Where Should You Stay In London To Experience The Capital At Its Best?

London is a vast, sprawling city, covering over 400 square miles. The majority of it, though, won’t be
on the average tourist’s itinerary. When it comes down to it, the best of London can be found in a few
concentrated districts. If you’re planning a trip to the capital, where should you stay to experience it at
its best?

Notting Hill

Notting Hill is a little bit off the beaten track and quite some distance from tourist hotspots around St
Paul’s, Leicester Square and Oxford Street. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit it or stay
there to experience London life at its most authentic.

Notting Hill has a different vibe from many other parts of the city. Whereas people in the City and
surrounding areas will walk right past you or ignore you in bars, those in Notting Hill aren’t averse
to striking up a conversation, especially if you’re from overseas.

Notting Hill is home to some of London’s swankiest auction houses. You’ll often find artwork on sale
here for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds. But there are also a plethora of
budget-friendly hotels, include La Suite West.

Perhaps the most famous hotel in the area is the Portobello, but even this is affordable for most,
starting at about £150 per night for a basic suite.

The West End

The West End is a district of the city of London to the west of the financial district at to the north of the
river Thames. Historically, it was the residential area for wealthy financiers and successful city
businessmen and their families. Over time, however, the district has become increasingly associated
with politics and the theatre scene. Ticket touts sell West End tickets on the streets and in box offices
to a variety of shows, making this an excellent destination for tourists.

The West End doesn’t quite have the friendliness of a place like Camden or Notting Hill, and it can be
a little deserted at certain times in the week, but it offers stunning architecture, charming side streets,
and good access to some of London’s most famous parks.


Kensington is a quintessentially London area, and it contains the sort of housing that many people
overseas might imagine permeates the entire capital. Kensington, home to Kensington Palace, is
situated around a beautiful park. The neighbourhood itself is lovely, and there are plenty of places to
eat and drink, including great cafes.

Hotels in the area range from budget to luxury. If you’re trying to keep the cost of your trip down, then
you might want to stay at the Park Grand London Kensington, which provides bed and breakfast
starting from £130 per person, per night.

The luxury 11 Cadogan Gardens lies close to Sloane Station and offers one of the best overnight
stays in the entire area.

Are you planning a trip to London soon? If you are, make sure that you stay in an area that allows
you to experience the city at its best and most authentic.

- this is a collaborative post.

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