London has a well deserved reputation for its deluxe hotels and international brands which adorn the swanky streets of Knightsbridge, Park Lane and Mayfair however perhaps less well known are the endless number of budget hotels which can be found all through the capital and provide the visitor with a cheap and viable alternative to paying the high prices some of the more high end hotels charge.
Whether it be Bayswater, Earls Court or Victoria, Bloomsbury, the City or Kensington, there is always a cheap, budget hotel to be found offering great value for money and giving you all the home comforts you need for your stay. All hotel rooms offer TVs generally with satellite programmes so if you’re tired from sightseeing all day and fancy a take away pizza and a quiet night in, in front of the telly then this is all possible, just like being at home! You’ll always have private facilities in your rooms and most hotels have a hotel bar so again, if you don’t feel like going out, you can always have a couple of drinks at the bar and maybe get to know some fellow travellers.
These smaller budget hotels are generally owner managed so chances are you’ll get to know the owner of the hotel too during your stay whether at the bar or over breakfast and you can pick up some good tips about where to go and what to see. Hotel owners like to see their hotels busy and are therefore keen to interact with their guests, to give them a good experience so hopefully they may return and stay once again in the same hotel in London. Unlike many of the more luxurious hotels, breakfast is generally included in your room rate in the budget hotels and normally consists of bread, rolls, butter and jams as well as coffee, tea and fruit juice. For a small supplement, generally around £5.00 – £6.00 per day, you can order a cooked, English breakfast either plated or from the buffet and additionally to the standard continental breakfast, you can enjoy bacon, eggs, sausage, beans and tomatoes – just like a great breakfast at home without all the fuss of having to make it and setting you up nicely for your busy day exploring the sights of London!
Even cheaper are hotels outside the centre of the city, in such boroughs as Hammersmith, Shoreditch, Elephant and Castle and Tottenham. Whilst these hotels are not directly in the centre, being mainly in zones two and three, there is always a tube station in easy walking distance from your hotel and you can get into the centre of the city in no time at all. Staying in the less tourist areas of London will also give you the opportunity to experience local life and see what the real Londoners do of an evening! Local pubs and restaurants in the outer areas of London offer amazing value for money and a rich choice of cuisine with some truly amazing Indian flavours for example! Staying in a budget hotel outside the centre will also give you the opportunity to vist one of the many local markets which take place regularly throughout the capital and you can pick up a couple of authentic souvenirs to take home with you!
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