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Short-stay accommodation in London on a budget

Hey travellers! If you’re planning a trip to London and want to make the most of your stay without breaking the bank, you’ve come to the right place. London is full of history and excitement and you can enjoy it all without spending a lot if you know where to look. In this blog we’ll show you some great cheap places to stay so you can have a fantastic trip without the worry of spending so much money.


Let’s kick things off with a classic budget option – hostels. London is home to many hostels scattered across the city, offering affordable university-like rooms and often a vibrant atmosphere perfect for meeting fellow travellers. Did you know that ISH offers short-stay accommodation? If you’re in London for a few days this would be a great place to come and stay as it’s open to everyone. You are close to Great Portland Street station giving you easy access to popular spots. You can find more information about our accommodation here!

ISH Goats Flat
ISH Goats Flat

Budget Hotels

While London is known for its luxury hotels, there are also plenty of budget-friendly options to consider. Look out for budget hotel chains like Premier Inn, Travelodge, and Ibis Budget, which offer clean and comfortable rooms at affordable prices. Additionally, there are guesthouses and small independent hotels that provide a cosy and budget-friendly stay.

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This is the most popular choice. Choosing a hotel for short-term accommodation in London offers a balance of comfort, convenience, and service.

Serviced Airbnb

For those seeking a bit more space, serviced apartments can be a great option. While they may be slightly pricier than other budget accommodation options, they often come with facilities such as a kitchenette, allowing you to save money on meals by cooking your own food. Airbnb has transformed the way people travel, and London is no exception. You can find a wide range of budget-friendly accommodation options on Airbnb, from private rooms to entire apartments. Look for listings in less central areas for better deals, and don’t forget to read reviews to ensure a smooth experience. This is a great option of you travelling with friends and family as you would need more space.

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This option is more expensive however it can feel like your home away from home. Most people still like to have a homely feel and a serviced apartment will do just that.

House Sitting

For truly adventurous and budget-conscious travellers, house-sitting and couch surfing can offer free accommodation options in London. While these options may require more planning, they can provide unique experiences and opportunities to connect with locals. If you have a friend who lives close by, you can experience London together and enjoy events together.

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This is a good option as you would be familiar of your surroundings as it will most likely be a family or friend’s house.

No matter your budget or preferences, there are plenty of options for short-stay accommodation in London. Do some research, compare prices, and be flexible with your plans, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head without breaking the bank. Happy travels!

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