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Where to stay in London

If you're a first time visitor to London, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in London.


What's the best area of London to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around London are: Kensington, Southwark, Gatwick, Soho, Victoria, South Kensington, Westminster, Bayswater, and South Bank.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"Yes, I think Shoreditch and Camden Town would be great choices -- there are a lot of young people and cool bars in the area -- but I'd also keep a look out for places in Southwark."  See More

"There are so many amazing neighborhoods and restaurants all over the city, but if you want to be right in the heart of things, I would recommend anywhere in Soho or Covent Garden."  See More

"This will keep travel times and travel prices down to a minimum as attractions are spread all over the area, although it is true that the centre (Westminster, Soho, Covent Garden etc) have more than their fair share."  See More

"It gives easy access via the #15 bus to Saint Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, and Tower Hill Underground Station will connect you via the Circle/District Lines to Westminster and Parliament Square."  See More

"I would look around Bayswater, Battersea or Kensington if I were you."  See More

"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."  See More

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  1. Kensington
  2. Southwark
  3. Gatwick
  4. Soho
  5. Victoria
  6. South Kensington
  7. Westminster
  8. Bayswater
  9. South Bank
What are some good hotels in London?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in London, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"I'm not sure which area you'd like to stay in or what your budget is, but I have a definite cheap favorite which is the Kensington Rooms Hotel London."  See More

"I also quite like Westminster, I've stayed at the Marriott County Hall and the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel and both of them were quite convenient."  See More

"There's a Hilton right there, but if that's not your bag, I would recommend The Hoxton, Shoreditch which is one stop away on the tube at Old Street."  See More

"The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue, Thistle Euston Hotel Hotel Pullman London St Pancras and St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel are some good hotels near Euston Station."  See More

"The Premier Inn London Stratford Hotel is across from Olympic Park in trendy East London, and connects to the Tube through the giant Westfield Mall next door."  See More

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  1. Kensington Rooms Hotel London
  2. Marriott County Hall
  3. The Hoxton, Shoreditch
  4. St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
  5. Premier Inn London Stratford Hotel
What if I want to explore London further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: St Pancras, Kings Cross, Central London, Paddington, Hampton Court, Wapping, Waterloo, Greater London, Charing Cross, and Blackfriars.

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  1. St Pancras
  2. Kings Cross
  3. Central London
  4. Paddington
  5. Hampton Court
  6. Wapping
  7. Waterloo
  8. Greater London
  9. Charing Cross
  10. Blackfriars
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

 Liane Rose from Indiana asked:
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 Rylee Danielle from California asked:
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 marla faith from Nashville asked:
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 Alex Berkmen from Santa Barbara asked:
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 Emily Vandenberg from Ann Arbor asked:
What are the most popular neighborhoods in London?  (13 answers)

 Gabriel Gloege from New York City asked:
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 Antoinette d'Arfeuille from France asked:
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 Sierra Duff from Hattiesburg asked:
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 Jaclyn Henkie from Toronto, ON, Canada asked:
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What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in London.

Want to research more popular restaurants in London? Click the blue button below.

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  1. Tayyabs
  2. Regency Cafe
  3. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
  4. Dinner by Heston
  5. Duck & Waffle
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in London? Click the blue button below.

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  1. London Eye
  2. Tower Of London
  3. Borough Market
  4. The British Museum
  5. Buckingham Palace
Where can I find out more about London?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from London locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about London.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into London? There are 6 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in London.

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