If you are looking for budget and decent quality ( 3 star) then I would suggest the Royal Court Apartments in Paddington. I just got back a few weeks ago and it was a good stay. I booked a studio and as soon as I checked in they said they were upgrading me to a one bedroom at no extra charge. It's an older building but I was hardly there..c'mon its London!! You'll really only need it for getting ready and sleeping.
First off I recommend staying near Hyde Park, close proximity (within walking distance) to great food, shopping districts and the Underground. I'll recommend the London Elizabeth Hotel.
Parkwood Hotel http://www.parkwoodhotel.com/prices.htm
Served by Underground station "Marble Arch".
1 minute walk to Hyde Park, 100m to Oxford Street, main shopping district of London.
GBP 99 per Family (double bedroom and twin bedroom, i.e. 2 room suite) room, includes tax, service and free breakfast.
GBP 79 per Double-bed bedroom (single room) discounted if staying 4-6 nights.
London Elizabeth Hotel http://www.londonelizabethhotel.co.uk/bedrooms.htm
Lancaster Terrace ∑ Hyde Park ∑ London ∑ W2 3PF
Walking distance to station "Lancaster Gate"
Next to Hyde Park GBP 125 per family bedroom per night sleeps 4 people, some Family rooms have 1 room, some 2 rooms, check availability when booking. No 7th night special offer
GBP 125 per Classic Twin room per night (7th night is free)
GBP 145 per Deluxe Double or Deluxe Twin room per night (7th night is free)
Prices include VAT and full breakfast
Best Western MORNINGTON Hotel http://www.bestwestern.co.uk
Close to London Elizabeth Hotel above, same walking distance to station
GBP 119 per room (max rate). Min rate (requiring pre-payment non-cancellation, GBP 92 per night)
Only Standard Rooms available. Either 1 Queen bed or 2 Single beds per room.
Includes buffet breakfast, didn't say if VAT included, take for granted not.
Best Western Shaftesbury PADDINGTON Court London
27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington GB London, England, W2 3DP, Great Britain
5 min walk to Hyde Park
5 min walk other direction to Paddington Station
Free internet access
Different sized rooms, all have either 1 Double bed each or 2 Single beds each.
GBP 149 (weekday rate) GBP 189 (Fri-Sat-Sun rate) per night. Lower rates available subject to non-cancellable advance payment.
No mention of breakfast but I think it is free.
Temporary Stay Suites and Apartments
London, SW7 1DW, UK
+44 20 72253632
No website can't check rates
Close walking distance to Knightsbridge Station
+44 20 7727 1711
2 mins walk to Queensway and Bayswater stations
Also closeby Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations
Points of interest within walking distance - Oxford St, Portobello Market, Baker Street, Nottinghill.
FROM GBP 670 per week Family Studio
FROM GBP 740 per week 2-Bedroom flat
FROM GBP 1420 per week Duplex flat
Internet service payable, self-catering
For a tourist area hotel, I like the Milennium Gloucester. It is in South Kensington, on two different tube lines, and manages to be on a quiet side street.
I also like the Covent Garden Hotel. Covent Garden is a fabulous area to stay in if you want to see a show or two - or anything on the Strand.
My favourite little boutique hotel is the Washington which is in the tony Mayfair District (walking distance to Green Park, Regent St., Hyde Park). It is a lovely hotel in a lovely old residential, now commercial area. The Intercontinental and the Aethenum are also nearby as well - bigger hotels right near Green Park.
The Lanesborough is the best hotel in London and its gives you a quintessentially English experience (its located opposite Hyde Park). Iíd also recommend Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, the Haymarket Hotel (very close to Picadilly Circus), or St Martinís Lane Hotel (close t Leicester Square). In terms of best value for money, Iíd suggest Guesthouse West in Notting Hill.
Covent Garden Hotel is really nice and there was one called St Martins - its a boutique hotel (or was a few years ago) on St Martins Lane and a quick walk to Covent Garden and to Oxford St (two big shopping areas). It also places you right in seven dials - a really great boutique area.
Yea I know...frugal and London don't even belong in the same sentence. However, I am going to London next month for a conference and need to travel cheap.
My hotel is paid for by my school....but I am likely going to be responsible for all my meals and transportation around London (although I am working on getting the meals covered which would be huge).
Anyhow...I've been to London before and saw a lot of stuff the first time...so I want to spend this time seeing the things I missed and just generally wandering around the city. I am pretty familiar with the tube and bus system...so I won't be using cabs or anything.
I basically want to see St. Paul's (free), many of the museums, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Parliament (not sure if you can get inside), and go to Buckingham Palace again (just because I liked it so much the first time).
If possible, I'd love to get outside London and go to Windsor Castle, and possibly see a show on the West End. But again, this is all dependent on my schedule and prices.
I'm staying at the Novotel London West Hammersmith and flying into Heathrow.
So I would appreciate any tips and tricks you can share with me!!!!!! I am planning on making my itinerary soon :-) But I'm also trying to determine how much $$ I need to be bringing with me.
It's been 4 years since I was last in London...but when we travel, the first thing we do on arrival is hit up the supermarket for inexpensive snacks and drinks for the room (no mini-bar temptations).
- cheap meals from Tesco (good prepared foods and fresh bread)
- PIZZA EXPRESS...cheap, quality pizza and pasta considering its a chain
- Pret a Manger - good sandwiches
- Indian food - good food, inexpensive and filling
- souvenirs from Boots, Tesco, and F&M: lotions, foodstuff, Cadbury, tea. Better than buying that overpriced union jack t-shirt from the souvenir store.
- inexpensive daytrip: take the train to Bath. There used to be a discount if bought your train ticket at least one day in advance.
My young cousin is going to work as internship this coming May near London EC2A area. Do you have any suggestions or realiable agents/websites where she can find a studio or even share a flat with someone?
She almost got scammed by someone who asked for $400 deposit before she actually visit the place. I'm trying to help her out. It's her first trip to Europe as well.