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Where to Stay in London as a Tourist

The capital of Great Britain, London is quintessentially a modern city with grand history and tradition. It is probably the most recognized city in the world due to its rich culture and affinity with royalty. The royal family resides in the famous Buckingham Palace overlooking the Kensington Gardens. The city boasts of river Thames which runs through the city and few iconic bridges have been erected upon it over the past couple of centuries.

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With so much history in its trails, no wonder it is one of the biggest cosmopolitans in the world. From pebbled streets to ultra modern sleek roads, from horse drawn carriages to the fastest cars, from thrift stores to high end showrooms; you can find anything and everything in London.

The city has a lot to offer however, people often think that London is very expensive (rightly so), but there are ways to enjoy the city by staying in affordable accommodation as that is a major chunk of the travel budget.

Here’s a compiled list of where to stay in London as a tourist

1. St James & Westminster

Nestled between the River Thames, Mayfair and Soho, Westminster is Britain’s most secured area. There are only a handful of food and living options around the Westminster area while London’s most of the major attractions are located here such as Trafalgar Square, The House of Parliament, top art galleries, etc. Visitors looking for a glimpse of royalty should head towards the Buckingham Palace which sits beside the St. James’ Park and officially houses Her Majesty along with her family while they are in London. Westminster Abbey plays a very important part in the monarchy as is it the place of all royal coronations and funerals among other celebrations.

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Hotels in St James & Westminster

Corinthia Hotel London is an upscale and posh Victorian hotel that sits right in the heart of the most popular spot in London. With fabulous dining options and a trendy bar, the hotel is quite popular with tourists looking for the ultimate experience. Corinthia London, also has a full service spa with an indoor pool along with a fitness centre for the health conscious.

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London Marriott Hotel County Hall is built in a grand stone building overlooking the Thames in Westminster. With elegant decor and warm hospitality, this upscale hotel is surely bound to provide luxury with comfort. All the rooms are equipped with modern amenities while the concierge is always willing to go that extra mile to fulfill any sort of requests from the guests. With an in-house steakhouse that serves some delectable food, and the bar dishing out some of the best drinks, it is difficult not to indulge. The indoor pool and spa is the place to get your body pampered while gazing out into the view of London.

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London is a modern hotel with chic and contemporary rooms and is quintessentially comfortable. The Balinese day spa is sure to ward of any kind of stress that hovers around your mind. Ideally a business hotel, Park Plaza does have around 30 meeting rooms in the hotel so that business doesn’t get hampered while holidaying. The 3 dining options here are unique in their own sense and prepares food as per the taste buds of the guests.

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Comfort Inn Westminster is a hotel with a focus in providing comfort to its guests without extravagant costs. The hotel is very colourful which gives a positive and welcoming vibe to anyone who has ever walked into the Comfort Inn. With minimalist approach toward the decor of the beautiful Georgian rooms, they have made sure that there are lesser distractions when it comes to rest. Breakfast is served complimentary in the restaurant for a perfect start to the day.

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2. Covent Garden & Marylebone

Covent Garden is set in the heart of London’s theatre area and its central feature is its cobbled pavements and restored old market. With its quirky and trendy shops it is the most visited part of London. Musicals and shows form the mode of entertainment in this area along with a supporting cast of buskers and other street arts. Within the tangles streets here you can find many restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs alongside a lot of tourist attractions such as the Royal Opera House, London Film Museum, etc.

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Hotels in Covent Garden & Marylebone

Covent Garden Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel located in the trendy West End land in Covent Garden. With the Royal Opera House being 3 minutes walk from the hotel, it is a place for the connoisseur of art. With fabulous artwork adoring the rooms here along with the modern amenities, it is a place where art meets luxury. The granite and oak furnishings add an old world charm and elegance to the place. The wood-paneled lounge at the bar gives a very rustic vibe while the cool all-day brasserie dishes out some awesome food. There is also a film screening room in the hotel and an all day spa.

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A plush and luxury boutique hotel that sits 4 minutes’ walk from the National Gallery is St Martins Lane Hotel. Amazingly modern, slick rooms with massive bay-windows and mood lighting feature designer amenities and toiletries. The Cuban-Asian fusion food which is served in the restaurant is a gastronomical wonder and entices guests with some great presentations as well. The facade of the hotel is purposefully made up of contemporary and funky wall art that increases the appeal of the place.

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Strand Palace Hotel is a testament to London’s rich history as it was built in 1909 and still features original art-deco from the early 20th century. This old and grand hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the Covent Garden Station and has been known to have housed the who’s who of the art world in the years gone by. With recently renovated rooms the decor has changed to a more casual and trendy one to appeal to the younger masses. The in house Indian restaurant served some authentic Indian food while the carvery serves dishes made out of locally sourced meat.

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3. Kensington & Mayfair

With Green Park bordering the East and Hyde Park on the North, Kensington and Chelsea are synonymous with London. These upscale areas in London are known for housing the best museums, amazing art galleries and one of the biggest lifestyle stores in London – Harrods. Kensington Palace is just around the corner which attracts a lot of visitors every day. The fashion enthusiasts are bound to explore Elizabeth Street that is dotted with some of the best designer outlets in the world. Most upscale restaurants can be found in the area along with some of the best pubs.

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Hotels in Kensington & Mayfair

The Kensington Hotel is set in a regal and elegant Regency mansion which is about 7-8 minutes walk from the famous Victoria & Albert museum. The hotel is very contemporary in its approach to the ambiance and decor. With Italian marbles adoring the bathrooms and chic rooms with duck down duvets, this place is sure to entice luxury with comfort. The lobbies have fireplaces which give the place a very heritage look and afternoon tea is mostly served here. A sleek and trendy bar with a stylish upmarket restaurant can be considered perfect even for royalty.

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Royal Garden Hotel is a sophisticated hotel that is housed in a 1960s stone and glass building and sits on the edge of Kensington Gardens which is a 5-minute walk from High Street, restaurants and tube station. With views of the wonderful Hyde Park the rooms are chic and urbanized to suit the modern era tourist. The furnishings and amenities in the hotel are top notch and hi-tech at the same time. The restaurant in the hotel serves Chinese or British cuisines depending on the guests’ preference. The terrace lounge is ideal for afternoon tea and the 10th floor bar offers panoramic view of London skyline.

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NH Kensington Hotel is a traditional hotel in the Kensington area which is a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum. The hotel is ideally located for tourists and travellers as all the major attractions are close by; and the nearest tube station Earl’s Court is about 5 minutes away. The rooms and suites here are ultra modern and comes equipped all the amenities and facilities one might need in a hotel room. The Mediterranean restaurant in house serves fresh and scrumptious food while the lounge bar with a sunroom is a big hit with regular guests.

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4. Camden Town, Primrose Hill & SoHo

My favourite place to “hang out” in London, Camden Town is neatly settled in the north-eastern part of Regent’s Park. The Camden Market area is awesome as you can find literally anything vintage – clothing, music, art, memorabilia, etc. Camden is often regarded as the birthplace of British rock n roll music as well as biker clubs. Primrose Hill sits quietly alongside Camden Town where one can find celebrities hanging out with chic stores and coffee shops. With mostly young and lively people in Camden; there are a lot of cafes and pubs with live music and generally a wonderful place to have great time with friends. SoHo is known for the ultimate nightlife that London has to offer; with over 20 clubs in the area alongside niche upmarket designer showrooms it is the place to be.

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Hotels in Camden Town & Primrose Hill

Holiday Inn London is located about 4 minutes walk from the Camden Town tube station and around 2.3 miles from the British Museum. The rooms here are done very neatly and looks extremely stylish while the concept is quite minimalist. A few of the upper level floors and suites have canal view which is an added advantage. With a very hip and cool all day dining option next to the lobby, the hotel is more than inviting for people to come in and have a nice time.

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Thistle Euston Hotel has some of the views from the rooms as the hotel is located in the midst all the hustle bustle. The Euston tube station is barely a minute’s walk from the hotel and Madame Tussauds London is about a mile away.  The rooms are quite comfortable and well-ventilated while the informal lounge bar has a very upscale ambiance. The brasserie style restaurant serves good food and the overall environment is quite relaxed and laid-back.

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York & Albany Hotel lies right opposite Regent’s Park and is about 5 minutes walk from Camden Town tube station and the London Zoo. The hotel houses the famous and upscale gastropub which is the namesake of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey and serves authentic and traditional British food. The rooms are elegant, neat and are decorated with antiques and original 19th-century brick fireplaces. 

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10 Comments

  • Candy September 13, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I love staying and photographing anything with old world charm so the Covent Garden are would definitely be my spot. I can’t stop staring at the photo with all those cars perfectly aligned like a work of art 🙂

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    • Ozzy September 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

      The taxi cab pic was actually a commemorative one done during the 75th b’day celebrations of The Queen (a big maybe though). 🙂

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  • Izzy September 14, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I will definitely be checking out Camden Town, as any neighborhood with chic boutiques and coffee shops is always good in my book. London is definitely pricey and the last time I was there, I was shocked at how expensive a hotel room was but its comparable to NYC, maybe even cheaper than NYC!

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  • Sandy N Vyjay September 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    London is a city of vintage charm. Though we have never been to London, we feel close to it because of our love for books and English literature where London features as a background. The post is really useful as first time travelers to London may find it a maze. Will book mark this for our London explorations.

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    • Ozzy September 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      You should visit soon guys!

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  • Iuliana Marchian September 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

    So interesting the offer a wide range of neighborhood and hotels in London. I think that s beautiful to stay everywhere, but I must admit that the colorful Camden town attracts curious travelers to see this London Wonder.

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  • Veronica P. September 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

    This is literally the best guide to hotels in London! Thank you!
    The city has always been so confusing to me and the choice of the hotels is so big… A big big thank you!

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    • Ozzy September 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you for the compliment Veronica! We’ve tried our best to compile the list as we’d like it! Glad you liked it!

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  • Claire September 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    It is always so overwhelming trying to decide where to stay in a city as big as London! Camden is my favourite area too, although it’s always nice to mix things up a bit!

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    • Ozzy September 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Camden Town is “the” place to be at least for us.

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