Budget hotels in London
With iconic monuments dotting its skyline, the bright lights of the famous West End’s theaters and clubs, and the trend-setting styles of its boutiques from Brick Lane to Knightsbridge, London is one of the world’s most celebrated cities. With enough department stores, multi-floor cutting edge malls and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them pop up shops to please the most ardent clothes horse, you’d be hard pressed to find a better city to flash the cash. There’s also has a melting pot of international restaurants to suit every palette, and a live scene which has given music some of its leading lights to unwind with afterwards.
Things to see
As well as being the largest of the Royal Parks which provide a healthy dose of green in the city, Hyde Park is also home to swimmers, sun-seekers, gig-goers and everything in between. From the massive outdoor music events it hosts in summer, to the waters of its Serpentine Lake – perfect for a leisurely row – it’s a jewel in the crown of the city. It’s also home to one of the most popular tourist destinations of recent years, the granite Diana Memorial Fountain. Covent Garden has a village feel in the West End, with its squares home to street entertainers striking poses or juggling fire, and its wide range of high-end retailers placed next to cocktail bars and astrology emporiums. From quirk to Queen, Buckingham Palace’s grandeur makes it a Townhouse with a difference, and from its horse-mounted soldiers to its Throne Room it’s the seat of a great British institution.
Cheap Hotels in London
London has plenty of budget rooms available. There are a large number of cheap hotels to be found, most of which will offer a complimentary breakfast and WiFi access in public areas. The chain hotels are more likely to have business facilities, but you shouldn’t expect to pay top-end prices for in-room WiFi and flat-screen televisions as these come as standard in most mid-range hotels. To really cut costs you might consider heading further out of center towards the suburbs, secure in the knowledge you’ll still be able to quickly reach all the hotspots using the city’s tube and bus network.
Where to stay
Close to Hyde Park, and Notting Hill’s antique-laden Portobello Road, Bayswater combines the convenience of a central location with lower prices. There are plenty of independent family-run shops and restaurants, with a wide range of international flavours from Lebanese to sushi, and its Victorian architecture and leafy streets make it an attractive, wallet-friendly choice. Close to Kensington’s boutiques and museums, Earls Court is a square-lined, increasingly chic neighborhood which has glammed up in recent years without sacrificing its abundance of affordable rooms. Victoria is another centrally placed but budget-friendly spot, within walking distance of the Houses of Parliament and with excellent transport links.
How to get to
The busiest airport in London is Heathrow International, which deals with its millions of visitors each day in refreshingly efficient style, not least thanks to a tube which whisks travelers into central London in around an hour. St Pancras is the place where Eurostar trains pitch up. With bus and tube links to every conceivable attraction, St Pancras is also within easy walking distance of some of London’s most charming neighborhoods, including arty Bloomsbury and the chic bars and restaurants of Clerkenwell. Gatwick Airport’s another bustling start-point, and like Heathrow has convenient, if a little more expensive, train connections.