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We continuously review the best value budget hotel accommodation in London in all sectors of the market. Then we hand pick some suggestions for you to benchmark against.
There is no 'best' hotel or 'best' district to stay in, there are better districts than others for your own individual preferences and budget. The choices on this page are driven from the perspective of the leisure traveller looking for value for money.
Our budget hotel selection below are the cheapest with acceptable standards but keep in mind that the room rates are highly volatile in London.
Seasonality - Most hotel districts in London are either more expensive at the weekend or cheaper, broadly the business orientated districts are cheaper at the weekends, the leisure ones more expensive. Nowadays, even most of the small independent hotels have room rates that change all the time, especially in the short term that these prices depict.
Other guides - You may get worthwhile extra insight by reading our guide to the major hotel areas in London, all are very different. This guide describes which neighbourhoods are more central, which are budget areas and which are exclusive.
No-frills budget chain with great location in Paddington just around the corner from Paddington railway and Underground stations with direct airport trains to Heathrow.
All bedrooms are air-conditioned, fully heated and equipped with wi-fi access (fees applicable) and en suite bathroom. No food is available but plenty of cafes, restaurants and fast food on your doorstep.
Available room types: Single, Double/Twin and Triple
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Paddington
If low cost is top of your criteria for a bed for the night in Central London, then easyHotel, an ultra no-frills chain is worth checking out. easyHotel has several cheap hotels in Central London, this easyHotel in Paddington is a typical one.
Paddington is particularly of interest to those flying into Heathrow Airport with the Heathrow Express and TFL Rail Heathrow trains offering direct transfers. Paddington offers a wide range of places to eat and practical services like launderettes, pharmacies and convenience stores. The centre of London is close by, with Oxford Street and Hyde Park walkable in 10 to 15 minutes.
Cheap budget chain hotel on the edge of central London, just a 3-minute walk from West Brompton Underground Station. Shops, pubs and restaurants are widespread within the Earl's Court area. 24/7 reception. Free wi-fi throughout and a restaurant as well as a pub.
Functional and comfortable rooms have everything you need: en suite bathroom, hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, a big desk, Internet and TV with lots of channels.
Available room types: Double/Twin and Triple
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to West Brompton
With London's excellent public transport system and the spread out nature of London's attractions it's a good money saving ploy to save cash by staying just a little way out. Earl's Court is in Zone 1 of the public transport system and the Underground will have you at most places you want to go in about 20 minutes or so, Heathrow in 40 mins.
Ibis, part of the French Accor chain, have similar no-frills hotels within for London modern buildings at very competitive rates, especially if you can book several weeks in advance and take advantage of the promotional rates.
Cheap bed and breakfast hotel, just 150 yards from both King's Cross and St Pancras Railway Stations plus access to no less than 5 Underground lines.
The family-run hotel offers budget rooms, breakfast and free internet access. Bedrooms feature central heating, a TV and tea/coffee facilities. Continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Guests are within a 5-minute walk of an array of restaurants and bars.
Available room types: Single, Double/Twin, Triple and Quad
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Kings Cross and St Pancras
The immediate area around King's Cross & St Pancras railway stations has always been a benchmark district for budget accommodation in Central London. Despite recent massive rejuvenation and redevelopment and the introduction of more swanky 4- and 5-star hotels, directly opposite the stations around Argyle Square, nearly every building is a small cheap bed & breakfast hotel.
Intense competition keeps prices reasonable. With direct rail links to Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick airports and an airport bus to Stansted Airport, this area is outstanding for transfers and also a major Underground hub.
Value hotel in a very central location, on the edge of West End, London's theatre area. Less than 5 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Underground Station and Oxford Street shops. Covent Garden, Leicester Square and many of London's main theatre shows are within 10-15 mins walk.
A private shower room,TV, a digital safe and free tea and coffee facilities are provided in each room. Restaurant and cafe, plus bar usually open until late, every night. London's largest health and fitness facility is situated beneath the hotel with discounted entry.
Available room types: Single and Double/Twin
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Tottenham Court Road
Bloomsbury hotel area is located on the edge of the London's main entertainment district, the West End. A very atmospheric part of London with literary connections, the district is famous for its bookshops. The main visitor attraction is the district is the British Museum, you can walk to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, China Town and Trafalgar Square, the geographic centre of London, within 15 minutes.
Just off Kensington High Street within 3 minutes walk of Kensington High Street Underground Station and 10 minutes walk to Kensington Palace and South Kensington Museums. Easy to reach the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill.
Access to the gym is free and, as is the wi-fi and you can relax in the sauna and swim laps in the indoor pool. Restaurant serves hot buffet breakfasts and European dishes at dinner. The Lounge Bar is more relaxed.
Available room types: Double/Twin and Executive Suite for up to 4 people
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Kensington High Street
The number of stars on a property only reflects the facilities provided by the hotel not how good a hotel. A 2 star hotel could conceivably be much nicer than a 4 star hotel. If you want room service, concierge services, in-house restaurants and fitness facilities then you will require a 4 star property, but in this sector room rates vary wildly and are very volatile in price.
Kensington, a large hotel area just to the west of the centre of London, is a fertile hunting ground for such properties if you have one eye on the wallet.
Located in the heart of London's West End , Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square are all within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, for location this hotel is hard to beat.
All rooms include hand crafted beds, HD TV with free Sky Sports and movie channels, free wi-fi and an en suite shower room with complimentary toiletries. A continental breakfast is served in The Z Cafe every morning.
Available room types: Single and Double/Twin
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Piccadilly Circus
As far as the tourist concerned and also geographically speaking then Trafalgar Square is the centre of London. The area around Piccadilly and Leicester Square is the heart of the famous West End theatre district and the around China Town and Covent garden is a natural place where visitors gravitate to in the evening to eat, drink and be entertained.
The only real downside of staying in the West End area is that this is one of the most expensive districts to find accommodation, most hotels are 4 star or above grade. Just a mile away in districts like Bloomsbury and Victoria hotels of the same grade are a step down in price.