Best Value Hotels in London

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Between rides on the London Eye, high-end shopping in Mayfair, and fine dining in Kensington, it's easy to spend a pretty penny in London. Though it's notoriously one of the most expensive cities, that doesn't mean it's out of reach for travelers on a budget. After visiting in-person over 300 London hotels, we evaluated everything from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you're planning a trip to London and want to make sure you're booking a hotel with the most bang-for-your-buck, you've come to the right place. Take a look at picks for hotels with the best value in London, and get inspired!

  1. Located on a main road that runs parallel to the River Thames in central London, the Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea offers budget-friendly accommodations with a youthful, hip vibe and a pub on the bottom floor. The 71-bed hostel only has dorm-style rooms (no private rooms), which are simple and somewhat cramped but functional, with bunkbeds, lockers, and shared bathrooms. Some even have river views. The highlight, besides the on-site pub, is the free morning breakfast, complete with made-to-order omelets, pancakes, lattes, and fresh fruit. Some guests find the area is too residential, though -- while there is a bus stop across the street, it’s about a 12-minute walk to the nearest tube station, and tourist sights generally take a little over a half-hour in travel time to reach. 

  2. The Rhodes Avenue Homestay is every inch the suburban London home, and that's often why people stay -- to experience an authentic slice of typical English life. The hosts' warm welcome is another reason why many people return to this budget-friendly B&B -- together with cozy, tastefully finished rooms and a delicious breakfast. The location is far from ideal for exploring the city center, and local transport links aren't great, but rates at this B&B are pretty average for an experience that is a cut above. 

  3. For those traveling on a budget, the 63-room Nadler Kensington is an ultra-affordable option in a decent area of Kensington -- and a luxury hotel, no less. A non-pretentious attitude toward saving money, proactive eco policies, and smartly designed rooms are some definite perks. Rooms may be small, but with kitchenettes in every room and freebies such as coupons to nearby restaurants, this hotel offers one of the best values in London.

  4. For those willing to pay a bit more (about 30 pounds more) than what they would at the Nadler Kensington, the Town Hall Hotel is a fabulous option with all of the bells and whistles of a five-pearl hotel. This hotel first opened as a town hall in 1910 and many of the rooms, studios, and apartments have original period details. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Bathrooms are especially luxurious, most with soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. Vintage furniture and modern kitchens make these loft-style rooms both functional and inviting. Hotel amenities include a nice indoor pool, a fitness room, and a stylish Michelin-rated restaurant.

  5. This small, family-run property is a step above your typical budget-friendly hotel. It offers 12 clean studios and apartments with contemporary decor, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and fully-equipped kitchenettes, at a fraction of the price of central London hotels. There are no common areas, and it is not within walking distance of any major attractions, but there are four tube lines within a three-minute walk, making it a convenient base for exploring the city. Just note that two of the rooms share a bathroom, and that guests staying on the top floors will have to climb a couple of steep, narrow flights of stairs.

  6. Situated on the Thames River in southwest London near Putney Bridge, the mid-range budget Premier Inn London Putney Bridge is older and less attractive than others in the chain, but is also one of the only hotels in the area, making it popular primarily with business travelers who need to be in the neighborhood. Rooms are spacious and have electric kettles, but are chain-standard in their style. There aren’t many shops or restaurants nearby, but Putney Bridge tube station is less than a five-minute walk from the hotel and most London attractions can be reached in 30 minutes or less via public transportation.

  7. Situated just three minutes’ walk from one of London’s busiest transport hubs, this 20-room value option offers basic but clean accommodation in a central location. The full English breakfast is popular with many guests and free when booking through the hotel website. However, the property does not offer much else in the way of perks.

  8. Pickwick Hall is a two-pearl hostel for tourists and students looking for cheap accommodation in the Bloomsbury area. Guests are a six-minute walk to Holborn station with direct Piccadilly line connections to Heathrow Airport. Accommodations include a limited number of private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, but most are dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms. Decor is a bit hodgepodge, but that's not unusual at this budget price. Extras include a shared lounge area with satellite TV, free continental breakfast, a full communal kitchen, and a washer and dryer for guest use. 

  9. Set in an elegant 19th-century manor house, Palmers Lodge is a far cry from the usual London hostel. Interiors are impressive and period features are very well maintained, though some areas can feel a little dark and can lack a sociable vibe. Privacy curtains in bunks are a real plus, and the nearby Tube station provides easy access to the city center. 

  10. The Best Western London Highbury is a budget chain hotel on a busy street across from Finsbury Park in North London, about a 30-minute ride on the London Underground to the city's center. The three-story, 45-room property, in a putty-gray row house, is tidy with predictable, charmless decor in its rooms, which can feel cramped, though they do come with flat-screen TVs and thoughtful treats (English biscuits and pillow chocolates). The lobby with its bay window and leather seats gives a cozy spot to linger, and drinks can be ordered at the small reception bar, plus a free continental breakfast is served in the hotel's dining room.

  11. Spread across three Georgian town houses, the three-pearl, 17-room B+B Belgravia is a stylish twist on the traditional, chintz-filled bed and breakfast. The sleekly minimalist gray-toned rooms have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, and windows that open; bathrooms are modern with granite countertops, but not all have bathtubs. Half the rooms face the garden, and half face the street, but all are within walking distance of Victoria Station, Sloane Square, and the Apollo Victoria Theater. A continental breakfast or a full-English breakfast is included in the room rate. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property along with free rental bikes. Be aware that there's no elevator, and street-facing rooms can be noisy. 

  12. For central, budget accommodation in central London, it's hard to go wrong with the Alhambra. Though surrounded by plenty of hotels with a similar price and pearl rating, the attentive, family-style service the Alhambra offers puts it a cut above the rest. Rooms are small and a bit basic, but clean, and the street is surprisingly quiet, despite its proximity to King's Cross Station. Guests who can get by on a good night's sleep and a free hearty home-cooked breakfast in the morning should be pleased.

  13. The 102-room London House Hotel is a mid-range hotel offering great value for money in a central location, close to Hyde Park and Paddington. Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, it has a contemporary feel inside, with stylish decor. Rooms are on the small side and offer typical basic amenities, including free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. If you're traveling on a budget and want to be close to transport links, this is a good choice. 

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