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Many factors will shape your decision on where to stay in London. It’s a big city that is spread out to several neighbourhoods bursting with hotels, bed & breakfasts, hostels, apartments and even homestays. There is no “Downtown” hotel area in the north American sense. London's hotel areas are grouped under 12 headings which you can read in detail below.
On this page, we have grouped London accommodation options under many categories so you can quickly and efficiently pinpoint a shortlist that meets your individual wants and needs.
We have grouped central London hotel areas in 12 headings for you, highlighting the main characteristics of the location. You can see the map below to get a better understanding of their locations.
The centre of the entertainment and shopping districts. Dominated by large expensive 4- and 5-star chain hotels. Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Mayfair are detailed below or see our detailed West End area guide.
London offers a wide range of trusted hotel chains across various categories of accommodation. Chain hotels often do not have star ratings, so to make it easy, we have grouped them into budget and luxury hotels. A chain hotel often gives you the familiarity of standards and service you have experienced before, helping to take the guess work out of booking your London accommodation.
Budget bed & breakfasts, mid-range and luxury hotels to suit every budget.
Fully-furnished, self-catering accommodation options for short-term lettings.
A wide range of dormitory-style accommodation aimed at the young and young at heart.
Airbnb offers something for every need and budget in all areas of London.
We understand the choice could be overwhelming especially if you’re a first-time visitor. Choosing a location to stay in London first is important for both your budget and stress levels! We recommend you consider:
We have the main central London hotel areas above, however, if you're planning your first visit to London and find yourself confused with the wide range of neighbourhood options, take a look at our guide to London's hotel areas. It has been designed to help you identify the right area to choose your accommodation in, depending on your individual wants and needs. Our guide will help you make an informed decision to get the most out of your first London holiday.
Guide to hotel areas in London