Practical information : Accomodation London
Budget & Tips
Night in a youth hostel: £30. Double room in a standard hotel: £90. In the business districts of the City and Canary Wharf, prices drop at weekends when business people go home. Most hotels can be booked online, which often means discounts, especially if you book in advance. If you are staying for at least three days, choose Zone 2, which is well connected and still close to the centre and attractions. Prices are lower than in the ultra center
Alternatively, you can opt for the YHA (Youth Hostels Association, www.yha.org.uk), an organisation that groups together nearly 150 youth hostels across Great Britain, including several in London. Open to all, inexpensive and with good standards of cleanliness and comfort, it is the economical solution to stay in the capital. The membership card costs £15 per adult per year (£5 for under 26s), and avoids the extra £3 charge for non-members in each hostel, so it's up to you to decide what's most cost-effective. This card also allows you to benefit from discounts depending on what's on offer at the time. From £15 per person for a night in a dormitory. Apart from the YHA, there are other privately owned and managed hostel chains. They are often equivalent in terms of quality and price.
To be booked
London is a very attractive city all the time and there are always many tourists. If possible, book during the week rather than at the weekend. Book especially early for stays at Christmas, during the summer holidays or during bank holidays
What's very local
In London, as in the rest of the UK, there are many B&Bs. They offer decent facilities and the advantage of offering a breakfast, often copious.
London is an expensive city, and hostel accommodation can be a good way to spend as little money as possible. However, you should choose your hostel carefully to avoid disappointment. Most hostels have no age limit. Some, however, are restricted to 18-35 year olds.
Before you leave, don't hesitate to go on the Internet because there are several sites that list, rate and allow you to book places in youth hostels. These sites are an excellent way to compare prices and services, and to check availability for the dates of your choice.
Check the number of beds per room, because if on average there are 6 or 8, some don't mind offering dormitories with 18 or even 28 beds! It is sometimes possible to get double beds, which can be more romantic than bunk beds!
Ask about the cleanliness of the place. For information, if it says ensuite bathroom or ensuite, it means that the bathroom is inside the room, if it says shared bathroom, it means that it is outside and shared by all the occupants.
Lockers. Most hostels have lockers for valuables and personal belongings; some lockers have keys (extra charge), others simply have locks. Remember to take one with you as it can be expensive to hire or buy one, up to £5. A cash deposit (£10) is usually required for the key and will be returned on the day of departure.
On the last day, you must leave the room before 10am or you will be charged for an extra night.
Finally, breakfast is very often included, and sheets are provided, but towels are almost never provided. It is also very rare to find hairdryers. Remember to ask around and bring your own things so that you are not left without anything when you arrive.
For food lovers
Most hotels in London serve a traditional English breakfast in the morning: sausages, bacon, beans on toast, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast... The salty side is there for a real feast. A real meal in its own right.
The legislation concerning cigarettes is the same as in France. Smoking is not allowed in public places and therefore, in this case, smoking is not allowed in hotels.