Hotels in Central London

Whether you’re sightseeing on the South Bank, shopping on Oxford Street or strolling through Regent’s Park, our hotels in Central London are wherever you want to be and can make your trip so much easier. When you book at our Central London hotels you can enjoy a long weekend without worrying about cutting the fun short.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Central London begins – ‘Central London’ means something different to everyone who visits, but generally it’s accepted to be an area a few miles around Trafalgar Square and the most central points in London. 

The South Bank and the Thames are especially good for breaks in Central London and having a nice and reliable hotel next door to London’s riverside views just makes everything so much more convenient. Some favourites along the South Bank are the London Eye, Big Ben and the Tate Modern, with St Paul’s Cathedral just across the Millennium Bridge. Our closest Central London hotels along the South Bank are our Premier Inn Southwark Bankside and Tate Modern hotels, giving easy access to some of the best spots in Central London.

Away from the Thames but still very much part of Central London, you’ll find all the hustle and bustle of the capital in places like Holborn and Oxford Street. Ideal for shopping, meetings and just exploring, our Central London hotels make your trips as simple as possible. The West End and Soho are perfect for nights out, with broadway shows and amazing indie venues galore.

Our Central London hotels are also great for reaching trains with plenty of time to spare. We have hotels right next to King’s Cross and St Pancras International, as well as Euston, Victoria, Waterloo, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and all of London’s major stations. Whether you’re catching an early train, or you just want more time to unwind, booking at our Central London hotels means less rushing and more relaxing.

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hub by Premier Inn, London City Bank

Located at the heart of the capital’s business centre, experience the buzz of central London with a stay at hub by Premier Inn London City Bank. Bank and Monument tube stations are close by.

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London Leicester Square hotel

Take centre stage at Premier Inn London Leicester Square, right in the heart of the West End. With our friendly team and extra-comfy beds you'll get that all-singing, all-dancing London experience but without the blockbuster prices. 

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What to do in Central London

Bankside
One of the best spots to take in the city’s iconic skyline is the south bank of the Thames. Swoon at St. Paul’s, marvel at the Tate Modern chimney, gasp at Shakespeare’s Globe and schedule your arrival at Borough Market in time for lunch. 

The Shard 
One of London’s newest skyscrapers, the Shard has an iconic design that stretches into the skyline. The Shard is right next to London Bridge, and you can book tickets to the top to see the View from the Shard experience.

The London Eye
Famously built to ring in the new millennium, it’s harder to think of a better view of the capital than from the top of the 135m high London Eye. A great spot for a romantic trip or a family day out.

St Paul’s Cathedral
An architectural marvel and one of the most iconic buildings in the city, St Paul’s is right next to the South Bank and the London Stock Exchange. St Paul’s Cathedral is also the resting place of historic figures like Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

Westminster
The beating heart of the government and a historic building in its own right, taking a tour of the Palace of Westminster is a great way to learn more about UK politics and explore this amazing cultural building. Check out our contemporary hub hotel in Westminster Abbey.

Tower of London
It’s been a royal mint, a palace, an armoury and even a zoo, but today the Tower of London is a historic vault containing the Crown Jewels and many other precious treasures. Over 1000 years old and filled with history, the Tower of London is great for learning more about the capital. Take a look at our London City (Tower Hill) hotel, just a 5 minute walk from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge or our hub by Premier Inn London Tower Bridge hotel, only a six minute walk from the Tower of London.


Brick Lane 
Trendy, fun, colourful and multicultural, Brick Lane is one of the most vibrant parts of town. Chow down on a traditional East End ‘beigel’, watch the world go by whilst you savour a coffee, grab a vintage bargain, and buy exotic spices from the Bangladeshi supermarket. 

West End theatre 
London’s ‘Theatreland’ is brimming with musicals and plays featuring famous faces and voices. Catch classics such as the Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables or try one of the West End’s newer productions. 

Borough Market 
At  Borough Market, you can’t move for mouth-watering food. Provenance, expertise and independent traders are the order of the day. Expect ethical and exotic meats, tasty cheeses from near and far, organic goods and plenty of eat-in options. 

 

Buckingham Palace

So we’ll never be royal, but visiting Buckingham Palace has got to be the next best thing. As one of the world’s best-known tourist attractions, it’s a must-see if you’re in London for a city break. Explore our hotels near Buckingham Palace.

 

Shop, shop, shop 
Everywhere you turn, shopping temptation: from the high street heaven of Oxford Street and Regent Street, the luxury and designer kingdoms of Knightsbridge and Bond Street, to the off-the-beaten-track boutiques you’ll find almost everywhere.
 

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Central London’s best museums and galleries

The V&A 
Feast your eyes on 150 galleries of art, furniture, ceramics, metalworks, jewellery, costumes and other such things at this world-class museum.

Science Museum 
Discover the defining scientific and technological inventions of the modern world, follow more than 200 years of the ‘Information Age’ and lots more at the Science Museum.

Natural History Museum 
Celebrating and showcasing the incredible aspects of the natural world past and present, the awesome Natural History Museum will captivate kids and adults alike.  

British Museum 
Some of human history’s most important objects are on display at the British Museum in Bloomsbury, one of the world’s oldest and most revered cultural spaces. The mummies are always a favourite.

Madame Tussauds 
Get up close with wax versions of your favourite famous faces from the royal family to Hollywood A-listers at Madame Tussauds.

Imperial War Museum 
The Imperial War Museum takes a sombre look at people’s experiences of modern warfare. Not all exhibitions are recommended for children.

Tate Modern and Tate Britain 
Set within a spectacular space, Tate Modern has an exceptional collection of art from the 20th century. On the other side of the river, Tate Britain celebrates many eras of British art. 

Royal Academy of Arts 
The RA, an independent institution, is known and loved for championing a diverse and exciting range of artists and architects. The Summer Exhibition has legendary status.

The National Gallery
Some of the world’s most famous and iconic works of art are on display in the huge National Gallery. Prepare to be amazed.
 

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FAQs

What is the best area to stay in London?
You really can’t go wrong wherever you stay in Central London – there’s something amazing and fun to see around every corner. Because it’s so well connected, we recommend our Premier Inn London St Pancras hotel, just a five-minute walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras station. From those stations you can easily get across the whole city and even catch trains to other places in the UK and Europe.

Other great hotels to get the most out of London are our Premier Inn London Leicester Square, County Hall, Holborn, Southwark High Street and London Bank (Tower) hotels.

Where is the most central place to stay in London?
Our hub by Premier Inn London Covent Garden hotel is probably our most central hotel in London, just a five-minute walk from Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and right next to a huge number of shops in Covent Garden itself.

hub is ideal for solo travellers or couples, if you’re travelling as a family or a bigger group try our Premier Inn London Leicester Square hotel instead. Our London Leicester Square hotel has brilliant family rooms, and it’s almost as close to the centre of Central London as our hub hotel.

Which areas are Central London?
Central London’s official boundaries are set according to the Royal Commission and include parliament, the royal palaces, the government and the courts. Since 2011 Central London consists of seven boroughs: Camden, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster and the City of London. Generally, most people consider about a three-to-five-mile radius around Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square to be ‘Central London’.

What is free to do in Central London?
Most of Central London’s biggest museums are completely free to enter. The British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum have world-class exhibits and are all completely free to enter. 

What is the most central part of London?
The most central part of London is Trafalgar Square, a bustling part of the city that often hosts festivals and markets. Overlooked by the National Portrait Gallery and statues of famous historical figures, Trafalgar Square is also close to Charing Cross station.

Are there hotels in London with free parking?
Most of our Central London hotels have chargeable parking either next to the hotel or close by. Our Premier Inn London Southwark high street hotel has a very limited number of chargeable on-site parking spots. Unfortunately, there’s no free parking at any of our other Central London hotels, but chargeable off-site parking is available at NCP London Bridge.

Where to stay in London for the first time?
Our Premier Inn London Holborn hotel is great if you’re staying in London for the first time. Holborn really showcases the best of London, with busy shops, restaurants and high streets full of things to see. From Holborn, you’re only a short walk from the West End, the British Museum and the South Bank, you’re also right next to the Central Line on the Tube.

Where to stay in London for three days?
For a longer stay in Central London, we recommend our Premier Inn London Southwark (Bankside) hotel. Just a short walk from some of the best things to see in London like the London Eye, the Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral, with all the lively atmosphere of the South Bank and great views of the Thames next door. Being in the centre of the city means it’s easy to explore too, you won’t need to travel too long to see everything else in Central London and really make the most of those three days in London.

Other great places to stay are our Premier Inn London Leicester Square and Holborn hotels, with easy access to the rest of the city and great travel links across Central London.

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