Where to Stay in London?
Use our quick overview of London's neighborhoods to help you decide where to stay. Included are nearby attractions and Tube stops serving each area. Then search for London hotels in the neighborhood of your choice.

Clickable Map of London's Neighborhoods
Click the neighborhoods on the map for more information and links to hotels in each area.
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1. London Central
Paddington, Hyde Park & Bayswater

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Bayswater is West London, not to be confused with the West End theatre district just west of The City. Bayswater is north of Bayswater Road and Notting Hill Gate, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. It is a residential area, with stately homes and foreign embassies. The Bayswater (District Line) and Queensway (Central Line) Tube stations and are just a short ride to many of London's top attractions including Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Royal London and shopping at Harrods in Knightsbridge. Of course, traveling by Tube will require you to change lines and master the mysteries of the Underground.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Kensington Palace, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, the London Toy and Model Museum and the Saturday market at Portobello Road.

2. West London
Central-Baker St & Marylebone

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: There are no attractions or tourist sites in Paddington which is next to Bayswater and just south of Regent's Park. It's a busy neighborhood and a good place to stay if you're budget minded. Paddington is served by Tube stations in Paddington, Bayswater, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch so you have good access to central London and the tourist areas.


3. London Central
Knightsbridge, High St. Kensington

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Knightsbridge is next door to South Kensington as neighborhoods go and is home to Harrods the London shopping icon that is located adjacent to the Knightsbridge Tube stop (Piccadilly line). Stay here and you have an easy Tube ride to Piccaddilly Circus, Green Park, Leicester Square, Covent Gardens and Westminster (Royal London and Parliament).

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Harrods, Hyde Park, Wellington Arch, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum.

4. Central London
Strand, Covent Garden & Holborn

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Theatreland - Covent Garden is open air cafes, pubs, street entertainers, shopping in the Piazza and Central Market and home to West End theatres. Holburn, known as legal London, is home to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court. The area is served by Tube stops at Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Temple, Embankment and Holborn.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tragalgar Square, Theatre Museum, Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal, Adelphi Theatre, The London Coliseum, London Transport Museum, Courtauld Gallery, St. Paul's Church, Victoria Embankment.

4a. Downtown "Royal" London
Mayfair, Park Lane & Oxford St.

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: "Royal London." Hotels abound in this area, located in Hyde Park Corner, Grosvenor Square, Leicester Square, Marble Arch, Mayfair and the like, just north and west of Buckingham Palace. This is four and five-star hotel territory. The area is served by Tube stops at Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Saville Row, Bond Street, China Town, Fortnum & Mason, National Portrait Gallery, Speaker's Corner, St. James Palace, Trafalgar Square

5. Central London
Victoria, Westminster & Waterloo

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Hotels in the "Victoria Area" are located in Westminster,Waterloo, Vauxhall and Victoria, on both the North and South banks of the Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge. Tube service is via the Victoria, Westminster, Pimlico, Vauxhall Underground stations depending on the hotel you choose.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Clink Museum, Tate Modern, National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Old Vic, London Eye, London Aquarium, Gabriel's Wharf, Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament.

6. West London
Earls Court & Hammersmith

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Earls Court has numerous budget hotels, restaurants and books stores. It's a busy "convention area" with all that that implies. Easy access by Tube, Earls Court station is served by both the District and Piccadilly lines and is just four stations from Westminster and Royal London. South Kensington is one of the more desirable of London neighborhoods with embassies and consulates dotted about, premium shopping in Knightsbridge and museums. This, as you would expect, means expensive hotels. Served by the Circle, Piccadilly and District lines.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The V&A, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Brompton Oratory, Albert Memorial, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gardens, Harrods, Serpentine Gallery, Speakers' Corner, Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres

7. North London
Regents Park & Hampstead

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: North London refers to Hamptead, Highgate, Regent's Park, Marylebone area north of London. Stay in Hampstead and you're really out of London in what amounts to a Georgian Village. Hampstead is served by the Hamsptead Tube stop (Nothern line). Regent's Park is served by Tube stations at St. John's Wood, Marylebone and Baker Street.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Hampstead Heath, Hampstead Village, Highgate Cemetary, Freud Museum, Keats House in Hampstead. The London Zoo, Queen Mary's Garden, Madame Tussaud's, Planetarium, Regent's Park, Sherlock Holmes Museum in Regent's Park.

8. West End Neighborhoods
Kings Cross/St. Pancras, Euston

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: This is the Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia areas of London known for their literary leanings since the early 1900s, restaurants on Charlotte Street and Tottenham Road shops. A great location from which to explore London. Stay here and you are just north of the cafes, shopping and theatres of Covent Garden and The Strand; Soho and Trafalgar Square with its theatres, night clubs, restaurants and museums; and Holborn and the Inns of Court (Legal London). The area is quiet and well served by the Circle, Northern, Hammersmith, City and Central lines by Tube stations at Russell Square, Euston, Kings Cross, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Rd, etc.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The British Museum, Theatreland, Dickens House Museum, The British Library, and many historic streets and buildings.

9. East London
City & Tower Bridge, Docklands

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: City refers to "The City of London", the financial district, built over the original Roman city, across the river from Bankside and Southwark with its theatres, London Eye, Tate Modern and markets. The City is about a square mile in area and is well served by five Underground lines, 10 buses and taxi service is excellent as you might imagine given the businesses in the area. It's a great neighborhood from which to visit many of London's top attractions.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren's masterpiece, and historic attractions and buildings including the Tower of London, Mansion House and Old Bailey.

The Docklands is an elevated train ride east from Tower Bridge Tube station. It's where the Millennium Dome was built and not long ago was considered the edge of London's frontier. It is now Europe's largest commercial development. While far away from most of London must see attractions, if you're willing to do some traveling, you can save on hotels in the Docklands.

10. South London
Kingston on Thames, Croydon, Sutton

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD: South London actually refers to the area south of London... the Kingston on Thames, Croydon and Sutton area nearer to Hampton Court than central London, not to be confused with Southwark or the South Bank (Victoria Area- below).

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Hampton Court Palace, Chessington World of Adventures, Kempton & Sandown Park Racecourses, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Twickenham Museum of Rugby.