London is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in the world, combining thousands of years of history with some of the best contemporary architecture, culture, restaurants, markets and shopping in the world. It’s a city with so many personalities, so many things to do, and so much going on that you could never hope to experience it all – but you can certainly try. So how do you pick a London hotel? Choosing your accommodation in London will revolve around what you want to do, what you like, how long you want to stay, and the size of your holiday budget.
Discover more about London accommodation with our guide, below.
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Choose your style of London hotel
London accommodation covers quite a spectrum, from 2-star hostels to palatial design hotels overlooking the Thames. There are also apartment hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, serviced apartments – pretty much whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in London. How much you want to spend on your London accommodation is up to you. A good 3-star option is the Best Western Burns hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Earl’s Court, while the 4-star Citadines South Kensington is a good choice for a longer stay, offering apartment-style rooms with laundry services and in-room kitchen facilities.
If your style is more 5-star, you won’t come up short in London. For example, Egerton House is truly luxurious boutique townhouse hotel in Knightsbridge, while ME London is a contemporary design hotel in the heart of London’s vibrant West End.
Where to stay in London
London has its charming neighbourhoods, each with its own character and style. To make sure you’re within easy reach of the city’s latest and greatest attractions, hotels located in Zone One are a good choice, with popular areas including Soho, Westminster and Chelsea. If you want a luxury hotel within walking distance of Hyde Park and Harrods, areas west of the city such as Mayfair, Kensington and Knightsbridge are beautiful places to stay.
Best time to stay in London
There is something interesting to do in London every day of every month, although if you want to enjoy the best weather and the longest daylight hours, summer is the time to go. Of course, summer is also peak season, when London is at its most popular.
There are also some major London events to be aware of when booking your travel dates, such as the Chelsea Flower Show in May, Trooping the Colour in June, Wimbledon in summer, and London Fashion Week in February and September.
Getting around London
The best way to get around London and take in the sights is to simply walk. Landmarks and destinations are often closer than they appear. Apart from a scenic walk, the London Underground, or Tube, is also one of the best ways to get around. It’s certainly the fastest, and is a London icon. Pick up an Oyster card, which is valid on all forms of transport, including London’s iconic red double-decker buses.
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