Solo Travel...Best/Most Central Area to Stay in London?

Hello....I will be traveling by myself to London this summer and was curious if anyone could recommend an area of London that is more centralized to stay in to be able to best reach all the sites easily.... Thanks everyone!! :-)

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1336 posts

hi, you may want to state: > what your choice of lodging would be. example. Hotel, hostel, couch...ect. > what sights you want to see? you may want to pull out a map of london and get an idaa on the layout. i choose to stay near Victoria station for. 1. Gatwick Express goes there. 2. Train hub and tube station. ALso bus station nearby. 3. Laundry nearby eventho there are other places.
4. It was a start the place i stayed at is like a dorm room but has ensuite bathroom. but the bathroom is a bathroom prefab pod. It has all i want, but for some it may not be to their liking due to the size. but what i like is that they have several locations around London and they are inexpensive. usually < 100 USD/night. in my opinion (imo) the tube system can get you anywhere you want to go w/in london and then some. Even if you cant, trains, buses, taxis and cars would be available, happy trails.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

Jenny stating a budget is helpful( in GBP) otherwise you may get all sorts of suggestions beyond your reach. I stayed solo at the Kensington Base2Stay and loved it,, great area, near two tube stations ( Gloucester and Earls Court) and two great musuems ( Natural History and Victoria and Albert, a personal fave) and two grocers.. all within walking distance.
Hotel was on a quiet street a block or two off main drag in a nice area, felt safe walking back to hotel alone at night and I am pretty paranoid about that . Rooms are small, but lovely duvets, clean modern washrooms with good water pressure and large tubs, and best of all, a mini kitchenette, just a mini fridge, a microwave , sink and kettle but its great to have to make tea/coffee, heat up some take out or left overs .. after a long day sightseeing its nice to just watch tv and eat a quiet meal once in awhile and the London grocers have great take out and heat up options. .

Posted by Jenny
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
27 posts

Thanks all for the answers!!.....sorry to have left out any additional/helpful info....I am open to pretty much any and all types of lodging....wanting to stay as inexpensive as possible, prefer <100 USD/night. Just wanting a safe central location....I am a night owl, so will prob be coming "home" late and want to have peace of mind while I'm out, that my belongings are safe back at the lodgings (theft concerns). Thanks again to all!! :-)

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
644 posts

You may want to stay in the Bloomsbury neighborhood near the British Museum. There are a number of small B&B's and hotels there. Transportation options include bus lines that go by the front of the British Museum and nearby (to the north) is the Russell Square tube station and to the south, Holborn tube station. The Morgan, The Thanet, The Ruskin (found a price of $97) and the Montague (the most expensive of them) are all near the British Museum. Near Russell Square is the Hotel Russell. Call the hotels and ask for their very best deal on a single room. It may be in your price range.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

Jenny that's less then 64 GBPs( actually just got that rate off a conversion chart, its actually less then 63 GBPs a day once really buy ) a day, so its helpful if you think in GBPs not dollars. So that for central London does put you in the budget or hostel catergory, there are some pretty decent hostels but they book up early, so I would start cracking on that.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1960 posts

The Kensington and Bayswater areas are my favorite. You have access to The Tube, and it's a straight shot west from the best shopping.
And dining of all kinds are right there.

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
2846 posts

With your budget you might wnat to check out university accomodations. Several universities rent spare dorm rooms and apartments to tourists. One that I am aware of is the London School of Economics. They have multiple locations in London- all near tube stations or bus stops. Here is their website:
http://www.lsevacations.co.uk/

Posted by Sarah
Chicago (formerly St. Louis), IL, USA
1311 posts

I visited London for a week by myself last fall and stayed at Vancouver Studios in a single room with a kitchenette for 75 pounds per night. I liked the location and didn't feel unsafe walking back from the Tube stop at night. (Though I didn't stay out later than about 11:00 on any given night.) I liked the hotel's location - very close to Kensington Gardens and two Tube stops: Bayswater and Queensway. The hotel is in walking distance to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Portobello Road Market, and Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park. The Tube stops will connect you to anywhere in the city you want to go. Because of the kitchenette, I bought food at a grocery store and ate only one meal out per day, which allowed me to save money.

Posted by Kathy
Germany, Germany
800 posts

Look at the Premier Inns, a decent chain with multiple locations. Victoria Station is a great location for getting around central London. You can book with them directly or with booking.com.

Posted by Jenny
St Petersburg, Florida, USA
27 posts

Thank You to Everyone who has responded!!!!!!! I really appreciate all your help!!!! Ive decided Im going to give Priceline a try since it seems very challenging to book a decently priced room in London, even with all your suggestions. My only question is now, what area to stay in....Priceline gives you the following options: Westminster, City and London Bridge, Regents Park, Notting Hill, Mayfair, Docklands, Kensington, Hammersmith, Est London, Chelsea, and Bloomsbury. Which would you guys recommend to be most central to the sights such as Big Ben, Westminister, Tower of London, Buckingham, the Eye, etc..... Thanks again for everyones help!!!
So Excited to be going!!!! :-)