Best Places to Stay in London on a Budget - Award Winning Destinations

Best Places to Stay in London on a Budget

London, UK capital, is one of the coolest, most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities on the planet with a virtually endless array of attractions for all tastes and ages but unfortunately, London hotel prices stop many travelers from visiting this great city. If you are willing to keep your expectations in check and look at your hotel as a place to sleep while you enjoy the city, good hotels can be found that are budget friendly. Here are ten recommendations that may help you start planning that trip you promised yourself. ​" How to cherry-pick the best traveling spot? Let Award Winning Destinations guide you for a truly awesome traveling experience. Discover the best vacation destinations in the world for your next international adventure. "

1. The Hoxton Hotel

Hoxton is a hip and gentrifying area near the East End and the Financial District. The bars of Shoreditch and the shops and restaurants of Spitalfields Market are within a short walk. This 205-room hotel offers you cheap phone calls, pre-packaged healthy breakfasts delivered to your room, and a fridge filled with free mineral water and milk. The high-ceilinged, exposed-brick lobby has a minimalist, shabby-chic feel, and the focus is on useful amenities, no gym or overpriced minibar.  All rooms are identical, with wood paneling, flat-screen TVs, and down duvets and pillows. Great Eastern Street is heavily trafficked so it can be noisy. Request a room overlooking the courtyard or quieter Willow Street. Advanced bookings get you the cheapest rate.

2. Umi

Fashionable Notting Hill, London’s answer to New York City’s West Village. The hotel sits on a residential block, a 10-minute walk from Portobello Road’s famous weekend market, this hotel has a room for every type of traveler. Umi is made up of six 150-year-old private town houses that have been converted into a single hotel. The lobby is homey, with comfy brown sofas and carpeting, and art by local illustrators. The 117 rooms include singles well-suited to solo travelers just looking to bunk down. If you’re traveling with a group, doubles, triples, and quads are available and some with bunk beds. All rooms have a private bathroom. The young, sharply dressed hotel staff goes out of its way to be helpful and accommodating.

3. Caring Hotel

Bayswater, in west central London, a neighborhood of mostly neoclassical town houses interspersed with leafy public squares. This newly refurbished Victorian town house is next to Hyde Park and a short walk from the famous clothing shops on Oxford Street. The hotel borders the well-tended gardens of Hyde Park, and is within a short stroll of Portobello Road with its renowned antiques shops and weekend art markets. Three nearby subway stations provide quick access to the city’s most iconic destinations. This Victorian-era town house with 25 rooms range in size from singles with shared bathrooms, to spacious family rooms offering private bathrooms and either twin or double beds. The hotel doesn’t have an elevator, which means that it can be hard work getting to the most spacious rooms on the top floor if you’re carrying bags.

4. The Gresham Hotel

This Georgian town house is a great choice for families given its unusually spacious top-floor rooms and its convenient location near Paddington Station, a key transportation hub. Paddington, in west-central London, with blocks of stately 18th-century houses that have been converted into hotels, restaurants, and businesses. This hotel is a few blocks from the subway lines at Paddington Station, and a short walk from Kensington Gardens. The 57 rooms have straightforward, up-to-date furnishings and come in a range of sizes—the brightest and biggest of which have multiple beds and are ideal for large families. In-room, free amenities include satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The Gresham is a few blocks from Paddington Station, which has an express rail connection with Heathrow, enabling you to dispense with the need for airport transfers.

5. Howard Winchester Hotel

Belgravia, a residential district known for its 19th-century, white stucco mansions. The 18 room hotel is near the boutique shops of Sloane Square and Kings Road, and a 20-minute walk east of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. With an understated décor, this family-owned inn has all the basic requirements you need at an affordable price. The hotel’s full English breakfast, which is included in the rate is served on Royal Doulton fine china. The convenience of the hotel’s location near Victoria Station, a key subway stop, is only 300 yards away. Be aware that there’s no elevator in this six-floor building. Double, twin, triple, quad, and family suite rooms are offered.

6. Grange White Hall

Bloomsbury, in the quieter, leafier portion of the city’s West End Theater and nightlife district, and home to artists for generations. Overlooking the British Museum, the hotel is a block from London’s up-and-coming fashion shops, such as French’s Dairy. Part of the small Grange Hotels boutique chain in Britain, this three-story hotel has a Georgian look on the outside, but a contemporary business feel on the inside. Its 60 rooms are unusually spacious for London and come in two main types, smallish rooms with twin or double beds and generic décor, and suites with four-poster beds. A substantial English breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in a restaurant overlooking the hotel’s manicured lawns and colorful gardens.

7. Rushmore Hotel

The hotel is in Earls Court, a residential district in west London with charming public squares. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk southwest of the sprawling public park Kensington Gardens and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and it’s around the corner from a subway stop on the Piccadilly line, which stops at Heathrow Airport. Each of the 22 rooms at this hotel in a Georgian town house has its own decorative theme. Praise goes to the Rushmore’s cleanliness, its breakfast which is included in the price, and its location by a key subway stop. Rooms have recently been renovated with private bathrooms. Single, double, triple, and quad rooms are available.

8. Euston Square Hotel

Euston Square, near Regent’s Park, is an area dominated by office buildings. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the hotel to the park and 20 minutes to the British Museum. There’s not much else of interest to visitors in the immediate vicinity, but there are plenty of transportation links. This is a no-frills budget hotel with a boutique look that’s convenient for travelers coming to London by way of the Eurostar. The lobby doubles as a lounge space; plum and walnut veneer sofas are gathered around a large coffee table. The adjacent bar broadcasts international sporting events and serves reasonably priced cocktails. Queen-size beds with white linens, wooded desks, and carpets outfit the 75 basic rooms. Mirrors on bedroom walls increase the sense of space and light, but there’s no denying that the quarters are a bit cramped.

9. Church Street Hotel

A colorful, well-run hotel in Camberwell, about 30 minutes from central London by public transport. Camberwell, whose 19th-century charm remains intact with a cricket green, a parish church, and lively pubs is a great area to stay. Brightly colored walls, tiles from Guadalajara, and hallways lined with Mexican film posters. Find your fellow guests hanging out in the lounge, and borrow an art-house movie or paperback book from the hotel’s library. Rooms have bright Andalusian floor tiles, walls painted in sunny Mexican hues, kitschy faux–Louis XIV chairs, and colorful bedspreads give the rooms a Latin feel. The on-site lounge has free gourmet coffee and tea and a self-serve bar with a selection of Spanish beers and spirits. It’s a 30-minute haul to the city center on a combination of buses and the Tube but night buses ensure that it’s easy to get back at any time.

10. The Mad Hatter

Located in Southwark, a commercial neighborhood on the south bank of the Thames River, home to the open-air Globe Theatre of Shakespearean fame, the London Eye Ferris wheel, and the Southbank Centre performing arts complex. The hotel is roughly 1,000-feet from the Waterloo subway station and The Tate Modern art gallery. A former 19th-century hat factory, this three-floor building features traditional dark wood British décor. The tidy and quiet 30 guest rooms provide blond-wood floors and white linens. Part of the economy chain of Fuller’s Hotels, The Mad Hatter offers a traditional English pub for dining. A full breakfast is included in the rate. Travelers who dislike walking will need to use public transportation or hire a cab to get to iconic tourist sites in the city.