Where to stay in London
London has so many different neighbourhoods, each with its own very distinct atmosphere and cultural mix, that deciding where to stay can be difficult.
From the elegant streets of Kensington and Chelsea to the hustle and bustle of edgy Camden, London is perfect for a city break, whatever your budget, age or interests.
Foodies will be in heaven, whether they're splashing out in a high-end restaurant or sampling delicious street-food at one of the city's many street food markets. Families can enjoy fabulous parks and child-friendly museums to keep everyone entertained, and it won't cost the earth as entry to London museums is free.
Use our London district guide to choose the best area to stay in for your city break, whether you're a group of friends looking to party, a family enjoying some quality time together, or on a romantic break with your nearest and dearest, our guide will help you decide where to stay in London.
At just 2 hours from Brussels with Eurostar, you can step off the train in the centre of London and be enjoying the sights in minutes. You can even book your train and hotel through Eurostar, taking all the hassle out of your holiday planning.
'Don't miss' landmarks
Visitors head here in droves for a glimpse of Portobello’s candy-coloured houses, chipper vendors and tempting bric-a-brac. Bumbling booksellers may be a rare breed, but Notting Hill fans can still get their fill of the neighbourhood’s bohemian atmosphere. Visit on Saturdays for the antiques market; don’t miss the North African and Caribbean street food on Golborne Road.
Buckingham Palace opens the doors to its state rooms for ten weeks in the summer, an opportunity to nose around the lavish drawing rooms, grand ballroom and throne room. Her Majesty’s most gilded residence is closed the rest of the year, but you can still watch the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Get to the gates at around 10.30am for a good spot.
London’s most iconic landmark is in fact called the Elizabeth Tower, in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Big Ben, its enormous bell, cracked twice but still struck the hours right through the Second World War. It will be silent until 2021 while it undergoes repairs; take in a tour of the splendid Houses of Parliament and Westminster Hall instead.