The 5 Best Areas to Stay In London – A Short Travel Guide

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We love London and have stayed in many places from Airbnb to housesits to luxurious hotels. This is a great overview by Sandra on the areas to stay. 

London is certainly one of the most exciting cities to visit in the whole wide world. However, with so many things to see and to do, choosing the area to stay in becomes increasingly difficult, so in an attempt to make the decision easier for you here is our top five of the most interesting districts.

The West End

One of the busiest, most famous and also the most expensive areas of the city, the West End offers the visitor the ultimate London experience. Whether you are interested in theater performances, you love to visit historical sights or you want to do some shopping, this is the place you should choose for spending your vacation in London.  

The district includes Bloomsbury, the Soho, the Covent Garden and the Westminster, so if you choose this part of London, you can be sure you will be in the middle of all action.

West London

If you are looking for a place that is within a stone’s throw from the West End, but is greener and quieter, choose West London. Accommodation prices are much lower here, you can stay at friendly family-run hotels and the proximity of the Hyde Park makes the district a really nice place.

The South Bank

The area between London Bridge and Westminster Bridge offers plenty to see and do as well. A district crowded with museums, theaters, galleries and street performers and certainly the area that offers the best view of the city, this is the perfect place for you to stay if you love busy places and you are looking for a breathtaking sight from the window of your room.


A beautiful residential area north of Nottinghill, Bayswater is in the Center of London, connected to all the other areas through tube lines and other means of public transport, too. If you choose this part of the city, you will enjoy peace and comfort in the immediate vicinity of Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and Portobello Road. 

North London

If you want to experience what it is like to live in a Georgian village, but you don’t want to be cut off from all the action either, choose North London. The district includes Hampstead and Regent’s Park, it gives home to the Freud Museum, the Sherlock Holmes museum and Madame Tussaud’s, and this where Keats lived, so there is a lot to see and do here as well. You can find all kinds of accommodation in the area, so whatever your budget, you will certainly find the right place.

London is one of the most colourful places in the world, both when it comes to the things to see and do and in terms of accommodation. Choosing the area where you will stay is probably the easiest if you make a list of the attractions and activities you are interested in and then choose the district that is the closest to the places you want to see and fits into your budget as well. If you need ideas and suggestions, check out Travel Stay.

London being a place of such incredible variety, with a little help, you will surely find what you are looking for.

Sandra Johns moved to London at 20 and never left. Her favourite thing in the world is too try a different hotel whenever she can, discovering every corner of London. 

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