For culture: The President
The lowdown: If culture is your thing, you can’t beat The President for location. The contemporary hotel overlooks Russell Square in the historic literary district of Bloomsbury, and is just a short walk away from the exhibits of the British Museum and the sights and sounds of Theatreland.
Stay for: Unrivalled shopping destinations Covent Garden and Oxford Circus are within easy walking distance, but for less energetic days why not make the most of the offerings at its Art Deco-style bar, take some time out at the local Bannatyne’s health club (hotel guests get reduced-price access) or listen to live jazz in The Atrium bar at weekends?
In the know… Theatres always offer reduced ticket prices on the day of the showing – just head down early and ask at the box office for the best available seats.
For escaping the crowds: Ashley Hotel
The lowdown: Converted Victorian townhouses make up this charming family-run hotel, equipped with cosy bedrooms and pretty pastel decor. Despite it being in Paddington and just a short distance from popular landmarks, it’s location in the quaint and quiet Norfolk square makes it ideal for leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city.
Stay for: Perfect for people looking after the pennies, this hotel sets you up for the day with a complimentary breakfast. You can also unwind at the end of the day with a cocktail in the TV lounge.
In the know… Check out Little Venice, a tranquil canal area located close to Paddington station. Dotted with waterside cafés and pubs, you can catch a show at the Puppet Theatre Barge or even take a boat trip to Camden.
After boutique shopping at one of London’s most iconic high streets, you’ll want to head back to the Holiday Inn Kensington High Street’s luxury spa for some post-splurge rejuvenation.£193 ppBook your stay
Business meets pleasure
Famed for its glitzy high-rises and suited bankers, Canary Wharf – the heart of London’s Business District – is a mere fifteen minutes from London City Airport, making it an ideal base for your city break. £145 ppBook your stay
For a little luxury: Holiday Inn London Kensington
The lowdown: Boasting the luxury of Kensington, without the price tag, this sophisticated hotel is a real gem. Kitted out with plush rooms, a pool, gym and beauty salon, it’s a great base for sightseeing.
Stay for: As if the health club and spa wasn’t enough, you can also relax in the hotel’s tranquil garden or indulge in afternoon tea in the Lounge Bar. Alternatively, if you feel like soaking up some culture, the Science, Natural History and V&A museums are just around the corner.
In the know… Most museums in London are free to enter, but for something a bit different why not check out the museums after dark? The Natural History Museum puts on open-mic nights, while the National Portrait Gallery allows you to take part in drawing classes and discussions.
Set in a 200-year-old listed Georgian building, with a piano lounge and a conservatory restaurant overlooking Kensington Park Gardens, it’s hard to believe that Corus Hyde Park actually comes in on a budget.
For families:Novotel Greenwich
The lowdown: The Novotel in Greenwich village is a stylish hotel offering great family rooms and a free breakfast for children when dining as a family. There’s also plenty to do in the area – whether it’s visiting the Royal Observatory or exploring the Cutty Sark.
Stay for: As well as being perfect for families, the Novotel also has its own fitness centre and luxurious hammam steam room – perfect for parents who need a bit of down-time at the end of the day.
In the know… for alternative views of London, why not take a boat ride up the Thames? Jump on the Thames Clippers commuter boats and travel up to the London Eye – and you can even pay for the journey on your Oyster card.
Join the elite
Overlooking London’s most infamous of its eight Royal Parks, The Corus Hotel is the perfect spot for a classic afternoon tea, served Monday to Sunday 12:30pm to 4.30pm.Explore London City Breaks
For relaxation: Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside
The lowdown: This riverside hotel, with its stunning views of Canary Wharf, is perfect for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing London stay. As the area is a major business district, the hotel offers some pretty amazing weekend prices – and with a complimentary river ferry running to the main pier with great transport links to Westminster, you’ve basically got the best of both worlds.
Stay for: Set in the converted 17th-century Columbia Wharf building, the hotel wears its docklands heritage proudly on its sleeve. Enjoy a signature cocktail at The Terrace, overlooking the river.
In the know… If you feel like going out but don’t fancy straying too far from the hotel, why not check out Crossrail Place? Sitting above Canary Wharf station, it’s home to a beautiful roof garden, with plants arranged by their native hemisphere, as well as a street food extravaganza called ‘Giant Robot’.
For sophistication: Corus – Hyde Park
The lowdown: Set in a 200-year-old listed Georgian building, with a piano lounge and a conservatory restaurant overlooking Kensington Park Gardens, this hotel oozes style. Just a short walk away from Mayfair, it’s hard to believe that the Corus hotel actually comes in on a budget.
Stay for: The hotel’s restaurant, Bel Canto, offers a unique dining experience in which guests are served by professional opera singers... So if the delicious French fare doesn’t give you something to sing about, then the service definitely will.
In the know… Check out what’s on at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. Originally opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, you can book tickets to see everything from the prestigious proms to ‘films in concert’, where iconic films are screened to a live orchestra accompaniment.
For hitting the sights: Point A hotel
The lowdown: With a sleek minimalist design, the Point A hotel prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere. Its Paddington location is perfect for visiting attractions and browsing the collectibles at Portobello Market.
Stay for: With its affordable room prices and exceptional location, this hotel makes an excellent base for hard-hitting sightseers. ZSL London Zoo, Hyde Park, and Oxford Street, to name a few, are all just a walk away.
In the know… Portobello Road is the world’s largest antiques market, offering everything from rare trinkets and bric-a-brac, to vintage fashion. Head down on a Saturday to really witness the magic of the market, as this is the only day of the week when all of the stalls are open.