Use our guide to find the most suitable hotel for you in London... Read more
It's no surprise that, in Europe's biggest city and Olympic host city of 2012, the choice of accommodation is huge and potentially baffling.
There are luxury hotels in London that cost thousands of pounds a night. There are budget B&Bs run by lovely old ladies. There are faceless chains where bland rooms and reasonable prices balance out well. There are serviced apartments in which you can create your very own London home, even if just for a few nights. There are business hotels with sky-high rates mid-week, and bargain breaks at the weekend. There are waterside pads at decent prices at Docklands. There are boutique hotels with style in abundance.
There is something for everyone in the UK capital, that's for sure. It's just a matter of knowing where to stay.
The most central area for tourists to stay is the West End, otherwise known as Theatreland, which covers Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Leicester Square. The area of Bloomsbury, a little further north, offers good budget hotel options.
Mayfair, Marble Arch and Regent Street are home to many of London's luxury hotels and five-star hotels.
Knightsbridge and Kensington boast shopping and green spaces and offer a number of surprisingly affordable mid-range hotels. Conference visitors at the nearby centres of Earls Court and Olympia will appreciate these hotels, while delegates at ExCel will stay in Docklands hotels, or those a little further away in East London.
The Barbican, Europe's biggest multi-arts venue, is located at the heart of the City of London and business hotels could offer decent rates, especially for weekend breaks.
Sports fans will want to stay near the football action at Wembley, in north west London, for the big matches, while rugby fans will need to head south and west for Twickenham Stadium. Those going to watch a concert at the O2 should head south east to an area such as Greenwich.
London hotels can be expensive but it's worth staying at the heart of the action. Book well ahead to find the best prices.