Choosing the Right Neighborhood

Choosing the Right Neighborhood - London, United Kingdom

In a city as remarkably varied as London, every neighborhood has something to offer. Here's a quick overview of which neighborhood is best for each type of traveler.

Also see our descriptions of London neighborhoods.

London Victoria Station

Though certainly not the most charming 'hood, the area around Victoria Station is your best bet for budget beds. Photo: hyperion327.

Neighborhoods for Every Need

First-timers: For London buffs—those people who have been dreaming about their first visit to London since they were knee-high—we suggest Bayswater, Bloomsbury and Kensington.

Gay travelers: For those who want to be near the heart of gay London, we suggest Soho and Bloomsbury.

On the go: For those who want to be as close as possible to a major travel hub, we recommend King’s Cross, Paddington, and the area near Victoria Station.

Quiet: For those seeking quiet, we recommend Bayswater, Kensington, and South Kensington.

Culture: For museum hounds, we recommend Bloomsbury, Earls Court, Kensington, South Kensington, and Southwark.

Party: For clubbers, we recommend Soho, and Bloomsbury and King’s Cross for adjacent access. (That said, the coolest club kids have moved east, to a part of London far from any of our editor’s picks. Just saying.)

All-Around Value ‘Hood: The area near Victoria Station can’t be beat for cheap hotels, and King’s Cross comes a close second. Just do your research, Cheapos!

Hotels by Neighborhood

Hotels in London vary starkly by neighborhood. Among our editor’s picks, there are some definite—and dramatic—variations by neighborhood. Allow us to generalize a bit...

Bayswater London

The streets of Bayswater are calm, quiet and quintessentially London. Photo: edwin.11.


This 'hood is home to lots of nice small hotels in the cheap-to-midrange category. Most of these have an anonymous feel, though some are charming and boutiquey. There are also some hostels in the neighborhood. Expect to pay between £60 and £125 for a budget-friendly double room.


Bloomsbury tends to be very pricey, though there are some affordable gems among the lot. You’ll find lots and lots of bed-and-breakfasts, a few gargantuan hotels, and a smattering of hostels. Expect to pay between £60 and £105 for a budget-friendly double room.

Earls Court

Though not known for hotels, we still found a few nice surprises in this neighborhood. Earls Court is adjacent to South Kensington, and when it comes time for hotels to name their neighborhood, they tend to opt for “South Kensington” over “Earls Court.” Rates here are in the middle of the pack. Expect to pay between £75 and £110 for a budget-friendly double room.

London Kensington

You'll have to shell out a little extra to stay in leafy, luxurious Kensington. Photo: Timitrius.

Kensington/Notting Hill

This is London at its leafiest and prime territory for a charming bed and breakfast. Unsurprisingly, bothhotels and B&Bs tend to be pricey. If you’re lucky, you might find a double room in a hotel for £90 here, although most are much more expensive.

King’s Cross

The area around King's Cross is known for divey hotels with low standards. Though this reputation is not entirely undeserved, there are many lovely small hotels around, as well as larger chain hotels and hostels. Rates here are among the most affordable in London. Expect to pay between £50 and £90 for a budget-friendly double room.

Paddington Station

This area is also home to huge numbers of hotels—big, small, and everything in between. Rates here are average for London. Expect to pay between £70 and £95 for a double room in a budget-friendly hotel.

South Kensington

Hotels in South Kensington are fairly pricey for London. See the Earls Court note above. Expect lots of bed and breakfasts here, as well as larger hotels and hostels. Expect to pay between £75 and £110 for a budget-friendly double room.

Soho neighborhood London

Soho is as exciting as it is expensive. Photo: Rosapolis.


This neighborhood is extremely expensive. There is a huge range of accommodation types in Soho, including bed and breakfasts, standard hotels, and even a few hostels. If you’re lucky, you might find a double room in a budget-friendly hotel for £75.


Southwark is in the middle of the pricing table. The area is not known for its hotels, though there are chain hotels and at least one interesting seasonal accommodation option here. Expect to pay between £70 and £100 for a double room in a budget-friendly hotel.

Victoria Station

The area around Victoria Station offers extremely good value and some of the cheapest rates we came across. There are lots of small family-run hotels in this part of London. Expect to pay between £50 and £80 for a double room in a budget-friendly hotel here.

From our London blog

Welcome to EuroCheapo, a guide to cheap hotels and budget travel in London and throughout Europe.

Our editors have inspected, photographed and reviewed inexpensive accommodation in London’s central neighborhoods in search of the very best values. Although the city isn’t the easiest for travelers on a budget, London does offer some small and inexpensive hotel options, along with lovely family-run B&Bs and some hostels that could also be a good fit.

Ready to find a hotel for your travel dates? Search in the box above to see what’s available.

Or browse through a list of our recommended hotels. All of these are located in central London, and are clean and affordable.

Keep your travel costs down

Hotels are just the beginning, of course. Click through to see a list of articles covering budget tips, including ways to save on the Tube, sightseeing, and restaurants.

And be sure to check out our London blog, which is regularly updated by Nina and Frances, our London correspondents, with ways to save and cheap and free things to do.

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