great locations:
Generator – Located in Russell Square, this is the UK’s largest hostel. It’s crazily good fun too – there’s so many people coming and going and every night there is some kind of event on in the bar, usually resulting in many a sore head the next morning. They were voted in the top hostels in London recently, and prices start from around £15 ($25) per night which includes a drink on arrival, breakfast, walking tour, linen and wifi. Pretty good hey?!
St Christophers – This is a European chain of hostels aimed at independent travellers, and there are five central locations in London, depending on what takes your fancy. All have bars attached to them offering cheap drinks and food, and they even have a female-only hostel in London Bridge called ‘The Oasis’ if you’re in need of some girly time. Dorm beds start at £15 ($25) per night and include breakfast, linen, wifi and a bar discount card.
Short Term Accommodation London – Affordable Hotels
Ok, so we’re not talking 5 star here (unless of course you’re minted, in which case, head to The Dorchester or W Hotel for some luxury) we’re more talking your cheap London hotels which will provide you with a comfy bed and more privacy than a hostel that still won’t break the bank…a word of warning, ‘cheap’ by London standards is still not very cheap when you’re talking hotels, so be prepared to pay extra if you want the privacy! Here’s some of our favorites:
London House Hotel – Located in trendy Bayswater, London House Hotel is clean, comfortable and close to everything you need. A double room starts at around £80 ($130) per night with singles at £60 ($100). Breakfast and wifi aren’t included in the price (although you can pay extra for these if you choose), but you get a TV in your room and the hotel is close to supermarkets and internet cafes so you can easily grab some grub and keep in contact with people if you need to.
Bloomsbury Park Hotel – Quaint little hotel in the heart of Holborn and a short walk to Covent Garden and all the West End theatres, pubs and shops. It’s part of the ‘Thistle’ Hotel Chain so you’re guaranteed a certain level of service which is an affordable treat. Rooms start at £100 for singles and doubles, but unfortunately this doesn’t include breakfast. If you stay here though you’re only minutes from some of the best breakfast spots and cafes in London, so you won’t be short on places to eat!
Short Term Accommodation London – Rent A Home Away From Home
Many people like to stay in a home rather than a hotel when they first arrive in London, and the website onefinestay offers some fantastic apartment rental properties in London which are basically like staying in a luxurious hotel but allowing you to live like a Londoner would at the same time. This is great for people who like their privacy and creature comforts, and you can rent with friends if needed too.
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