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Deciding where to stay in London can feel like a monumental task.

I get it.

London is enormous.

This sprawling city is one of the largest in Europe and it is home to a long list of things to see and do. Most of these sights are clustered in the city center and along the banks of the Thames River, but not all of them. To get around, you will do a lot of walking but you will also ride the Underground, maybe a taxi or two, or even a Big Red Bus.

The trick is to pick a place that fits in your budget but doesn’t have you spending hours every day on the Underground.

To make your decision easier, we narrowed down the long list of where to stay in London to much shorter list of the best hotels. This list is organized by neighborhood and then further narrowed down by budget.

Overview of London

Before we jump into where to stay in London, here is a quick geography lesson. This is very important if it is your first visit to London.

The Thames River flows through the heart of London. The main landmarks in London are located along this river, although there are a few outliers.

London is divided up into smaller areas, or neighborhoods. There are more than 30 different neighborhoods in London, although I won’t cover all of them. We will stick the more centrally located neighborhoods to save you time on public transportation.

There is not one prime location to stay in London. No matter where you stay in London, you will use public transportation to get around. However, the more centrally located neighborhoods do make it quick and easy to get to most sights but you will pay a premium to stay near the city center.

Here is a map of where to stay in London. Each color corresponds to a different neighborhood in London.


How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers. You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. Each color corresponds to a different neighborhood in London. The black markers indicate the most popular landmarks.


Where to Stay in London

How We Chose these Hotels and Apartments

The hotels we list in this article are very highly rated. All but a few get 8.5 stars or higher on Booking.com, and most of them get at least 9 stars. They are also conveniently located near Underground stations, an important factor in picking out where to stay in London.

Even though this is a narrowed down list of all the hotel options in London, it is still a very long list. At the end of the article, I narrow it down even more, giving you our top recommendation (skip ahead to this list now).

I list hotels as luxury, upscale, mid-range, and budget. A luxury hotel is a 5-star hotel, an upscale hotel is a 4-star property, a mid-range hotel is a 3-star property, and a budget hotel is a 1 or 2-star property or a hostel.

How Much Does It Cost to Stay in London?

London can be very expensive.

In London, you will have no problems finding 4-star and 5-star hotels that get impeccable reviews. There are also some great mid-range, or 3-star hotels and apartments to choose from. Finding a cheaper 2-star hotel or hostel that gets decent reviews in London is more challenging.

If you are a budget traveler, you can spend as little as £10 per night in a hostel. If you are traveling as a group of two or more, a double room in a 2-star hotel will cost between £40 and £120. For the mid-range traveler, on average you will pay between £100 and £275 per night for a double room. 4-star rooms usually range from £275 to £400 per night, and the 5-star hotels usually start around £400 and go up from here.

These are the prices for a standard room at this level. 4-star hotels can offer deluxe rooms or rooms with a view for two or three times the price of one of their standard double rooms.

These average costs can go up based on the time of year and during times of high demand for hotel rooms. Prices may also be cheaper during the off-season.


Best Hotels in The City of London

The City, also known as “the Square Mile,” is a sprawling neighborhood that is located along the north bank of the Thames River.

This is where London began. Romans established their rule here in 43 AD, in a small settlement called “Londinium.” Over the past 2,000 years, the city has expanded into what we know today.

This area is home to some of the oldest and most historic sites in London and it is also an important financial district. The Bank of England is headquartered here.

View from St Paul Cathedral

View from St Paul’s Cathedral

Top Experiences in The City: St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Sky Garden, and the Royal Exchange. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge sit just across the border of The City.

Key Underground Stations: Bank, Monument, Blackfriars

Pros: Good central location

Cons: This area looks and feels like a financial district, so it lacks the charm that you get in the West End, South Kensington, or Marylebone

LUXURY: Vintry & Mercer. This 5-star hotels offers luxurious, modernly decorated rooms and an onsite restaurant that serves British and Asian cuisine. From here, you are just steps away from St. Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge.

UPSCALE: Locke at Broken Wharf. This property offers luxury apartments with views of the Thames River. The apartments can accommodate 2 or 3 people, so it’s not a great pick for many families, but if you are looking for some extra space or the ability to prepare some of your own meals, this is worth considering.

MID-RANGE: Motel One London Tower Hill. This hotel is located on the east end of The City north of Tower Bridge. Rooms can accommodate up to 1 to 2 people and are stylishly decorated.

Best Hotels in Covent Garden & Soho

Covent Garden and Soho are centrally located in London in an area that also includes the theater district, Leicester Square, and Chinatown. The shops along Regent Street and Oxford Street form the western edge of Soho.

If you are looking for a great central location with convenient access to the theaters, the opera, and some of the best shopping in London, this is the place to stay. From here, it is also very easy to get to many of London’ top sights.

Top Experiences in the Covent Garden & Soho: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Neal’s Yard, theatre district, and the shops on Oxford and Regent Streets

Key Underground stations: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus

Pros: Central location; easy to walk to some of London’s top sights; great area for nightlife; this is the best place to stay in London if you plan to watch a show in the theater district

Cons: This bustling neighborhood is busy and can be loud at night; lacks the charm of some other neighborhoods; can be expensive

LUXURY: The Savoy. This world-famous hotel dates back to 1889. It sits on the River Thames and from here it’s just a short walk to Covent Garden and the British Museum. Have a drink in the famous American Bar and dine in Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill.

UPSCALE: Hazlitt’s. This boutique-style hotel features rich, sumptuous décor and antique furniture. This hotel was built in 1817 and with its Victorian furnishings and architecture, this is a great place to stay in London if you want to stay in a hotel with some history. 

UPSCALE: Wilde Aparthotels by StayCity Covent Garden. With apartments that can accommodate up to four people, this is a great place to stay in London for families. This property is located on The Strand near Trafalgar Square.

UPSCALE: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel. This top-rated hotel is located in Seven Dials near the Covent Garden tube station. Rooms are modernly decorated. The onsite restaurant, Monmouth Kitchen, features Peruvian and Italian cuisine.

MID-RANGE: Assembly Hotel. This hotel is located just 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square. Rooms are modernly decorated and can accommodate two peopel.

BUDGET: hub by Premier Inn London Covent Garden. We stayed at a hub by Permier Inn property in Edinburgh and had a great experience. The rooms are small but with innovative storage options there is plenty of room to unpack your things. This is a great property to consider if you are on a budget but want to stay in central London. 

Best Hotels in Marylebone

If you want to stay in a quiet, trendy, chic neighborhood, take a look at Marylebone. The streets are colorful and charming and laced with cafes, bookstores, shops, and restaurants.

On our next visit to London, you just might find us here. Marylebone looks absolutely delightful.

Top Experiences in Marylebone: The list of sights is low but the streets and the shops are the main attraction here. The Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madam Tussaud’s are located on the northern part of Marylebone.

Key Underground Stations: Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Oxford Circus, Bond Street

Pros: Quiet, charming neighborhood; you could easily spend an afternoon here wandering the streets and hopping from shop to shop or pub to pub.

Cons: This neighborhood lacks the top sights that make most first-timers to London’s to do list…but that is why it is so charming…it doesn’t look or feel like a neighborhood that caters to tourists. Not a good pick for mid-range or budget travelers.

LUXURY: The Marylebone Hotel. Not only is this one of the top hotels in Marylebone, it is also one of the top hotel picks in London on Trip Advisor. This beautiful hotel offers rooftop terrace suites. This hotel is located centrally in Marylebone and it is a short walk to Oxford Street and Mayfair.

Hotel The Marylebone Hotel

The Marylebone Hotel | Where to Stay in London

UPSCALE: Mandeville Hotel. This 4-star hotel is conveniently located near the shopping district along Oxford and Regent Streets. Rooms are luxuriously decorated and there is a highly rated onsite restaurant, the Reform Social & Grill.

UPSCALE: The Holmes Hotel. This boutique hotel is a bit different than a standard hotels in London. The Holmes Hotel is located in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse on Chiltren Street near the Baker Street station. Rooms are modernly decorated with tasteful Sherlock Holmes accents. This property looks like a real gem.

Hotel Holmes Hotel London

Holmes Hotel | Where to Stay in London

MID-RANGE: Astor Court Hotel. This is a great choice if you want to stay in Marylebone without paying a small fortune. Rooms are tastefully decorated and the quad room can accommodate up to four people, a great choice for families.

Best Hotels in Mayfair

Mayfair is one of London’s swankiest neighborhoods. With numerous five-star hotels, over 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, and a short walk to the best high-end shopping streets in town, this area attracts well-to-do tourists and locals. In London, Mayfair is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods to call home.

Mayfair is located right between Hyde Park and Soho. To the south sits St. James and Buckingham Palace.

Top Experiences in Mayfair: Regent Street shops; Grosvenor Square

Underground Stations: Green Park, Oxford Circus, Bond Street

Pros: Quiet neighborhood; if you have the money to spend, the hotels and restaurants are top-notch

Cons: Don’t expect to find any budget hotels in this neighborhood

LUXURY: The Ritz London. Not only does the Ritz offer the highest in luxury when it comes to service and comfort, but you can also dine in The Ritz Restaurant, a Michelin-starred restaurant, or have afternoon tea at the Ritz.

UPSCALE: The Chesterfield Mayfair. This 4-star hotel also oozes luxury, only with a cheaper price tag than the Ritz. The Chesterfield offers traditional British charm with a modern twist. Without leaving the hotel, have traditional afternoon tea or visit The Terrace Bar and sample the large whiskey selection.

Hotel The Chesterfield Mayfair

Chesterfield Mayfair | Where to Stay in London

UPSCALE: 9 Hertford Street. These luxury apartments offer extra space that you don’t get in a traditional hotel room. Each apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine. Some apartments can accommodate up to eight people.

Best Hotels in Westminster & St. James’s

These two neighborhoods form the royal heart of London. If this is your first time in London, there is a very good chance that you will be spending a nice chunk of your time here.

This is an excellent location if you want to stay in the city center. Westminster and St. James’s sit side-by-side, with Buckingham Palace and The Mall located smack in between them. If you have plans to watch the Changing of the Guards, visit Westminster Abbey, or stroll down Whitehall Street, this is the most convenient place to stay.

Top Experiences in Westminster: Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Park, Whitehall, 10 Downing Street, and the Churchill War Rooms

Key Underground Stations: St. James’s Park, Green Park

Pros: Centrally located; historic

Cons: Can be expensive; no handy Underground stations unless you stay near Green Park, so expect to transfer one or two times when traveling to other places in London

LUXURY: Hotel 41. This gorgeous hotel is worth checking out. At the time that I am writing this, 41 is the #1 hotel on Trip Advisor. It gets rave reviews and it offers the ultimate in luxury. All rooms have a black and white theme, come with Bose sound systems, and complimentary snacks. Want to gaze at the stars from your room? Check out the Conservatory Suite. Plus, it’s located next to Buckingham Palace, so it has a prime location if it’s your first time in London.

LUXURY: Corinthia London. This hotel makes the list because of its unbeatable views from the rooftop terrace. From here, you can look across the Thames River to the London Eye. This hotel also has multiple restaurants and bars, an award-winning spa, and a fantastic location just steps away from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. 

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Corinthia London | Where to Stay in London

LUXURY: Great Scotland Yard Hotel. Yes, I know, three luxury hotels are a lot, but it was very hard to narrow down these options. This hotel, which is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is located in the original Scotland Yard building, making this one of the most historic hotels in the city. Not only would it be cool to say that you stayed in Scotland Yard, but the hotel is also renowned for its luxurious rooms, hospitality, and hidden whiskey bar.

UPSCALE: St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel. This hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant (Quilon) and an award-winning afternoon tea. Rooms are elegantly decorated and this hotel is located very close to Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

MID-RANGE: The Sanctuary House Hotel. Just a 5-minute walk from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, this is a great mid-range hotel to consider if you want to be centrally located in London. Rooms are tastefully decorated and there is a traditional pub on the ground floor that offers hearty meals like fish and chips.

Hotel The Sanctuary House Hotel

Sanctuary House Hotel | Where to Stay in London

Best Hotels in South Kensington

South Kensington encompasses the area south of Hyde Park and west of Westminster. It is not as centrally located as the Covent Garden or The City, but what it lacks in location it makes up for in charm.

South Kensington is one of the most affluent areas in London. Egerton Crescent is one of the most expensive places to live in England. But don’t let that scare you. Hotel prices here can be cheaper than those in Marylebone, Mayfair, and Westminster.

This is where we stayed on our trip to London and chose South Kensington for its cheaper prices.

Top Experiences in South Kensington: Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Harrod’s, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens

Key Underground Stations: Gloucester Road, South Kensington

Pros: Upscale neighborhood; quiet

Cons: You will have to ride the Underground to get to almost anywhere else in London

LUXURY: The Ampersand Hotel. This Victorian hotel is conveniently located next to the Gloucester Road tube station and a 5-minute walk from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Prior guests love the heated bathroom floors.

UPSCALE: Cheval Harrington Court at South Kensington. If you are looking for an apartment rather than a traditional hotel room, this is a great property to consider. Take your pick from a nice mix of studios and 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.

MID-RANGE: Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road. This hotel gets decent reviews, but if you want to stay in South Kensington without spending a lot of money on a hotel room, this is our top choice. It is conveniently located near the Gloucester Road underground station. Rooms can only accommodate two to three people so it is not a great pick for families, unless you reserve two or more rooms.

Best Hotels in Southwark and the South Bank

This stretch of land is located on the south side of the Thames River, from Waterloo to Tower Bridge. If you stay here, you have a handful of London’s top sights right on your doorstep, and it is just a short walk to one of the most iconic views in London: Parliament, Big Ben, and the Thames River.

Top Experiences in Southwark: London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Tate Modern, Borough Market, The Shard, Millennium Bridge, Tower Bridge.

Key Underground Stations: Southwark, London Bridge, Waterloo

Pros: Great for families; if you stay in South Bank (near the London Eye), it’s a short walk to Westminster Bridge and iconic views of Parliament and Big Ben; good central location in London

Cons: Feels touristy if you stay near the London Eye, with places like the London Eye, The London Dungeon, and the SEA Life London Aquarium.

LUXURY: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard. For the best view of London from a hotel, stay at the Shangri-La. The Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 on The Shard. Each guest room has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views over London. The rooms are luxurious and the hospitality is world-class. This hotel also has London’s highest infinity pool and highest bar.

LUXURY: Sea Containers London. If you want a room with a great view, this is a great place to stay in London. This innovative hotel is located in the Sea Containers House, right on the south bank of the Thames River. The rooms are modernly decorated and some rooms have a balcony with a view across the Thames River.

Hotel Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London | Where to Stay in London

UPSCALE: London Marriott Hotel County Hall. We just stayed here on our most recent trip to London. The location is unbeatable. It’s located on the River Thames, in between Westminster Bridge and the London Eye. Some rooms have views of Parliament and Big Ben. This hotel is within walking distance of two handy Underground stations: Westminster and Waterloo. We loved the location, the views, the onsite restaurants, and being just steps away from Westminster Bridge.

Big Ben and Parliament London

The view from our room at the London Marriott County Hall | Where to Stay in London

UPSCALE: citizenM London Bankside. This modern, tech-savvy hotel gets rave reviews. You can control everything in your room, from the TV to the temperature, from a touch screen tablet. Rooms are small and can only accommodate two people, so families should look elsewhere or consider reserving multiple rooms.

MID-RANGE: Ibis Styles London Southwark – near Borough Market. There are two Ibis properties in Southwark. This one gets better reviews and is located near Borough Market and Tower Bridge, so I think that this is the best of the two hotels. If you stay here, it is just a short walk to Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, and The Shard.

Best Hotels in King’s Cross

There are several good reasons to stay in King’s Cross. If you are visiting London as part of a multi-country trip and traveling by train, there is a very good chance that you will arrive and depart from St. Pancras station. With its location further from the city center, hotels tend to be cheaper here. And Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the visit to Platform 9 ¾.

Top Experiences in Kings Cross: St. Pancras Station, Platform 9 ¾

Underground Stations: London Kings Cross

Pros: Cheaper prices; handy location near St. Pancras Station

Cons: This area can be gritty and less charming than central London; you will spend more time on the Underground

LUXURY: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. This historic hotel is located next to St. Pancras International Station. The building is one of London’s greatest Victorian landmarks and has two bars and restaurants onsite, along with a salon and spa. With access to 6 tube lines it is super easy to get anywhere in London from this location.

UPSCALE: Pullman London St. Pancras. This 4-star hotel is just a short walk to the St. Pancras International Station and tube stations. From here, it is a 10-minute walk to the British Museum. The hotel and the rooms are modernly decorated and some rooms can accommodate up to four people.

BUDGET: Kabannas London St Pancras. If you are visiting London on a budget, this property is a great choice. This hostel sits just across the street from St. Pancras station. It gets very good reviews and it is easy to get anywhere in London with its handy location near multiple tube lines.

BUDGET: Generator London. This is one of the most popular properties in London for budget travelers. The YHA St Pancras gets better reviews and has a slightly better location, in my opinion, since it is located so close to St. Pancras International and multiple tube lines. I think it is worth taking a look at both of these properties and then choose your favorite. Generator London is located in Bloomsbury, just south of Kings Cross.

Best Hotels in Camden Town

This is the farthest neighborhood on this list from the city center, but if you like the idea of staying in a place with a local vibe, put Camden Town on your list.

Located northeast of Regent’s Park, this neighborhood offers a different experience than Westminster or South Bank. Here, you get to explore London with local flavors. Go shopping in Camden Market, photograph the street art, stroll along Regent’s Canal, and enjoy the view from Primrose Hill.

Top Experiences in Camden Town: Camden Market, Camden Lock, Regent’s Canal, Primrose Hill

Key Underground Stations: Camden Town

Pros: Perfect for those who want to mix in with the locals and stay in a non-touristy part of the city

Cons: Longer trips on the Underground to get to London’s main sights

UPSCALE: Mirabilis Apartments – Bayham Place. Take your pick from several different apartments that can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 5 people. These apartments are beautifully decorated and some come equipped with a washing machine. This property is located next to the Mornington Crescent tube station.

MID-RANGE: Deluxe Central London North Apartment. This relatively new property offers several apartments that can accommodate between seven and nine people. The apartments come equipped with a full kitchen and washing machine.

Best Hotels in Shoreditch

Located in London’s East End is the trend-setting neighborhood of Shoreditch. This neighborhood is the place to go to see colorful street art and murals and go boutique shopping. Shoreditch is also one of London’s top spots for nightlife.

Top Experiences in Shoreditch: Try the street food at Boxpark or Dinerama; visit the Brick Lane Sunday market; go bar hopping

Key Underground Stations: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street

Pros: Has a local vibe; great place to stay for those who want to see London by day but stay close to the bars and clubs at night

Cons: Due to its location you will spend more time on the Underground; can be loud at night

LUXURY: Batty Langley’s. This boutique hotel is exquisitely decorated with antique furniture, rich colors, and eclectic bathrooms. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony with a city view.

UPSCALE: citizenM London Shoreditch. CitizenM advertises that it provides luxury at an affordable rate. This modern hotel offers a lot of unique touches, such as black out curtains, extra-large beds, and a “MoonPad” to control your room.

MID-RANGE: Point A Hotel London Shoreditch. This hotel offers basic rooms at affordable prices. This hotel is a popular pick in Shoreditch, just note that the rooms do look like they are on the smaller side.

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Best Hotels in London if it’s Your First Visit

I recommend staying somewhere centrally located to save you time on the Underground. It’s a bonus if you can also stay near a tube station that has several different lines, making it faster and easier to get around the city.

Neighborhoods that fall into this category are Covent Garden & Soho (Wilde Aparthotels is great for families and hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden is great for budget travelers), Westminster & St. James’s (Hotel 41 looks incredible and the Sanctuary House Hotel is a great option if you are looking for a mid-range hotel), and Southwark & South Bank (the London Marriott has an excellent location near the London Eye and Big Ben).

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Best Hotels in London for Families

There are a nice collection of hotels and apartments on this list that can accommodate four or more people.

If you want a good, central location, consider the London Marriott next to the London Eye.

The Cheval Harrington Court is a beautiful upscale property with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in South Kensington. 

Best Hotels in London for those on a Budget

It is hard to beat the Kabannas St. Pancras, with its great views and handy location near St. Pancras International Station and Kings Cross. Generator London is also a popular pick for budget travelers.

The hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden is an awesome choice if you want to stay in a central location.

Wombat’s City Hostel gets rave reviews. It is located in a neighborhood called Tower Hamlets, which located east of the Tower of London, but with that you get a great place to stay at a budget price. They offer a range of dormitory style rooms as well as double rooms with a private bathroom.

Best Hotels in London for Mid-Range Travelers

For the mid-range traveler, we recommend the Astor Court Hotel in Marylebone, the Sanctuary House Hotel in Westminster, and Deluxe Central London North Apartment in Camden Town.

Best Hotels in London for Luxury Travelers

The Savoy is often hailed as the top luxury pick in London. However, Hotel 41 gets excellent reviews and is #1 on TripAdvisor at the time that I am writing this. And that’s not just in the luxury category…it’s the top pick out of all the hotels in London.

The Ritz in Mayfair, The Marylebone Hotel in Marylebone, the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, and the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel all get impeccable reviews and offer world-class service.

What if you want to stay in a highly-rated, upscale hotel, but don’t necessarily need the full 5-star experience? You have a LOT to choose from. The 4-star hotels that stand out the most include The Chesterfield Mayfair, St. James’ Court, A Taj Hotel in Westminster, the Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone, and Hazlitt’s in Covent Garden.

Best Hotels in London with a View

The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard offers one of best views of London. From this hotel, whether it is from your room or a hotel restaurant, you can look out over the Thames River, Tower Bridge, and London’s most iconic sites. If you can’t swing the price to stay here, it is also possible to get a similar view from The Shard’s viewing platform. 

Sea Containers London offers rooms with a balcony and views across the Thames River.

Montcalm Royal London House was not mentioned earlier in this post, since it is located in Finsbury, which is north of The City and west of Shoreditch. However, this 5-star hotel has a rooftop terrace with stunning views of London.

Hotel Montcalm Royal London House City of London

Montcalm Royal London House | Where to Stay in London

You can also get an awesome view of London from a rooftop terrace room at The Marylebone Hotel and the Corinthia London in Westminster.

Finally, from the London Marriott County Hall, some rooms have a view of Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Bridge.

London Marriott County Hall

London Marriott County Hall | Where to Stay in London

Best Boutique Hotels in London

If you want to stay in a smaller, unique, beautifully decorated hotel, we recommend the Holmes Hotel in Marylebone, Hazlitt’s in Covent Garden, and Batty Langley’s in Shoreditch.

Best Historic Hotels in London

For those who want to stay in a hotel with some history, we recommend the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in Westminster, the St. Pancras Renaissance, Hazlitt’s in Covent Garden, The Savoy in Covent Garden, The Holmes Hotel in Marylebone, and the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

If you have any questions about where to stay in London, let us know in the comment section below. Or if you have a hotel or apartment that you recommend, we would love to hear about that too.

More Information about London

LONDON ITINERARY: In our article 5 Days in London, we include detailed daily itineraries for exploring London. You can do all five days or follow just a day or two, if you have less time in the city.

BEST OF LONDON: For a list of the top experiences in London, read our article Best Things to Do in London. Tour Westminster Abbey in photos and plan your visit in our Guide to Westminster Abbey. And learn how to plan a day trip to Windsor Castle from London.

LONDON TRAVEL ADVICE: Here are 12 important things to know if it will be your first time in London.

LONDON AT CHRISTMAS: For an overview of what to do, here are 15 things to do in London at Christmas. We also have guides to the best Christmas lights and best Christmas markets. Learn how to put it all together in our London Christmas Itinerary.

ITINERARIES WITH LONDON: London and Paris can be combined into a wonderful 7 or 10 day trip. With 10 days, you can also visit London, Amsterdam, and Paris.

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    Alexa Smith

    Thanks a lot for this detailed information. This will definitely help travelers in finding a right place to stay according to their needs and preferences. Keep sharing such amazing work.

  4. Avatar for Wak

    Simply put, you are amazing! Thanks a billion for great treasure of info. We will follow this for our forthcoming London-Amsterdam-Paris trip in August 2022. May God Bless you!

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    P. Hepner

    I am really enjoying your website! It has been so helpful in even selecting where we are going! We are going to Europe for the first time – 4 in our family – my husband and I and our 21 yr old twins. We are going to do the London-Paris 7 day itinerary ..in August. You have mentioned a lot of hotels here – we are looking for mid-range to upscale..location to the underground and walk to pub, cafe, etc. We will need two rooms and one room needs to have two beds (can be two twins but two beds). Where do you suggest?

    Same need for Paris….

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      That is very exciting that you are planning your first trip to Europe! At the end of this post, we list recommended hotels for mid-range and luxury travelers (at the end of the luxury section I list 4-star upscale hotels). You can click these links for room types to see the bed options. The Astor Court Hotel does offer rooms with twin beds. As for Paris Hotels, at the end of the post we sort the hotels by travel type. I recommend looking at the hotels we mention for boutique style hotels. We really liked Hotel Brighton and Hotel Fabric looks wonderful. In Europe, sometimes finding a room with two beds can be challenging. Twin beds are easier to get than 2 doubles or queens. But in both Paris and London, there are so many pubs and cafes that most hotels we list should be in walking distance of these. On Booking.com, each hotel will have a map so you can see its location with regards to the metro and restaurants. Cheers, Julie

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    Brandon Barrett

    Hi, thanks for all the great information. My wife and I are flying back through London on our way back to the US. We have one late night (arriving at 8pm) and a full day and night. So essentially one full day and two evenings. Never been to London. Recommendation on what to take in for one day for first timers. We’re less into museums but would love to be around the Christmas markets and nightlife and maybe check out a few landmarks. Thanks for any suggestions you may have on best area, hotels, must-do sites and restaurants.

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      If you want to see landmarks and skip the museums, I recommend spending the morning and midday either visiting Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Whitehall, and maybe ride the London eye for great views of the city. OR, spend the morning and midday visiting the Tower of London, see Tower Bridge, and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, visit the Christmas markets and end the day in Covent Garden. We have a 5 day itinerary with some of these places grouped together, so that might help you plan your visit. I recommend staying in Covent Garden, since it is centrally located and you could be ending your day here. There are a lot of great restaurants in London (and Covent Garden) and when we visited, we honestly didn’t eat anywhere worth mentioning. We use Trip Advisor to pick out restaurants while traveling and the recommendations are generally very good. London should be lovely at Christmas! Have a great trip! Cheers, Julie

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