Our favourite affordable hotels in London
Thought staying in London was expensive? We've rounded up a bunch of our favourite London hotels where you'll find either budget-friendly prices* or value-added perks for Travelzoo members...
Where: The City of London, five minutes’ walk from Bank and Monument Tube stations
Why: Rooted in the heart of London’s business district, this hotel offers nice little perks that help to save money. You can borrow iPads and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and unlimited bottled water. There’s also a fitness centre with cardio and weights equipment, and free in-room yoga mats on request.
Best for: City cocktails and markets. The hotel’s Gaucho restaurant is housed in the original Bank of England gold vaults, and with venues like Sushi Samba, Duck & Waffle and Sky Pod Bar, you’ll be truly spoiled for choice on a night out. If you’re looking for artisan produce and retro clothing, Borough and Petticoat Lane markets are both 12 minutes’ walk away, and Leadenhall Market is a minute’s stroll away.
Price: from £118 per night
Where: Museum Mile, Kensington
Why: Providing you book at the right time, (autumn for example) you can bag overnight stays at this Kensington favourite for £159. For Travelzoo members, that includes a bunch of extras totalling £39. The hotel has a history too. It dates back to 1911, and the refurbished Edwardian rooms were originally apartments for employees of Harrods.
Best For: Free day trips to the museum. The Rembrandt is just across the road from the V&A Museum, and the Natural History Museum and Science Museum are five minutes’ walk away, so although you’ll be based in a pricey, upmarket area, you don’t have to spend a penny on tickets or transport if you don't want to.
Price: from £159 per night
Where: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Why: This hotel combines boutique and budget for a guilt-free stay. Rooms have a mini-kitchen with a coffee machine, a kettle, a microwave and a fridge, so you can certainly save money by self-catering. There is free unlimited Wi-Fi and music for guests, and you can order food to be delivered without the usual hotel mark-up. This hotel insists on an honest, transparent pricing policy for all of their guests.
Best for: High-end shopping. The swanky shops of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, as well as the designer stores on the King's Road are all within a 20-minute walk of the hotel.
Price: from £98 per night
Where: Shepherd's Bush, West London
Why: The Guardian lists this property as one of London's top five hotels to visit. The K Spa offers specialist treatments at a specially discounted price for visitors. Hotel guests can access the spa for £20 per day from Monday-Friday, and £30 on Saturday and Sunday. From Monday-Friday, however, you can use the facilities for just £10 from 7-9am or 8-10pm. Book an hour’s holistic treatment and receive complimentary spa access altogether.
Best for: An award-winning spa experience at an exclusive hotel. As well as enjoying the on-site facilities, the hotel is steps from Westfield London shopping centre and close to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill, in case you need a break from all that relaxing!
Price: from £116 per night
Where: Housed in a 200-year-old listed building overlooking Hyde Park
Why: For Travelzoo members, stays at this classy establishment come with a hefty £58 in exclusive extras, (including breakfast, a bottle of wine, a room upgrade and early check-in and late checkout (both subject to availability). All rooms come with free Wi-Fi as standard, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a work space.
Best for: Royal parks and palaces. With Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on the hotel’s doorstep, and Regent’s Park and Green Park within 35 minutes’ walk (or 10 minutes’ drive), you can explore the greenest and most serene spaces the capital has to offer, without spending a penny. Kensington Palace is a 14-minute walk from the hotel and Buckingham Palace takes 40 minutes (or 20 minutes by train), if you don’t mind paying for a little grandeur.
Price: from £122 per night
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments (main picture, above)
Where: Bethnal Green, just eight minutes from Victoria Park
Why: Boasting a state-of-the-art indoor pool - a rare find in a city hotel - with a glass ceiling and loungers, this is a great place to combine city hustle with some chill-out time. Suites have a kitchen with dining and seating areas, so you will save money on eating out.
Best for: Discovering film locations. Originally Bethnal Green's Town Hall, this building has featured in blockbusters such as "Atonement", "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels". The famous Brick Lane beigel shops (Beigel Shop and Beigel Bake) and curry houses are only a 20-minute walk away; you don't have to splash the cash to get good food in this corner of London.
Price: from £159 per night
Where: Overlooking the Tower of London in Whitechapel
Why: If you’re looking for luxury for less in London, this is a great option. Travelzoo rates at this 5-star hotel include an entry ticket to the Tower of London per person (maximum two per room), continental breakfast and a room upgrade. There are spa facilities and a swimming pool that are free for guests to use, and Studios have a lounge area - some with space for two sofa beds - so you can save money by sharing. All Suites have views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
Best for: A historical tour of London. With a remaining section of London’s Roman Wall on site and views of the capital’s iconic buildings, you are near to some of London’s oldest sites. Tower Bridge, the River Thames and St Katharine Docks are a 10-minute walk, and the Houses of Parliament and Great St Bartholomew – the oldest church in London - are a 15-minute train ride. St Paul’s Cathedral takes 22 minutes on foot. Most of these sites are free, so you shouldn’t feel too guilty spending a little extra on that luxury room.
Price: from £179 per night
Where: Bloomsbury, in London’s bustling West End
Why: As well as super-affordable rates (by London standards at least), this central property offers Travelzoo members extra perks totalling £43. Covent Garden and Oxford Street within a 15-minute walk, and Bond Street is 22 minutes away. What you save on public transport and taxi rides you could spend on shopping instead!
Best for: Tourist hotspots and theatre shows. The British Museum is a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and admission is free. London’s West End and theatre-land is 10 minutes’ walk away, and within an 18-minute walk are Leicester and Trafalgar squares – the latter of which is home to The National Gallery and more free exhibitions.
Price: from £93 per night
Where: In the grounds of Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, in West London
Why: Given the setting within one of the world’s richest sporting institutions, in one of the world’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, you’d expect rates to be off the scale here. It’s not cheap cheap, but you don’t need an oligarch’s salary to stay at this 4-star hotel. It's a great location, with some stellar on-site amenities, including a Marco Pierre White steakhouse & Frankie Dettori sports bar.
Best for: Well, football fans obviously, but also shoppers. The King's Road is a 5-minute walk away & the shops of Knightsbridge are a short bus ride away.
Price: from £159 per night
*Where stated, prices are approximate and intended as a guide only