London Hotel Location Guide
Choosing the most convenient London hotel location
This page helps you choose the most convenient, interesting, cost-effective location for your London, England visit. This is especially helpful if you plan to obtain a cheap rate at a quality accommodation in London by using a zone-based booking service like Priceline or Hotwire.
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London covers a large area with no one neighborhood functioning as the sole downtown. Entertainment, finance, government, and major retail activities are not concentrated in the same area.
Mayfair and SohoFor most of us, adjacent Mayfair and Soho are within walking distance of much of what we want to see and do.
Think of these as staying just south of Central Park in New York City.
Mayfair puts you in an extraordinarily upscale neighborhood with many of the best restaurants and finest hotels in the United Kingdom. Soho brings you the theatre district.
Hyde Park is at your west and you are surrounded by some of London’s most interesting architecture.
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WestminsterAlso super convenient, Westminster is a paradise for walkers and a great area to book a hotel.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lives on your north and a portion this area extends toward the London Eye.
In Westminster, you find a larger selection of less expensive and moderate cost hotels than in Mayfair and Soho.
Kensington Earls CourtNear the west end of Hyde Park, Princess Diana and her children lived in Kensington.
These adjacent areas are filled with less expensive and moderate cost hotels.
Although not in central London, both neighborhoods make a good base for your London stay. We especially appreciate their proximity to Hyde Park.
Chelsea - KnightsbridgeKnightsbridge hosts Harrods, London's world famous department store, and is super convenient to both Hyde Park and central London.
The Beatles lived in pleasant but somewhat less convenient Chelsea.
Bloomsbury Marble ArchLondon goes to school at the University of London and lodges visitors at the many less expensive and moderate cost hotels in this area.
Some call this the "real" London, as London residents do much of their everyday shopping "on the cheap" in Marble Arch.
Regents Park - North LondonA bit less convenient than some neighborhoods, visitors nevertheless love Regents Park and North London for their grand public spaces and historic architecture.
Think of this predominately upscale area as a bit like staying on NYC’s Upper East Side. You will be staying in a primarily residential area.
London BridgeThe south bank of the Thames has become quite the “in” place since the new Tate Museum and London Eye opened.
The City Financial DistrictAlthough most tourists visit this area at least once, the Financial District is not the best location for your hotel, unless you are traveling on business.
Destroyed more than other area of central London during World War II, the newer architecture here is undoubtedly far less interesting than what it replaced. Prince Charles was likely thinking of this area when he deplored the "glass stumps and concrete towers" of modern London.
However, your hotel here would be convenient to the theatre district and to many other attractions, including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.
Notting Hill BayswaterSomewhat bohemian in feel, Notting Hill attracts a younger crowd.
Both Bayswater and Notting Hill are not central to major sightseeing, but you will likely enjoy exploring their residential streets and small shopping areas, including their street markets.
Paddington, the station for Heathrow, serves these neighborhoods via the Heathrow Express .
Hammersmith may be too far from major sightseeing to deserve consideration, unless your multi-day focus is nearby Kew Gardens.
London DocklandsThe London Docklands were once the largest port in the world. Heavily bombed during World War II, the shallow port became less and less viable as large container ships took business away from smaller vessels. In recent years, the area has redeveloped into a major commercial and residential area.
Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, and Lutton airports
Gatwick, Heathrow, Lutton, and Stanstead, the latter two hubs of European budget flights, are the main airports serving London. All are connected by rail to central London.
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Enjoy your time in London!