The Best Area to Stay in London for Your Style
To the innocent tourist, London can be an overwhelmingly expensive mine field. To the indecisive, it can be a daunting task deciding which area will suit you best as London's sights are so spread out. Having lived in London for six years as a tourist!, I will guide you through neighbourhoods to suit your budget and interests.
Best for: those seeking nightlife
The energetic streets of SOHO, in the West End, feature an eclectic mix of dining, nightlife and shopping options. In addition to the bars and clubs, Soho has a number of theatres and jazz clubs to explore, making it a cultural hotspot. During the day, Soho loses none of it's charm. Here you'll find lots of music shops, small cafes and quaint bakeries.
Stay: Ham Yard Hotel
KNIGHTSBRIDGE / SOUTH KENSINGTON
Best for: high end shopping and restaurants
Knightsbridge is certainly one of London's most prestigious neighbourhoods. Bordering Hyde Park, this affluent area attracts tourists seeking high-end restaurants and luxury shopping including icons like Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Knightsbridge is within walking distance to the Victoria and Albert Museum, National History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.
Stay : The Capital
Best for: the first timer
If it's your first time in London, then Covent Garden is the best neighbourhood to base yourself. It's centrally located, has a great dining and theatre scene and is within walking distance from the National Gallery, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. There is also excellent public transport options connecting you to other parts of London.
Stay: One Aldwych
Best for: all things new and hip
East London has a self-perpetuating buzz, with creative goings-on in warehouses, art previews, edgy nightlife and a never ending stream of word-of-mouth soft openings. Having recently undergone extensive regeneration, it's now one of the coolest places to stay in London.
Stay: Nobu Hotel
Best for: Lovers of all things tennis
Heading to London for the tennis? Rather than commuting from central London with hoards of your fellow tennis junkies, beat the queues and stay where the action is at Hotel du Vin Cannizaro House Wimbledon, a 19th century hotel located within 34 acres of Cannizaro Park and adjacent to Wimbledon Common. It's a short stroll down the hill to Nirvana, aka the All England Lawn Tennis Club during Wimbledon Fortnight. Wimbledon Village has a blend of chic shops, cafés and bars set amongst handsome period buildings and open spaces making Wimbledon Village unique in London.
STAY: HOTEL DU VIN
TOP 15 Best Things To Do in London:
#1 British Museum - Free
#2 Tower of London
#3 Buckingham Palace
#4 Portobello Road Market - Free
#5 Tate Modern - Free
#6 St. Pauls Cathedral
#7 Houses of Parliament
#8 The London Eye
#9 Camden & Notting Hill Markets - Free
#10 National Gallery - Free
#11 Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens - Free
#12 Westminster Abbey
#13 Brick Lane - Free
#14 Harrods - Free (unless you're tempted by luxury goods...)
#15 Harvey Nichols 5th floor Bar (check out the cocktail masterclasses!)