Where to stay in London – budget to luxury London accommodation

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You’re planning a trip to London – one of the biggest, and most exciting cities in the world! London can be expensive and you are probably wondering where to stay in London that won’t kill your budget yet still get you close enough to the action and London attractions.

There are literally thousands of places to stay in London and to save you some time, and hopefully some money, I’ve researched the best London accommodation options from budget to luxury and narrowed down your choices to a few select properties.

If this is your first time visiting London, I’ve created a list of the 5 best options for accommodation in London for budget, mid-range and luxury travelers, and these London properties have been put into three categories; hotels, apartments, and hostels.

Where to stay in London? What about best neighborhoods?

5 of the best london accommodation options - from budget to luxury
A list of the best London accommodation – Image by Shutterstock.com

There is no ‘best’ area of London to stay in for everyone’s needs but I’ve focused the location of the properties in Central London so you have most of the top London sightseeing attractions on your doorstep to save you as much time getting around as possible.

The majority of the London accommodation options I’ve listed down below are located around the Victoria, Kensington, Waterloo, Hyde Park, St Pancras, Westminster, and Southwark areas. These are centrally located areas of London. From here you can easily get to the majority of your London attractions and London transport.

You can stay further out of the city to save some money, but sometimes the trade-off between saving money and saving time on commuting by being central to the action cancels each other out, particularly on short getaways!

Wherever you stay in London, all the main accommodation districts are well served by the public transport system. The Tube really is an excellent transportation system that can get you around London quickly.

To make my list on where to stay in London, each property had specific criteria to meet and for my research, I used the Booking.com website.

Why book your London accommodation with Booking.com?

I like that you can book a variety of accommodation types on the one website – hotels, apartments, hostels, even vacation homes – and I love how simple their website is to use!

Booking.com is the world leader in booking accommodation online and has over 800,000 properties worldwide, and over 2,500 in London.

You also get free cancellation on most rooms and a best price guarantee. Plus, they have verified reviews from guests who have actually stayed at the property!

We use Booking.com all the time for our accommodation needs which is why they are our accommodation partner and a worthy one to help you find where to stay in London that suits your needs.


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Best London Accommodation

Where to stay in London if you like hotels (3, 4, and 5 star)

3-Star Hotels in London:

The criteria I used to create this list of 3-star hotels in London includes:

  • Review Score of 8+
  • Free WiFi
  • Tube station nearby – must when choosing your London accommodation
  • Central London
  • Breakfast included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking available

3-Star Hotels in London to choose from:

Click on each link to read a full description of the London property.

4-Star Hotels in London:

The criteria I used to create this list of 4-star hotels in London includes:

  • Review Score of 8+
  • Free WiFi
  • Tube station nearby
  • Airport shuttle
  • Central London
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking available

4- Star Hotels in London to choose from:

5-Star Hotels in London:

The criteria I used to create this list of 5-star hotels in London includes:

  • Review Score of 8+
  • Free WiFi
  • Tube station nearby
  • Airport shuttle
  • Central London
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking available
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool

5-star hotels in London to choose from:

Where to stay in London if you like apartments

Criteria I used to create this list of London apartments:

  • Review score of 8+
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Family rooms
  • Central London

Apartments in London to choose from:

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Where to stay in London if you like Hostels

The criteria I used to create this list of London hostels:

  • Review score of 7+
  • Free WiFi
  • Central London
  • Breakfast included
  • Front desk open 24/7
  • Restaurant

Hostels in London to choose from:

I hope this page helped you to find the best London accommodation to suit your needs.

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18 thoughts on “Where to stay in London – budget to luxury London accommodation”

  1. Loved the Windermere! Perfect location, comfortable room and great breakfast & dinner. Stayed there over a week and it felt like coming home each evening after a long day of sight seeing.

    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Windermere Amy and made your trip to London feel like you were coming home each evening. I already knew it should be on the list for best London accommodation and you’ve confirmed it even more 🙂

  2. Leônidas Ribeiro

    I’ve been to London several times and I can recommend these hotels listed here are of excellent quality and service, it is worth the investment.

  3. This sound’s luxurious but not costly. Thanks for putting this together, this is really interesting. There’s a lot of people wanted to go to London but couldn’t find theirselves a budgeted place to stay. I hope this could help.

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