From the world-famous West End to the more recently fashionable Notting Hill and Kings Cross, each of London’s many districts are entities unto themselves. The travel experts at Expedia highlight five of the best regions to stay in whilst visiting the English capital…
London is a great city to visit, regardless of whether you’re coming from elsewhere in the UK or from abroad. The UK’s capital is a wonderfully diverse and cultured city; it is also a big one.
If you’re looking to take a break in London, you’re probably keen to travel around the city, but this doesn’t downplay the importance of staying in the right place. Here, we take a look at several of the city’s boroughs, considering why each is a great place to book a hotel.
Thanks to the carnival, Notting Hill is one of the city’s best known regions. If you’re not lucky enough to catch the carnival itself, you should still be able to visit the famous Portobello Road Market which does a great job of embodying the vibe of one of London’s most excellent districts. The area’s artistic feel and historic architecture combine to give it a unique and welcoming atmosphere.
South Kensington is one of the capital’s more upmarket districts and is particularly popular with tourists due to its proximity to some of the city’s best museums. Nearby you’ll find the British Museum and the London Science Museum – two essential stops for any visitor. Prices are higher than in many other parts of London, but not without good reason.
Many visitors to London are keen to spend at least one of their evenings at the theatre, and there’s no better place in town for this than the West End. Booking a hotel in this area will cut down on the amount of time you spend travelling and there are hotels located close, not only to the theatres, but to many of the city’s most interesting sites too.
If you’re keen to get the most out of your stay in London but aren’t willing to blow your entire budget on a central location, Kings Cross is a great compromise. The area is evidence that for those looking at cheap hotels London has plenty of options. As the area is connected directly to just about every other part of London, travel is superbly convenient.
If you’re keen to see theatre and to be within walking distance of some of the city’s most popular sites, but aren’t looking at top-budget hotels, consider Victoria. Victoria is great for visiting Buckingham Palace, as well as the sites at Westminster (the Abbey, Cathedral and Houses of Parliament). Just like Kings Cross, Victoria is well connected with many of the city’s major transport lines.