As one of the world's most famous and historic cities, London is visited each year by millions of tourists. However, while there is so much to do and so many things to see during a holiday in London, basic expenses such as hotel accommodation and meals can be extremely expensive. Have you ever stayed in budget accommodation during a visit to London? What places do you recommend and which ones should be avoided? What type of accommodation is suitable for families and what might young single people prefer?
In a nutshell, what is London's best accommodation for budget travellers?
The Premiere Inn is meant to offer good value for money. They specialise in business stays, but allow holidays too. You can book a room starting from £29 a night, although I don't think there are any in London that start off that low.
Backpacker hostels are a good way to stay almost anywhere if you're travelling on a shoestring budget. However, do your homework and read their reviews (on Hostel Booker or other websites) before you make a booking. Some can be really dirty and dodgy.
The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) is generally good and offers dormitory accommodation (and sometimes private rooms) in many places including London. London has about seven YHA hostels, some of which are very nice and upbeat. Three that I can recommend are Oxford Street (close to all the shopping action!), Central (on Bolsover Street) and St Pancras, which is very conveniently located just across the road from St Pancras station where the Eurostar trains leave for France and Belgium. Good, well-maintained hostels are great fun for travellers, especially if you're quite social, as you get to meet interesting people from all around the world and you can receive discounts for many famous tourist attractions.