London is synonymous with grand and glitzy hotels in the more glamorous corners of the city such as Knightsbridge, Park Lane and Mayfair. What is not so well know is that London boasts a plethora of cheap hotels across the capital, refuting therefore the myth that a visit to London has to be costly.

Bayswater is a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and only 10 minutes walk to Marble Arch and Oxford Street yet, from one street to the next, there is a wide selection of good budget hotels to be found, where a reasonable room can be found at cheap prices particularly if you avoid staying on the busy Friday and Saturday nights. Take the Bayswater Inn Hotel for example, which was recently completely refurbished and has a superb location just a five minute walk from Notting Hill Gate underground station. All rooms in the hotel offer full en suite facilities, colour-TV and telephone as well as a fully manned 24-hour reception and pleasant breakfast room. Prices here cost a fraction of the rates you would expect to pay in a deluxe hotel in Park Lane, for example and breakfast is included at no extra charge! The Prince William Hotel also situated in Bayswater also offers great value for money, simple yet very clean and comfortable.

Neighbouring Bayswater is the area known as Paddington where, again, many of London’s cheapest hotels are to be found. The Lancaster Court, for example, is a basic privately owned hotel, yet the owner is on hand to meet her guests upon arrival and answer all the questions about London they may have. Service in the hotel is second to none and again staying here costs a great deal less than many of the better known hotels in London. If you arrive in to London Heathrow, Paddington is a very handy area of London as the Heathrow Express train service operates every 15 minutes into Paddington Station with a journey time of around 17 minutes. Another hotel to recommend is the Alexandra Hotel, which is located in Sussex Gardens and only four minutes walk from Paddington Station. Despite perhaps its status as a cheap hotel, the bedrooms are large which is very unusual for London and really comfortable. Hyde Park is two minutes walk in the opposite direction and the bustling Edgware Road is likewise only a short walk away from the Alexandra Hotel.

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