How to book a cheap hotel in London

London is perhaps the most expensive city to visit, but cheap hotels can easily be found and booked. The farther you look for cheap hotels from city center, the more likely you will find hotels for less than £60 (about $95), but the Bayswater area in the center of the city near Kensington Gardens north of Hyde Park offers plenty of two-star hotels. Keep in mind, however, that booking a cheap hotel on the edge of the city will be counterproductive if you must pay for taxis, which are expensive, if you visit tourist sites in city center.


Step 1

Visit third-party reservation websites, such as or, that specialize in discount pricing. Typing “cheap London hotels” in a search engine is the easiest way. Avoid hotel-owned websites because few offer discount bargains unless advertised for the off-season.

Step 2

Determine how far the hotel is from the city center. Most websites state exactly how far the hotel is from city center, also identified by its postal code of W1.

Step 3

Examine the photographs that accompany the hotel description. Note the age of the hotel and size of the rooms. Few prewar-era hotels have elevators, known as lifts in the United Kingdom, and the rooms can be oddly configured. Heating is usually from radiators (there is no central air). These hotels are considerably cheaper than modern hotels. Read online customer reviews.

Step 4

Consider a hostel if you are on a very tight budget. Hostels in some areas of London were booked for £10 (about $16) per night in 2010. Book a room that you may share with one to seven people. The larger the room with more roommates the less you pay.

Step 5

Book your London hotel for the middle of the week. If possible also book the hotel through the weekend. Weekday rates are cheaper, but many hotels offer incentives to remain through the weekend. The cheapest rooms in the Bayswater/Kensington Gardens area were about £55 (about $86) per night in 2010.

Step 6

Mark the box to include a breakfast with your room. It’s cheaper than eating in a restaurant. Enter your credit card details and confirm your booking. Wait for your confirmation in your e-mail account. Do not leave on your trip without your confirmation. Telephone the hotel in advance to verbally confirm your reservation as a precaution.

Below are some cheaper hotels in London for a reference:

Royal Hyde Park Hotel

The Royal Hyde Park Hotel, a budget boutique accommodation located in Queensway, puts you in close proximity to popular areas of London such as Paddington and Hyde Park. The hotel has a clean and comfortable atmosphere, and the guest rooms come fully equipped with amenities such as air conditioning and satellite television. Just a short walk from two major underground stations, Queensway and Bayswater, the hotel is surrounded by many restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment options.

Royal Hyde Park Hotel
106/110 Queensway
London, England W2 3RR

Leisure Inn Hotel

The Leisure Inn Hotel, an inexpensive two-star Bayswater accommodation, has a central London location, close to Hyde Park and Kensington. The bright and clean guest rooms come with amenities that include a blow dryer, satellite television, trouser press and direct-dial phone. The hotel offers services such as a 24-hour front desk, continental breakfast buffet every morning, high-speed wireless Internet access, tea and coffeemaker, guided sightseeing tours and airport shuttle transportation.

Leisure Inn Hotel
Leisure Places Ltd. 40-41
Leinster Gardens, London, England W2 3AN

Langorf Hotel

The Langorf Hotel offers budget townhouse accommodations in a residential area near stylish Hampstead Village. Close to the Finchley Road tube station, the hotel sits five minutes from the bustling West End and its many restaurants, entertainment centers and shops. All 31 guest rooms are en-suite and come with features such as tea and coffee maker, direct dial phone, television (with four satellite channels), radio alarm and blow dryer. The hotel offers wireless high-speed Internet access, and some of the rooms have pleasant views of the garden.

Langorf Hotel
20 Frognal, Hampstead
London, England NW3 6AG

Corner Lodge London

The Corner Lodge London delivers an inexpensive, comfortable, family-operated guesthouse experience with an Edwardian atmosphere. The Whetstone accommodation puts you near attractions such as Alexandra Palace, the Wembley Complex and Copthall Stadium. It’s a short walk to many pubs, elegant lounges, restaurants, boutiques, and the large Waitrose supermarket. All of the guest rooms are clean and bright, and fully equipped with modern conveniences such as tea and coffeemaker, refrigerator, blow dryer, iron and ironing board, and television. Breakfast is available every morning in the Victorian conservatory, and guests can choose between either English or continental-style breakfasts.

Corner Lodge London
9 Athenaeum Road, Whetstone
London, England N20 9AA