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The 5 Best Cheap Hotels in London

Victorian wharf building on Regents canal in London Kings Cross
Victorian wharf building on Regents canal in London Kings Cross | © Simon Pentelow / Alamy Stock Photo
Though London is undoubtedly one of the most expensive cities in the world, staying in the Big Smoke doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Sure, there are plenty of luxury hotels to choose from, but if you’d rather spend your money on having a good time we certainly don’t blame you. As the demand for affordable accommodation in the capital has increased, so have the options and you can now find plenty of luxurious choices for under £100 a night right in the centre. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in London to book for your next visit.

citizenM Bankside, Budget Hotel, London

Budget Hotel
citizenM Bankside Hotel, London
citizenM Bankside Hotel offers affordable luxury | © citizenM Bankside Hotel / Booking.com
citizenM prides itself on providing rooms with all the amenities you’d find in a luxury hotel, but at a fraction of the cost. Here you’ll find king-size beds, rain showers and flat-screen TVs in each of the rooms despite the low price tag. It’s the co-working spaces, cool bars and travel-inspired décor that really stand out. As soon as you enter the lobby, you really feel the dynamic energy of this space. Aimed at digital nomads and world-travellers, it offers the perfect spot from which to explore the City of London. You can quickly nip over to St Paul’s or take a stroll along neighbouring South Bank.
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Motel One Tower Hill, London

Budget Hotel
Motel One Tower Hill
Motel One Tower Hill | Courtesy of Motel One Tower Hill / Hotels.com
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What sets Motel One apart from other cheap London hotels is its dedication to offering patrons fair prices whatever dates you book, so whether it’s the height of summer or the middle of March, the room rates remain the same. Filled with marble-topped tables, smart leather sofas and low-lit wood burners, the bar looks like it’s been pulled straight from an upmarket Mayfair hotel. The suave sophistication continues upstairs too, where you’ll find a view over the city and a rain shower in the bathroom. Within walking distance of the Tower of London and Whitechapel, its location is perfect for discovering London’s rich history.
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Qbic Hotel, London

Budget Hotel
The decor at Qbic Hotel London City is minimalist and chic
The decor at Qbic Hotel London City is minimalist and chic | Courtesy of Qbic Hotel London City / Booking.com
Clean, modern and colourful, this Scandi brand brings its chic minimalism to London’s Whitechapel. Priding themselves on their eco-friendly credentials, the name ‘Qbic’ stems from the rooms’ cube-like design and though they’re small, the brightly coloured furnishings stop them feeling oppressive. With fast Wi-Fi, hot showers and marshmallow-like beds, it offers a comfortable place to recharge after a day of sightseeing. Whether you’re a breakfast person or not, the full English and cappuccinos down in the restaurant will set you up for the day ahead.
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Point A King's Cross, Budget Hotel, London

Budget Hotel
Point A King's Cross
Point A King’s Cross offers small but comfortable rooms | Courtesy of Point A King's Cross / Hotels.com
There’s nothing worse than the schlep to your hotel after a long day of travelling which is why the Point A hotel – a stone’s throw from King’s Cross St Pancras – is such a blessing. This is a ‘no frills’ kind of place, offering all the essentials you need for a comfortable stay without the costly extras. The rooms are clean and bright; each including a Hypnos bed, smart TV, safe and power shower. You’ll find an extensive breakfast spread down in the lobby, which only costs £9, and plenty of sockets for when you’ve got work to do. Whether you’re in town for work or play, this is a great option if you plan to be out and about for the majority of your visit.
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Mimi's Hotel Soho, London

Budget Hotel
Mimi's
Mimi’s Hotel Soho offers rooms ranging from tiny singles to suites | Courtesy of Mimi’s Hotel Soho / Hotels.com
One of the most frustrating things for solo travellers is the compromise you often have to make on hotel rooms, either by paying more for a double room or having to squeeze into a dorm with strangers. That’s where Mimi’s comes in – a cheap hotel in the heart of SoHo that offers single bed rooms at reasonable rates. The rich velvet curtains and wood panelling have the air of a private member’s club, while the hospitality of the staff will make you feel like you’re part of the family. Make sure you head down to the bar – with its cosy corners, low lighting and potent cocktails, you can kick off your night on the town in style.
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