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Where to stay when visiting London?

London is one of the oldest cities in the world. Filled with history and culture, it would be hard to figure out where to stay if it is your first time around the Big Smoke.

London is a big city, and it does not have one ‘best’ neighbourhood or area. In the same way, the best hotels are not located in one part of London. They are spread across the city. So, choosing a place to stay will depend on your budget and interests.

If you want to be in the central district, the West End is the best area for you. It includes Mayfair, Soho, Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Oxford Street. It is the heart of the city and is close to all the cultural places like art galleries, theatres and fine dining places. This area is filled with 4- and 5-star hotels and a few mid-range ones. If you are holidaying with family, this is a great area to stay.

Examples of hotels in the West End include Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, The Langham London and The Westbury Mayfair.

If you like to be close to the British Museum and prefer quiet streets, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia are the best neighbourhoods. The accommodations are more affordable than Central London and the area is well connected to the rest of London via the Kings Cross Station. If you prefer to come back to some peace and quiet after a hectic day, this is the place to stay.

Kings Cross Inn Hotel and Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross are two affordable options in this area.

Kensington is another locality that has attractions and quiet streets. You can find a lot of good hotels here. It has both the luxury hotels and budget options. The neighbourhood is on the Piccadilly line so getting to central London and Heathrow airport is easy.

If you like luxury, try The Pelham, The 35 Hyde Park Gate or the Milestone Hotel Kensington. If you are on a budget, try K Hotel Kensington, Hilton London Kensington Hotel or the Hilton London Olympia.

Instead of booking a room in an expensive neighbourhood, try one outside, but close to a metro station. This way, you can use the money for your pub crawl later in the night. Staying in a quieter area will also give you a chance to experience the local culture more than a touristy spot.

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