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Top 10 Cheap London Hotels


London hotel prices stop many travelers from coming to this great city so I've put together this list of London hotels that offer exceptional value for money. Back in 2007, the average London hotel room rose to £119 per night but I want to be able to prove you can still stay in the world's most cosmopolitan city for less than that, so all of these hotels are under £100 a night and some are well below that rate. Also see: Best Youth Hostels in London.

If you don't have a specific hotel in mind, I find the best London hotel rates are usually with Travelocity (Buy Direct) or Superbreak.com (Buy Direct). I can also strongly recommend the Hotwire 'Secret Hot Rate' as a way to get a real bargain.

1. Tune Hotels - Westminster/Liverpool Street/Paddington/King's Cross

Tune Hotel London Westminster
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Tune Hotels are a popular no frills chain in Asia and now have three hotels in central London. They offer "5-star beds at 1-star prices" and are aimed at the savvy guest who wants the best value for money, whether they are leisure or business travelers, or the kind of person looking for a cheaper alternative to grabbing a cab home after a late night out enjoying the city. Book online in advance and you should be able to get a room for £25-35 a night or even as low as £9 a night during special offers.

2. Qbic London City

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 Qbic is on the edge of The City and next to Brick Lane. It's a 171-room concept hotel that promises to deliver five core essentials that every modern traveler seeks in a hotel: immaculate cleanliness, a comfortable bed, a great shower, soundless bedrooms, and free WiFi. Read my review...

3. Pavilion Hotel

Pavilion Hotel London
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The Pavilion Hotel is known as London's Fashion Rock and Roll Hotel as each room is more like a film set than a standard hotel. It's quirky and fun and very well-priced with rooms starting from £60 per night. Read my review...

4. Church Street Hotel

Church Street Hotel Deluxe King Room
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The grey-painted frontage of the Church Street Hotel hides a secret gem. Inside you'll find an incredible contrast with a brightly-colored Mexican-inspired wonderland. This boutique hotel in south London is a Spanish Americana oasis with interesting alcoves in the walls for kitsch religious artifacts. Even the front desk is an altar! Read my review...

5. Umi London

Umi Hotel London
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Umi is a new concept in hotels by having a service-led attitude usually associated with 5 star hotels. Umi was given a 3 star rating in 2007 but is a cut above others in the area. Notting Hill and Bayswater have plenty of mid-range hotels and it can be hard to choose from the masses. Umi is larger than most as it takes up 6 houses on a quiet square overlooking a private garden. Read my review...

6. Easy Hotel


Easy Hotel has a few branches in central London. The rooms are small and very orange but they are also super cheap. As long as you're not planning on spending too much time in the room this may work well for you.
See these Easy Hotel Reviews.

7. Tavistock Hotel

Tavistock Hotel is in a great location; Bloomsbury is the literary heart of London and where you’ll find the British Museum. Tavistock Hotel has an art deco entrance and 343 rooms. Some rooms overlook private gardens. There is a ground floor bar and well-priced restaurant. Free wireless internet service is available in the lobby.

8. Travelodge

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You can get rates as low as £19 per room per night if you book early enough. You can book up to 12 months in advance on their web site. This low cost hotel chain has over 15 hotels in London with more opening all the time. Each hotel is clean and modern and all rooms have a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom, remote control color TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

9. Express by Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express logo
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There are already nearly 20 hotels from this low cost chain in London and more are being built all the time. Each branch has spacious rooms with all the mod cons, including satellite TV and an internet connection. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided. Families are welcome and kids eat free.

10. Premier Inn

Premier Inn is the UK's biggest hotel chain with over 20 branches in London and has been around for over 20 years. The standard rooms are clean and comfortable and are priced from under £50 per night. Each Premier Inn has a restaurant which is useful after a long journey or a full day's sightseeing. Premier offer a 'Good Night Guarantee' as they are so confident you will have a good night's sleep they'll give you your money back if they're proved wrong.
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