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Where to stay in London that's conveniently located for first timer

First time London visitors arriving in October to Heathrow. Staying for 2 nights in the city. Where is a good location near transport and local starts for tours on a budget?

11 Answers

top answer by
Valerie from Seattle


It depends entirely which tour you want to take as to where you should stay, but to be fair, you can get nearly everywhere on the Tube, so that shouldn't be a primary determining factor.

My first time in London, I stayed at The Great Eastern, which was in the boonies but really affordable. I was able to take the DLR to town easily, and was close enough to Greenwich to explore that part of the town which I wouldn't have otherwise.

Having visited recently, I'd recommend trying to stay in somewhere like Hoxton or Bermondsey... Airbnb will probably be your best bet for finding places in these areas, since the city is incredibly dense for housing, and low-cost hostels will be farther out in the city.

Given you just have two nights, it might be worth staying on the west side, though that's also the most expensive part of town.

Good luck!

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  2. Hoxton (attraction)
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answered by
Erin from Kentucky

I stayed at the Mayfair House Hotel in Mayfair area. Great location. I didn't need to take a taxi very often. Very close to Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, shopping, great food, etc. A little more on the cost, but worth being a nice hotel that was friendly to Americans and in such a walkable location. It was located about one city block from an underground stop and a small grocery store.

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  3. Hyde Park (attraction)
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answered first by
Terry from Sarasota

We have frequently utilized VRBO (and here is a link for you; ) because as a family with teens, having multiple bedrooms was a must, but we wanted to be close to everything.

You should endeavor to stay in the Westminster section of London, this would place you near Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, House Of Parliament & Big Ben, etc.

The London Tube and city buses are everywhere, so you are going to want to obtain a Tube map/schedule as well as a bus system schedule.  Some of the great destinations are walk-able if you are used to it, but the distance (for example) between Kensington Palace and Big Ben is quite a walk.

The hotels in the downtown area, as well as in the Westminster area, are not what you might call inexpensive.  The real advantage of using VRBO, as that many of these properties are "condo-like" and have a kitchen, where you can either do some light cooking, or at the very least, keep some drinks and snacks available.

If you are an Indian food enthusiast, you will find that London is chock full of great Indian restaurants, due perhaps to the history that exists between England and India.

Sorry for pointing you to an "exact" place to stay, but I hope I've given you some ideas to work with.

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  1. Hyde Park (attraction)
  2. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
  3. House Of Parliament (attraction)
  4. Big Ben (attraction)
  5. Kensington Palace (attraction)
  6. Westminster (attraction)
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answered by
Cal from Alexandria, Va.

I'd recommend One Aldwych Hotel  It is mid range priced, close to Covent Garden.  Great pool, nice lobby bar/lounge.  Friendly staff.

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answered by
Ram from Los Altos

Stay around Piccadilly Circus...depending on your budget. rooms are smaller ..but you save time and headache especially in the season as most of the tours depart from thereabouts.

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answered by
Sunil from Mysore, Karnataka

I assume you want to do all of the classic london sights (Trafalgar Square, The British Museum, South Bank of the Thames, Westminster Abbey etc. etc.) and bus/boat tours are probably the best to cover all the places.. So i suggest you stay in the soho area as a lot of the tours start around Piccadilly Circus or Soho Square.

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  2. The British Museum (attraction)
  3. South Bank (neighborhood)
  4. Westminster Abbey (attraction)
  5. Piccadilly Circus (attraction)
  6. Soho Square (region)
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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

There isn't one simple answer to that question, it will depend on where you are going to afterwards.  If you are coming into Heathrow and going out of Heathrow then I would stay on the west end of the city along the Piccadilly line (Earl's Court, Gloucester Road).  Cheap transport on the tube to/from Heathrow and being on the west end cuts the travel time yet still gives you good access to the sights.  If you are heading out of Paddington, you can take the Heathrow Connect (1/2 the price of the Express and much easier than the tube), there are a ton of low budget places, have a look at the Tune Hotel Paddington or any of the hotels along Sussex Gardens or Norfolk Square.  For a couple of nights, it's fine.  If you are heading out of St Pancras Station, the hotels in that area always seem to be a little pricier, look at the Accor or Premier Inn hotels but they won't be especially cheap.

What I do is book a refundable hotel and when it gets closer to my dates I try Priceline.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but I've gotten some amazing hotels, like the Marriott County Hall for $90US + tax.

If you are on a really tight budget, you might have a look at some of the hostels.

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  2. St Pancras Station (attraction)
  3. Marriott County Hall (hotel)
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answered by
Tamara from Serbia


I stayed in a small low budget hotel near Victoria Coach Station (Caswell Hotel on I travelled from Luton so it was convenient as shuttles stopped there and we basically went on foot from Victoria Station to our hotel. I guess there are connections to Heathrow Airport to Victoria as well. In addition, most buses stop there so it is well connected with all the parts of London.

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  2. Caswell Hotel (hotel)
  3. Heathrow Airport (attraction)
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answered by
Karla from Boise

The Kensington Close Hotel is a quiet location located one block from the tube and within walking distance to the museums, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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  2. Hyde Park (attraction)
  3. Kensington Gardens (attraction)
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answered by
Chris Lee from Malta

Try Macdonald Hotel close King's Cross. It's just up the road from Kings Cross Station right in the middle of London.

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answered by
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