Places to Stay

There are countless websites online where you can find places to stay in London. Below I have listed a few suggestions which are cheap and relatively central, and at the bottom are some of my favourite booking websites where you can browse other options. Please note that all of my room searches were for a room for 2 adults in August 2014.

When choosing a hotel keep in mind that a lot of key attractions in London are near the river which runs through the south of Zone 1, so staying in Zone 2 in the south puts you just as close as staying in the north of Zone 1. You can find out more about London’s travel zones on my transport page.

LSE (London School of Economics) Residences

During holidays, LSE rents out its student accommodation as holiday accommodation. They have multiple options scattered around the city, some cheaper than others. We stayed in the Carr-Saunders Hall when we first arrived in London for two weeks. It had shared kitchens and bathrooms (large, clean and modern – although some rooms offered ensuite) on each floor and included a buffet breakfast but the bed was not the most comfortable and the rooms were a little tired-looking. Their halls vary in modernity and price and have differing facilities in each. As of today (June 2014) I could find rooms in Zone 1 in August for £66 for a basic double (shared bathrooms & kitchenette).

Breakfast: Included
Bathrooms: Shared or ensuite
Kitchen: Shared or private kitchenette

Hotel MacDonald

We stayed at the Hotel MacDonald (located within Zone 1) when we visited London in 2012. There are shared bathrooms on each floor (there were two bathrooms on our floor, shared among 4 or 5 rooms if I remember correctly) or you can book an ensuite room and a full breakfast is included. Again, the rooms were a little tired-looking, but still clean. The beds were not the most comfortable in the world but still provided a good night’s sleep. As of today (June 2014) I can find rooms in August for £65.

Breakfast: Included
Bathrooms: Shared or ensuite
Kitchen: No

Premier Inn

The Premier Inn is a hotel chain found all over the UK. Their simple but comfortable rooms are cheaper than most other hotel chains. While I’ve not stayed in one of their London hotels, I have stayed in one elsewhere in the UK and the room and ensuite were clean and modern and the bed very comfortable – with TV! You can choose to add breakfast to your booking. Prices vary according to how central your hotel is, whether you want a ‘Saver’ or ‘Flexible’ rate and how far in advance you book. It’s also worth noting prices can fluctuate wildly within a single week depending on demand for that night – Sunday night might be £80 while Monday could be £120. As of today (June 2014) I could find rooms in Zone 1 in August for £59. Breakfast is an extra £9.75 each, or you can always get your own breakfast elsewhere.

Breakfast: Not Included
Bathrooms: Ensuite
Kitchen: No

Travelodge

The Travelodge is another hotel chain found all over the UK (and the world), whose simple but comfortable rooms are cheaper than most other hotel chains. We stayed in a Travelodge hotel on our very first night when we moved to London (near the airport, as we arrived in the evening) and when we visited my sister in Dundee, Scotland. Again, the beds are very comfortable and the rooms and ensuites clean and modern with TV. Like the Premier Inn, you need to pay extra if you want to include breakfast (£6.65 each). As usual prices vary according to how central your hotel is, whether you want a ‘Saver’ or ‘Flexible’ rate and how far in advance you book, and like the Premier Inn prices can fluctuate wildly in a single week. As of today (June 2014) I could find rooms in Zone 1 in August from £72.

Breakfast: Not Included
Bathrooms: Ensuite
Kitchen: No

Alternative Booking Sites

WotIf
Hotel Club
Booking.com

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