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The 12 Best Budget Hotels in London
1. Clink78 Hostel – Budget
Historic courthouse converted to an affordable hostel within walking distance of restaurants and nightclubs with a shared kitchen, buffet breakfast available for a fee, a game room, and a basement bar which often hosts live DJs. Located a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile) from Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, some private rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and all mixed and female-only dorms use shared bathrooms.
2. SoHostel – Budget
Steps to Soho Square Gardens (400 feet, 2-minute walk) and the Soho Theatre (280 feet, 1-minute walk), this cheery hostel is surrounded by restaurants and cafes and sits just 2 blocks from the shops of Oxford Street (1-minute walk). In addition to mixed and female-only dorms, private rooms with ensuite bathrooms are available, and amenities include a rooftop bar, a lobby lounge with a TV, and a breakfast buffet for a fee.
3. Generator London – Budget
Upscale, good value hostel near the Brunswick Centre Mall (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk) and Russell Square (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk) with a bar, cafe, restaurant, game room with billiards table, self-service laundry, and frequent social events. Mixed and female-only dorms are available with shared bathrooms in addition to private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and the hostel is located an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) from Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations and an 12-minute walk (0.6 mile) from The British Museum.
4. Best Western Victoria Palace – Budget
Charming budget hotel located a 7-minute walk (0.3 mile) to Apollo Victoria Theatre, a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile) to Victoria Station, and a 19-minute walk (0.9 mile) to Buckingham Palace. A hot breakfast buffet is available for a fee, the front desk is staffed 24/7, and rooms include private bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities.
5. ibis London Blackfriars – Budget
Steps to Southwark Station (370 feet, 1-minute walk), this mid-range hotel features a 24-hour front desk, restaurant, bar, and business center. Rooms include minimalist decor, some with city views and sofa beds, and the hotel is located a 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) to Royal Festival Hall and Southbank Centre and a 12-minute walk (0.6 mile) to the Globe Theatre.
6. Citadines Barbican London – Budget
Modern apart-hotel, fully renovated in 2017, with a cafe, a small grocery store, 24-hour reception, and on-site parking. Located a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) to Barbican Station and a 7-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the Museum of London, standard rooms and studios have kitchenettes, and apartment units feature full kitchens, dining areas, and separate bedrooms.
7. The Z Hotel Soho – Budget
Contemporary hotel within a 5-minute walk of Soho’s top theatres, 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) to Lesicester Square station, and steps to numerous restaurants and bars, featuring an on-site cafe, a complimentary wine and cheese reception every evening, and a courtyard. Most rooms have windows and all rooms have flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with designer toiletries.
8. Z Hotel Gloucester Place – Budget
6 freestanding townhomes comprise this unique hotel located a 9-minute walk (0.4 mile) to the shops of Oxford Street and a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the Marble Arch at Hyde Park. A complimentary happy hour with wine and cheese is offered every evening, a breakfast buffet is available for a fee, and while some rooms lack windows, all rooms have modern decor and tea/coffee facilities.
9. Holiday Inn Express London City – Moderate
Surrounded by the restaurants and bars of Shoreditch, this good value hotel offers a free continental breakfast buffet and parking for a fee. Rooms have desks and tea/coffee facilities, ensuite bathrooms, and the hotel is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) from Old Street Station and a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) to Hoxton Square.
10. Holiday Inn Bloomsbury – Moderate
Modern hotel situated across the street from The Brunswick Centre Mall, a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) to the Russell Square tube station, and an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) to The British Museum. On-site amenities include an all-day restaurant, a lounge bar, an Irish-themed pub, and parking (fee applies), and rooms include sofa beds, closets, and coffee makers.
11. Premier Inn London Leicester Square – Moderate
Nestled in the West End theater district, this mid-range hotel is situated on Leicester Square, just a 2-minute walk (500 feet) to Leicester Square Station and within a 5-minute walk of The National Gallery (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk), theaters, restaurants, bars, and shopping. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and a 24-hour front desk, and rooms feature desks, tea/coffee facilities, and vanity areas.
12. Strand Palace Hotel – Moderate
Located among the theaters and restaurants of the West End and a 7-minute walk (0.4 mile) to The National Gallery, the Strand offers a variety of dining options, a gym, a business center, and 24-hour room service. Premium rooms were recently renovated and have air conditioning and Nespresso machines, all rooms feature designer toiletries and complimentary bottled water, and the hotel is certainly worth splurging on if your budget permits.