Hello, We will be staying in London for 2 weeks with no car. We'll be walking or using public transportation. We are asking for suggestions of where to stay. We'll be visiting all the tourist areas. But looking at maps of all the hotels, we don't know where to start on the location. Under $300 would be Great. We would like to be able to walk the area at night if possible. Thank you Lois
Check the following chain hotels Premier Inn , Traveloge they have multiple locations to choose from in london.
The sightsin London are spread out across the city so no one area is good for everywhere. The usual advice is to look at hotels in the area surrounded by the circle line ( the yellow one) on the tube map. I would also extend the area to include the Southbank of the river, Waterloo, Southwark etc where there has been a lot of redevelopment and hotel building.
London is a 24 hour city, so you can walk basically anywhere at night, just use normal common sense.
This might help https://www.londontoolkit.com/mnu/london_hotel_accom.htm#areas
what sort of hotel - unpretentious and local; corporate chain; b&b??
We love to stay a week or more the Southwark area around Tower Bridge, as close to the river as we can get. We use the Thames pedestrian path to walk west along the river to reach sites on the south side ( Borough Market, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, National Theatre) and lots of shops and restaurants/pubs. For sights north of the river, we cross on one of the pedestrian bridges ( Millennium bridge or the pedestrian bridges attached to Hungerford Bridge) to reach St. Paul's, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square area, Churchill War Rooms, Horseguards Parade, and St. James Park/Buckingham Palace. Or cross Tower Bridge and take the #15 bus to Trafalgar Square and walk from there.
We have walked the Thames Path as late as midnight ( returning from a play at the National Theatre) and never felt uncomfortable; there are always lots of people about. Families will be out pushing proms as late as 10 pm in summer.
Do you really want to stay in a hotel for two weeks? There are lots of short-term rental flats and studios on offer.
Might consider reposting on the England Forum. Will definitely get more responses.
The London Elizabeth Hotel, two walk from Lancaster Gate Tube Station and across the street from Hyde Park/Kensington Palace.
Try Aster House airbnb in Kensington. The price is under $300. It is centrally located and a 5 minute walking distance to the tube.
Another vote for Aster House. We stayed there 8 nights in December in the Garden Suite. This has a queen bed, a little seating area, and a small patio right outside the bedroom. The owner, Leoni, knows London well and was very helpful in recommending great nearby restaurants. Breakfast and WiFi are included in the price.
It is a great neighborhood, less than 5 minute walk to the tube. Within 5 minutes there is a small grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, and lots of inexpensive places to eat. Very safe neighborhood. This is my go-to-neighborhood when I travel to London.
Do you have a copy of RS London guide book yet? If not, you can buy one elsewhere on this web site. It is full of recommendations for a stay in London which we are doing in early June and found lots of good information.
I've stayed at the Morgan Hotel, literally around the corner from the British Museum. It's close to 2 tube stations (Holborn for Central and Piccadilly lines, Tottenham Court for Central and Northern lines) and several bus lines. It's about a 15 minute walk to Leicester Square. It's not far from St Pancras which may be convenient for day trips - I used it for Bletchley Park.