London is big on luxury but not everyone can afford it. There are many options for travelers when touring London on a budget. Sure, the capital has big names in hospitality, but there’s also loads of great cheap hotels in London that you needn’t trek out to the sticks to find. Stay somewhere better located and more fun than many of the city’s grand five-star hotels, all for less than you’d pay for a slap-up meal at one of London’s best restaurants. Whether it’s a dorm bed in the heart of Soho, a traditional family-run guesthouse on a period square, or a tech-smart room near St Pancras, London’s got it covered. Have a peek at our list of the best cheap hotels in London and save your pennies for exploring.
Here’s a list on where you can stay in London on a budget:
- Pavillion. This made a name for itself as one of the capital’s go-to shoot locations for magazines, as well as a somewhat unlikely celeb overnight pitstop – unlikely, that is, given the wallet-friendly pricing (from £69) and lack of fanfare. Forget trendy, clean, pared-down decor, this is a self-styled ‘fashion rock ’n’ roll’ hotel with a riot of OTT interiors and themed boudoirs like the 70s-esque Honky Tonk Afro and Flower Power (heavy on the floral motifs) and Chinese-slanted Enter The Dragon.
- Luxury Inn, De Beauvoir.This family-run bed and breakfast is set in a converted factory in the conservation area of De Beauvoir in Islington and has four en suite rooms that surround a stylish loft space. A self-service breakfast in a shared dining room-lounge area, free run of the kitchen, and a courtyard garden make it feel homely, though if you want to explore, you have a whole of Dalston’s cafés and restaurants around the corner.
- Tune.Tune now has five branches in London, and while it’s not as stylish as the Qbic, Z or Hub – we’re not sure about the alarming lipstick red everywhere – the locations are convenient (this one is brilliantly handy for Liverpool Street), and the vibe is non-fuss. To keep costs low, pretty much everything aside from the bed is an optional add-on, including wifi and towels. Rooms begin at £34.
- Qbic.The concept of this Dutch import is simple: assemble 171 modular ‘cubi’ rooms in a cheap former office space in a central but slightly dowdy part of the East End and the guests pocket the savings (rooms start at £67). Qbic forgoes staff for self-service at check-in and for the free snack breakfast, though there are people on hand in the snappy-looking lobby should you need anything.
For those who believe that a luxury vacation isn’t just about the price tag then this will be a huge help to you. Finding the best yet budget-friendly options for hotel accommodations will help ensure that you can find a homey accommodation without drilling a huge hole on your finances.