London is one of the most captivating cities in the world. Modern architectural wonders such as the Shard line ancient laneways dotted with historic monuments, upscale stores, and award-winning theaters. The scenic alleys wound their way around well-known monuments like as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, forcing visitors to gape in awe and exhaust their phone’s photo storage.
With so many spectacular tourist sites and exciting things to do, it’s no surprise that London is one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting over 20 million visitors each year. The busy capital of the United Kingdom has something for everyone, including shopaholics, foodies, adventurers, historians, and children, but it can be difficult to decide what to do first.
Should you visit one of the best museums (many of which are free to attend), have a picnic in one of the many parks, explore a royal castle, or stroll through a beautiful garden? Perhaps you’d rather see a show, ride a horse through a forest, ride the London Eye, or have a traditional afternoon tea at Harrods.
Where to Stay in London on a Budget
At the northern extremity of the Bloomsbury area, the Alhambra Hotel is ideally positioned within a minute of both Kings Cross subway station and St. Pancras International train station, giving it a perfect home base for exploring the city on a budget. This bed-and-breakfast-style property offers personalized service and pristine rooms, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and your choice of continental, English, or vegetarian breakfast.
Just a block away, the Jesmond Dene Hotel is a tiny boutique hotel that offers the same basic services as the Jesmond Dene Hotel as well as private, secure parking for a cost. The rooms are simple yet well-appointed, with a range of facilities based on your need.