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Whether you want to see a show at the West End, wander the vintage shops of Brick Lane, check out a free museum or relax in one of the Royal Parks, London is the perfect staycation destination. But with prices soaring, a break in the Big Smoke is out of reach for many. In an exclusive experiment for Express.co.uk, I looked for the cheapest areas to stay in the capital. I used Booking.com to look for London rooms for a break between July 26 and 30. I only included properties that had a review score above 8, rated ‘very good’ on Booking.com.
Based on my research, the eastern borough of Newham was one of the cheapest places to stay in London.
If you want to be right in the centre of the action, Newham probably isn’t the best choice as the eastern borough is about seven miles from the city centre.
However, I found several rooms under £400 for the four nights, making Newham a bargain option for a city break.
Tourists staying in London East End will be ideally placed for shopping at Stratford’s Westfield, exploring the London Olympic Park and the Emirates cable car. Since the launch of the Elizabeth Line, tourists staying in Newham have also had quick access to the city centre.
Another budget option for staycationers on a shoestring, there were several rooms available in Brent for under £500 for the four nights.
The home of Wembley stadium, Wembley Park is on the Jubilee Line and tourists will be able to reach London Bridge in under half an hour.
Brent is also home to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir which has been described as London’s first authentic Hindu Temple.
Petrolheads will enjoy Wembley’s Ace Cafe, a roadside cafe on the North Circular Road which has a lively program of car and bike related events.
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Both Greenwich and Lewisham also had several options for rooms under £550 for the four night stay.
Riverside Greenwich is home to several top attractions including the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory. The park offers incredible views of the city skyline.
Meanwhile nearby Lewisham is the site of the Horniman Museum, the Art Fund’s museum of the year in 2022. Tourists should keep an eye out for the museum’s extra special stuffed walrus.
South London isn’t generally as well served by the tube but tourists will be able to hop on a bus or the overground to reach the city centre.
While I did manage to find rooms under £600 in these boroughs, it’s still important to think a little bit more about location before booking.
London’s a huge city and the biggest borough (Bromley) spans more than 150 km. Before you book, check how close the hotel is to transport links.
As long as there’s no strike, London’s bus, tube and overground network is a reliable way to get around but it can come at a price.
Although prices are capped, tourists could rack up a hefty fee if they’re travelling to the city centre from Zone 3 and beyond each day.
Cheapest place to stay in the centre
Unsurprisingly, the prices soared as soon as I looked for rooms under a mile from the city centre.
However, there were several rooms available in Westminster for under £700 and it was consistently the cheapest central borough for rooms.
I also found rooms in Lambeth for under £1,000 but staying in the city centre will set tourists back.
Before you book, think about the attractions you’d like to see as they may not even be in the city centre. If London seems too pricey, you could head to Leicester, recently named the cheapest staycation city in the UK.
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