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1. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to be traveling to London in early March. Can anyone recommend any good places to stay that are reasonably priced for the budget traveler?

Also, what are the places I need to check out in the UK as this will be my first time there?

Thanks for the help!


2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Here are some web sites that cover the budget and cheap hostels and hotels in England, have you checked out the ones you can find on this site.

This is a free accommodatrion site where your family sign up to reciprocating the homestay.

For travel around the UK bu coach here is the site

In London you can take a 24 hour bus ticket on the London Tour buses, this is ideal for being taken to all the prime sites, you can hop-ff and hop-on the next bus as many times as you like to in the 24 hours, also includes a short trip on the river, avoid the queues at many of London's attractions by getting your tickets in advance from the Big Bus Companysite is

If I can help more with your plans after you have read through the sites, please come back to me and I will be happy to help with the detail of what to do and where to go.
Bob Flinn

3. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advice Bob. I'll definitely check those websites out.

Do you or anyone else have any experience or heard anything about specific hotels in London?

Thanks for the help!


4. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks from me too Bob...I've been checking out this site for accommodation too...but I'm also going to look at what you suggested.
I really don't want to share a room with strangers.... and I am not sure if I ask for a private room for me and my daughter that I'll get one...especially in July. Lots to check out.....

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just a few things about cheap London accommodation:

- there are many cheap places around the Paddington and Earls Court area. My pick is the Earls Court area with which I'm familiar with. Although touristy, it's less so than the Paddington area, and it's handy to the West End and other places of interest.

- many hotels are advertised as being in "Kensington" or "Chelsea". Keep in mind that what they really mean is the council borough of "Kensington and Chelsea", so although they sound very upmarket, the hotel may in fact be on a main road in Earls Court or thereabouts.

- budget London accommodation is invariably quite bad; you really need to lower your expectations. What is advertised as a "hotel" is often really a small set of rooms in a crappy old building let out on a nightly basis by someone who doesn't speak much Enlgish.

- the room sizes in budget accommodation are generally really small and cramped. Web sites will show you pictures of a nice looking lobby, etc. but the room sizes shown can be deceptive.

- two places I recommend are the Lord Jim in Earls Court, and the Exhibition Court 3 also in Earls Court (there is a "1" and "2", but I've only stayed in the "3" - ask for a room overlooking the garden. Another place is right by the South Kensington tube station; between the station and the Rydges Hotel (lots of flags out the front). It is run by Indians, is clean, comfortable and quiet - I just can't remember the name of it.

Good luck!

6. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Greg,

I find the best website on London to be, and at you can book budget accomodation. The website is really reliable and uptodate and is very informative...especially info on which bars are in and those that are definitely out !


7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you're going in the summer, try looking into university accommodation. Although more expensive that a hostel, most dorms turn into quasi-hotels over the summer. You can get a decent room with shared bath, plus breakfast included, for a pretty good deal.

8. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks tway :)... is there are website I can look at....

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I remember we had to look for awhile - there are a lot of universities to choose from. I can't remember there being one particular Web site, though. I'd do a seach, then look for "summer accommodation" on their site.