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Where to stay in London for sightseeing

Find the best places to stay near London’s top attractions and enjoy a comfortable, action-packed stay in the capital.

Stay at the best hotels in London near to top attractions to help you make the most of your trip.

Where to stay near the British Museum

The iconic British Museum is London’s number one attraction according to visitor numbers, and there are plenty of options for places to stay in the area.

The luxurious Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel is perfectly placed in King’s Cross, just 50 metres walking distance from the world-class museum – it also houses top restaurant Steak & Lobster. Just around the corner, you’ll find its sister hotel, the equally elegant Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth.

Other nearby options include the boutique Montague on the Gardens, a Georgian style traditional townhouse and the Edwardian Thistle Holborn.

In the heart of the West End, but within walking distance of the museum, sits The Kingsley. The Park Inn London is another 4-star option a couple of streets from the museum.

There are also a whole host of hotels in the King’s Cross and Holborn areas such as the Pullman St Pancras and also the colossal St Pancras Renaissance, giving you great access to King's Cross and St Pancras International stations.

Where to stay near the National Gallery

The National Gallery is right in the middle of Trafalgar Square, a great destination for an afternoon’s sightseeing, and there are plenty of accommodation options. The Thistle, Trafalgar, is a modern hotel full of comfort, a perfect choice for those wanting to sample the National Gallery and not waste any time getting there.

The Trafalgar, the ultimate city haven, is designed for a truly memorable stay and again in walking distance of the gallery. Just across the road is AMBA Hotel Charing Cross, which overlooks The Strand and is part of the Guoman collection of hotels, famed for their heritage and atmosphere.

Just north of the square, you’ll find Radisson Blu Edwardian’s Leicester Square hotel, which offers the restaurants and entertainment of the square and Chinatown on its doorstep.

And for those on more of a budget, there is the Premier Inn London Leicester Square.

Where to stay near South Kensington

South Kensington is a haven for the best London museums, with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum all in the area. You could end up spending a lot of your time there, and there are plenty of accommodation options for you to consider.

Close to each of the museums, you’ll find the elegant Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, with its rich décor and warm ambience. Or, try the Park International Hotel on Cromwell Road, equidistant from the museums and luxury Knightsbridge shops.

The Millennium Hotels Group provides two great options for a luxury stay, both within walking distance of the museum quarter. For those looking for a low-cost stay, there’s the Copthorne Tara Hotel, with more than 800 rooms and three restaurants. Alternatively, the four-star Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre, provides a more luxurious option in the heart of Kensington.

Where to stay near Tate Modern

Tate Modern is perfectly positioned for nearby hotels such as Hilton London BanksideIbis BlackfriarsNovotel Blackfriars or Novotel London City South, which offer a stay in comfort and an easy 10-minute walk to this top gallery.

Or, if you’re after something a little more contemporary, Citizen M in Bankside is again just a 10-minute walk from the Tate, and features techy installations, such as in-room touchscreen tablets. Nicely positioned on the bank of the Thames, you’ll find there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area, which will make for a perfect stay.

Where to stay near the South Bank

Follow the Thames to the west and you’ll arrive at such impressive attractions as the Coca-Cola London Eye, the SEA LIFE London aquarium and the London Dungeon.

You could be enjoying a stay in the London Marriott County Hall. Open for almost 100 years, this grand building gives unparalleled views of the Coca-Cola London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and includes a 6,000 sq ft leisure club and spa.

There is also the Premier Inn, London Waterloo; or the Park Plaza County Hall, only five minutes from the Coca-Cola London Eye and London Dungeon, a perfectly located hotel for family-friendly attractions.

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Where to stay near the Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic London attraction, situated on the banks of the Thames near Tower Bridge. You can spend hours there learning about the history of the city and hanging out with Yeoman Warders or “Beefeaters”.

Enjoy a stay in comfort by booking into the Novotel London Tower Bridge to be within 10 minutes’ walking distance of the Tower of London, and also St. Paul’s CathedralThe Double Tree by Hilton on Pepys Street is another great option, and boasts the popular Skylounge rooftop bar; while The Tower offers stunning views of the Thames and Tower Bridge.

Those on a budget can check in to the Travelodge London Central Tower Bridge Hotel, which offers a low-cost stay in spacious rooms.

Where to stay near the Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich combines a number of museums and attractions in Greenwich, including the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.

A visit to these attractions makes for a fantastic day out so book a hotel nearby. Try the four-star Novotel Greenwich, a five-minute walk from the museums and only 15 minutes from the Royal Observatory. Even closer is the Hotel Ibis London Greenwich, situated at the foot of Crooms Hill.

Where to stay near Madame Tussauds

Want to see the world’s best life-size wax figures? From the Duchess of Cambridge to David Beckham, Madame Tussauds has it all.

Families can make the most of the studio suites in The Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel, which is a short stroll to Baker Street’s Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds, and is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary novels.

Or stay around the corner at the Travelodge Central Marylebone which offers premium comfort for less. Or, for the ultimate luxury, book a room at the Landmark London, a grand gothic hotel with a business centre, spa and pool.


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