London is the biggest and busiest city in the UK, with hundreds of famous places to see, unique shops and fun things to do. Whether you’re sightseeing, enjoying a long weekend in the city, taking a break with the family or planning a romantic getaway, our hotels in Greater London are the best for making sure you see everything without cutting your trip short to get home in time. With Premier Inn, you can rest easy and see everything Greater London has to offer.
Hotels in London
London Angel Islington
London New Southgate
London Tottenham Hale
South Mimms/Potters Bar
London Finsbury Park
London Docklands (Excel)
Located at the heart of the capital’s business centre and surrounded by boutique bars and coffee shops, experience the buzz of central London with a stay at hub by Premier Inn London City Bank. Bank and Monument tube stattions are close by, meaning visiting landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London couldn't be easier.
You’ll have the best of the West End right on your doorstep when you stay at our hub by Premier Inn London Soho. Catch a comedy show at the Soho Theatre or a musical at the London Palladium, before heading out for drinks at Leicester Square. Plus – with Oxford Street only a 10-minute walk away – you could hit the shops by day and enjoy a tasty meal back at our in-house Lounge restaurant in the evening.
Hotels in North London
North London is home to some of the most interesting things to see in London. North London has a nice mix of quiet spots away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still the place to be for some of its top attractions. North London also has some of the best parks in London, and St Pancras International is a gateway across the country and beyond.
Our hotels near North London make travelling across this picturesque part of the city even easier. With hotels from Hampstead to Euston, see more of North London and take the time to really explore. Our hotels around King’s Cross are perfect for travelling to and from London – we’re just a five-minute walk from the station with delicious breakfasts to set you up for the day.
Fashionable, elegant and set away from the busier parts of the city, Marylebone is the home of Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street, Selfridges, Paddington Street Gardens and the Lisson Gallery of modern art. Marylebone High Street is a great place to pick up some unique finds and explore this distinguished part of the city.
Founded almost 200 years ago, King’s College is ranked one of the top 10 universities in the UK. Famous for its history and well respected throughout the world for its courses in humanities, law and medical sciences, King’s College is an important hub for students in North London with notable alumni including Desmond Tutu, Arthur C Clarke, Florence Nightingale and Virginia Woolf. Our hotels near King’s College make visiting family at the university simple, helping you stay connected with loved ones and friends studying away from home.
St Pancras International
With trains as far as Leicester and Eurostar services to Europe and beyond, St Pancras International is a major gateway to London from across the country. St Pancras has high speed routes and covers journeys down to the coast to Brighton, all the way up to the midlands. The area around Kings Cross and St Pancras International is full of shops to help you find last-minute buys, and walks along Regents Canal are perfect for relaxing before a long journey.
One of the biggest royal parks in London and a favourite for picnics, playing games and big events, Regent’s Park is a great place to chill out and soak up some sun. Regent’s Park also borders the ZSL London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre and Primrose Hill, so whether you’re going for a long walk or you’re spending a day getting closer to nature, our hotels near Regent’s Park mean less worrying about getting home in time and more time enjoying your trip.
Hotels in South London
The South Bank is one of the most recognisable skylines in the world and has a lot of the landmarks that really put London on the map. Whether that’s Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, South London has it all. It’s not all just famous landmarks and no substance though, South London is also where bustling markets at Brixton can be found along with communities across the capital coming together.
Our hotels near South London bring all the sights to you, perfect for long weekends or spending a whole day getting lost in some of the best of London. When you book at our hotels you can wake up with the South Bank, Southwark and much more right on your doorstep.
The Tate Modern gallery was created in 2000, in what used to be the Bankside Power Station. A dramatic and inspiring sight on London’s South Bank, the Tate Modern is home to outsider art and pushes the boundaries on culture, memory and philosophy. With our hotels in Southwark, you’re only a short walk from this world-class gallery and the amazing displays it puts on every day.
Originally built as part of the millennium celebrations, the London Eye has since become a defining feature of London’s skyline and a much-loved fixture on the London South Bank in its own right. The London Eye plays a leading part in New Year’s Eve celebrations and is perhaps one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city since the 2000s. From the top of the London Eye you can see across all out across the city, it’s a great spot for a romantic trip and our hotels near the London Eye bring it all so much closer.
It may not have the glitz and glamour of Central London, but Croydon is chock full of shops, bars and places to see. Croydon also has convenient travel links across London and to nearby airports, which makes it ideal as a great-value base if you’re exploring the city or travelling elsewhere. Wandle Park and South Norwood Country Parks are both fantastic outdoor spaces to relax and unwind, and BOXPARK Croydon is an amazing venue filled with top gigs, amazing food and indoor markets.
If you’re looking for unique markets, indie shops and a fun and exciting atmosphere, Brixton is the place to be. Home to some of London’s best artists, musicians and one of the coolest places to spend a night out, Brixton is a great place for a long weekend. Our London Brixton hotel is right in the heart of the action, and our London Victoria hotel is only three miles away with easy access to the Victoria Line and trains across the country.
Hotels in East London
East London is one of the most diverse and varied landscapes of London, from the towering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and its financial districts, to the cool and more chilled out spaces in Shoreditch. Getting around East London is easy and exploring neighbourhoods like Hackney can be a great way of getting off the beaten track and exploring new parts of London.
Our hotels in East London are in great spots to help you get the most out of your trip. We have hotels right next to the ExCel Centre, close to Canary Wharf and next to Tube and bus links to make sightseeing much simpler.
With over 4 million passengers per year flying to destinations across Europe and even as far as New York, London City Airport is a convenient gateway to the rest of the world right in the heart of Greater London. London City Airport is relatively new and is smaller than airports like Gatwick and Heathrow, but it has all the convenience of being close to major attractions in London and easy to get via bus, Tube or on mainline trains. Our London Docklands (ExCel) hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the airport, ideal for making flights with plenty of time to spare.
ExCel Exhibiton Centre
Hosting events from the B2B Marketing Expo to MCM London Comic Con, the ExCel Exhibition Centre is one of London’s premier meeting hubs and gig venues. Ideal for business trips or conventions, the ExCel Exhibition Centre is also close to Greenwich Park and the O2. Our London Docklands (ExCel) hotel is a 10-minute walk away from the centre alongside Gallions Point Marina.
More than just a historic bridge between the Thames and the City of London, Tower Bridge has become a symbol of the capital and a major tourist destination. Originally built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge now hosts tours and functions as a venue for high profile fun events above the river. Our London Southwark and County Hall hotels are perfect for crossing the bridge and getting to see everything else London has to offer.
Big, busy and bustling, Canary Wharf is the capital’s business hub and home to offices for some of the biggest businesses in the world. Skyscrapers and sprawling blocks make it a brilliant place to see on a weekend break, as well as an ideal place to get to for business meetings. Canary Wharf also has a great variety of restaurants and bars to unwind in after a busy day at work.
Creativity, talent and a tendency toward the outrageous, Shoreditch is a trendy part of London full of artists, markets and amazing indie shops. What used to be an industrial centre in East London is now home to some of the most unique and exciting nights out in the whole city. Our London City (Old Street) hotel is just a five-minute walk from some of the best bars and clubs, and our hub London Spitalfields, Brick Lane hotel is the perfect companion on a trip to this innovative part of the city.
Hotels in West London
West London is probably best known for its world-class museums, including the British Museum, Science Museum and of course the Natural History Museum. West London is full of striking buildings, stadiums and parks, and well worth a weekend trip to explore. West London is ideal for family days out and learning more about the city.
Our hotels near West London give you all the time you need to explore everything in West London. Don’t settle for visiting just one of the museums, book at one of our hotels and see them all. Stay with us and enjoy a proper adventure in this glorious part of London.
Home of the Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill is a lively space in West London with boutique shops and fine dining eateries. At Notting Hill you’ll also find the Museum of Brands, Portobello Market and the Tabernacle performance centre.
Nicknamed the home of football, Wembley Stadium has hosted some of the most defining moments in the history of football. Wembley Stadium is grand, busy and full of amazing things to see for football fans everywhere. You can’t get closer to the action than our London Wembley Stadium hotel, an ideal base for a weekend of football at Wembley.
Natural History Museum
An iconic building and a favourite for trips to London, the National History Museum is a treasure trove full of wonders from the natural world. The Natural History Museum is perfect for teaching kids about conservation and holds some of the most important plant and wildlife studies in the world. Our London Kensington hotels put you right next to the museum, as well as the V&A Exhibit and the Royal Albert Hall.
Your first thought is probably the bear with the stare, but that bear had to come from somewhere. Paddington Station has great links to Windsor, with direct trains to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express. Paddington Station sees upwards of 35 million passengers a year and it’s surrounded by relaxed cafes and breezy green spaces. Our hotels near Paddington make getting to trains on time easy.
Hotels in Central London
The beating heart of the capital, Central London is full of things for a long weekend trip or a sightseeing adventure. Whether you want to relax and unwind in a royal park or lose yourself in the crowds at Piccadilly Circus, there’s really something for everyone.
Our hotels in Central London give you a great-value break right in the heart of the city, we make enjoying a proper trip in Central London easy and affordable.
One of London’s biggest royal parks, Hyde Park often hosts festivals, fairs and much more across its 350 acres of stunning grassland and forests. On hot days Hyde Park is a big winner for picnics and family trips, and rain or shine it’s the perfect place for a scenic jog.
In between Mayfair and Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus is full of high street shops and luxury boutiques – it’s one of the liveliest places to be in London. From Piccadilly Circus you’re so close to major attractions like the British Museum, Buckingham Palace and the National Gallery, and our hotels near Piccadilly Circus make seeing all the sights as easy as can be.
One of the busiest places to visit in London, Covent Garden is a shopping centre and district full of the best brands and high street chains. Covent Garden is probably most well-known for its amazing Jubilee and Apple Markets, where you can find one-of-a-kind antiques and gifts. Covent Garden is only a short walk from the glitzy cinemas of Leicester Square and it’s really easy to get to on the Piccadilly Line. It’s even easier from our London Leicester Square and hub London Covent Garden hotels, where you can practically wake up next to some of the best shops in London.
Famously London’s party capital, Soho is constantly reinventing as a place of freedom, fun and excitement. Whether that’s the clubs, the indie cafes or just the welcoming community, there’s few better nights out in Central London than Soho. There’s no need to cut the night short when you stay at our hotels near Soho, we’re right next door to some of the best parties in the city.
Things to do in London
You can’t walk down a street in the capital without bumping into a historic building or three. But if beautiful architecture isn’t your thing, how about a fun trip to the Harry Potter Studio, the London Dungeon or the London Eye instead? Your big day out starts here.
Yes, there’s all the designer boutiques, upscale department stores and gleaming shopping malls you’d expect from one of the UK’s finest retail powerhouses. But if you’re after vintage threads or one-of-a-kind homewares, do not pass Go - head directly to a street market!
If shopping, eating and taking in the odd museum sounds tame, how about climbing up the O2 or sliding down Britain’s largest piece of public art? And, if the sun’s not got its hat on, London also has some unique indoor activities to try, from ice-wall climbing to adventure golf.
Places to eat
When it comes to quirky places to eat, London really does take some beating. Enjoy a latte at a cosy, candle-lit Victorian urinal. Try a retro cereal at a cafe dedicated to the breakfast bowl. Or blow the budget with a spot of tea at the Ritz.
Ye olde pubs, award-winning cocktail bars, hidden speakeasies with a wartime theme… London does nightlife incredibly well. But while the drinking scene is rich and varied, where should you head after last orders? Discover the best clubs in the swinging city here.
Besides all the top-name galleries, museums and exhibitions on offer, the capital also boasts one of the largest concentrations of universities in the world. And, with a lively student life both on and off campus, many of them have a unique culture all of their own.
In the city to catch a show? We don’t blame you. From comedy and musicals to serious theatre, there’s just so much on offer! Catch the hottest gigs in town or head to a once-a-year event like the Notting Hill Carnival, with the help of our handy guide.
Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, our guide can get you from the train station to your hotel, then help you get around when it’s time to explore. On a flying visit? Make sure your holiday starts the minute you check in with our airport guides.
What is London best known for?
As the UK’s capital, London is famous for its abundance of historic landmarks, like the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye, its world-class theatre and thriving entertainment and nightlife scene. The city is a paradise for shoppers and offers outstanding dining experiences on almost every street, as well as museums and galleries-aplenty for those seeking a cultural day out. Keep an eye out for royalty as well - London is the proud home of Buckingham Palace, the official royal residence of the Queen of England.
What is the nickname for London?
London has a few nicknames that have stuck, most notably ‘The Big Smoke’, ‘The Smoke’ or ‘The Old Smoke’, in reference to the increasing air pollution (or ‘London Fog’) from the industrial revolution, leading to the Great Smog of 1952. Luckily, since the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1956, London is much less ‘foggy’ than it once was.
What is the City of London?
The City of London (also referred to as ‘The City’) refers to a certain area within Greater London, marked by cast iron dragons in the street and stretching two square miles from Temple and the Tower of London to Liverpool Street in the east and Chancery Lane in the west. Home to some of London’s most iconic landmarks, the City has a relatively low number of residents compared to the hundreds of thousands of daily commuters and tourists that head to the area. The City is home to the Bank of England, has its own government, its own mayor and own independent police force.
What is London’s motto?
Each London borough has its own official motto, but the City of London’s is ‘domine dirige nos’, which means ‘Lord, direct us’.
Is London beautiful?
Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder, but it’s hard to deny that London has some truly spectacular cityscapes and architecture. Strolling along the South Bank of the Thames you can enjoy views of some of the world’s most iconic historic landmarks, like Big Ben, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. But natural beauty still abounds around the city in its many parks, gardens and green spaces (Hyde Park is a particular favourite, as are the Royal Botanic Gardens).
What should you not miss in London?
There’s so much to see in the UK’s capital, but some of the most popular tourist highlights include:
· The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels
· Tower Bridge
· St Paul’s Cathedral
· London Eye
· Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
· Shopping on Oxford Street or Carnaby Street
· Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
· Trafalgar Square
· The British Museum
Discover more about London’s top attractions with our guide.
What is free in London?
Just strolling around London provides an opportunity to see an abundance of landmarks such as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace for free, and the city’s parks and green spaces offer a space to soak up some city-centre wildlife without spending a penny. Most museums and art galleries in London are also free to visit (with some charges for specific exhibitions), including the British Museum, Tate Modern, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and National Gallery.
Is London safe?
As with any city of this size, it’s important to take safe precautions when visiting London, but the city centre is generally very safe for tourists to visit. The tube is a safe way to travel, even at night.
Is London expensive?
London is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world, particularly taxis, restaurants and alcoholic drinks. However, it’s still easy to visit and enjoy the city if you’re on a budget – make the most of cafes and pubs for food, take advantage of the free museums and galleries and use travel cards to explore.
How much is a pint of lager in London?
The average cost of a pint in London is around £4.44, according to a 2019 study.
How do you dress in London?
Most people in London tend to dress fairly casually – think jeans and a casual top or jumper. The exception is business workers, who tend to wear suits or more formal attire. The weather is very changeable, so prepare for all climates: shorts and a t-shirt are common in summer (although always bring a jacket), and coats, waterproof jackets and warmer wear are a must for colder months. It’s particularly important to wear comfortable shoes if you’re exploring all of the city’s attractions, as you’ll be covering a lot of ground. People mostly wear casual outfits to pubs, but might dress up more for a night at the theatres, bars and nightclubs.
Can I use US dollars in London?
No, the only currency accepted in London is the pound sterling.
What is the cheapest way to get around London?
The cheapest way is to walk, and you’ll find that many of the sights in The City can be reached by foot. You can always hop on one of the city’s Santander Cycles for £2 per 30 minutes. Topping up an Oyster Card up is the cheapest option if you’re travelling a lot over a few days, or buying a London Travelcard for 7 days or 1 month is a cheaper option for longer stays. Both offer you unlimited travel on all London Underground, red buses, the railway networks, Thames Clippers services and the Docklands Light Railway for a set price.
Should I get an Oyster card?
An Oyster Card is a reusable card that you top up and ‘tap to pay’ as you use the city’s public transport. If you’re staying in London for a few days and travelling a lot, it’s worth topping up an Oyster card up to use as you travel – this saves buying individual tickets around the city and saves money on each journey.
How much does an Oyster card cost?
An Oyster Card costs £5 initially, but this money automatically pre-loads for you to spend on travel. The Oyster Card will then deduct credit for each journey you take, up to a daily price limit:
· Zones 1-2 – max. £7.20 per day
· Zones 1-4 – max. £10.40 per day
· Zones 1-6 – max. £13.20 per day
Can I use my Oyster card on the river boats?
Yes, all Thames Clippers river bus services use contactless or Oyster Cards to pay-as-you-go.
Discover more about the city with our detailed Things to Do in London guide.