Staying at a guest house in London is a popular choice for those travelling on a tight budget.
London’s Guest Houses range from large terrace houses in popular locations such as Bayswater and Victoria to grand detached houses in the suburbs near to the centre of London such as Earls Court in the West and Bethnal Green in the East.
Our choice of London guest houses include a choice of those ideal for business travellers and families alike. Some offer continental breakfast, while those advertising themselves as Bed and Breakfasts will usually include a Full English Breakfast with bacon, egg and selection of sides such as sausages, baked beans, mushrooms and toast.
Top tips for picking your London Guest House
Location, Location, Location – Think what you what you want to get out of your visit to London and which area will serve you best. As you’d expect you will pay more and get less room if you choose to stay in the very centre; choose somewhere a little further out for the best bargains.
Timing is Key – Do you really need to visit during London’s peak times such as high summer, Easter and New Year’s Eve? If not plan around busy times for the cheapest deals.
Sharing is Golden – Even at the best of times London is an expensive to live and stay in. Consider room-sharing with your friends or colleagues to save big sums off your stay. Many of our London guest houses offer twin, triple and even quadruple bed rooms for those happy to room-share.
Check the Tube Map – It may be a design icon to some, but for you a London tube map is your vital guide to getting around during your stay.
Check Cancellation Terms – If you need to be flexible or find you have to cancel last minute, you’ll be happy you spent the time checking on your guest house or hotel’s cancellation policy. Most allow no-cost or low-cost cancellation provided you give good notice.
What to expect from your stay in a London Guest House
Guest houses in London offer an affordable option for visitors to the capital. There are London guest houses in all different areas of the city, whether you want to stay right by the action in the centre or in the peaceful outskirts.
Many London guest houses are based in private homes that have been converted to accommodate travellers. This can give a comfortable home-from-home atmosphere, especially if there is a communal kitchen and living room. You can make your own meals to save money, and relax in front of the TV at the end of an exciting day.
Sometimes you will find that the owner of a London guest house lives on site, but often this type of accommodation does not have full-time staff, which adds to the private ambience.
It’s worth being aware that some guest houses are not up to standard. Our list attempts to avoid those, but if you have a bad experience please let us know and we will remove the property straight away.
Unbiased customer reviews will help you choose the best option for you. LondonNet offer a list of some of the best guest houses in various recommended areas of London. These include Victoria (very convenient transport hub), Paddington & Bayswater (near Hyde Park and the Heathrow Express), King’s Cross & St Pancras (ideal for the Eurostar international rail terminal) and Notting Hill (for Portobello Market).