Where to stay in London 2018 Best Guide:
With millions inhabitants, London and its suburbs are full of neighborhoods to stay. But difficult to choose among different areas of the city, especially as housing and the cost of living remain very high
Brixton colorful but eccentric district
Located in the southern suburbs of London, the Afro-Caribbean neighborhood of Brixton will delight those who think that London has lost the melting-pot atmosphere that made its charm. Here, the popular classes cohabit with the young students mowed and the families bobos in search of housing cheaper than in the city center. The area, known for being a cut-throat until recently, exploded in a few years. Just post yourself in one of Brixton’s brand new cafes to capture the soul of the neighborhood. Accustomed and newcomers rub shoulders between stalls of exotic fruits, above which floats Jamaican flags.
Budget : few hotels in this area of the city but many Airbnb apartments for rent, so financially advantageous.
Highlights: The accommodation in Brixton is much cheaper than the rest of London and the subway serves Victoria station in about ten minutes.
Weaknesses: Out-of-town, Brixton will not suit those who wish to stay in the heart of London. Another black spot: the area retains a reputation for a bad neighborhood in the eyes of many Londoners.
Address: Go to the Airbnb site where you will find your happiness.
In East London: Shoreditch and Brick Lane, for hipsters
Shoreditch and Brick Lane beat the heart of hip London. Once a mere industrial and commercial district, Shoreditch has seen a whole bunch of concept shops and hype bars flourish over the past 10 years, which have gradually transformed the neighborhood. Today, the place is ideal if you want to stay in central London trendy, like the Hoxton, both design hotel and cocktail bar where locals meet after their day’s work. A few steps away, Brick Lane wants to be less wise and civilized than his gentrified neighbor. A former haunt of punks and rockers, the area retains a rebellious air, which is a delight for visitors. Go to the Brick Lane Market to be convinced.
Budget: Gentrification requires, the cost of housing is quite high in this corner of the city.
Strengths: impossible to be bored on this side, in perpetual change. Here, we are sure to find the latest rooftop or the latest trendy clothes shop.
Weaknesses: Some hype hunters claim that the area has already gone out of fashion and will be almost bored: they have flown to the Hackney neighborhood. For others, Shoreditch and Brick Lane are only haunted by the trendy shirtbands and fixies : to be avoided like the plague if you want to discover authentic London. We let you make your own opinion.
Address: The Hoxton , Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern St (+44 (0) 207 550 1000), pretty establishment with spacious rooms and a design deco. Good value for money (approx.170 / night for a double room)
Camden Town and Hampstead, casual and student atmosphere
Located in the North London area, the Camden Town neighborhood epitomizes student and alternative London. Here at the edge of the canals, groups of Gothic long black coats alongside the bands of punks in Doc Martens, to the delight of tourists. Between mime show in the street and improbable seller of water pipes, Camden has kept its hippie atmosphere over the years. The culmination of the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood is the Camden Town Market, which is well worth a visit, especially on weekends, when over 100,000 visitors flock to it. Between the stalls on the sidewalk and the stalls covered, it’s impossible not to find a souvenir to bring back from your trip to London. A few miles north, Hampstead, less eccentric than its historic neighbor,
Budget : Compared to the rest of London, housing is not very expensive in Camden and Hampstead, probably thanks to its student population.
Highlights: Young and lively, the Camden district will delight the curious and the tattoo and piercings lovers. Here, you’ll find everything from souvenir teeshirt to the old Sex Pistols vinyl.
Weaknesses: the population of the neighborhood is very young and therefore not suitable for everyone. Lovers of calm and tranquility, go your way.
Address: A simple and comfortable hotel, the Camden Lock Hotel will offer you a pleasant stay in a convenient location in the heart of Camden. Between £ 80 and £ 180.
Soho, Picadilly and Covent Garden in the hypercentre
With its flashing neon lights, gigantic stores and entertainment at any time of day and night, the central London has plenty to do. In the morning, go under the arcades of the old Covent Garden market for a shopping session and then, after a short tour of Picadilly Circus, head for the National Gallery and its famous European painters. In the evening, opt for the nightly frenzy of Soho and Chinatown and push the door of one of the many small restaurants in the area. As you can see, London’s inner city is one of the busiest areas in the English capital.
Budget: Relatively high given that you are in central London and its most touristy area.
Highlights: Lively and hypercentral, you can not get bored in the neighborhoods of Covent Garden, Soho and Picadilly.
Weaknesses: the area also pays the costs of its success: it is considered one of the most touristy places in the city. To avoid if you aspire to a little loneliness, far from his peers.
Address: In the heart of Soho, Halitt’s (6 Frith Street) is composed of 3 18th century houses full of charm and character. The favorite hotel of many artists from around the world. From £ 250.
Saint Pancras and Bloomsbury, near the train station
Quarter which sees daily Eurostar clouds coming from France, Saint Pancras abounds of cheap hotels where to lodge. Here, we are far from the districts of glaucous and poorly attended, which are still the lot of many European cities. If the place itself is not really a tourist attraction, it is located close to the British Museum, the most visited museum in the city, and the literary and pleasant Bloomsbury district. Between second-hand bookstores, one can take the time to meet the literary history of the city, from Charles Dickens to Virginia Woolf, two of the writers who have marked the neighborhood.
Budget: Medium, between Brixton and South Kensington.
Highlights: Well served by public transport, the Saint Pancras area is relatively affordable compared to the rest of downtown London.
Weaknesses: You still have to walk a little if you want to walk to one of the tourist attractions of the city.
Address: The Hart House Hotel at 51 Gloucester Pl. Is a Georgian house with bright rooms and period furniture. Continental breakfast included and free wifi. From £ 80 to £ 110.
From upscale to Mayfair and Marylebone
Lying against the green lungs of Hyde Park, Green Park and St James Park, the Mayfair and Marylebone neighborhoods are home to prestigious mansions and luxury hotels. Given the prestige of the neighborhood, it is not surprising that many embassies have chosen to take up residence there. Note that besides the diplomatic bodies, many British stars, including John Lennon and Ringo Starr, also resided here. With its large tree-lined avenues and its calm and bucolic atmosphere, the area is an excellent base if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Picadilly and Oxford Street, while staying closer to the hypercentre.
Budget: Very high.
Highlights: Straddling three large parks and leaning against the heart of London, Mayfair and Marylebone are a prime location for those wishing to shine in the city. They will appreciate the calm and prestige of the place.
Weaknesses: Warning: overpriced quarters. Mayfair and Marylebone have almost only luxury hotels. For the anecdote, Mayfair is also the most expensive box of English Monopoly. A bit like if you lived in the rue de la Paix during your stay in Paris, in short.
Address : The Cavendish is the first hotel to be recognized for its environmental efforts. The rooms are modern, comfortable and tasteful. The welcome is friendly and warm. You will find this property at 81 Jermyn St, as well as information on their website . Approx. £ 210.
Westminster and Victoria, sleeping close to the Queen
The historic heart of the city, Westminster and Victoria are located south of Picadilly, on the banks of the Thames. One comes to this quiet neighborhood to take the pulse of London’s political life, to visit the city’s gem, Westminster Abbey, or to watch the changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace. Just a stone’s throw away, Big Ben and the Thames are also symbols of London for the visitor. An area steeped in history where you can stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Budget: Quite high, we are here very close to upscale neighborhoods.
Highlights : Staying on this side of the city, you will be close to Westminster Abbey. If you get up (very) early, you can be sure to avoid the traditional queue at the entrance.
Weaknesses: the area is absolutely deserted after dark. In the evening, you’ll be just about as likely to find a cozy pub in Westminster as to make one of Buckingham Palace’s guards laugh. Be forewarned!
Address: The Lime Tree Hotel is a very comfortable hotel that offers charm in a building 200 years old, ideally located and well decorated. Breakfast included. Between 80 and 120 pounds.
South Bank and Southwark, just steps from the Tate Modern
Located on the other side of the Thames, facing the district of Westminster, the area surrounding the famous Tate Modern, has become in a decade or so one of London’s must-haves. The place is ideal for staying and offers all kinds of accommodation, from the cheap hostel to the ultradesign hotel. As for activities, the Tate Modern, located in an old power station, alone deserves a visit of several hours. A little further, the London Eye Ferris wheel, at the foot of the Borough Market, takes the visitor to a fabulous panorama, 135 meters high.
Budget: average, we find all kinds of accommodation on this side of the city.
Highlights: Modern, the area offers a whole range of cultural and gastronomic activities that will delight visitors.
Weaknesses : very touristy, the place will not be suitable for those looking to blend in with the London population.
Address: The Thistle City Barbican (120 Central St.) offers comfortable and functional rooms with colorful decor. More expensive during the week than the weekend. From £ 90 to £ 120.
Notting Hill and Portobello market, perfect for the weekend
With these colorful little houses and shops where you can stroll for hours, Notting Hill is a perfect example of London charm. Renowned rather quiet during the week, the place is stormed every weekend, during the Portobello market. It is better to stay there if you are in London on Saturday or Sunday. On the market, in the midst of old musical instruments and book stalls, the large selection of antiques on sale will satisfy the appetite of enthusiasts. Also noteworthy is that the area is lit up each summer during Notting Hill’s Caribbean carnival, which sees visitors from around the world flock to the area.
Strengths: ideal for staying during the weekend, the area has a charm, which invites to stroll and delight lovers of vintage.
Weaknesses: If the area comes alive on Saturday, it remains very quiet during the week.
Address: A confidential B & B? The Main House is for you. The mottled decoration is particularly successful and the atmosphere warm and friendly. Free WIFI. From £ 85 to £ 110.