Best Areas to Stay in London

London is a large conglomerate of small villages, as it is often described, instead of one integrated city. It is one of the most interesting and exciting places to visit as a tourist but when it comes to choosing a place or area to stay, it is important to analyse each area carefully. Each area has its own individual culture and characteristics and as such it is important to get a feel of the place which you have short-listed before actually finalising it. You also need to check up the transport links available, the average prices, the local amenities available and the time required to commute to your work place. The five broad areas, with their individual traits, that you can consider are mentioned below.

The West End: Offering the ultimate London experience, West End is one of the busiest, most famous and also the most affluent areas of the city. If you stay in this area, you will be located close to most theatres, historical sites, shopping areas, malls and shops. The area consists of Bloomsbury, the Soho, the Covent Garden and the Westminster and as such, you will be located in the midst of all attractions and the various activities that you might like to indulge in.

West London: If you wish to stay very close to the West End but in a greener and quieter area, you should stay in West London. It offers the added advantage of having lower accommodation prices and its close proximity to Hyde Park which is indeed a boon.


The South Bank: The South Bank area covers the region between London Bridge and Westminster Bridge and it offers a lot to see and do. There are many museums, theatres, galleries and street performances in this district which also offers spectacular views of the city. As such, if you are interested in staying at a place which is full of attractions and offers breathtaking sights from your room window, this is where you should stay.

Bayswater: In the midst of fantastic neighbourhoods such as Notting Hill and Kensington, Bayswater offers a beautiful residential area which is well connected to all other areas of the city through various forms of public transport such as the tube, bus or overhead rail. You will be located close to Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and Portobello Road and you will get perfect peace and comfort by staying in this area.

North London: This area offers the feel of staying in a Georgian village and also provides all the action. It is home to Hampstead, Regent’s Park, the Freud Museum, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the house where Keats stayed. As such this area offers a lot to see and to do. All types of accommodations are available here and as such you can find the right place irrespective of your budget.

For staying in a luxury accommodation in the heart of the city, it is best to stay at a Mayfair hotel in London.

Another method of choosing the right place to stay is to first make up your mind regarding which places you would like to visit and the activities that you would like to indulge in and then it will be easy for you to choose the place that would be nearest to the attractions you wish to visit and would also suit your budget. The following five places are worth considering.

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Richmond:  This picturesque area is considered to be one of the best areas to stay in London as the River Thames is a major attraction in it offering some beautifully-situated riverside homes that also offer stunning views. This area is only 8 miles south west of the centre of London and it has convenient transport links such as trains services to Waterloo that take only 20 minutes for the journey. There are many shops, boutiques, pavement cafes and bars throughout the area and Richmond Centre is a vibrant and welcoming place. Nearby you can find a number of high end eateries and quaint pubs.

Chiswick: Only 30 minutes from central London, Chiswick is an affluent and highly popular area to live. It was originally a fishing village and as such many of the houses are located on the bank of the riverside. It is an ideal place to stay being an extremely quiet, leafy and green area, which is best to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre. The area has many Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties along with designated conservation areas in which many houses are situated. It is ideal for young professionals and families to stay and it is famous for its primary schools.

Dulwich: Surrounded by a number of organic food shops, good eateries and lively bars, this quintessential London village also boasts of a fashionable vibe. It has both state primary schools and brilliant private schools and it boasts of having stunning period properties and a wholesome feel due to which young professionals find it to be an ideal place to stay especially if they have young children. Affordable house prices are available in East Dulwich which is an upmarket area. It also offers fast links to London Waterloo and London Bridge railways stations.

Balham: With an influx of quirky hangouts and indie traders, Balham has become one of the hippiest and trendiest areas of London for staying south of the river. It offers great transport links making it an ideal place to stay for people who wish to work in London and don’t want to stay in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. There are plenty of independent and chain restaurants in this area.

Muswell Hill: This area also offers great transport links and it has many parks, green areas, cafes, boutiques and health food stores.

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