Finding places to stay in London is a pain. Which is a shame, because it’s an awesome city to explore. Don’t you sometimes wish that you could click your fingers and already have all the best findings in a nice long list?
Well, consider it granted. We’ve compiled an area-by-area list of the choicest hostel, hotel, and Airbnb in each district to help you find where to stay in London.
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If you like it chic and casual at the same time, Shephard’s Bush is the best area to stay in London for you. It’s perfect for a gentle stroll around the green or an indulgent meal and in a modern restaurant. Oh, and it happens to be home to Europe’s biggest urban shopping centre.
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Even if you haven’t read/watched the film of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, after walking down this legendary street and breathing in the wafting scents of curry you’ll probably be inspired to write a book, too. Around the corner is London’s favourite vintage market, Spitalfields, and on your way there you’ll spy some of London’s most intricate street art.
The West End
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This district is definitively London. It’s synonymous with unmissable musicals and historic thoroughfares. A place to splash out and, if you want to have the main sights on your doorstep, the best place to stay in London.
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If Soho were a person, it’d be that friend who has flare, is an awesome cook, and doesn’t know the meaning of inhibitions. Without a doubt it’s one of the most bustling places to stay in London, and definitely a good idea if you want your bed within walking distance from the coolest bars.
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If you’re wondering where to stay in London, you should ask yourself: where am I going to start and end my day? You can do both in Islington. It lays claim to the best brunch and music institutions in London, such as The Breakfast Club and Union Chapel.
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Conformity is not something you will find in Camden. The main high street is half tattoo parlours and half music shops or venues. The market is infamous and the street food stalls innumerable. When it comes to places to stay London can offer no better for retro-lovers, bargain-hunters, and darkness-huggers.
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If you were to ask a local about places to stay in London, Shoreditch would be high on their list. Trendy tech scene types mingle with down-to-earth creatives in the neighbourhood’s bars and cafes. It will also be the backdrop for some of your most memorable date nights – fancy going to the old Pillow Cinema?
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Kensington is probably where posh was invented. The streets are lined with old museums, and Hyde Park or the Kyoto Garden are perfect for picnics. A stay in London wouldn’t be complete without a wander through this district.
Greenwich hugs the Thames and sprawls down into the leafier places to stay in London. It is also nerd heaven, from the Royal Observatory to the Maritime Museum. And for the slightly less nerdy, there’s Greenwich Market with antiques and nibbles.
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If you say “Paddington” to any Brit alive today, they’ll answer back with “bear”. Find out what all the fuss is about at the Paddington Bear shop, where you can read up on this childhood hero. Another thing that makes Paddington a unique place to stay in London is Little Venice, an intersection of canals with cafes, gardens, and boat trips (of course).
City of London
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If you’re looking for places to stay in London that will bring you back to where it all began, this is the place. St Paul’s rubs shoulders with the Gherkin, which you can get a stunning view of from the 40-storey-high fine dining institution, the Duck and Waffle.
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Out of all the places to stay in London, this one has the most dazzle per square metre. But there’s more than posh shoppers here: it’s the home of both Chelsea FC stadium and the Saatchi Gallery. You can also call out Gordon Ramsay on his cooking at his restaurant. Expect to be blown away by this neighbourhood before you can say “Made in Chelsea”.
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The most sought-after spot on the Monopoly board, and the best place to stay in London for those with a taste for tradition. Take the Wolseley, an ex-car showroom enjoying retirement as a restaurant and tea room. Walking a few blocks in any direction will take you either to the Palace gardens, Hyde Park or London’s best shopping streets.
This is the closest you’ll ever come to mingling with royalty. Westminster Abbey and the Palace itself would be your next door neighbours for your stay in London. Even restaurants and cafes are rich in that old Victorian spirit, such as modern Indian restaurant The Cinnamon Club, housed in the old Westminster library.