You want to visit London, get a feel for what this city is like ? Below I am introducing different options you can book conveniently online, from high end to low budget.
High-end-big budget accommodations in sought after areas ? Here you go !
Dorchester Hotel, Hyde Park- you’d hear of both these these locations before you arrive. Prime area and a top notch hotel, predating the internet. The concierge there will be able to tell you more then anybody in London. It’s a special place. Think of high tea, étagères filled with scones and cucumber sandwiches followed by a stroll through the Hyde park.
Hazlitt’s, a boutique Hotel right in the center of Soho
In this part of London you don’t need an oyster card. Oxford Circus for shops, clubs and then, within a minute you are in China town and can eat some original dumplings. Pick through records, vintage clothes and sip on your flat white all day long…visit jazz bars like the famous Ronnie Scott’s and witness the Hare Krishnas chanting their way through tiny streets back to their headquarter right at Soho square. Alternatively check one of the famous Westend Theaters at your doorstep !
The Chelsea Bridge Apartments
If you are looking for less of a Hotel but more of an apartment situation, there is full serviced options with domestic specs offering convenience in your homey but top of the scale stay. Theater goers will enjoy the proximity to The Royal Court Theater on Sloane Square while the Thames leads you to take a run at Battersea park, to do what the locals would do, even on a rainy morning !
Low budget options for the curious !
Air B n’B website allows you to scroll through real people’s houses offering their spare rooms, or at times their entire flats. Just select accommodation and area. Perks are that by staying in touch with your host it could result in making a friend or two, and hear of recommendations for local gems to visit and enjoy in your chosen area. Check the alternative feel of areas like Brixton or Oldstreet in Shoreditch and witness upcoming prime spots in the making !
Clink78 Hostel will place you among like-minded people. Free breakfast, a basement bar with a DJ and a sauna is topped with discounted prices for cultural attractions helping you to plan your stay and allowing you to relax into it. Located near Kings Cross you are just a short walk away from the Welcome Trust, a scientific museum and research base for all past and up-and coming inventions.
Couch surfing is the antidote to Air B’n’B where sharing doesn’t have a price tag. Make sure to create a profile where you properly introduce yourself. Your host will choose you according to what you say and how that feels like. It might take a while till you find a match but then you’ll be welcomed to share their place for free and meet people that are keen on interaction. Have a look at their feedback section though !