London hotels are naturally a very high number and broad group. They are of all types, belong to all categories, and suit every possible pocket, budget, taste, requirement, whim, travel reason and arrangement.
You can start your selection among the many hotels in London by choosing the area where you wish to stay, or the amount of money you wish to spend (the hotel's star rating is obviously an indication of the cost), or the number of people you are travelling with, if any.
A criterion is to choose an area of London.
Here are some suggestions on central areas of London with local information on that part of London. The links below lead to pages with discount hotels in that area, including London airports:
London has four major airports, plus the City Airport, which is smaller. Heathrow is London's main airport, and one of the busiest international airports in the world, mostly used for scheduled flights. Gatwick is the second for importance and has many charter flights, although it has in recent years been rivalled by Stansted and Luton - near the town of Luton north of London - for low-cost, no-frills airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet.
Kensington & South Kensington
Royal Borough, with palaces, gardens, parks, the Royal Albert Hall, shopping in Kensington High Street. You'll find many luxury hotels but also affordable accommodation.
- Kensington luxury hotels
- Kensington & South Kensington moderate price hotels
- Kensington cheap hotels
Part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is a highly fashionable part of town, with the world-famous Kings Road which became a symbol of the swinging London in the 60s. Sloane Square, marking the border of Chelsea with the two other upmarket districts of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, gave its name to the expression 'Sloane Rangers' to denote upper class, sophisticated young men but more often women. But Chelsea also means the football club based at Stamford Bridge stadium, one of the best in the English Premiership and indeed a team at European level. On the south Chelsea is bounded by the river Thames: Chelsea Bridge crosses it, and Chelsea Harbour, which has historical origins as a Coal Wharf for the rail network, has been developed on the North bank of the Thames as a modern complex, architecturally innovative, glamourous, with luxury apartments, a five-star hotel, showrooms, offices. The Harbour serves as a true working marina, with moorings for luxury yachts and speedboats.
With plenty of cheap hotels. Part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is an area popular with tourists, lively and vibrant, with lots of shops, pubs and eating places. London's Australian community has made it its home from home. Earls Court is also an important Underground junction, and is the location of both Earl’s Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, major venues.
Upmarket hotels, like the area itself. Synonymous with affluence, expensive department stores, shopping ground for the well off, exclusive and glamorous.
Mayfair, Piccadilly & Bond Street
Luxurious, elegant, the fashion centre of London. Only five & four stars luxury hotels here, but the area has a certain village atmosphere. Antique shops, exquisite boutiques, classy car salons and a historic market. French and Italian fashion designers outlets.
The West End
Soho, the enterteinment district, nightclubs open until morning, music venues, discos, restaurants, bars, Chinatown. Theatreland with all its glitter. Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square.
Oxford Street & Marble Arch
Oxford St, the greatest shopping street in the whole of London and one of the most famous in the world, with big department stores, little boutiques, souvenir shops for tourists and more. At the end of it, Marble Arch, the splendid gateway to Hyde Park, with the Speakers' Corner. On one side of Oxford St is Soho. Mayfair is also bordering on Oxford St, with exclusive glamour and opulent elegance. Nearby Bond Street and Regent Street provide more shopping.
In the very heart of London. Right in the West End, Covent Garden means the Royal Opera House, the famous Piazza with its market, the Sevel Dials little square reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie's mysteries, top theatres and some renowned vegetarian and health food shops.
Victoria, Belgravia, Pimlico
Close to a major travel complex (rail, coach, underground hub), with direct link with Gatwick Airport. Accommodation for all budgets here, from the super luxury hotels in Buckingham Palace Road which are next door neighbours of the Queen to the hundreds of bed&breakfasts and family hotels that line the streets and terraces around Victoria Station.
Important railway station, with direct links with Heathrow Airport. Delightful district, close to the West End, bordering on Hyde Park. Shopping open all hours in Queensway, restaurants and cinemas.
Camden, Bloomsbury, Russell Square
Camden Town is colourful, with shops, canals, the Camden Lock and the world-famous Camden Market. Nearby Hampstead is a culturally interesting area, where Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychonalysis, lived and the Freud Museum can be visited. Hampstead is still today synonymous with the psychoanalitic community, and many therapists are located there. Hampstead Heath is a large, hilly and wild park with many ponds: go there and you will think you're in the countryside, not in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Not far is the upmarket neighbourhood of St John's Wood, with the Lord's Cricket Ground, and the beautiful Primrose Hill, a real window over London, offering a view of the city from the top.
Literary Bloomsbury, the University of London, the British Museum, the British Library. Russell Square with its tube station and the direct line (Piccadilly Line, blue) to Heathrow Airport.
Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras
Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras, the 3 stations that connect with the North of England and Scotland, and the Thameslink that crosses London from North to South. Kings Cross Underground means fast access to everywhere in London, giving access to all England. St Pancras International is the terminal of the Eurostar train.
Regent's Park, Baker Street, Marylebone
Madam Tussaud's, the London Planetarium, associations with Sherlock Holmes, some of the finest art galleries in London, a beautiful royal park: a paradise for tourists. But overall the location is so well positioned, sandwiched between the West End, the shopping of Oxford Street and Regent Street, the important stations of Euston and Kings Cross, and Paddington with the Heathrow Express.
Waterloo & South Bank
The South Bank is London's fastest growing tourist area; it has been recently transformed by the addition of riverside restaurants, bars and shops as part of the Royal Festival Hall refurbishment. And with Waterloo International Station, which is the terminal of the Eurostar train, the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Tate Modern, this part of the South Bank is enjoying an even greater development and exercising a bigger pull. It also has the advantage of being extremely close to the West End and the heart of London, separated from the Strand and Charing Cross Station only by the new Jubilee Foot Bridges, and from the Houses of Parliament by Westminster Bridge.
City of London, Barbican & Liverpool Street Station
This is not only the financial centre of London and the business district, where the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England are situated, so a very convenient place to be for business and commercial people. It is also the location of a crucial railway station, Liverpool Street, that connects directly with Stansted Airport, home of the low-cost airlines; so it is a good base for budget travellers as well. Plus St Paul's Cathedral, Fleet Street (the traditional thoroughfare of the press), the Tower of London, Tower Bridge: many major tourist sites are here.
Docklands, Canary Wharf, Greenwich
The old London of the docks meets the new London of Canary Wharf business and media centre. The Docklands Light Railway provides easy connection with the rest of London, and so does the Tube's Jubilee Line. The ExCel Centre is an important business venue overlooking the Royal Docks in this newly developed area.
Historic Greenwich remains one of the most fascinating parts of London, with its crucial connection with marine history, the observatory and the development of time measurement instruments. There is so much to see and explore in Greenwich, from the Cutty Sark tea clipper to the covered market, from its architectural treasures associated with royal and naval history to the park. Find out more in this Greenwich guide.