London visitors sometimes need to find a place to store luggage in London, often on the day they arrive or plan to leave the city. Even if you are staying in a hotel that lets you store your luggage before or after checkout
For people who are visiting London and plan to do some day trips (which, if you’ve read my article about great cities for day trips, you’ll know I don’t recommend this unless you’re staying for a week or more.
There are plenty of things to do in Oxford on a day trip, and it’s quite easy to get to the city from London even when traveling on your own (no need for an expensive tour!)
Out of all of the souvenirs you could get to commemorate your London trip, professional photos of you around the city are the ones that I think you’ll love the most, and for the rest of your life.
If you’re booking your London hotel soon and want to feel like you’re a Londoner, there are three great areas to stay in for a more local experience. Think neighborhood pubs, cute cafes, and Londoners going about living their life in the city…
With Easter Weekend in London quickly approaching, it’s time to figure out how to spend it if you’re visiting London during the holiday. The fact that it’s an extra long weekend means there is tons happening all over the city, whether you want it to be child-friendly or you just want to party your face off.
Are you thinking of booking a London hotel that’s near the major sights? There are three great areas I suggest to stay in that will have some of London’s most famous attractions within walking distance. I’ll also give you some hotels in those areas that I think you might like.
If you’d like to buy my 3-Day London Itinerary but it’s not quite in your travel budget at the moment, well, heck! I want you to be able to experience London as easily and efficiently as possible too, so here are some ways to save money when you’re here, and these savings will help cover the cost of the itinerary, and in some cases, you’ll still have some money left over!
Take public transportation instead of a taxi from the airport
Taxis from the airport can be REALLY expensive. That’s because just about every London airport is not actually IN London, so depending on where you’re staying, you could be in for a journey that’s long and costly.
Save yourself a possible £100+ with these two very cheap ways to get to central London from the airport.
An airport transfer bus via National Express is likely going to be the cheapest option for you to get into central London, and then you can take the tube to get to your accommodation. Prices start at £5 one way, and they have buses available from all airports except Southend and City.
Night bus from Heathrow
From around 11:30pm- 5am, the N9 night bus runs from Heathrow every 20 minutes and gets you into central London in about 75 minutes, but it only costs £1.50. Your only other transportation option that late at night is taxi or Uber (or National Express buses start running again at 4:30am), so if you really can’t bear the cost, get yourself into central London via this bus and then either take a taxi to your accommodation or figure out another night bus route that goes by where you’re staying (use the Google Maps app or Citymapper app to figure that out.)
Savings: £15-£50 per person
Book a free-flowing deal on Bookatable
In London, an affordable restaurant turns into not-so-affordable when you’ve had just a couple of drinks. Instead of spending £10+ each for cocktails or Prosecco, check out some of Bookatable’s “free flowing deals”. These are restaurants around the city that offer a special unlimited deal, either on drinks or food.
You’ll find the “M” restaurants on this list, like M Victoria, they have a really good deal and the food is yummy too. Beware… they are NOT stingy on keeping your Prosecco glass topped up! 😉
Savings: £10-30 per person (depending on how much you drink. No judgements here, people!)
Do the Mad Hatter’s Tea during the week for the Bookatable “Star Deal”
Another Bookatable deal I recommend… if you want to do afternoon tea, the Sanderson Hotel does a fun Mad Hatter-themed one. If you go during the day on a weekday and if you make your reservation on Bookatable via their “star deal”, you’ll get the tea AND a cocktail for only £40. When you have the tea and that cocktail when not booked through this deal, it costs £60. What a difference! If you’re traveling as two, you’ve just saved yourselves almost enough to get the 3-Day London Itinerary. If you’re traveling three or more, then you’ve got money left over!
Savings: £20 per person
Get a travel card for public transportation
If you’re visiting London for seven days, you can save yourself some money by getting a 7-day travel card. It covers all of your travel for the amount of zones that you purchase it for, and if you compare the cost of the travel card to what you’d pay for seven days of daily capping, you’ll see the savings.
Buy a travel card ahead of time, or you can buy one when you arrive to London. Watch this video for more information about how travel cards work…
*Tip– don’t buy a one-day travel card, you’ll end up spending a lot more than if you just used an Oyster Card!
Savings: £13.50 per person (for zones 1-2), £16 per person (for zones 1-3)
Skip the View from the Shard for these options
The View from the Shard is the tallest viewing spot in the EU, but that comes with a hefty price of £19-£30 for adults depending on a couple of variables. There are a couple great alternatives for free viewpoints over London– the Sky Garden, and the 10th floor of the Tate Modern. Of course, these aren’t as high up as the Shard, but that money you saved, which, we’re talking almost three digits if you’re traveling as a group of four, can be used for so much more, like the 3-Day London Itinerary. Plus, the Sky Garden and the Tate Modern are in the 3-Day Itinerary, making it super easy to do the swap.
Savings: £18-30 per adult, £13-£19 per child
Get drunk at Bar Soho
Nights out in London are FUN but they can REALLY get expensive. I remember coming to London for the first time when I was a study abroad student, and the exchange rate was so bad at that point that I’m not even sure if I was able to afford ANY drinks! WOOF.
Bar Soho, which is (obviously) in London’s Soho area, does a crazy-good happy hour… 50% off most drinks, every day from 5-7pm. I once ordered a bottle of wine that was just £12 during happy hour, and I split it with two other women… what a steal! Don’t expect a luxurious, relaxing bar, but expect good savings if you only drink within the happy hour hours (and actually, by London standards, the prices during not-happy hour are pretty good too.)
Savings: £4-£50 per person (depending on how many you typically tend to knock back in an evening…)
Hey, if you put all of these budget hacks together, you’ll MORE than have enough cash left over to get the 3-Day London Itinerary, in fact you’ll have a nice stack of cash in your hand, ready to be spent on other cool stuff in London.
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Staying in a London hotel with a rooftop bar has its perks. Fresh cocktails just steps away, gahgeousss views over London, and an easy walk home after you’ve had a few too many.
This list covers the top London hotels with rooftop bars, but before you get booking, here’s how to take advantage of a good London rooftop hotel…
When are London’s rooftop bars open?
Most of the London hotel rooftop bars on this list are open all year round. Because we’re used to pretty crap weather here, in order to make the most of these amazing spaces for as long as possible, they’re typically equipped with covered or enclosed areas, heat lamps, blankets, and other warming items so you can enjoy the rooftop even if it’s snowing (which, doesn’t happen often.)
Be sure to check with the hotel if the rooftop will be open when you’re in town.
Are London hotels with rooftop bars expensive?
Some are, some aren’t. If you visit in the off-season (November, Jan-March), you can probably find some good deals on rooms.
The actual drinks at London’s rooftop bars tend to be more expensive than the average city cocktail, but I mean, you’re really paying for the view…
Are London hotels with rooftop bars reserved exclusively for hotel guests?
It depends on the hotel. Some of the hotels listed below leave their rooftop as exclusive for hotel guests, some are members clubs so you’ll find Londoners hanging out alongside you, and some are totally open to the public.
Here are some of the top London hotels with rooftop bars.
1. Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
The Ham Yard Hotel, located in Soho and part of my favourite boutique hotel chain, Firmdale, has a rooftop bar and garden on its fourth floor. Reserved just for hotel guests, up there you’ll be within a leafy jungle that includes two bee hives, Whitmas benches, and well… a bar. The hotel has over 100 rooms, and includes a library, spa and gym, and bowling alley for its guests, plus more. By the way, all of the Firmdale Hotels in London do beautiful afternoon teas for a really reasonable price.
Book the Ham Yard Hotel on Booking.com
2. ME London, The Strand
Located on The Strand, just steps from Covent Garden, this avant-garde luxury hotel has a super-popular rooftop bar and restaurant Radio Rooftop. Book in advance if you want views over Somerset House while you sip your cocktail. In the winter, they typically get winter-y and Christmas-y with the decor. A large part of the rooftop is enclosed so you can keep warm if you need.
Back to the hotel… there’s a wide selection of luxurious rooms to pick from, some of which include a private terrace with views over the city.
Book ME London on Booking.com
3. The Trafalgar St. James, Trafalgar Square
The Trafalgar St. James is a Hilton property that’s far more modern and luxurious than most Hiltons I’ve been to. Head up to (the very small) The Rooftop for views over London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. Besides the views, the location of the hotel is very central, and smack-dab in the middle of most of the city’s most famous attractions.
Book The Trafalgar St. James on Booking.com
4. The Mondrian, Southbank
One of my favourite London hotels with a rooftop bar, The Mondrian’s sexy and futuristic London outfit is located in the Sea Containers building, right on the River Thames. On the ground floor is the award-winning Dandelyan bar, run by expert mixologist Mr. Lyan (although he’s closing it and rejigging it soon.) The real draw of staying at the Mondrian is on the top floor, where you’ll find Rumpus Room, which has been given the accolade of “The Best Bar in London” many times over. Expect views, expensive drinks, and possible celeb sightings.
The hotel itself has a major range of rooms, spanning from the typical Mondrian-esque standard room, up to suites with private terraces overlooking the London skyline.
Book The Mondrian on Booking.com
5. Dorsett City Hotel, Aldgate
Stay in east London, at the Dorsett City Hotel, and you’ll be a lift-ride away from one of the city’s newest rooftop bars, Jin Bo Law. From the 14th floor you’ll spot Tower Bridge, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and more iconic London buildings.
The hotel itself has 4-stars, located in City of London’s Financial District, and even has a luxe 24-hour restaurant (plus a gym in case you want to work off that 2am meal.)
Book Dorsett City Hotel on Booking.com
6. The Montcalm Royal London House, Finsbury Square
Housed in the former Royal Mail head office, The Montcalm Royal London House’s rooftop bar and restaurant, called Aviary, is one of my favourites in the city. Head to the 10th floor for lovely views of the skyline, and grab a cocktail or choose to eat at the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. (By the way, Aviary is included in the 3-Day London Itinerary.)
The Montcalm brand is known for good service, beautiful rooms and overall being a great value. Stay here and you’ll also be located close to Shoreditch and Old Street, two great areas to explore and definitely eat and drink well.
Book The Montcalm Royal London House on Booking.com
7. The Boundary, Shoreditch
The Boundary is housed within a converted Victorian warehouse in East London. With just 17 individually designed rooms, each inspired by an iconic designer or design movement of the 20th century, you’ll be in an incredibly unique spot if you choose to stay here.
The Boundary’s rooftop, called the Orangery, is famous with Londoners because it’s very beautiful and is a great spot for a post-work drink whether it’s summer or winter (it’s heated, don’t worry.)
Book The Boundary on Booking.com
8. White City House, White City
Located in the old BBC Television Centre, this 45 bedroom-hotel and members club (part of Soho House) is brand new for 2018. The rooms start from “tiny” and go up, and are decked out with mid-century design elements.
On a nice sunny summer day, White City House’s rooftop is the place to be seen. Head to the 10th floor for pool-side cocktails overlooking White City and the rest of London. When you get bored of that (like you would ever), there’s a multi-floor members and guest space where you can eat well, get some work done, workout, and network with the city’s creatives (but no photos allowed, so as to respect the more recognisable of the members.)
9. The Ned, Bank
The Ned is another London hotel associated with Soho House, but being located in City is a whole different experience to White City House and Shoreditch House (mentioned next.) The Ned took over an old bank, and now has 250 1920’s-inspired bedrooms, ten restaurants, a panoramic rooftop bar and pool, plus a basement bar that’s located in an old vault. Only certain rooms get access to exclusive member areas, FYI.
This is the place that the city’s financiers go to blow off some (major) steam on a Friday night. Expect a bit of chaos, or if you need some calm, visit the new (and somewhat hidden) Martini bar on the ground floor.
Book The Ned on Booking.com
10. Shoreditch House, Shoreditch
OK this is the last Soho House mention, I promise.
Shoreditch House’s rooftop is always popping when the weather is even just half-way decent (I’ve literally seen people swimming in the pool while it was raining.) Way up top, besides the 16-metre heated pool, you’ll find a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant, plus lots of space to take your cocktail(s) because there’s a “Lazy Lawn” where you can drink and comfortably pass out when the night should really be over for you…
Stay at Shoreditch House and you’ll feel like you totally fit in with all of the creatives that flock here at all hours…
11. The Curtain, Shoreditch
The Curtain is a five-star hotel and members club (nope, not Soho House!) with 120 luxurious guest rooms, complete with king-size beds, bespoke artwork, and toiletries with their own signature scent. The Curtain has a gorgeous little rooftop restaurant and heated pool where cocktails can certainly be enjoyed. When you’re all pruney, head to Marcus Samuelsson’s London outpost of Red Rooster, and if it’s a Sunday, definitely check out the Sunday Gospel Brunch, complete with live music.
Book The Curtain on Booking.com
12. The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
This is the swankiest spot on our list of London hotels with rooftop bars, which, if you know anything about London, you would have already known after seeing its Knightsbridge location.
The Berkeley’s 7th-floor rooftop and swimming pool is lined with white and gold mosaic tiling and is more of a spa than a place for some sky-high beer swigging, but they do offer wine along side juices and other healthy treats so this definitely counts as a rooftop bar, IMO.
Book The Berkeley on Booking.com
The best London hotels with rooftop bars… which will you stay in?
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What are the best areas to stay in while visiting London?
Well, the first thing to know is that there are LOTS of great areas to stay in while visiting London, so while this is a list of my top recommendations, just because an area isn’t on it doesn’t mean it’s not a safe or interesting area of London to stay in.
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Best areas to stay in while visiting London: what to look for
Proximity to Central London
The most central part of London is called, well, Central London. In tube terms, it’s called Zone 1 (if you don’t know what zones are, watch the video below.) The most popular areas and attractions in London are in Central London.
Pros of staying close to or in Central London
You’ll be closer to the major sites, and it’s pretty easy to get to a lot of parts of the city because you’re literally in the centre of it all.
Cons of staying in Central London
Generally speaking, the closer you stay to Zone 1, the more money you’ll pay. Ideally, you’ll want to find a balance of being as close to Central London that your budget will allow, otherwise you could be spending a lot of time and money on the train getting to and from Central London (although, there’s a lovely neighbourhood feel outside of central!)
You’ll see the areas to stay in while visiting London, mentioned below, are a mix of in Central London, and just outside of it.
Tube and train stations
Most areas in London have at least a tube or a train station, but not all do. You’ll definitely want to have at least one within walking distance of the hotel you choose. Sometimes, hotels will say there’s “a bus stop right outside our door” but in London terms, that doesn’t mean much, as buses can be veryyyyy slow.
It’s even better if you can find yourself a place to stay in London that has multiple stations within just a few minutes walking distance.
1. Covent Garden
I love Covent Garden. There’s plenty to do around the area, it’s a great jumping-off point for most parts of London, and you’ll be in the middle of it all, so it’s not for people who want a very quiet area. Great food, great shopping, and close to the sights, there’s lots to do around Covent Garden, making it one of the best areas to stay in while visiting London.
Read my Things to Do in Covent Garden post before you decide to stay in the area.
Good hotels in Covent Garden:
££ – Z Hotel Covent Garden – because you’re staying so central, it’s nearly impossible to find a non-luxury hotel in Covent Garden. Z Hotel is basically your only option, and they offer dirt-cheap rooms (with no window!) See Z Hotel Covent Garden
£££ – Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street – located right off Seven Dials, and beautifully designed. See Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
££££ – Covent Garden Hotel – absolutely stunning, and part of the Firmdale Hotels boutique group. See the Covent Garden Hotel
This area is quirky and interesting, and is great for those in your 20’s-30’s who want a “less touristy” experience. It’s famous for its street art, and there’s an interesting food and drink scene. While in Shoreditch, one second you may see a hipster walking past you with no shoes on, and the next you’ll have come across a brand new piece of art by a world-famous street artist.
If you want to party, Shoreditch is one of the best areas to stay in while visiting London.
Read my Shoreditch Guide to find some cool things to do in the area.
Good hotels in Shoreditch:
£ – St. Christopher’s Hostel Liverpool Street — a 10 minute walk from Shoreditch, and very well connected, being so close to Liverpool Street Station. I like this hostel chain. See more about St. Christopher’s Hostel Liverpool Street
££ – CitizenM Shoreditch – this chain claims to be “no-frills” in order to lower its prices, but it’s still a pretty swanky hotel, and this branch is brand new. Rooms can go as low as £100/night, sign up to be a “citizen” to get the lowest rates. See CitizenM Shoreditch
£££ – The Hoxton, Shoreditch – Wasn’t sure which budget category to put this one in, because sometimes you can find rates as low at £120/night. This place is super cool and if you want a lively atmosphere and a cool bar, restaurant, and workspace in your hotel, this is the spot. See The Hoxton, Shoreditch
££££ – Ace Hotel Shoreditch – THE place to stay in Shoreditch. A friend told me that “every detail was thought of” when she stayed there. Another place with a cool vibe for 20 and 30-somethings. Splurge for the Ace Suite that has a wrap-around terrace. See Ace Hotel Shoreditch
3. Kensington & Chelsea
If you want to be among the posh, the Kensington and Chelsea area is a good choice . The houses are breathtaking, and you’re more likely to spot a celebrity here, although a lot of them will be English and you may not know even exist! There’s lots of high-end shopping here and some great restaurants that vary in price from mid-range to super luxe. You’ll be close to beautiful museums like the V&A, the Saatchi Gallery and the Natural History Museum, so don’t forget to visit.
Points of interest in Kensington & Chelsea:
Victoria and Albert Museum – an art and design museum, free to visit.
Natural History Museum – The name speaks for itself! It’s free to visit, and before Christmas, there’s a gorgeous ice rink out front.
Duke of York Square – lovely area for shopping and eating. Try Polpo for some delish Italian tapas.
King’s Road – All along this road that runs through Chelsea are gorgeous boutique shops and some restaurants too. Go to the Big Easy if you want some good ole American BBQ.
The Chelsea Gardener – a “garden center” that also has pop up shops and a bar/restaurant, perfect for when the sun’s out.
Afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel – their Science Tea is lovely for both kids and adults, and is inspired by the nearby Science Museum.
Good hotels in Kensington & Chelsea:
£ – if you’re on a budget, I don’t recommend staying in this area.
££ – Park Grand London Kensington – I’ve seen other hotels with a bit more character, however a room here is really good value, with prices starting around £130 per night. Book the Park Grand London Kensington
£££ – The Ampersand Hotel – The decor here is what I consider to be “modern London”, it’s really gorgeous but nods to London hotel decor from years ago. Find about more about The Ampersand Hotel
££££ – 11 Cadogan Gardens – Great for a luxe getaway that’s very “British”. Find out more about 11 Cadogan Gardens
4. King’s Cross
King’s Cross a great place to stay if you’ll be using the Eurostar or flying into Luton airport. It’s also incredibly well connected to the rest of London and other parts of England. In King’s Cross you’ll find good-value accommodation options, as well as the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel, which is where they filmed the first Spice Girls video— you know the stairs I’m talking about!
Points of interest in King’s Cross:
Granary Square – this little area always has things going on like riverside cinema and sports game viewings (can you tell I’m not really into sports?) It’s also a great spot to cool off in the summer, in its crazy-cool jumping fountains that you can control yourself if you download the app.
Camdentown – a decent walk or just one stop on the tube takes you to this eclectic area with loads of musical influence, alongside world-famous markets with loads of shopping and budget-friendly food options.
Vinoteca – Cool wine bar/restaurant with a modern take on Italian food, located right next to King’s Cross station.
German Gymnasium – a cool spot for an al fresco drink at anytime of the year. I haven’t eaten here yet but they serve up modern German dishes.
Dishoom – one of the locations of this London favourite that serves up great Indian breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Drink Shop Do – a cafe and bar that also does interesting craft events and such.
Good hotels in Kings Cross:
£ – Generator Hostel – a high-end hostel about a ten minute walk from King’s Cross station. I’ve stayed in a private double room which was VERY spacious, and the bar/restaurant is REALLY reasonably priced and great for meeting other travelers. Find out more about Generator
£ – Clink78 Hostel – one of our community members highly recommends Clink, it’s a bit closer to public transportation than Generator and he insists that it’s great for travelers who are past “backpacker age”. Book Clink78 Hostel
££ – Point A King’s Cross – Point A are a chain that keep prices for rooms low by charging for extras like towels, wifi, etc. You’ll find rooms here from about £80 a night, a really good deal for London. I’ve stayed at one of their other locations and think the concept is great. Find out more about Point A King’s Cross
££££ – St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – this luxe hotel is famous for its staircase that appeared in the first Spice Girls music video– you know what I’m talking about unless you’re too young! The hotel is essentially a part of St. Pancras Station, so you could literally roll out of bed and hop on the Eurostar if you’d like. Find out more about St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
5. Notting Hill
I know fans of the movie will want to stay in this lovely area… but just so you know, the book shop isn’t the real bookshop 😉
Although Portobello Road gets crazy busy on the weekends due to the market, the rest of the area is fairly quiet, and almost seems like another part of city. This is where you’ll find plenty of the famous rainbow coloured houses, some street art, and the loveliest cafes, shops, bars and restaurants.
Points of interest:
Acklam Village – this is a funky street market with lots of food and drink options. It’s only on the weekends but there’s usually live music and the atmosphere is lively and fun.
Alice’s Antiques – everyone loves this antiques shop on Portobello Road. Pop in if you appreciate all things old and vintage!
Granger & Co – Yummy brunch spot, a particular favourite of Aussies because Granger is one himself, and because they do great avocado dishes here.
Hummingbird Bakery – mmmmmmmm cupcakes.
I have a lot more Notting Hill recommendations in The Local Guide to London.
Good hotels in Notting Hill:
£ – No noteable budget accommodation options I know of here.
££ – La Suite West – reasonably priced rooms considering that this hotel is super modern and feels pretty luxurious. It’s halfway between Paddington station and Notting Hill Gate station. Find out more about La Suite West
£££ – The Portobello Hotel – this hotel nods to the antique shops of the area but still is luxurious and a bit modern, with rooms starting around £150/night. Check out The Portobello Hotel
££££ – The Laslett – with rooms from £250/night, this luxurious hotel in a great location is actually decent value. Find out more about The Laslett
Similar to King’s Cross, Paddington is one of the best areas to stay in while visiting London, for the convenience factor. When you take the Heathrow Express from Heathrow Airport into London, it drops you at Paddington station. But besides having a busy train station, staying in Paddington also means you’ll be right by Hyde Park and Little Venice, so it’s a great area to grab a Boris Bike and go for a ride.
If you’re flying into and out of Heathrow Airport, these are 10 important things to know before you do (like, immigration stuff.)
Points of interest in Paddington:
Little Venice – a little area that’s gotten its name because of the canal that run through it, making it feel a bit like Italy’s Venice. There are walking and biking paths on both sides of the canal, great for some Boris Bike action.
Paddington Bear – this is his hometown! You can find a statue of him in Paddington Station.
Cafe41 – Vegans should visit La Suite West’s vegan restaurant, where you can have a yummy meal or afternoon tea that will appeal to both vegans and non-vegans alike. I especially recommend their winter afternoon tea.
Hyde Park – There’s so much to do here! This park is great for riding bikes through, and or you can opt to go horseback riding, visit the rose garden, or just have a nice picnic. This is also where the world-famous Winter Wonderland is during the Christmas season.
Cafe Laville – Lovely little cafe with gorgeous views over the canal in Little Venice.
Good hotels in Paddington:
£ – Nothing particularly notable that I know of. Check Hostelworld or Booking.com.
££ – Point A Paddington – another location that’s part of the Point A family, with cheap room rates and only-pay-what-you-use amenities. Find out more about Point A Paddington
££ – La Suite West – as mentioned in the Notting Hill section, this hotel is bang on in between Notting Hill Gate station and Paddington station. Rooms start from around £110 in this modern, luxe hotel– great value. There’s even a patio you can take advantage of in the warmer temps. Find out more about La Suite West
££££ – The Royal Lancaster London – the decor is a bit outdated at the moment, but it’s undergoing renovations and the plans look great. A large hotel in a great location, and reviews say the service is notable. Find out more about The Royal Lancaster London
7. Southbank or Bankside
Southbank is a fun area at any time of the year, as there’s always lots to do. You’ll be near to THE Southbank (DUH), Borough Market, Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, and lots more. Pop up events are happening around here all the time, or you can stick to sightseeing as Big Ben, Westminster and the London Eye will all be within walking distance of your hotel.
Visiting Borough Market? It’s big, and little overwhelming. Here are my top recommendations for what to eat at Borough Market.
Points of interest:
Southbank – walk along the River Thames for incredible scenery and also photo opps of the London Eye and Big Ben. Sunsets are gorgeous here on clear days!
Dandelyan – one of London’s best cocktail bars, located in Sea Containers Hotel. Book ahead if you can, and dress the part.
The Rumpus Room – this has been voted as London’s BEST bar, located at the top of Sea Containers, it has unbeatable views of the city. Book in advance and make sure you’re dressed well!
SC FoodMarket – lots of yummy food stalls located behind the Royal Festival Hall. It’s open only Friday-Sunday and bank holiday Mondays.
There is loads more to do beyond Southbank as well, you’ll be very central for it all. This entire area is covered extensively in my 3-Day London Itinerary.
Good hotels in Southbank and Bankside:
£ – Nothing notable in the low-budget range right in this area.
££ – £££ – CitizenM Bankside – another location of the expanding CitizenM brand, it’s super stylish and in an awesome location, but won’t totally break the bank. Find out more about CitizenM Bankside
££££ – Sea Containers – this hotel is insanely modern and swanky. Located right next to the River Thames, you can choose a room with river views (think of the sunsets!) or a private garden. This is where the two bars mentioned above are located. Find out more about Sea Containers (formerly Mondrian London)
8. Park Lane
You won’t find any budget-friendly accommodations on Park Lane but you will find some of the most luxurious hotels in the UK as Park Lane is lined with them. Guests at these hotels get to stay right next to Hyde Park, and might even get a view of it from your bed. If you want to opt for a luxe hotel either for a special occasion or “just because”, this is a great area to start your search.
Points of interest:
Hyde Park – you can’t get any closer– you could walk across the street from your hotel and have a picnic there for breakfast.
Claridge’s afternoon tea – if you want to leave your own hotel for an afternoon tea experience, Claridge’s is nearby, so make a reservation here for one of the most famous afternoon tea experiences in the world.
Mr. Fogg’s Residence – a fun little spot for a cocktail, preferably gin. You won’t know you’ve arrived to it until you see someone outside an unmarked door dressed as though he’s still living in the 1920’s. Try to book ahead.
Benares – Indian-British cuisine from twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar.
Good hotels on Park Lane in London:
£ – £££ – you won’t find this around here!
££££ – The Dorchester – here you’ll get classic yet luxurious English decor, a gorgeous spa, and Michelin-starred dining options, plus you’ll be staying in a landmark building built in 1931. The Dorchester is known for its incredible service. Find out more about The Dorchester
££££ – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park – not actually on Park Lane but very close, and still right next to Hyde Park. Part of the hotel group with top-notch hotels around the world, guests love the gorgeous garden terrace and world-famous spa that includes an indoor pool. It’s “royally blessed” — in the 1930s, the Queen and her sister learned to dance in the ballroom here. Find out more about Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
££££ – 45 Park Lane – the sister hotel of the Dorchester with art-deco interiors designed by Thierry Despont. Each and every room has views of Hyde Park in this boutique hotel. Find out more about 45 Park Lane