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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, recently renovated, with a cafe, 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
Six freestanding townhomes make up 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, and ensuite bathrooms. 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. There’s an all-day restaurant, a lounge bar, an Irish-themed pub, and parking (fee applies). 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. A great mid-range London hotel that is worth the splurge if your budget permits.