London Victoria As A Hotel District – Tick All The Boxes For You?
Author: Bob Handford
Victoria is one of London\’s major and most popular hotel districts, but does it meet your individual needs and preferences?
Victoria has a very wide range of hotels at both extremes of the budget spectrum. It\’s not the cheapest hotel district though, you do pay a slight price premium (especially at weekends) over other hotel districts like Kensington and Bayswater slightly further out from the centre. But on the other hand it is not the most expensive district to stay either.
London has no “downtown” area in the North American sense but Victoria is very central. Buckingham Palace is by Victoria, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are within 15 minutes\’ walk, there are even two West End theatres by Victoria Station.
Regards accommodation, Victoria is not one of the cheapest hotel districts. Room rates are quite volatile according to season. You can get bargains in the budget hotels mid-week. On the other hand many of the luxury hotels towards Westminster are cheaper at the weekend.
Victoria is a very large hotel district with everything from hostels to 5 star luxury and everything in between.
The 4 star grade hotels are in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Train Station and stretching east to St James. These vary from traditional full service luxury hotels like the Rubens at the Palace to top chain experiences like the Marriott St Ermine\’s to large 4 star blocks with global brands like the DoubleTree Hilton Victoria.
Budget hotels are south of the station and stretch all the way down to Pimlico.
There are a few budget chain hotels like Premier Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western and Holiday Express. But don\’t expect modern purpose built units, these chain hotels are housed within the same terraced buildings that the independent budget hotels that dominate occupy.
The 8 minute video below will give you a good flavour of what to expect if you stayed in the Victoria hotel district and enable you to make an informed choice.
Hotels Near To Victoria Train Station
Airport Connections And As A Base For Sightseeing
One of the strengths of Victoria are its excellent airport links with airport buses to all four of London\’s major airports and if you are flying into Gatwick the train links make Victoria the benchmark hotel district to beat. There are also direct buses to Dover and Southampton cruise ports.
For getting around London it is excellent. By public transport Victoria is a major Underground and local bus hub with services radiating out in all directions. Victoria is pretty central too, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey just two of the sights within easy walking distance.
All of the popular hop on, hop off open top sightseeing buses have a major stopping point at Victoria and for day tours out of London, Victoria is the main departure point for the main tours from London.
Restaurants, Food and Shops
The number of restaurants, pubs, cafe\’s and fast food places would take a year to sample all of them. Victoria also has one of the few large supermarkets in Central London, Sainsbury\’s on Wilton Road plus a multitude of smaller convenience supermarkets.
In and around Victoria Station restaurants are geared around grab and go places and fast food supplemented by plenty of traditional English pubs. South of the station down the Wilton Road area there are plenty of restaurants covering just about every cuisine you can think off. Going east from the station towards Westminster restaurants are more upmarket, but there are still plenty of traditional pubs selling pub grub.
You can get most things you will ever need in the vicinity of the station although Victoria is not one of the major shopping districts of London. Especially south of the station you will find small service businesses like hairdressers and launderettes.
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