So you’re heading to London this summer, and you need to choose the right area for you and your travel buddy. There are plenty of incredible places to stay in London, so how do you choose between them? Hopefully this list will give you a bit of clarity, and help you male the right decision for you. Take full advantage of your Premier Hotel Membership and get some great rooms at amazing prices the next time you visit the capital city. Or check out the Park Grand London Hyde Park Reward scheme to see if you have any savings available for a city centre break. So, in no particular order, here we go:
Soho is right in the heart of the city. It’s home to some of London’s best restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs. If you’re into your nightlife then Soho might just be perfect for you; over the weekend the bars and pubs are heaving with parties and events. If you are into shopping then Soho works out too, it’s the home of some of the world’s most premium brands. It also has Chinatown, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus on its doorstep, so you can’t really be in a better location. It is one of the more expensive areas of the city, but with good reason!
Covent Garden is one of the areas in the city that pretty much everyone will visit while in town- so why not stay there? The world famous area of London has it all. Upscale eateries, premium shopping brands and the Royal Opera House. Sounds too bougie? Well it also has some of London’s best affordable eateries, charity shops and is in close proximity to London’s best museums and galleries. The diversity and culture in Covent Garden is unmistakable and it also has a gorgeous covered market.
Paddington is arguably the best spot in London for a short visit. It is friendly and has a local feel, it borders Hyde Park and it is perhaps the best spot in the city for reaching tourist attractions. It is right next to Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, Westminster and near enough to the Thames to be walkable. It also has the perfect tube station, allowing you to connect to all the other lines in the city. The Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, Circle and District lines can all be caught from Paddington- that’s pretty much the whole city covered… Whatsmore you can book with Paddington Court Executive Rooms for great prices and enjoy your stay in style. Or you could use your Grand Royale London Hyde Park Reward scheme to snag a deal as close to the park as possible!
Camden is London’s bohemian hotspot, attracting thousands of backpackers, tourists and young people every day. It has the world famous Camden Market, and some great restaurants, pubs and bars. The incredible social atmosphere comes in part thanks to the ‘boho’ vibe that the culturally diverse youth bring, but it also has canals with waterside eateries, books shops and alleyways filled with locally owned shops. It is really easy to see why Camden is as popular as it is. The vibrant music scene and party atmosphere when the sun goes down, coupled with its transport links and food options, makes Camden pretty hard to beat!
Hammersmith offers lots of the same things as Camden, but it does it with a bit more of a local’s vibe. With more and more young people in the city choosing to live here, you can see why so many great riverside bars and restaurants have opened up. You could be tricked into thinking you were somewhere in a European city as you sip a G&T in the golden sunset. If you’re into walking then you can take a stroll down the river and end up in the city centre. Or you can hop on the Piccadilly or District Lines to speed up the process. If you’re after a chilled out vibe with easy access to the hustle and bustle, then look no further.
Marylebone has always been one of London’s most opulent areas, with its white Victorian town houses and lavish residences. It has been the home of the London elite for a long time, but don’t let that put you off. There are still amazing places to eat and grab a coffee, as well as plenty of sights to see. Wonder the streets and admire the architecture and check out the area’s blue plaques. Blues plaques show the locations of famous and influential people who have lived in the house to which they are attached. Marylebone was home to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Charles Dickens and many more. My favourite part of Marylebone is undoubtedly Baker Street; more specifically 221b, the home of world famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. You can check out the museum where the fictional savant lived, it’s amazing.
Clerkenwell never seems to get the attention that it deserves from tourists, although this is perhaps a good thing. A cute little market village near the City, University of London; it hosts two street food markets per week, and is on the cutting edge of excellent food in the city. With gastro pubs and excellent restaurants and bars, you’ll love the small town vibe on offer if you’re a foodie looking for something a bit quieter. Not too far from the Farringdon Station, you’re never too detached from the city centre.
Greenwich is the city centre’s green space. Full of parks and streets lined with poplar trees, you can get great views across to Canary Wharf, as well as get stuck into some great military history. The coffee scene is strong and so is the bar and restaurant offering. With great connections into the city centre, you can’t really ask for much more!
Hopefully this list makes things easier for you, although I have a sneaking suspicion that it may now be harder. Basically wherever you end up you’re going to have a great time. The main thing to look out for is that the area matches your criteria. Good luck, now get out there and enjoy the city!