Whether you're looking for a cheap place to crash during your stay in London, or even if you want to splurge a little during a holiday in the English capital, you will almost certainly find exactly what you're looking for when it comes to tourist accommodation in London.
Luckily London is packed full of all sorts of hotels ranging from luxurious rooms overlooking the City of London, to tiny, cell-like rooms in the more touristy areas of the city. But the different types of London accommodation don't stop there.
Tourists can easily find great deals on an Airbnb apartment in the outskirts of London, or perhaps even central London, not to mention there's a ton of hostels located all throughout the city as well.
However, some types of accommodation are obviously better than others, and some can even come at a steep price, especially if you plan on staying somewhere in central London.
If you're unsure as to what type of accommodation to book during your visit to London, here are some tips to keep in mind before you make your reservation:
With so many different hotels, hostels, and Airbnb locations to choose from, finding the perfect type of London accommodation can be like finding a needle in a haystack...if you don't know what you're doing.
Luckily many of the most popular accommodation search engines on the internet have efficient sorting tools so you can scroll through your accommodation options according to price, location and facilities.
When it comes to booking hotels, you can easily find some places on sites like Booking.com, Tripadvisor, LastMinute.com and Priceline; (but make sure you read the reviews beforehand).
If you're hoping to book a hostel, Hostelworld.com, Hostelbookers.com, and even Booking.com have a ton of different hostels to choose from that are located throughout London's many neighbourhoods. Hostels in London offer a wide variety of rooms ranging from cheap 18-bed dorm rooms, to even private rooms in London's most trendiest and famous neighbourhoods.
In recent years Airbnb has become one of the more popular websites for finding accommodation, as you can easily find a house, apartment or even a room during your visit to London and treat it like your own home.
With so many different areas to choose from, some neighbourhoods are obviously better than others when it comes to finding the perfect tourist accommodation in London.
If you're staying in a hotel, you'll probably have a better chance finding a great hotel near Hyde Park, or in any of London's major hotel districts near Soho, Chelsea and Kensington. There's also a ton of hotels to choose from in the City of London, as these places tend to have more of a focus on business clientèle for workers travelling to London during the week.
Hostels tend to be located in London's more touristy areas and neighbourhoods in London, such as near London Bridge, Hyde Park, Camden, Kensington, Bloomsbury, and Soho.
Airbnb and Couchsurfing, on the other hand, have a ton of different accommodation options scattered all throughout the city, so you have more flexibility in finding accommodation in a specific area or neighbourhood. (However, locations in central London or in any of London's most touristy areas tend to be more expensive than those located in the outskirts of London).
If you're looking for accommodation near London's countless attractions in museums, hotels and even hostels and Airbnbs in areas like Soho, Notting Hill, Westminster, Mayfair and Marylebone tend to be the most expensive. Hotels near Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Oxford Street are perhaps the most expensive, so your chances of finding a great deal on accommodation in these areas would be quite slim.
Neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Brixton, Clapham, Hoxton and Bermondsey, on the other hand, have accommodation prices that are less than half the cost of those in Soho or Westminster; so if you're really concerned about your budget, your best bet would be to find accommodation outside of central London.
The cost of accommodation in London also depends on when you plan on visiting, as places are always cheaper during the off-peak seasons. Sometimes hotels offer great deals to customers outside of the Christmas, Easter or summer holidays, but you will need to book your accommodation well in advance in order to save some money.
Hostels also tend to boost up their prices on the weekends, as well as some places listed on Airbnb; so you'll probably have better luck saving some money visiting London during the week, rather than on a Friday or Saturday.
Hotels in the City of London, on the other hand, may offer cheaper rooms on weekends, as the majority of their clientèle staying in London during the work week head home for the weekend.
But if you're really hoping to scrounge some of your savings, you could always try Couchsurfing so you can stay with a London local for free and crash on their couch. Regardless of where (or when) you plan on staying during a trip to London, remember the type of accommodation you choose ultimately determines the quality of your stay; so make sure you spend a fair amount of time doing your research before you make a final decision.