All under £200 a night
Don’t get me wrong, we all love Air BnB and self catered accommodation is undeniably suited to those with kids, but there is something quite luxurious about staying in a hotel. Having your bed made, bathroom tidied and not having to cook or wash up – sounds like a real holiday! Staying in London is never going to be super cheap, but for a minibreak or special trip, we think these are some stylish but still affordable* options.
So we at The Frugality have rounded up some of the most affordable hotel stays in London for you…
*Ahem, we know the term reasonable budget means something different to everyone, this post focuses on ‘comparatively affordable’ for a chic hotel stay compared to usual London prices. We decided to keep this to hotels rather than hostels etc which are much more of an affordable stay, albeit a different experience.
1. Bedford Corner Hotel
The arty Bedford Corner Hotel is a super central option – a stones throw from London’s best shops and art galleries. Whilst there isn’t a restaurant on site, there are plenty of breakfast options nearby. Standard single room for 1 adult from £119 per night and standard double room for up to 2 adults from £139 per night.
2. New Road Hotel
Over to East London now to the New Road Hotel – a stylish 79 bedroom former textile factory come boutique hotel in Whitechapel – just up the road from Shoreditch. Another really affordable option – ‘Pocket Rooms’ start from £99 on weekends and mid-weeks. Book via their website and get up to 25% discount if you sign up to the newsletter.
3. The Pilgrm
The Pilgrm in Paddington keeps things very simple – no baths, just showers and no room service or minibar. With a large focus on sustainability, housekeeping will only service your room when added to your booking. For fresh towels, additional toiletries or anything else you might need, you contact the team via WhatsApp (very high tech!) who will drop them off at your door. Bursting at the seams with unique art and a popular restaurant and bar. Bunk rooms for adults available, from £109. Small rooms from £124 and medium rooms from £129.
4. MAMA Shelter
194 rooms, restaurant, garden bar and even Japanese style karaoke rooms! MAMA Shelter is a great option for a night away with friends – a buzzy atmosphere in the centre of East London that boasts tempting menus and genius cocktails! Single rooms from £109 or £200 for a double (midweek prices).
5. The Hoxton, Shepherd’s Bush
With Notting Hill and Portabello Road just round the corner, The Hoxton Shepherd’s Bush is perfect for a West London stay. Another well known chain of hotels with so many style credentials, the Shepherd’s Bush venue boasts their lowest rates and all with a wraparound bar and fiery Thai-Americana diner, “Chet’s”. Their bunk rooms start from £120 and the snug rooms start from £174 per night. Sundays, Mondays & Thursdays are the best bet for lower rates.
6. HUB by Premier Inn
Premier Inn hotels are on everyones radar, right? But perhaps you haven’t heard about their “small rooms in big locations” branches – HUB by Premier Inn. Contemporary and compact rooms cleverly designed to give you everything you’d expect from a Premier Inn room in about half the space. From Kings Cross to Covent Garden, you can find one of these hotels in many of London’s hot spots. And at this price, it’s a great sightseeing getaway option. Prices from £91.50.
Sonder apartments and rooms are dotted all over the city. Unlike your regular hotels or serviced apartments, everything is done through the Sonder app on your phone – check in, request fresh towels, and get dinner recommendations at the click of a button. And this high-tech system means they can reduce their operating costs and therefore the price of your stay! There are 17 properties in London, with prices starting from £139 a night (after 15% member discount applied plus no membership fee!)
8. The Culpeper Pub
Where better to stay when you’re visiting the sites of London? An old pub in the middle of the east end. But not any old pub – The Culpeper is Spitalfields local watering hole, with stylish rooms, fresh produce and even it’s own farm! All in the middle of the city. Something a little bit different and lots of fun. Prices start at £175 per night.
9. Z Hotel
For the theatre-goers, take a look at the Z Strand Hotel. 114 rooms right next door to one of London’s oldest theatres and minutes walk from Soho and the rest of the Theatre district. It’s not excatly a ‘design’ hotel but the locations are amazing. This is a great option for an overnight stay after a show, and at £155 per night (mid week price), it’s a good deal.