London without breaking your budget

Budget hotels in London are probably going to appeal mostly to the younger traveller amongst you.  People who are up for meeting other fellow visitors to the capital, and who want to have fun and see the sights.  If that describes you then you might want to try St Christopher's Hostel in Greenwich, which has a pub below it, to make sure that you can party all night and then only have a few stairs to walk up before rolling into bed.  For people looking to stay in a beautiful area, near tranquil parks and lots of history, then Avoca House Hotel in Hampstead might be the place for you.  Even if you're not staying in the lap of luxury, you can spend your days walking the streets around you and spotting celebrities who live in luxury all day every day.  Hampstead, although an expensive part of London has two beautiful parks to enjoy completely for free, keeping your budget to the minimum whilst still revelling in London's beauty.



One of the YHA's other London hostels is close to the famous St Paul's cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which withstood the blitz (bombing raids) during the Second World War, and was the cathedral that Prince Charles and the late...  Read More



The YHA, Youth Hostel Association, is a great organisation, and runs a series of hostels across London. You are guaranteed to meet lots of like minded travellers, predominantly young, as the name suggests, but not only, as the YHA has done a...  Read More

Lords Hotel


Some people say that this hotel is clean and basic, and you get what you pay for. Others have written that they had money stolen from their rooms and that the rooms are dirty, dingy and not worth the cost, which even though it's budget, is not...  Read More



For a hostel, in London this place gets great reviews. You probably have to be relatively young, or wear ear plugs to enjoy sleeping above a noisy music pub, but if you want a sense of community, a cheap, basic place to stay, and to be in the...  Read More

European Hotel London


As with many budget hotels, this hotel has also got mixed reviews from fellow travellers. But for a short stay, many value its location, right near Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston, a brilliant transport hub for the whole of London, near the...  Read More

South Bank


This hotel gets mixed reviews by fellow travellers, but most agree that you get what you pay for and whilst the rooms are small, they're decent enough and better than some reviews lead one to believe. It's a fairly central location, in Pimlico...  Read More



If you're on a real budget, the kinds of prices advertised at the Piccadilly Backpackers Hostel could be tempting. In August 2012 they said their prices started at 12 pounds a night, about $15 which seems like exceptional value. They also...  Read More



The Wellington prides itself on being one of the best budget hotels in Victoria. Close to many of the central sites, including Buckingham Palace, and one of the biggest transport hubs for London and the rest of the country, by train and bus...  Read More

Primrose Hill


One traveller wrote that this hotel is a jewel in London's budget crown. It's a great location, in Hampstead, North London, a very expensive area normally to stay on. You have a grand old house, with grand old rooms, and a clean, comfy place...  Read More

Generator Hostel London


The Generator Hostels in London are great for seeing London on the cheap. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, this chain of hostels offers free wifi, a free walking tour, and free bed linen. Breakfast if you want it is provided for a small...  Read More


Meet Emma Wallis

London gives Emma a warm fuzzy feeling every time she gets back to her home city. As a writer and broadcaster she travels extensively round Europe and the world, but is always happy to return to...  More About Emma