When it comes to stays, London is not short on chic and classic hotels that can give you the perfect night's rest so you can wake up refreshed and ready to explore the city another day. From family accommodation, to budget accommodation, and everything in between, there is accommodation to suit everyone's needs.
We've scouted out the best hotels in town located in the most ideal spots, so you will never have to go far to see the sights or have fun.
Yes, London IS calling.
Where to stay in London?
Choosing where to base yourself in London can be vital to saving you money and time. With so much to see, you want to make sure you're close to the all of the places at the top of your bucket list.
North London is a great place to stay in you don't plan on spending all of your time in London. Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations are gateways to travelling up north to places like Cambridge, Oxford and York for day trips. Don't forget to check out Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station.
History buffs will want to situate themselves around the Westminster borough to see the iconic London attractions including Big Ben, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. What is a trip to London without trying to catch a glimpse of the queen?
The West End is the place to be if you want to shop and visit the theatres. There are so many shows to choose from, so it's likely your trip to the theatre won't be a once-off. Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street are the best places to shop and check out some brands that you can't find in Australia. Don't leave the West End without visiting the local restaurants and experiencing the nightlife in Soho that both locals and tourists rave about.
The Kensington area is a great place for families to stay as it's lot quieter than other areas of London. You'll be amazed by the architecture and the museums including the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum will be a massive hit with the kids!
We've curated a list with accommodation options suitable for every kind of traveller visiting London.
Our top hotel picks
Best 5-star accommodation in London
The Royal Horseguards from Finder Hotels
This 5-star accommodation is the perfect mix between luxury, history and modern style. The Royal Horseguards oveerlooks the London Eye and is just a short walk from The National Gallery.
With breathtaking views overlooking the city, Shangri-La is conveniently located less than a minutes' walk from London Bridge tube station and a 20-minute walk from Tower Bridge. The London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster are all in close proximity, too. Get your sneakers ready and explore all that London has to offer.
The prestigious Langham Hotel is located at the top of Regent Street and it comes as no surprise that it was Europe's first grand hotel. Oxford tube station is a mere 5-minute walk away and the nearby streets are filled with restaurants, theatres and shops.
YOTELAIR London Heathrow Airport from Finder Hotels
Located within Terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport, Yotel offers unique Japanese-style cabin rooms with Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour snack bar. All rooms have a power shower and a work station, just metres away from the check-in counters at Terminal 4.
A covered walkway connects the Sofitel Heathrow and Terminal 5. Central London is just 30 minutes away from Central London by train, making it an ideal place to stay if you have to catch an early or late flight.
Star rating: 5-stars
Suitable for: All travellers but perfect for families
Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport from Finder Hotels
An ideal budget location to stay if you need to be close to the airport or return a car hire. Certain rooms cater for a family of four and the two children get a free full breakfast when accompanied by an adult.
This 4-star hotel is centrally located near Oxford Street and Prince Edward Theatre. With so many things to see and do in London, Mimi's Hotel is a great base to ensure you are close to London's greatest sights.
This 4-star hotel is conveniently located minutes away from Trafalgar Square, Convent Garden and Theatreland. If you're looking for a base that will situate you close to all of the tourist sites, Amba Hotel Charing Cross is where you want to be.
Clink78 provides dormitories with 4-14 beds and an on-site kitchen. Popular pubs and clubs are around the hostel and Russell Square is a 20-minute walk away. London King’s Cross railway station is close by to explore more of London.
Mercure London Paddington Hotel from Finder Hotels
Surrounded by restaurants, bars and attractions including Buckingham Palace and the National History Museum all within walking distance, Mercure London Paddington Hotel is in an ideal spot for exploring London.
Star rating: 4-stars
Suitable for: Couples, families and leisure travellers
The Chilworth London Paddington from Finder Hotels
The Chilworth London is less than a 5-minute walk from Paddington Station and Hyde Park. It is a boutique hotel offering elegant rooms with a wide range of amenities. Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street can both be reached from the hotel within less than 15 minutes.
If you're travelling with children, choosing a family-friendly hotel may be the best option for you. The Park Grand London Kensington is located in a safe area and is a close walk to eateries and attractions.
Located opposite Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, Jesmond is a great place to stay with children as it's away from the hustle and bustle (as much as possible for London) and you can take the train up north to places like Watford, where you'll find the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio.
A luxury boutique hotel offering chic. stylish rooms with the option to upgrade to a balcony room. Temple underground station is a 10-minute walk away but you won't have to go far to find great restaurant and bar options.
A stylish new boutique hotel that features luxury rooms and an innovative restaurant. Situated a close walk from Parliament Square and Big Ben, you'll find the location in a perfect spot to explore London's sights.
Star rating: 4-stars
Suitable for: Couples, leisure and business travellers
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Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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