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, you might not want to have to worry about the hassle of getting to your hotel to drop off or pick up your luggage and cutting into your exploring time.
I’ve put together a comprehensive list of options for storing luggage in London, so if you’re in need of dropping your luggage somewhere in the city, you should find something in this list that will be quite convenient for you.
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Do hotels in London let you store your luggage?
Yup, most hotels in London have storage areas for your luggage if you’re a guest that’s checked in or out that day. You can generally leave it there if you have a reservation and you arrive early, or if you have just checked out and you still have some plans in the city.
Make sure you check with your hotel ahead of time to see if they charge a fee for leaving bags. Most won’t… but if you’re in a hostel, many will have lockers you can use but will have to pay for.
Finally, if you’re doing something at a hotel that you’re not actually staying at, like having dinner or afternoon tea, they’ll usually let you store luggage while you’re there.
Will your London Airbnb let you store your luggage?
This totally depends. The best thing to do is ask your Airbnb host ahead of time to see if that will be possible. Generally, if you ask far enough in advance, they might be able to accommodate you as long as they don’t have another guest arriving super early the day you check out. But again, this totally depends.
This tends to work better in buildings that have concierge service or a doorman, as you can usually leave luggage with them. But again, check with your host, and if it’s something that’s a huge sticking point for you, do it before you even make the reservation.
Store luggage in London train stations
You’ll be able to store luggage in most of London’s major train and bus stations through as “left luggage” service. Here’s a list of stations that offer it, and what you can expect in terms of hours, pricing, etc.(as of April 2019.)
Victoria Coach Station
The left luggage office in Victoria Coach Station is near Gate 0.
Hours: Open 8 am-10pm, daily
Fees: For up to 2 hours – £3.50, 2-24 hours – £5.50. Surcharge is £2.50 for bags under 20kg if you collect it on the same day and pay for 2 hours, and £4.50 for bags over 20kg. Otherwise, £5.50 per 24 hours (under 20kg) or £7.50 (over 20kg).
Victoria, Charing Cross, Kings Cross, Euston St. Pancras International, Paddington, Waterloo, Liverpool St. Stations
All these stations are served by the Excess Baggage Company. You can pre-book or simply drop off your luggage when you get to the station. They also have additional services like baggage weighing, baggage shipping, baggage wrapping, etc. and offer group discounts.
Hours: Charing Cross, Kings Cross, Euston, Paddington, Waterloo, Liverpool St: Daily from 7am-11pm
Victoria: Daily from 7am – Midnight
St Pancras International: Mon-Sat 5:30am-11pm, Sun 7am-11pm
Fees: For up to 3 hours – £6, 3-24 hours – £12.50, after 24 hours it’s £7.50 per item.
London airports with luggage storage
All London airports have luggage storage, and allow for storage for multiple days too. This is a good option if you’re taking a trip out of London for a few days and plan to come back before heading home.
You can find storage facilities on the ground floor in all terminals. These are operated by Excess Baggage Company (same as the train stations) and they can store luggage for up to 90 days. Pre-booking and drop-off options are available.
Hours: Daily 5am-11pm (except terminal 4, which opens at 5:30am)
Fees: For up to 3 hours – £7.50, 3-24 hours – £12.50, 24-48 hours – £20, 48-72 hours – £27.50, after 72 hours – £5 for every 24 hours.
Gatwick has a luggage storage service at both North and South terminals (the only two terminal at Gatwick), located by the arrivals area.
Hours: South Terminal: 24 hours 7 days a week
North Terminal: Daily 5am-10pm
Fees: For up to 3 hours – £6 per item, 3-24 hours – £11, 24-72 hours – £7.50, after 72 hours – £5 for every 24 hours.
The left luggage system is operated by Air Wise, and located at the International Arrival landside concourse.
Hours: 24 hours (accepts cash, debit and credit card)
Fees: For a small bag it’s £3 per item for 24 hours, per suitcase it’s £10
London City Airport
To use the left luggage room you need to log your items first at the information desk, then take them to the Security Zone A. You don’t need to be checked in to use the area, but you do need an identification document (passport or UK driver’s license).
Hours: Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 5am-1pm, Sun 11am-10.20pm
Fees: £10 per item per 24 hours
Luggage store at Luton Airport is always open, so you don’t need to worry about delayed planes or arriving early to collect your items.
Hours: open 24 hours a day
Fees: For up to 2 hours – £5 per item, 2-24 hours – £10, after 24 hours – £5 for every 24 hours.
Independent luggage store companies
There are some small companies in London that let you store luggage at shops, restaurants and hotels that have some extra space to spare. If you won’t be able to make it to a train station or an airport to store luggage in London, then using one of these services is a good alternative.
You can store luggage with Stasher for about £6 per 24 hours, and just £5 per day after that. Just book online and you’ll receive directions to the place you’ll be storing your luggage, which is typically a hotel or a Stasher store. It’s cheaper than station luggage storage centres and maybe more convenient for you.
There are StashPoints near major attractions like Big Ben, Wembley Stadium, The British Museum, Kings Cross, and Victoria, and conveniently, they’re open 24/7.
Nannybag operates in just about the same way that Stasher does. Their points are open 24/7, and you’ll book online and be given directions to place you’ll be storing your luggage. The price is determined at booking, and you get insurance up to €1500 for breakage, loss, or robbery. Expect to pay around £6 for 24 hours and £4 for each additional 24 hours.
Luggage Hero lets you store luggage in London at more than 120 local shops. It operates in the same way as the other two companies mentioned. It’s £1 per item per hours, or £10 per 24 hours, and bags are insured for up to £2200. The nice thing about Luggage Hero is that bookings are flexible so if you book your storage spot but don’t show up (delayed plane or something similar) then you won’t be charged.
Store luggage in London museums and attractions
Some of London’s museums and major attractions have bag storage and/or cloakrooms where you can leave your bags if you just need a couple of hours without them. It’s not a perfect solution but could be helpful if you plan to visit already or if you are just too tired from lugging them around all day…
- Tate Modern – requires a £4 donation for the cloakroom, while lockers have a refundable £1 deposit
- National Portrait Gallery – there are lockers and a cloakroom. Lockers cost £1, and the cloakroom asks for a £2 donation. Storage for up to 2 hours.
- National Gallery – there are cloakrooms behind the info desk in Sainsbury Wing, and on the lower ground floor in the main building. Bags larger than 40x25x25cm are not allowed. The fee is £1.50 per bag.
- Kensington Palace – has a free left luggage facility that operates on a first come first basis.
- London Transport Museum – has a free cloakroom with no size or weight restrictions.
- Tate Britain – has a cloakroom, they ask for a £4 donation, and has no size restrictions.
- Natural History Museum – there are two Cloakrooms. Bags 4-9kg are £3, 9kg+ are £6. All bags must be collected by 5:45pm.
- Science Museum – there’s a cloakroom on ground floor. Bags must be collected by 6pm. Small bags are £2 and suitcases are £4.
- V&A Museum – there are two cloakrooms. Bags larger than 56x45x25cm are not accepted. £3 for cabin-sized bags and £5 for large bags.
Luggage transfer services in London
Instead of storing bags somewhere, there’s also the option of using a luggage transfer service, which picks up your luggage from your hotel and delivers it to the airport for you (or the other way around.) It costs a lot more than storage, but is much more convenient and you won’t have to worry about luggaging bags around the city and to or from the airport.
Transferbags is an option, you book the transfer ahead of time, with prices being at £45 for the first bag and £10 for each additional bag, and there may be additional charges for long delivery distances.
Other options to store luggage
These aren’t ideal but could work as a last resort if you just need to drop off for a few hours.
- Westfield Shopping Centre (White City) – the cloak room is open Monday–Saturday 10am–9.30pm and Sunday 12 noon–5.30pm. It’s £8 for a large suitcase and bags can’t stay overnight. Find out more.
- Westfield Shopping Centre (Stratford) – the cloak room is open Monday – Saturday 10am–9pm, and Sunday 12 noon–5.30pm. Luggage (up to 15kg) and handbags are £5 for 0-5 hours or £10 for 5-24 hours. Find out more.
- Self-Storage/Safestore – If you need long-term baggage storage in Central London, this could be a good options. Prices start from £11 per locker per week, with locations in Paddington-Marble Arch , Earl’s Court, King’s Cross and Camden.
Phew… you should definitely be able to find a place to store luggage in London with this huge list, and if you’re sick of seeing the word luggage by this point, I do NOT blame you 🙂
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