Finding a decent place to stay in London on a budget can be tricky. But you don’t have to share a bathroom with 20 backpackers (unless you want to!), to find affordable accommodation. Although, we are fond of unusual accommodation around here too. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to stay in London for under £100 per night, including budget chain hotels, boutique hotels and apartments.
Note: All prices are inclusive of taxes and charges and are correct at the time of writing.
London Stay Apartments – Bermondsey & Southwark
If you want to stay in a central location, London Stay Apartments are a good, self-catered option. Double rooms are available from around £75 per night, and come with free wifi, a private bathroom and a kitchenette. Basically, it’s a studio apartment close to places like the Southbank, London Bridge, and Bermondsey.
Haverstock Hotel – Camden
North of the river, but still fairly central in Zone 2, the Haverstock Hotel is a boutique hotel with a budget price tag. Perched on Haverstock Hill between Camden and Belsize Park, it’s close to the bustle of Camden, but you’re more likely to get a decent night’s sleep up the hill.
The cheapest double room is £80 per night, although it’s non-refundable. But you can pay a few quid more for free cancellation up to 24 hours before. It’s a self-catered accommodation option, with a small kitchen and free wifi. With Camden in one direction, and green spaces like Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill within easy reach—it’s the perfect mix of busy urban life, city views and leisurely walks.
Travelodge – City Road
Along with IBIS, Holiday Inn and Premier Inn, Travelodge is one of the UK’s standard budget hotels. Sure, the interiors haven’t been updated much since the ’90s, but with double rooms and king-sized beds for as little as £67 per night, who cares? You’re not moving in! It’s a pretty decent deal, especially for the east central location, situated close to the Barbican, Shoreditch, and Clerkenwell.
Snoozebox – Olympic Park and Canary Wharf
London doesn’t have a huge pod/capsule hotel culture—but Snoozebox is a simple, budget-friendly option if you want a no-frills place to crash for a night or two. Of the two locations, Stratford has a bit more soul, with all the amenities of the Olympic Park on the doorstep.
It’s an adults-only accommodation, kind of a cross between a pod hotel and a nice hostel. All rooms are private with their own bathrooms and free wifi. Facilities include a large terrace and communal lounge and bar. The cheapest rooms start from £54 per night for a standard double room.
Hampton By Hilton – London Docklands
Staying in the Docklands area is a great option if you’re in London for events at the Excel like MCM Comic Con or the 02 Arena. Breakfast is included, and there’s an on-site gym too. Double rooms start from around £83 with free cancellation before midnight the day before check-in.
OYO Huttons Hotel – Pimlico
Just sneaking in under our £100 criteria is the OYO Huttons in Pimlico, which is in Zone 1 and home to The Tate Britain. It’s a fairly basic but contemporary three-star hotel with excellent prices for such a central location. Pimlico is fairly residential too, so you can get around the city easily and still get a good night’s rest. The cheapest standard double on offer is £85 and is non-refundable. A more flexible option is available for £94, with free cancellation just before midnight the day before check-in. Both prices are on offer as a Getaway Deal between now and January 2022.
Holiday Inn London West – Acton
Close to Heathrow Airport and Paddington Station, Acton might not be the most exciting area to visit, but it’s convenient, and has good value rooms to stay in. The Holiday Inn is another fairly bog standard chain hotel, and there’s no breakfast included in the cheaper rooms. But, there is flexible booking, on site parking and a mini gym. The hotel is also a short walk from North Acton tube, so you can zip along the central line to Tottenham Court Road in about 25 minutes. It’s also close to areas like Portobello Road and Notting Hill—perfect for a west London wander.
NOX Hotels, Golders Green
It bears repeating that the further out you go in London, the less you’ll pay for accommodation. Golders Green is a quiet, residential area of north London in Zone 3. But it’s a short journey into central London on the Northern Line (Edgware Branch). NOX Hotels offer what it describes as boutique serviced studios—which makes it sound a bit more luxe than it is.
But, it does offer single, double and twin studios with kitchenettes, free wifi, filtered water and a coffee machine. The cheapest rooms range from £80 to £94, although single studios aren’t much cheaper at around £73 a night.