London is an expensive city. Fortunately, there are many wonderful hotels in London that cater to a tight budget. You can cut costs by staying a mile or two outside of the West End. London's public transport system is extensive and efficient. You can be in central London in 10 minutes and still save hundreds on accommodations. If you absolutely have to sleep in the center of things, you can still find an affordable room, as long as you're willing to share the bathroom.
Palmers Lodge, Swiss Cottage
The Palmers Lodge is located 10 minutes from the city center on the Bakerloo Line of the London Underground (subway). It's located in a Grade II-listed Victorian building. There are private e-suite rooms, as well as dorm rooms with shared bathrooms. Doubles start at £52 a night.
40 College Crescent
+44 20 7483 8470
The easyHotel chain is part of Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyJet empire. The rooms are small and orange, but convenient and clean. This branch is located in the trendy South Kensington neighborhood, perfect for shopping. Doubles start at £25 a night.
14 Lexham Gardens
+44 20 7216 1717
Hoxton Hotel, Hoxton
Hoxton is the place to be for trendy bars and happening art galleries. The Hoxton Hotel offers no-frills accommodations at a reasonable price. Doubles start at £59 a night, including breakfast.
81 Great Eastern Street
+44 207550 1000
The Arosfa is located smack in the middle of leafy Bloomsbury, within walking distance of the British Museum. The rooms have en-suite showers and air conditioning. Doubles start at £75.
83 Gower Street
+44 20 7636 2115
Piccadilly Backpackers, Piccadilly
The Piccadilly Backpackers had a reputation as a party hostel. Don't let that put you off. The location is as good as it gets, right in the middle of the West End. You can save a lot of money on public transport by walking to most tourist attractions including West End theaters and the South Bank. Doubles start at £52, with dorm bed priced at a mere £17.
12 Sherwood Street
+44 20 7434 9009
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