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Monday, June 11, 2012

Finding Somewhere To Stay in London

Booking a hotel in London
Finding somewhere to stay in London can be a challenge. Hotel and Bed & Breakfast rates are high in the British capital, as is room occupancy especially in the peak summer period and during such big events as this summer's Olympic Games.

Two of the main areas where hotels are concentrated in London are around Paddington Station, which is within easy reach of Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Express and Russell Square, close to the British Museum, which is on the Piccadilly Line direct to Heathrow and also has frequent buses to the airport.

Heading south from Paddington, many hotels can be founded on the north side of Hyde Park in Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Queensway including the 5-star Grand Royale London Hyde Park and the two-star Classic Hyde Park Hotel. Nearby attractions include Buckingham PalacePiccadilly Circus & Eros, and Little Venice.

Other alternatives are the Marylebone district between Regent's Park and  Marble Arch and the area around Victoria Station and Pimlico where long-distance buses from the continent arrive at Victoria Coach Station and where many hostels aimed at young back-packers are located. Victoria also has rail connections to Gatwick Airport.

King's Cross, also on the Piccadilly Line direct to Heathrow, has gentrified over the years and also has some good accommodation options nowadays. Kensington has many of London's most upmarket hotels including the luxury Royal Garden Hotel and the Kensington Hotel close to the Royal Albert Hall.

The East End has fewer accommodation options than central London and you are further from Heathrow, though close to the 2012 Olympic venues. Things to see and do in the area include the Globe TheatreSt. Paul's CathedralTower of London (and its ravens), Tower Bridge and a pint and pub food at the historic George Inn in Southwark. Double Tree by Hilton is an impressive, modern hotel in this area of the city.

You certainly get what you pay for when booking a hotel room in London and interiors can be small and functional at the lower end of the price scale. Parents with two children may have to book two rooms as there are few rooms available for four people sharing. British interior furnishings such as carpets can also become a bit shabby after extended use and be prepared for such eventualities as wooden sash windows that do not open and bedside lamps with no bulbs. Now smoking is prohibited in hotels, guests are spared the aromas of stale tobacco smoke at least not to mention the hazards of fire.

Booking a hotel online is probably the best option and Booking.com has a large number of hotels in London to choose from. Use our map of London to locate landmarks and accommodation.

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