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London is a fantastic place to travel to for any reason. Whether you are planning your next visit for business, a trip with the family or you just want to explore the amazing sights and sounds that the city has to offer, there is a long list of prime locations and quaint, little gems spread all throughout London waiting for you. Find the perfect hotel London cheap today.

The cheap hotels in central London help draw tourists to the city. And then, the large number of activities, sights, and rich cultural offerings tend to keep them coming back for more, year after year. No matter what kind of trip you are planning, our team of experts here at Hotels.com are always happy to help you find the best London hotel deals.

Cheap places to stay in London

London is home to many wonderful neighbourhoods. Anywhere you decide to stay will put you close to some of the best sights, sounds and activities of the city, even when you're on a tight budget.


Bloomsbury is a very popular place to book a hotel, as this famous neighbourhood is right in the very heart of London. The best thing about this area is that it's super close to the most prominent tourist spots in London, however it has loads of affordable places to stay for you to choose from. Just a few minutes' walk away, you’ll find a mix of history in Covent Garden and fantastic shopping and culture in Soho. Among the peace and quiet of Bloomsbury itself, you will find The British Museum and only a bus ride away, you can go visit the British Library. If you're trying to visit London on a budget but don't want to miss any of the action, look no further than Bloomsbury for a chic cheap hotel to your liking.

North London

North London is full of exciting things to do, and is one of the best places to go with the kids. The ZSL London Zoo at Regents Park is near North London, The London Transport Museum, Arsenal Emirates Stadium and much more. There is also very easy access to many of the other city’s attractions by way of walking, taxi and the London Underground (or Tube). What's great about this area is that it's full of great accommodation options at really affordable prices, meaning you can fully enjoy the city without breaking the bank.

Choosing where to stay is often about figuring out what kinds of activities you would like to have nearby. As there are plenty of outstanding hotels in every corner of the UK, you are sure to find a perfect match for your needs no matter where it is that you decide to go. Should you decide to base yourself in London, cheap hotels are everywhere, making it a simple task to plan day and weekend trips to some of the areas outside of the city when you are in the mood for a bit of exploring.

More to do in London

Deciding what to do during a stay in London is a lot of fun because there are so many attractive options to choose from. When staying at one of the hundreds of budget hotels London, the entire city is always easily accessible. Whether it is day trips to historical or geographical sites that interest you, walking tours among some of the historical neighbourhoods of London, or checking out the latest theatre performances, you will be spoilt for choice no matter which direction you look, and wherever you choose to rest your head. And one of the best things everyone loves about London is the fact that all its museums are free. That way, you can still fully enjoy the city while keeping an eye on the pennies.

While in London, museums that you should start with are the Imperial War Museum and the Courtauld Art Museum. Several iconic structures, such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are also must-sees. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, Kensington Gardens is lovely, and for a day out with the kids the London Harry Potter Walking Tour is fantastic.

The Tower of London, located on Tower Hill, is an intriguing fortress which is famous for being a prison during the 16th and 17th centuries. It is now the home of the Crown Jewels, making it one of the most visited places in all of London. If you are in Westminster, Trafalgar Square is a great place to visit. The square is full of monuments depicting past victories over conquering forces. For Shakespeare fans, the Globe Theatre is also a must-see location.

Daytrips to places like Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath should also be on your travel itinerary. Not only are the sites themselves remarkable, but the fun souvenirs that you can get at places like these are sure to create talking points around your coffee table for years to come. If you are staying in any of the hotels in London, cheap transportation is easily accessible for visiting these locations.

Where and what to eat in London

One of the most enjoyable parts of travelling to any new place is trying out all the new foods and drinks that are available, and when you get to London you will be pleasantly surprised. The multicultural nature of the city creates a food and drink palette that is truly global, which means that you can taste authentic foods from just about every corner of the world. While staying in the cheap London hotels, you will have access to a rich offering of food & drink.

Surrounded by cheap hotels, London’s Pizza Union Aldgate in Whitechapel, is a very affordable pizza shop that is truly amazing. You will find that the shop also caters to a variety of dietary needs, including vegans and those with gluten allergies. Located just up the way from the Monument to the Great Fire of London, and sitting just south of the Aldgate East Underground station, it is very easy to stop in for an unforgettable lunch.

If it is a British classic that you after, Fish and Chips should definitely be on your list of things to try. While you are touring the City Centre, stop off at Baily’s Fish and Chips. Located to the west of the Fulham Broadway Tube station, this classic British fast-food joint takes just minutes to get to from all the main London attractions, including the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

You will find that while staying at any of the North London hotels, cheap Indian food that gets rave reviews on will be close at hand. Taste of Nawab is an Indian restaurant that is focused primarily on the foods from Bangladesh. Don’t let the low price of this restaurant fool you. As soon as you walk through the door, the atmosphere will convince your senses that you have stepped into another world. The experience is unforgettable.

Weather & Seasonality – When to visit London

London has a temperate climate, which means almost any time is a good time to visit. It’s uncommon to find extreme weather in the UK. The difference in temperature between winter and summer months is more than enough to distinguish the two ends of the weather spectrum, and choosing when to go will dictate how you pack.

Peak season in London is during the summer months, from early June until late September. Summer is a popular time because of the milder weather. Travelling in off-peak seasons can be hugely beneficial, however, and it becomes extremely easy to find cheap hotels in London, and popular destinations will have fewer visitors as well.

Getting around in London

Getting around in London is generally a simple process. You will find that all of the expected, modern forms of transportation exist. Trains, trams, busses and taxis are all available to get you to where you need to go.

While staying in London, access to all forms of public transportation is made easier by getting an Oyster card, which is like a credit card and can be purchased as a seasonal pass, a daily pass, or a pay-as-you-go option to keep you moving during your trip. Whether you are staying at a five-star hotel in the city centre or you prefer to stay at a more distant location with cheap accommodation, London travel is fantastic with the Oyster card.

Getting into London from the any of the local airports in the area couldn’t be easier. There are trains, buses and airport shuttles available depending on where you book your hotel, but if you are looking for a bit more freedom renting a car is a great choice too.

General Information

When travelling to London, there are a couple of things that are good to know:

  • • Currency: Britain uses Pounds Sterling (GBP).
  • • Emergency Numbers: Calling 112 or 999 will connect you with London's full range of emergency responders, including the police, ambulances, and fire fighters.
  • • Local Tourism Office: The City Information Center (CIC) is London's official tourism information agency. Located near St Paul's Churchyard, the office is easy to access from many Tube lines and local busses.

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