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Busyness of London, do I need to pre-book a hotel?

So I'm planning to stay a day in London at the end of another trip. How busy is London at the end of May?

I was planning to compile a list of London hotels in several price ranges and, depending on how much money I wasted on my trip, either scrimp or splurge accordingly for my London hotel. This means I won't be able to pre-book my hotel.

What is the probability that I'll actually get a hotel room?

Posted by
55 posts

I would book ahead and plan to "splurge" even on the "scrimp"! Find a good deal now and book as the value places will fill up fast.

Posted by
5 posts

I'd definately book ahead. London is a tough nut hotel wise. I book my favorite B&B 3 or 4 months in advance and still can't always get a room. This particular B&B is in a good location, quiet and reasonably priced (for London). If you've only got one day it'd be a shame to spend it commuting in and out. On the other hand you could stay out at Heathrow and take the tube in. I've gotten terrific deals via Orbitz etc. for airport hotels. Be advised that you must pay for the airport/hotel shuttle busses at heathrow.

Posted by
359 posts

Andrea, imagine arriving during Stampede week in Calgary without a reservation and spending your one day in town trudging up and down the street with your luggage looking for a room at the Inn. February in London I might consider it, not at the end of May.

Posted by
964 posts

Hi Andrea,
Definitely book ahead. And it's probably going to be expensive, but that's London. You could try Travelodge- I think they have good deals, and there used to be one by the London Eye, which is a great central location.

Posted by
25 posts

I see. Well then it looks like I'm going to pre-book a hotel.