London is vast and confusing if you don’t know what you are doing. With minimal experience of or knowledge about the city, it can be really difficult to figure out where you should book your stay in order to get the most out of the experience. You don’t want to stay somewhere that is too far from the action, but at the same time you don’t want to be too close and unable to sleep for all the noise outside. To help, we’ve put together a simple guide of some of the best places to stay.
London’s West End contains some of the best shopping and tourist destinations in London. You can go shopping in Mayfair or Belgravia, party in Soho, watch a play on Shaftesbury Avenue, or check out tourist sites like Big Ben – An impressive London landmark. It is one of London’s most exciting areas; definitely a great place to stay when visiting London. Paddington provides probably the best access to London’s West End, with a good mix of both affordable and luxury hotels available. The area is also generally pretty quiet, while still providing an easy thoroughfare to some of London’s busiest areas. Staying there also puts you in easy walking distance of Paddington Station, which gives you rail access to the rest of England and speedy access to Heathrow via the Heathrow Express.
Holborn sits neatly in the centre of London and provides decent access to most of London. It is not quite as convenient as Paddington, but it is comfortable and quiet and generally more affordable; it is a great option for people travelling on a budget. The area puts you near such great locations as Covent Garden, the British Museum, Angel, and Kings Cross Station.
Hackney is the hip heart of London’s exotic East End. There are plenty of fashionable bars and off beat fashion outlets; not to mention such excellent experiences like the Hackney City Farm and Brick Lane. It is a great area, but the accommodation tends to be a little rough and ready. While gentrification has started to take hold, Hackney is still a haven for the young and broke; not ideal for fans of luxury travel.
City of London
If you want to stay in plush comfort and luxury, while still enjoying access to the London’s exciting East End, consider booking accommodation in London City. The City of London is home of London’s banks and much of its business, so the accommodation in the area tends to be a lot more swish. You will still be within a short walk from places like Brick Lane, but you will also gain access to classic tourist destinations such as the Tower of London and St Pauls.
A stay somewhere like the Montcalm at the Brewery London city grants you comfort and access to some of the best that London has to offer.
Camden is an amazing place to stay for the impoverished and young. There are cheap hostels and a lot of fun nightlife in the area that makes it very suitable. The only drawback is that it requires a bit more travelling to get to the rest of London; nothing unmanageable, but worth thinking about before choosing Camden. Still, the cool market, great bars, and live music in the area more than make up for the slight inconvenience.