Simply one of the world’s most quintessential cities, London unfortunately also maintains a reputation for being one of the most expensive. Indeed, when it comes to price,a good number of its hotels offer rooms to rival any others anywhere else on the planet– even compared to those located in cities such as Singapore, Paris or New York City. Plus, owing to the present strength of the UK currency (pound sterling), dining out, purchasing West End theatre tickets and visiting other London attractions can often be a mite expensive for thrifty travellers – be they city-breakers or those shooting in and out on business (and mixing that with a bit of pleasure).
However, it doesn’t always have to be so; there’s many a decent offer, deal and bargain on London places to see and things to do if you look hard enough (and often you don’t have to look that hard). And there’s many a decent, comfortable place to stay right in the heart of the capital that won’t cost you the proverbial arm and a leg. Here are some suggestions…
(27/37 Hogarth Road, Kensington SW5 0QQ/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7370 6831)
Situated within walking distance ofboth the Earls Court Exhibition Centre and Tube station and providing terrific access to the high-quality shopping of Harrods and the other established retail outlets of Knightsbridge, this hotel boasts beautifully appointed guest rooms and the opportunity to unwind in its bar, as well as dine on-site in its restaurant.
(1-2 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington W2 3DN/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 77451200)
Offering 32 rooms, free Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas anda restaurant, bar, club lounge, fitness centre and conference facilities across the street, Paddington Court Suites are to be found in a renovated Victorian town house and ideal for a budget traveller who’s visiting the UK capital for either pleasure or business and wishes to stay slap-bang in the middle of Central London.
(52-56 Inverness Terrace W2 3LB/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7985 8300)
Located, as its name would suggest, just a short walk away from the soothing, luscious green expanse of Hyde Park and just moments away from the Bayswater and Queensway Tube stations, Shaftesbury Hyde Park International London truly can be said to be right in the heart of the capital. And, as a fine option when it comes to affordable London accommodation, it offers complimentary high-speed Broadband Internet access and Plasma TVs in every room, while guests can indulge themselves by enjoying a spot of pampering in one of itsseveral clubrooms.
Paddington Court Executive Rooms
(3 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington W2 3DN/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7745 1200)
Thanks to its close proximity to the major mainline Paddington train station (which also offers a bustling Tube connection and a direct link to London Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express rail service), this hotel is perfect for business travellers and tourists alike – especially should they be travelling on a budget. Every one of its rooms comes complete with complimentary high-speed Broadband and Wi-Fi access, as well as an iron, a microwave and an electronic digital safe.
London Premier Kensington
(32-36 Hogarth Road, Earls Court SW5 0PU/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7370 1445)
Thanks to its location (within walking distance of Earls Court Tube station and the area’s globally renowned exhibition centre), this is an ideal choice for travellers coming to London who wish to explore, discover and experience all that the extraordinary and fascinating metropolis has to offer – especially should they be visiting for pleasure alone, but also if they’re looking to mix pleasure with a business trip to the UK capital. Each room is sure to enable guests to relax thanks to the addition of a Plasma screen TV and free high-speed Broadband Internet access.
(41 Great Cumberland Place W1H 7LG/ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7258 7542)
Conveniently situated in the West End, great then for shopping, entertainment and business meetings – thus making it the perfect budget base should you be coming to the centre of the capital for work as opposed to, or even in addition to, a pleasurable time away – this venueoffers a large variety of rooms, large, medium and compact, each of which comes complete with free Broadband Internet access, air conditioning and fridges (in suites only), as well as a reliable 24-hour reception service.