The web of architecture, vibrant markets and secret edens that make up North London are an open invitation to discover the city’s unsung highlights. Save your pennies for the memorable moments by staying at some of the best cheap hotels in the area.
With attractions of its own – Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park – and great transport links in King’s Cross and St Pancras, North London is both a destination and a base for exploring the rest of the city. Being a little bit out of the centre of town also means that hotels are a little less expensive. These five are Culture Trip’s pick of the budget bunch.
A piece of London history, Green Rooms is a relatively new hotel located in a former Art Deco showroom in Wood Green. With 22 rooms, two apartments and two dormitories, there’s something to suit all travellers and budgets. It’s made for “artists, creatives and style enthusiasts”, and offers preferential rates to those in the creative industries. Only four rooms have en-suite bathrooms; the others are communal. Beer in the bar is from hipster favourite Beavertown, and chefs serve six-month residencies in the restaurant.
For somewhere slightly farther removed from the hustle and bustle of Central London, The Hide is a great, affordable option. Sitting snugly in a row of 1930s houses near Wembley Stadium, it’s perfect if you’re attending a concert or event and need a plush place to crash. Unexpectedly lavish despite its affordable price tag, deep-chocolate browns, studded velvet armchairs and metallic silk curtains elevate the interiors of rooms with king-size beds, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges stocked with free soft drinks. Tuck into an inclusive continental breakfast before hopping on the nearby Hendon Central Tube for further city exploration.
Hotels in King’s Cross tend to come with a hefty price tag, but The Megaro blends location and affordability. Behind a Victorian facade emblazoned with a pastel Picasso-style mural lies a fittingly eccentric interior. Distinctively designed rooms range from the bumblebee-coloured Backstage Britannia with rock-inspired instrument case headboards to the alternative elegance of POP Diva Suites – with cracked gold ceilings, red drapes and flat-screen TVs with Sky packages. Head down to the subterranean Megaro Bar to recline on crimson velvet cinema chairs, sip on elegant cocktails and enjoy a spellbinding night of live music.
For those who hadn’t already guessed, this trendy urban hotel is built around the ethos of sleep; keeping the focus on that all-important time to rest and recharge. Consequently, the rooms are predominately monochromatic – crisp contrasts manifest in the matte-black walls and clean-white duvets of the double rooms, while the penthouse comes with a tropical twist, offering up Jurassic-style wallpaper and a suede emerald sofa for longer stays. Inseparable friends are also in luck, as the group rooms can sleep up to eight on their bunk beds. Situated across the road from Hackney Central, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; for an eclectic night out try Oslo, a Victorian train station-turned-buzzing bar just seconds away.
A laid-back minimalist interior dominates this hotel in the heart of King’s Cross, located just a short walk from the station that famously features in the Harry Potter franchise. Inside, it keeps things simple with only the essentials. This is reflected in the clean white and pale grey of the rooms, a practical set-up that consists of top-quality Hypnos beds and a refreshing power shower. The elementary design continues in the lobby, with its wood-panelled floors, retro seating and cosy pods – brought to life with fruity pops of strawberry pink and lemon yellow. Grab a continental breakfast of pastries and fresh fruit, before visiting the nearby Charles Dickens Museum for an enlightening delve into the author’s past.