Best Neighborhoods and Areas Where To Stay in London to Make the Most of Your Trip

westminster bridge

London, the capital and the largest city in the United Kingdom is one of the best destinations in the entire Europe! It’s a little piece of heaven for everyone interested in great gastronomy, architecture, art, history, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing and more – there’s something for everyone there! Actually, in all honesty, London is far from being a “little” piece of heaven, as the city is kind of HUGE. And I mean it: there are more than 8 million people living there!

Now that you decided to visit this awesome city, you might be wondering where to stay in London, am I right? If the answer is yes, I’m here to help!

As I mentioned before, London is very big and it has a wide and complex city center. I couldn’t say there are only a few “best” areas where you can stay as a tourist because, truth is, there are countless different great neighborhoods for each type of tourist and travel style, each with its own charm and advantages. So trust me when I say that choosing the best area for your stay in London might be one of the hardest choices you could make!

I just visited London recently for some days and I got to understand how the city is organized and which areas would be the best for booking a hotel, especially for first-time visitors (but not only, of course).

Are you ready? Let’s go!

If you’re in a hurry…

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The best place to stay in London for first-time visitors is anything in Central London, especially Covent Garden. Why? Because staying in the center of London means that you can easily get around via public transport and even walking and you’ll be close to many important attractions and things to do.

Best hotels in London, England in a nutshell

Which area should you choose?

First of all, here is a map of London neighborhoods where you can clearly see all the areas I’ll be talking about in this post:

london neighborhoods

As I mentioned above, it’s just impossible to pinpoint one or two “best” neighborhoods to stay in London, so I’ll be talking about 16 areas that are ideal regardless if you’re visiting London for the first or fifth time. In order to make things easier for you, I have divided my recommendations into Central, North, South, East and West London.

The best things to do in London cannot fit in one main area either, not even in Central London, as they’re all scattered all around this big city. Which makes the decision even more complex!

Each of these areas have something unique and unforgettable to offer to all types of travelers and I’ll be talking about each of them in detail below. Meanwhile, here’s my personalized list of recommended areas in London that will hopefully make the decision easier for you, taking into account your travel style and itinerary:

  • Where to stay in London for luxury: Kensington
  • Best area to stay in London for budget travelers and backpackers: Shoreditch
  • Where to stay in London for foodies: anything in East London
  • Best area for a traditional/authentic atmosphere: Camden, Brixton
  • Where to stay in London for nightlife: Soho & Covent Garden
  • Where to stay in London for first timers/ for sightseeing: South Bank
  • Where to stay in London for families: Kensington and South Kensington or Chelsea

Hopefully, now you understand more about which neighborhood in London might be the best one for you. Now let’s find out more details about each of the 16 best neighborhoods to stay in London that I’m recommending in this article:

1. Central London

red double decker buses and taxis on a street in λondon

Naturally, the center of London is the best and first recommendation for people visiting the city for the first time ever! 

You can think of Central London as basically being “Zone 1” of the subway system (or the “tube”, as the English call it).

Most of the sights and things you’ll have on your itinerary are most likely located in the city center, so it’s a great choice for all types of travelers.

The city center is where the “West End” is located and you might’ve heard of it as being a great area to stay in. The West End is actually made of several smaller areas such as Covent Garden and Soho, for example, and I’ll be talking about them below.

PRO TIP: In terms of accommodation, Central London has hotels and hostels for all budgets and preferences. But because it’s such a popular area to stay, it’s SUPER hard to find accommodations that are not booked MONTHS in advance, so I surely recommend booking as soon as possible!

In order to help you make a fully informed decision, I have broken down the center of London into 6 different areas and I’ll talk about each of them in detail below:

1.1. Covent Garden

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Covent Garden, located East of Soho, is very often recommended as being the best area to stay in London for first-timers. Why? Well, it’s easy – because Covent Garden caters for all types of travelers and interests: you’ll find tons of amazing restaurants here, as well as markets, pubs, shops, charming cobblestone streets and more.

It’s also very conveniently located and connected to the rest of the city, so getting around will be a breeze.

What about hotels? You can find something for all types of pockets here! Check out these London hotels I have selected for you below:

5 star hotels in central london

Luxury (US$220 and up):

Covent Garden Hotel, Firmdale Hotels – Are you looking for beautiful, luxurious places to stay in London close to all the popular attractions including Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and the Royal Opera House? This one’s for you! It has an on-site gym and it awaits with a 5 star service!

Middle-priced (US$180 – US$220):

Z Hotel Covent Garden – If you’re on the search for great mid-range hotels in Covent Garden that have an amazing, central location, look no further! This accommodation is only a short walk away from Oxford Street, countless bars, restaurants and major landmarks!

Budget (up to US$180):

Z Hotel Holborn – Here’s my recommendation for people traveling on a budget to Covent Garden that want to be close to all the important attractions including Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and the British Museum. During your stay you’ll benefit from free Wi-Fi and clean, comfortable rooms.

1.2. Victoria

buckingham palace

If you’re interested in visiting awesome museums and trying different types of foods and cuisines, then basing yourself in Victoria might be a great choice for you!

One of the best things about Victoria neighborhood is that it’s close to many important attractions such as the Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, for example. It’s also a great spot for people traveling by train or doing a Eurotrip, as Victoria Station is located here as well. Needless to say, you’ll also have plenty of tube stations in the area that can access three different subway lines!

That being said, here are the best hotels I can recommend in Victoria, London:

4 star hotels in london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Hotel 41 – Here’s one of the best hotels in London ever! It’s located in London Victoria, walking distance to all the unmissable spots in the city including Buckingham Palace! You can await to be fully spoiled here and receive a royal treatment!

Middle-priced (US$100 – US$160):

Melbourne House Hotel – This amazing hotel offers a great value for the money, right in the heart of Victoria! It’s only a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square, in a beautiful area of London. They have a delicious breakfast and free Wi-Fi as well.

Budget (up to US$100):

PubLove @ The White Ferry, Victoria – In case you’re looking for budget-friendly places to stay in London close to the underground station in Victoria, this one’s for you! You will save both money and time by staying here, as the prices are very good and the location is unbeatable!

1.3. City of London

 office buildings london

I know, I know, it might be confusing, but there’s an area called “City of London” which doesn’t define the entire city, but just a small area in the city center! Similarly, they have “Moscow-city” in Moscow – a complex of skyscrapers, a small part of the actual city.

This is actually the very center of London and a great place full of history and interesting attractions. Some people also call it “The Square Mile” and if you choose to book your hotel here, you’ll be surrounded by plenty of amazing markets, shops, skyscrapers, restaurants and cafes.

If you’re curious what attractions are here, I’ll just name a few: St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Here is my hand-picked selection of hotels in this neighborhood:

best cheapest hotels in london

Luxury (US$170 and up):

Cheval Three Quays at The Tower of London – In case you want to be only a few minutes walk to countless popular attractions such as the Tower Bridge and River Thames, look no further than this hotel! It awaits with daily breakfast, modern rooms, and a fitness room as well. The beds are super comfy, perfect for a good sleep during the night!

Middle-priced (US$120 – US$170):

Leonardo Royal London City – Here’s an excellent hotel that’s walking distance to countless public transport options as well as important sights such as the Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge. This 4-star hotel in London has a spa, a swimming pool, a cocktail lounge and more!

Budget (up to US$120):

Lovet Homestay – Make sure to book a room here if you want to be only a short walk away from the main attractions, restaurants, bars and pubs. You will benefit from some very nice advantages during your stay including free Wi-Fi and daily housekeeping.

1.4. South Bank

thames river

If you’d love staying close to Thames river, surrounded by important sights and attractions, then South Bank is the right place for you!

Book a hotel in South Bank if you want to be walking distance to some of the best things to do and see in London, including Tate Modern museum, the London Eye and the Shard as well. Sounds excellent, right?

Plus, a great thing to do while you’re in the area is people watch on the banks of the river and just soak in some of the amazing atmosphere and London vibe.

Below you can find my selection of the best hotels in South Bank:

best hotel in london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Sea Containers London – Are you looking for some of the best 5-star hotels in London, close to Waterloo Station? Well, you just found a great option! This one’s located a short walk away (7 minutes) from Tate Modern and it will provide all the upscale facilities you might need!

Middle-priced (US$100 – US$160):

Holiday Inn Express Southwark – Here’s a great middle-priced hotel that’s walking distance to plenty of nightlife options, as well as important sights such as the London Eye and the Tower Bridge. They have an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms.

Budget (up to US$100):

The Walrus Bar and Hostel – Are you traveling on a tight budget but still want to be a short walk away from Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Big Ben? Hurry up and book your room here, the prices are super good! Plus, you’ll have plenty of awesome things to do in the area, regardless if it’s day or night.

1.5. Westminster

trafalgar square

Westminster is one of the most unforgettable neighborhoods of London and the “political center” of the city, with a very rich history behind!

Westminster is also the place where you’ll find Trafalgar Square, plenty of cafes, pubs and beautiful architecture, so you’ll be far from bored in this neighborhood! Choosing to stay here means you’ll be steps away from the Houses of Parliament (also known as the Palace of Westminster), the Buckingham Palace and, of course, Westminster Abbey.

If you feel like this is the place for you, here are the best hotels in this area:

best family hotels london

Luxury (US$150 and up):

Corinthia Hotel London – Do you want to organize the ultimate, luxurious trip to London? This hotel will help you! It’s very close to Trafalgar Square and it offers plenty of modern facilities and amenities such as a superb terrace, luxurious decor, marble bathrooms and more. Plus, it’s located on a street close to many nightlife options!

Middle-priced (US$100 – US$150):

O Hyde Park – Looking for a place that offers a great value for the money and it’s only a short walk away from Trafalgar Square, restaurants and bars? I have an excellent choice for you here! You will surely love it, regardless if you only spend one night here. Plus, you’ll be right in the city centre!

Budget (up to US$100):

Urbany Hostel London – Here’s one of the best, cheap hotels in London that you can find right in the city center! It’s just perfect if you want to save some money during your trip, while still being super close to Trafalgar Square. You will also have easy access to the rest of the city and you’ll be surrounded by plenty of nightlife places!

1.6. Soho

kingly st court

I’m pretty sure you heard of Soho before, as it’s one of the most famous nightlife spots in the entire London!

If you’re interested in live music, pubs, cafes, underground clubs, unique bars where you can party until the morning comes, Soho is the right place for you! Why’s Soho so famous for that, you might wonder? Well, this used to be the former Red Light District of the city, but things have changed a lot since then. Soho is safe and it’s considered to be one of the best places to have a beer with your friends.

Unfortunately, Soho doesn’t have many hotel options out there, but I managed to find some great ones for you below:

best hotels in london

Luxury (US$180 and up):

The Soho Hotel, Firmdale Hotels – This superb 5-star hotel in Soho is my recommendation for anyone that wants to be spoiled during their stay. It’s ideal for nightlife lovers that want to be near Trafalgar Square. Some of the best things about this hotel are the on-site gym, beauty treatment room, on-site restaurant and bar.

Middle-priced (US$120 – US$180):

Soho Stables – In case you’re searching for amazing mid-range hotels in London located in the district that never sleeps during the night, you just found the perfect one for you! It has easy access to the rest of the city and some pretty great facilities. I surely recommend it to nightlife lovers!

Budget (up to US$120):

SoHostel – If you want to stay in Soho on a budget and still be near many major attractions such as Trafalgar Square, this hotel is for you! It’s walking distance to an underground station, a park and it will surely make your trip unforgettable!

2. North London

2.1. King’s Cross & Camden Town

best areas to stay in london

I have decided to group these two awesome neighborhoods together, as they’re very close to each other and they don’t have a ton of hotel options by themselves. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll be in an excellent, central location, very close to the main sights.

King’s Cross is great because of its public transportation links, including the train. It’s also easy to reach the airports from here, which I think is a nice bonus. Plus, it’s a great place to find budget-friendly accommodations here! Ah, and by the way, King’s Cross Station is where the famous Platform 9¾ from Harry Potter is located!

Camden Town, on the other hand, is one of the best places to stay in London if you want a local, authentic atmosphere. It’s vibrant, eclectic and far from boring. It’s a great place for young people, as you’ll be permanently surrounded by beautiful street art, pubs and unique, surprising shops while you’re here.

That being said, here are the best hotels I could find around here:

best value hotels london

Luxury (US$150 and up):

Rosewood London – Do you want to enjoy the ultimate luxury stay in London? Then you should check out this hotel! It’s surrounded by tons of restaurants, bars and even some park options and it’s right in the heart of the district.

Middle-priced (US$100 – US$150):

Central Victorian House – In case you want a mid-range hotel in the Northern part of London, in Camden district, with easy access to the major attractions, this one will be the accommodation of your dreams! You will surely enjoy it here, regardless if you’re only staying for one night!

Budget (up to US$100):

Elegant Quiet Room near Bohemian Camden Market – In case you want to be only a quick walk away from tons of public transport options, bars and pubs, hurry up and book a room here! This beautiful homestay provides an excellent service and it has some pretty unbeatable prices. Plus, there are countless things to do in the area, night and day!

2.2. Paddington

If you’re a coffee lover or a shopping lover, then you will surely fall in love with Paddington!

Just like all of the other areas I’m recommending in this post, Paddington is great for all types of travelers as you’ll find tons of markets and shops here, as well as restaurants, pubs and even cute souvenir shops here. Plus, this area is full of beautiful Georgian architecture that you can admire while you take a stroll on the charming streets!

By the way, make sure to watch Paddington movie before going (trailer above), it’s such a cute animation about a bear that travels to London. It will surely make you fall in love with the capital of England even more!

If you have your heart set on Paddington, here are some amazing hotels that you can choose from:

boutique hotels london

Luxury (US$150 and up):

O Paddington – This excellent 4-star hotel offers modern rooms, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds for perfect night sleep. If you choose to stay here, you will have an easy connection to the center and you can walk to all the important attractions in the neighborhood.

Middle-priced (US$100 – US$150):

BEST WESTERN PLUS Delmere Hotel – Do you want to stay in Paddington district and be surrounded by tons of restaurants and cafes? This place is for you! During the day you can take a walk in Hyde Park, which is right nearby, and during the night you can enjoy the clean, comfy rooms.

Budget (up to US$100):

Paddington Park Hotel – This one is my recommendation for everyone that wants to organize a budget-friendly trip to London! Some of the advantages of staying here include great prices, access to public transport, proximity to Hyde Park (a quick walk away) and superb rooms!

2.3. Hampstead

parliament hill

If you like the city, but you would rather experience a more laid-back, countryside-like stay in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, then Hampstead is for you!

I would surely recommend Hampstead to people who aren’t on their first visit to London, as it’s a bit more residential and calm than the rest of the city – and not extremely central either. Regardless of this, there are countless interesting things to see here and plenty of cafes and shops as well, so it’s surely not a boring place.

Here are the best hotels in Hampstead that I have selected for you:

cheap places to stay in london

Luxury (US$150 and up):

Best Western Swiss Cottage Hotel – In case you’re a fan of Best Western hotels, you should check out this one! It’s a great place where you will receive a 3-star service and it has a very convenient, yet quiet location!

Middle-priced (US$60 – US$150):

Smart Stay Swiss Cottage – This beautiful accommodation offers a great, comfortable stay in an excellent location, near countless restaurants and pubs. The rooms are clea and the staff is super friendly and always ready to offer you tips about London!

Budget (up to US$60):

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage – Are you looking for cheap places to stay in London in one of the most laid-back districts in London? If you choose to stay here, you will be surrounded by countless restaurants and cafes and you will enjoy staying in a superb building. Plus, it’s right near Swiss Cottage tube station!

3. South London

3.1. Brixton & Peckham

community market

If you’re looking for some budget-friendly areas that backpackers love, then Brixton and Peckham are the right choices for you!

If you want to base yourself in a very vivid area where it seems there’s always something happening and want to meet other travelers, then these two areas (which are kind of close to each other, 50 minutes by foot) are just perfect!

Brixton is also the place where David Bowie was born and it’s one of my recommendations if you’re interested in cool food places (especially at Brixton Market), live music venues or lively pubs.

Even though there aren’t many luxury hotels here, below you can find some great choices I have selected for you:

expensive hotels in london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Half Moon – In case you’re interested in nightlife and bars during the night and visiting the main sights during the day, this luxury accommodation might be just the right place for you! Every visitor that stays here will be able to enjoy the superb rooms, free toiletries, daily breakfast and more.

Middle-priced (US$110 – US$170):

Angell Homes – In case you want a wonderful mid-range accommodation in this area of London, look no further, you just found a great one! This guest house is super clean and cozy and it has free Wi-Fi and free parking as well. I’d definitely recommend this one to nightlife and sightseeing lovers.

Budget (up to US$110):

London Home – Are you on a tight budget but still want to enjoy this neighborhood and have easy access to plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightlife options? Well, you should check this place out! It’s the ideal place where you will feel right at home!

3.2. Greenwich

royal borough of greenwich

Let me tell you right from the start: the name of this neighborhood is not a lie, as Greenwich is full of green spaces!

One of the best things about Greenwich is that, even though it’s not in the heart of London, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be far from all the important sights and attractions. Actually, you’ll be around 20 minutes by subway to the center, which is just great!

While you’re in this area, you can go for a picnic, explore Thames by boat, enjoy your coffee at one of the nice cafes around and more.

If you want to choose Greenwich as the base for your stay in London, here are the best London accommodations I could find for you here:

hotels in london england

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Doubletree By Hilton London – Greenwich – Are you looking for luxury accommodations in this beautiful district, right near the park? Here’s a superb choice for you! This 5-star property has an on-site gym, an on-site restaurant and more. Plus, the staff is super helpful.

Middle-priced (US$110 – US$160):

Staycity Aparthotels Greenwich High Road – This cool aparthotel awaits with a 3-star service and it’s located near plenty of bars, theatre spots, food places and even a park. You just can’t get bored around here, day or night! Recommended to nightlife and sightseeing lovers that want to enjoy some value!

Budget (up to US$110):

The Angerstein Hotel – Do you want to organize a budget trip, in a place with easy access to the main attractions and a park, located on a calm street? Well, you just found a gem! This one’s perfect for a pocket-friendly stay in London and it has an on-site bar as well.

4. East London

Sure, the center of London has countless amazing restaurants and food markets and it would require an entire lifetime if you decided to visit them all, but East London is surely a foodies’ paradise! This is where you’ll find any international cuisine you might think of, as well as Michelin-starred restaurants and tons of street food.

4.1. Shoreditch & Spitalfields

outdoor tables london

If you love vintage shops, art galleries and street art, then I dare to say that Shoreditch and Spitalfields should be your top choices!

Shoreditch and Spitalfields are just great for young people interested in art and culture. They’re also bursting with a vibrant nightlife, so there will always be something to do here, regardless if you’re visiting during the day or during the night! Plus, it’s a great place to go if you want to taste as many international cuisines as possible.

NOTE: Shoreditch was also the neighborhood where I stayed during my first visit to London – and I just loved it! I had tons of awesome shops around and I stayed very close to Liverpool Street Station, which means I could reach any central area in London I wanted in no time (18 minutes to the Big Ben on the Circle Line, for example). Definitely recommended!

If this sounds good enough to you, here are the best places to stay in this area:

most luxurious hotel in london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Redchurch Townhouse – Do you want to enjoy the ultimate luxury experience in East London, only minutes away from the most important attractions in Shoreditch? The choice should be easy, as this property is just great! This is the perfect place where you can enjoy a world-class service and bright rooms!

Middle-priced (US$110 – US$160):

The Z Hotel Shoreditch – If you want to stay right in the heart of the district, on a nice street, where you can choose from countless nightlife, park, bar and food options, look no further! This is a really good hotel in London and it has hand-crafted beds as well!

Budget (up to US$110):

Millenium Aparthotel – Do you want to find a cheap place in Shoreditch district, minutes away from Old Street Station? Here’s an excellent choice! If you like nightlife, you will also have many bars and clubs nearby. The rooms are simple but very homey!

4.2. Canary Wharf and Docklands

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Even though Canary Wharf and Docklands are two well-known areas for business travelers to London, this doesn’t mean you’ll get bored here!

It’s true, these two neighborhoods are especially good if you’re traveling with work here, but I’d recommend them to any other type of travelers as well. Why? Because you’ll have many pubs and clubs around and tons of shops as well!

That being said, here are the best hotels I could find for you here:

trendy hotels london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

Radisson Blu Edwardian, New Providence Wharf – Did you not find the perfect luxury place in my previous recommendations? No worries, I have another superb accommodation for a spoiled stay in London! This one has easy access to the rest of London and you will surely enjoy the Egyptian cotton bedding, on-site spa and more!

Middle-priced (US$110 – US$160):

Point A Hotel London Canary Wharf – In case you’re searching for a cute and comfy accommodation near all the attractions in this area, on a beautiful street and with easy access to many public transport options, I have a recommendation! This 3-star property has very good reviews, by the way. There are also some good nightlife options nearby if you want to check them out!

Budget (up to US$110):

Rainbow Studios Canary Wharf – Are you looking to save some pennies while you stay in East London? You didn’t find the ideal budget place for you in my previous lists? No worries, here’s another beautiful and clean place where you can enjoy staying in a cozy, bright apartment.

5. West London

Even though Central London is one of the most popular areas for tourists, West London is great if you’re traveling with your family and kids! This part of the city is more laid-back and calm, while still being very well connected to the rest of London.

5.1. Kensington & South Kensington

south kensington apartment cityscape

Kensington is one of the wealthiest areas in the entire London and it’s extremely well connected to the center of the city!

Kensington and South Kensington are just South of Hyde Park and they’re excellent choices for families traveling to London, but not only. These areas are also hosting London’s Museum Quarter, so they’re absolutely recommended for culture lovers. Some of the most well-known museums are the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, just to name a few. You’ll also be close to Hyde Park, for example.

One of the best things about both Kensington and South Kensington is that you can find any type of accommodation you’d like here, from luxury 5-star hotels to hostels and guest houses. Below I have selected the best ones I could find in this area of West London:

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Luxury (US$160 and up):

Milestone Hotel Kensington – In case you’re on the search for luxurious properties in West London, you might love this one! It’s only a few minutes away from awesome attractions including Hyde Park and it awaits with a 5-star service, a fitness center, a luxurious spa and more.

Middle-priced (US$90 – US$160):

Oliver Plaza Hotel – Here’s a great choice for all those of you looking for a mid-range place near all the unmissable attractions in the area such as the Natural History Museum and Hyde Park. This 4-star accommodation was recently fully refurbished, so you can only expect the best service!

Budget (up to US$90):

Westfield Kensington Neighbour – If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on your accommodation in the West part of the capital but still want a comfortable place where you can feel at home while being walking distance to Hyde Park, you’ll surely love this one! It’s a cute homestay in a very new building!

5.2. Chelsea

west london

If you’re into fashion, then you should head over to Chelsea – you’ll simply love it!

Chelsea is full of shops for all tastes and budgets, which is why many people come here to shop for clothes and not only! You’ll also be surrounded by tons of pubs, restaurants and bars, of course. I’d also recommend Chelsea if you’re the type of person that wants to stay in a vibrant area that’s not full of tourists in every corner.

Chelsea is right on the Thames, so it’s also a very picturesque place to stay that offers plenty of photo opportunities. If you feel like this is the place for you, I have found some excellent accommodation options for you below:

trendy hotels london

Luxury (US$160 and up):

The Franklin Hotel – Starhotels Collezione – In case you are looking for a superb place where you can enjoy a luxurious visit in London, you should definitely book this accommodation! It offers a flawless 5-star service, elegant rooms and even an on-site Michelin-starred restaurant.

Middle-priced (US$110 – US$160):

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club – Do you want a great value for the money in this London neighborhood on the West side? Take a look at this one! It has an on-site restaurant and bar and it’s right on-site at Chelsea Football Club!

Budget (up to US$110):

Edith Grove – In case you want to be a short distance from all the important attractions nearby and don’t spend a ton of money on accommodation, I am recommending this place. It’s near a tube station and it awaits with superb decor and a fully equipped kitchen as well.

5.3. Notting Hill

portobello road

I’m pretty sure you’ve seen pictures of Notting Hill before, as it’s one of the most Instagrammable neighborhoods in the entire London!

Notting Hill is full of pastel-colored Victorian townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets, perfect for some unforgettable pictures.

If you choose to stay here, you’ll also have plenty of shops (including antique shops!), restaurants and bars that you can choose from, as well as charming cafes. If you’re visiting London during the weekend, make sure you don’t miss going to Portobello Road Market, especially if you’re an antique lover!

If you have your heart set on Notting Hill, you can choose from one of the hotels below, depending on your budget:

romantic hotels london

Luxury (US$150 and up):

The Laslett – In case you’re looking for a luxury place in the West side of London, it’s time to tell you that you just found it! This superb accommodation is located on a gorgeous street and it has a 5-star service and many quality facilities. It’s also great for couples, your partner will love it!

Middle-priced (US$80 – US$150):

Blue Bells Hotel – Here’s my middle-priced recommendation in this superb London neighborhood, on a gorgeous street. It’s only 15 minutes by foot from Portobello Road and you can take one of the many buses available right to the center of London!

Budget (up to US$80):

Ravna Gora – For those of you looking for a great, budget-friendly stay in the West, not far away from plenty of attractions, you should book a room here! The beds at this clean and beautiful guest house are super comfy and the design is modern and nice.

Best apartments in Central London

what neighborhood to stay in london

You might be the type of traveler that prefers apartments instead of hotel rooms or hostels. And there’s nothing wrong with that, I assure you! Apartments are great if you want a homey feeling, if you want to save some money (as some of them have more affordable prices) or if you’re traveling in a bigger group or with your family.

Needless to say that London has TONS of awesome apartments on Airbnb that you can choose from, right? And below I have selected the best ones I could find only in the central London neighborhoods:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

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  • Central London, with Extensive City Views – Yes, it is possible to enjoy a luxurious service while staying in an apartment – just take a look at this incredible place! It’s located on a super central street, a super quick walk away from tons of major attractions. The design is great as well!
  • Covent Garden Flat with a Charming Sunroom and Terrace – If you want to stay in a beautiful place that will help you save some precious time because of the central location, minutes from all the important attractions, this apartment is for you! It’s just great if you want to enjoy a personal touch and a super clean space.

Middle-priced (US$80 – US$150)

  • Nice, big room in Central London near Big Ben – In case you’re looking for apartments for a short stay in London, there are many options on Airbnb! For example, this simple but very nice private room inside an apartment is on a beautiful street, a quick walk away from plenty of attractions such as the Big Ben!
  • Zone1 Let’s do central London, BigBen, London Eye – If you want to be right near countless major landmarks such as the London Eye, take a look at this place! It’s a cute and cozy private room where you can enjoy some tea or have a comfortable nights’ sleep after a full day of explorations!

Budget (up to US$80)

  • My Place home from home – If you want to visit London on a tight budget, I found some superb apartment choices for you that are not expensive at all! I hope you’ll have a nice time here! This private room is located on a central street and it has some very good reviews!
  • Zone 1 – Stay in Central London – Do you want to be a quick walk away from tons of attractions, while still being able to enjoy a private, clean space during your visit to London? This bright, affordable room is just great even if you stay for one week!

Best hotels near London Airports

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In case you have a very early or very late flight, a wise choice might be to book a room at a hotel nearby, so you can save some precious time and sleep.

But did you know that London has no less than 6 airports? Yep, it’s true! You can land at any of them, depending on your starting point and airline.

Below I have selected three excellent hotels that are as close as possible to each one of the 6 London airports (one for each type of budget):

1. London City Airport

  • (Luxury) Moxy London Excel – Here’s my recommendation for those of you that want to enjoy some luxury while being only 0.7 km away from the airport. This one has fabulous reviews, an on-site bar, free Wi-FI and more!
  • (Middle-Priced) Holiday Inn Express London – ExCel – In case you want a middle-priced instead, rest assured that this one has a great location as well, only 0.7 km from the airport! It awaits with a 3-star service and it’s right in the heart of London Docklands.
  • (Budget) London City Airport Hotel – Traveling on a budget? No worries, this great accommodation is only 0.3 km from the airport and it has daily breakfast, a terrace and a bar as well.

2. Heathrow Airport

  • (Luxury) Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3 – This is my recommendation to travelers looking for an upscale experience that also want to be right INSIDE the airport! This property has free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk and many other great facilities.
  • (Middle-Priced) Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel – For those looking for a middle-priced place to stay, know that this awesome accommodation is only 1.1 km from Heathrow Airport, which is 5 minutes by car. It even has an executive lounge – how great is that?
  • (Budget) ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport – Here’s my recommendation for those that are traveling on a tight budget. This beautiful and colorful accommodation is only 1.2 km from the airport and it has walk-in showers and a yummy breakfast served each morning.

3. Luton Airport

  • (Luxury) Courtyard by Marriott Luton Airport – Looking for a royal treatment right near Luton Airport? No worries, I just found it for you! This 4-star accommodation is less than 500m from the airport terminal and it has contemporary rooms, free Wi-Fi and the staff speaks multiple languages.
  • (Middle-Priced) Holiday Inn Express London Luton Airport – Here’s my middle-priced recommendation for you. Trust me, you cannot get closer than this! This place is only 10 minutes by foot from the airport and they even have a shuttle bus that you can use – how awesome is that?
  • (Budget) ibis London Luton Airport – For those of you that don’t have a big budget, I can definitely recommend this place. It has some great prices and it’s only 0.4 km away from the airport, which is 10 minutes by foot. I’m sure you’ll enjoy spending time at the on-site cafe!

4. Gatwick Airport

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  • (Luxury) Sofitel London Gatwick – For those of you that want the ultimate service near Gatwick Airport, take a look at this place! It’s a 4-star property located 500m away from the airport and one of the best things about it is that it has its own covered walkway to the airport!
  • (Middle-Priced) Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport – Looking for a mid-range accommodation instead? No worries, there are plenty of options for you as well. For example this great 3-star property that’s directly connected to the airport as well, which I think is an unbeatable advantage.
  • (Budget) Bloc Hotel London Gatwick Airport – On a super tight budget? This accommodation has some amazing prices, believe me! It’s right inside the South Terminal at the airport and it has some cozy and clean rooms that are just perfect for a pleasant nights’ sleep.

5. Stansted Airport

  • (Luxury) Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport – This excellent 4-star accommodation is only 2 minutes away from the airport by foot – can you believe it? Other than this, it also has 3 on-site international restaurants, an on-site gym and the list goes on.
  • (Middle-Priced) Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport – For those of you that want a good accommodation that offers the best value for the money, this one’s for you! It’s only 0.4 km from Stansted and it has an on-site fitness center and private parking as well.
  • (Budget) Holiday Inn Express London Stansted – Here’s my recommendation for travelers that don’t want to spend a lot of money on their accommodation near the airport. This one is a bit more far away (1.8 km) but it offers a shuttle that departs every half an hour.

6. Southend Airport

  • (Luxury) The Gleneagles Guesthouse – Looking for an upscale accommodation? This 4-star guest house is just great! The only downside is that it’s a bit far away compared to the rest: it’s 3.7 km from the airport, but it has all the facilities and amenities you might need. Plus, it will take you less than one hour to get to the center!
  • (Middle-Priced) Holiday Inn Southend – This awesome middle-priced accommodation is located right at the airport – you cannot get closer than this! It awaits with a nice lounge bar, cute and comfy rooms, a rooftop bar and more.
  • (Budget) The Rochford Hotel – On a tight budget? No worries, I found a very good place that’s way cheaper than the rest! This comfortable accommodation is located 1.6 km away from the airport and it awaits with a daily English breakfast and clean rooms.



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Conclusion

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I think congratulations are in order, as you have reached the end of one of the most complex accommodation guides on London out there!

In this post I have talked about the 16 best areas to stay in London, regardless if you’re visiting for the first of 10th time. For each of them I have given hand-picked hotel recommendations that are simply great regardless of the purpose of your visit and you’ll also find some superb apartments in the city center. And I didn’t forget about airport hotels either – and I’m talking about each of the 6 London airports that exist out there.

In short, you have literally everything you need in the guide above and I sure hope you found it useful for your London vacation.

If you have any other questions or concerns, let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!

Have a great time in England,

Romina

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