We’ve talked many times before that if you want more acting opportunities, you should move to London. Moving to London itself is easy, but once you’re here, there will be a lot of things to take care from, from finding the best neighborhood to live with other actors to finding acting classes, auditions and familiarizing with the city.
The best way to find a good flat in London is by going through local ads on websites like Gumtree and visiting the apartment before you sign a contract. It’s not advisable to rent or lease a flat in London without having to see it. This means that you’ll need to stay somewhere for a week or so while researching.
This is especially true if you’re moving to London from overseas. After you’ve sorted out your visa (if you need help with visa, see our book here) and have made all the plans, it’s time to make a list of best hotels in London that are cheap and affordable.
There are so many hotels, hostels and B and B’s in London that it can get very overwhelming, very quickly. In order to help actors moving to London with their search for a place to stay while they’re looking for an apartment, I’ve sniffed out some of the best hotels in London as well as other accommodation in London on every budget and to suit every style of travel.
10 Best Hotels in London
(and other affordable accommodation)
Best of Airbnb in London
(it’s not just budget – it’s culture)
For me though from experience, I’m a fan of Airbnb. Whether it is renting an entire place or taking a room in someone’s home, it’s a sure fire way to meet and hang out with locals, get to know neighbourhoods, and not just the tourist spots of London.
If this is your first time in London, make sure you practice safety and security, trying to avoid scams. The same applies to travel safety in London and just generally being aware.
Now, here’s five of the best Airbnb ‘superhosts’ in London and without fail, cheaper than a hotel, even a budget one.
1. Sunny Studio with Private Garden (Croach End, North London)
- The Basics: studio, 2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 shower room, £20 cleaning fee.
- Selling points: good location for socialising, private patio and a hammock!
- Why stay here: This studio is well-kept, situated in the host’s garden with a private patio. Previous guests recommend it for couples specifically and cannot speak highly enough of the hosts. Everyone says how well-located the apartment is with easy access to the restaurants, bars and cafes of Croach End.
- Extras: other apartments available sleeping up to 8 people.
- Cost: £49 per night
- Find them here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/5804727?guests=2&s=XA14-Xdi
2. Self Contained Double with Ensuite (East Dulwich, South East London)
- The basics: room and en suite in host’s home
- Selling points: self-contained room and en-suite shower room gives privacy but staying in the host’s home gives you access to their knowledge. Many previous guests gush about the host and her attentive service, accurate information and homely feel.
- Why stay here: East Dulwich is an up-and-coming area full to the bursting with cool restuarants, cafes and bars. You’re also right next to Brixton so you can check out the market and the transport links are great.
- Extras: the host has a dog
- Cost: £45 per night
- Find them here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9675732?s=fDUPXqJH
3. Peaceful King en Suite with Shower (Hackney)
- The basics: private room, en suite bathroom including a shower, sleeps 2.
- Selling points: The place is located right on the canal and this definitely counts as a USP! As well as this it’s very well connected to Central London. Only a short distance from the cool spots in East London like Shoreditch.
- Why stay here: The hosts provide all your linens and you can help yourself to a selection of hot drinks. You have access to the house amenities and lots of outside space. The hosts have loads of positive feedback about how welcoming and helpful they both are, particularly about how comfortable and at home guests were made to feel.
- Extras: The hosts have a little boy who is generally well behaved and also they have another double available in London as well.
- Cost: £50 per night
- Find them here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/390002?guests=2&s=vQFXQxMY
4. Stylish Oasis and good price double (Walthamstow)
- The basics: private room, shared bathroom, sleeps 2, cleaning fee £10
- Selling points: A family and home that opens its arms to their guests for a truly ‘homestay’ experience.
- Why stay here: The hosts love to meet new people and guests feel like they are part of this vibrant family. Other guests are often staying so you get to meet people from all over the world. Everyone has commented on how open and friendly the hosts were during their stays and loved being part of such an interesting life.
- Extras: They have other rooms available in their home if your party is larger. Walthamstow is a bit further out but it’s still well-located and the price is a good incentive along with the family vibe.
- Cost: £29 per night
- Find them here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/377707?guests=2&s=vQFXQxMY
5. A Bright and Large Studio (Streatham Hill)
- The basics: studio, 2 guests, bedroom/kichen/diner, 1 bathroom, £30 cleaning fee
- Selling points: Connected to transport with bus and train, includes a kitchen and a bath!
- Why stay here: The opportunity to stay in a Victorian style house should not be missed and even though this is a new listing so is yet to be reviewed the space looks great value for money. The house rules seem very friendly, with the host asking guests to treat the flat as their own and have a good time. This is sure to increase in price once people start reviewing it.
- Extras: You can get to Brixton really easily and check out the market.
- Cost: £42 per night
- Find them here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/9675732?guests=2&s=9vuF690k
Best Hotels in London
(more convenient, but more expensive)
Of course, there is something beautifully luxurious about a hotel stay and there are some obvious perks. The hotel bar, the cleaning services, staff to help you whenever you need it. And I don’t always use Airbnb, I love a hotel too.
So if I were coming to London and if I were staying in a hotel, these are my top picks for where I would love to stay and also include places I have stayed myself for work.
1. Artist Residence
- Location: 52 Cambridge St, London SW1V 4QQ (Google maps)
- Why stay here: I’ve stayed at the Brighton one and it’s lovely. Super quirky and of course, very arty and inspirational. If you book early, you get a decent discount. Rooms per night start from £202 for the small double and from £261 for the loft which is beautifully finished in chick panelled wood, a desk area and open plan bathroom. If you’re feeling flash, the suite and grande suite are stunning with plenty of space for leisure in comfortable sofas starting from £324 per night.
- Extra info: Cesar winner Good Hotel Guide 2016
- Website: http://artistresidencelondon.co.uk/
2. Radison Blu Edwardian Grafton
- Location: 130 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5AY (Google maps)
- Why stay here: I stayed in this hotel for work a few years ago and found the rooms to be clean and spacious. The hotel is beautifully finished with a postmodern take on traditional Edwardian style so they are not just boring square boxes. The restaurant food is top-notch and I highly recommend it, especially if you have been out all day and just want to be somewhere quiet.
- Website: http://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/london-hotel-gb-w1t-5ay/gbgrafto/home
3. The London Edition (Marriot)
- Location: 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP (Google maps)
- Why stay here: The newly opened Edition is the ultimate in London luxury. Located in Fitzrovia, it is perfectly placed for shopping, nightlife, dining and transport. The bar is outstanding offering a dizzying array of tipples to tempt any palette.
- Website: http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/loneb-the-london-edition/
Best Apartments in London
(perfect for long-term stay)
Somewhere between hotels and Airbnb is the new trend of apartment style hotels. Benefits usually include consistency, WiFi, optional housekeeping and sometimes an on-site bar. Here’s two of the best:
1. Fraser Place
Location: 80 Boardwalk Pl, London E14 5SF, UK (Google maps)
Why stay here: You cannot go wrong with the deluxe apartments at Fraser Place, they are high-standard and super stylish. Cooking facilities include a microwave and fridge plus there’s complimentary wifi. Upgrades are available that include two complimentary cocktails at the W XYZ bar which is a very on-trend venue.
2. Think Apartments Tower Bridge
- Location: 169 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 3LF (Google maps)
- Why stay here: Situated next to the iconic Tower Bridge, the Think apartments offer an excellent location to explore the city. They also have a little bit of history thrown into the mix: the previous occupier of this Grade II listed former warehouse was Sarson’s vinegar!
- Website: http://www.think-apartments.com/locations/