Where to sleep in London: best neighborhoods where to stay on a budget

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Do you want to visit London and need some tips on where to sleep? In collaboration with the well-known booking portal Alloggionline.com, we have created a practical guide to the best neighborhoods where to base in the English capital. Here are some useful tips for yours stay in London: the best areas, districts and the most suitable accommodation facilities for young people, couples and families with children.

Index

  1. London area guide
  2. The best neighborhoods to stay
  3. Countries near London where to stay
  4. User questions and comments

London area guide


The English city can be divided into 6 different concentric zones where the 1 indicates the full center while the increasing numbers (up to zone 6) lead to the suburbs.
If you are visiting London for the first time, your best bet is opt for the central areas, i.e. zone 1 or 2.

On the other hand, if you already know the English capital, you might think about zone 3 as you will be able to save something for hotel accommodation, taking advantage of the fact that you can also visit a part of London that you may not know (remember, however, that transport prices also vary. depending on the zones, so if you intend to move frequently towards the center starting from a peripheral area, you will have to take into account the increased cost for metro / bus tickets).

The 6 zones can be grouped into 3 macro areas that will make it easier to choose the ideal place to sleep in London.



  • Zone 1-2: they represent the most central part of London as well as the most comfortable and at the same time most expensive choice. Stay in this area if it is your first time in London or if you are traveling with family. Zone 1 prices from € 150,00 per night - Zone 2 prices from € 110,00 per night.
  • 3 Zone: not being particularly central, it has lower prices. However, there is also an excellent distribution of transport that will allow you to move with peace of mind. Choose accommodation close to the many public transport stops. Zone 3 prices from € 80,00 per night.
  • Zone 4-5-6: they are peripheral areas and not always perfectly connected with the center. Recommended for those who have already been to London while it is not advisable to stay here if it is your first time in the English capital. Zone 4 prices from € 75,00 per night - Zone 5 prices from € 70,00 per night - Zone 6 prices from € 65,00 per night.

The best neighborhoods to stay

The neighborhoods (called Boroughs) are instead 33. As we understand, we understand the most recommended are concentrated in zones 1 and 2. This is because, as London is a very large city, you will need to consider public transport often for your travels. Let's see specifically the most interesting neighborhoods.



Westminster / Zone 1

A Westminster you will find the major attractions of London. Sleeping here means being at the center of London's culture and major attractions. It is the most iconic neighborhood in the city with its Big Ben marking the exact time and the Houses of Parliament. Absolutely unmissable!

  • Ideal for: Couples and families with children
  • Closest metro stops: Westminster Underground Station
  • Distance from the center: Central area
  • Better hotels:
    Premier Inn Victoria London
    Premier Inn London Leicester Square
    Amba Hotel Charing Cross
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    YHA London Central
    SoHostel London
    The Balmoral House Hotel

Covent Garden / Zone 1

To sleep in London Covent Garden It is ideal! It is a special neighborhood, full of shops and populated by numerous street artists. Inside its magical streets there are shops of all kinds but also museums and theaters. It is an entertainment-rich neighborhood.

  • Ideal for: Young people and families with children
  • Closest metro stops: Covent Garden Underground Station
  • Distance from the center: Half an hour on foot (about 2.5 kilometers), about 17 minutes by metro
  • Better hotels:
    The Waldorf Hilton London
    Fielding Hotel London
    Strand Palace Hotel London
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    LSE Grosvenor House
    Leicester Square One
    Exeter Street Apartments

Notting Hill / Zone 1

Absolutely essential to sleep in Notting Hill! We are talking about one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of the city, full of restaurants and home to the colorful Portobello Road Market, the most interesting market in London! Right in Portobello you can find the best of antiques!



  • Ideal for: Young people and families with children
  • Closest metro stops: Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate
  • Distance from the center: One hour on foot (about 6.5 kilometers), 28 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Notting Hill Gate Hotel
    The Abbey Court Notting Hill
    Portobello Hotel
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Dawson Place Juliette's Bed and Breakfast
    Blue Bells Hotel
    Portobello Gold

Piccadilly Circus / Zone 1

The legendary Piccadilly Circus it wouldn't even need any introduction; we all know it, it is a unique neighborhood, in a very central position, which must absolutely not be missing in your stay in London. It is the most famous square in all of London, as well as one of the most popular places.

  • Ideal for: Young people and couples
  • Closest metro stops: Piccadilly Circus Underground Station
  • Distance from the center: 23 minutes on foot (approximately 1.6 kilometers), 20 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    The Z Hotel Piccadilly
    Club Quarters at Trafalgar Square
    The Cavendish London
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    SoHostel London
    Seven Dials Hotel London
    Belushi's in Covent Garden

Greenwich / Zone 2

We all know Greenwich for its meridian which fixes the world time; it must be said, however, that it is a splendid district of remarkable architectural taste, enriched by green gardens and by a maritime past that has left its marks. The buildings reflect the Victorian taste of the place, the perfect place to stay in London with great peace.



  • Ideal for: Families with children and couples
  • Closest metro stops: North Greenwich
  • Distance from the center: Two hours on foot (about 9.5 kilometers), about 40 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    De Vere Devonport House
    Novotel London Greenwich
    Holiday Inn Express London
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    The Armitage
    The Pelton Arms
    St Christopher's Hostel Greenwich London

East End / Zone 3

The East End represents the most multi-ethnic district of the city. Once here there were migrants from everywhere but also the underworld, but today it is the most loved neighborhood by artists and young people. It is located east of the city and offers a frenetic and youthful climate.

  • Ideal for: Young people
  • Closest metro stops: Liverpool Street, Whitechapel Station and Aldgate East
  • Distance from the center: One hour on foot (about 6.5 kilometers), about 32 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Ibis London Excel Docklands
    Hilton London Canary Wharf
    Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Prince Regent Hotel Excel London
    Ibis London Stratford
    Via Limehouse Hostel

Wimbledon / Zone 3

Wimbledon it is certainly famous for having given its name to the prestigious tennis tournament, but it also represents a large residential neighborhood, well organized and capable of offering a lot to tourists. There are a number of pubs here amidst the beautiful sloping roof houses and a good number of theaters and public areas. It is a quiet place out of the hustle and bustle of central London.

  • Ideal for: Families with children
  • Closest metro stops: Southfields and Wimbledon
  • Distance from the center: Two and a half hours on foot (about 13 kilometers), about 55 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Justin James Hotel London
    Deuce Delight
    Cozy Studio with Garden View
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Wimbledon Holiday Lets
    Bright Spacious & Large Wimbledon Flat 17WHS
    Parkside Wimbledon

Stoke Newington / Zone 3

Today the neighborhood of Stoke Newington it is very popular, although it is somewhat detached from central London. There are several historical attractions in this district, which was also the birthplace of Daniel Defoe, and also has a large choice of gastronomic restaurants of different ethnic groups.

  • Ideal for: Families with children
  • Closest metro stops: Manor House and Finsbury Park
  • Distance from the center: Two hours on foot (about 9.5 kilometers), about 50 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Best Western London Highbury
    Pembury Hotel
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Central Park Hotel
    Arsenal Tavern Hostel
    Woodberry Down Hotel

Richmond / Zone 4

Richmond is the ideal neighborhood to sleep in London in a detached place but without giving up the beauty and comforts of the English capital. It is, in fact, a cozy neighborhood rich in nature. Its park and streets full of shops are very interesting. Do not miss the long Thames!

  • Ideal for: Families with children, couples and young people
  • Closest metro stops: Richmond Underground Station
  • Distance from the center: Two and a quarter hours on foot (about 11 kilometers), about 1 hour by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Black Lion Hotel Richmond North Yorkshire
    The Frenchgate Hotel
    The Kings Head Hotel Richmond
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Westend Guesthouse
    Willance House Guest House
    The Castle Tavern Richmond

Crouch End / Zone 4

A Crouch End you will find a well-made residential neighborhood, often populated by musicians playing live in the many restaurants and pubs in the neighborhood. Do not miss the opportunity to spend time inside the parks while the numerous sports facilities will allow you to safely practice physical activity.

  • Ideal for: Families with children and couples
  • Closest metro stops: Turnpike Lane
  • Distance from the center: Two and a quarter hours on foot (about 11 kilometers), about 40 minutes by subway
  • Better hotels:
    Mountview Guesthouse
  • Economic solutions recommended:
    Veeve 4 Bedroom 60S Chic Broughton Gardens Highgate
    Veeve 5 Bedroom Minimalist Home Hurst Avenue Highgate

Countries near London where to stay

Sleeping in London is certainly the highest aspiration if you are thinking of a trip entirely dedicated to the discovery of the English capital. However, if in addition to the city you intend to visit its surroundings, you could evaluate one of the countries listed below.

Windsor

Windsor it is located within the beautiful county of Berkshire. It is a small town with a unique castle. The castle is the most interesting attraction of the place and one of the best known and most appreciated in the whole United Kingdom. It is easily accessible from central London.

  • Ideal for: Families with children, couples and young people
  • Distance from London: Approximately 40 kilometers by train in approximately 40 minutes
  • Using the train with prices starting from 10.50 pounds
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per room -

Oxford and

Oxford and we all know it for the renowned university. However, we are talking about a city capable of offering a lot to its visitors, being a very elegant and refined place. You will find it northwest of London and is full of numerous attractions starting with the Cathedral of Jesus Christ.

  • Ideal for: Families with children, couples and young people
  • Distance from London: About 90 kilometers by train in about an hour
  • Using the train with prices starting from 11.00 pounds
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,18 per room -

Brighton

Brighton is an interesting seaside town which despite a particularly traditional aspect has a well-rooted nightlife as well as a port of great interest. Definitely worth seeing is the Royal Pavilion, a pavilion inspired by oriental art that is one of a kind. There are also many shops for shopping.

  • Ideal for: Couples and young people
  • Distance from London: About 87 kilometers by train in about an hour
  • Using the train with prices starting from 33.90 pounds
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,12 per room -

Warwick

Warwick is a place of medieval origin. It is in fact located within the county of Warwickshire on the banks of the River Avon. The dominant architecture of the city is in full Tudor style while the imposing castle, one of the best known in the United Kingdom, should be visited.

  • Ideal for: Families with children
  • Distance from London: About 150 kilometers that can be traveled by train in about an hour and twenty minutes
  • Using the train with prices starting from 10.90 pounds
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

Dover

Another interesting place is Dover. Here are the incredible "White Cliffs", the white cliffs to visit on every coast. As soon as you get to the top, you will be presented with a unique panorama.

  • Ideal for: Families with children and couples
  • Distance from London: About 125 kilometers by train in about an hour
  • Using the train with one-way prices starting from 46.20 pounds
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 56,71 per room -

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