I often get asked where is the best area to stay in London. The difficult thing about that question is that there’s no right answer. London is huge, the attractions are spread out, and every neighborhood is unique. So in order to help you narrow it down, today I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to where to stay in London based on your style. I hope it helps you find your perfect London neighborhood.

Best Area to stay in London

Best Area to Stay in London

From east to west, the city has no shortage of lovely areas to base yourself when you travel to London. Whether you want to see the main attractions, live like a local, immerse yourself in culture, or soak up the side streets, there’s a neighborhood for you.

1. South Kensington

If you like pretty streets and love museums, the best area to stay in London is South Kensington. With plenty of mews to keep your inner explorer entertained and a wealth of world-class museums to discover, this part of central London is just right.

South Kensington, London

2. Notting Hill

If you love all things bright and beautiful, stay in Notting Hill. From impossibly colorful houses to some of the best cafes and shops in the city, this London neighborhood is famous for a reason.

Notting Hill, London

3. Bloomsbury

If you’re a book lover, Bloomsbury is just the ticket. Home to the Bloomsbury Group and the setting of many a story, this neighborhood is also full of leafy squares with benches begging for you to sit down for a good read. Add the British Museum and some of the city’s best coffee shops, and Bloomsbury is hard to beat.

Bloomsbury, London

4. Covent Garden

If you want to be in the thick of things, stay in Covent Garden. With everything from theater to shopping surrounding you, it won’t be hard to stay entertained throughout your visit.

Covent Garden, London

5. City of London

If you love the big attractions, the City of London is a great place to be. Not only is it home to landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, but also near the Tower of London, Tate Modern, and other major sightseeing spots. Add to that the fact that it’s the historic heart of the city, and your inner explorer will be occupied for as long as you stay.

St Bride's Church, London

6. Shoreditch

If you’re a hipster, beat a path to Shoreditch. The east is the coolest part of the city, and the best area to stay in London if you’re looking for all things new and hip. And if you’re really looking to be on the cutting edge, stay in one of east London’s H-neighborhoods: Hackney, Homerton, or Haggerston.

Shoreditch, London

7. Victoria

If you love royalty, stay in Victoria. Just around the corner from Buckingham Palace and down the street from Westminster Abbey, this part of London is replete with royal life. As a bonus, the recent opening of countless restaurants means there’s no shortage of places to sit and watch for Her Majesty to go by.

Buckingham Palace Flags

8. Chelsea

If you love to see and be seen, get yourself to Chelsea. The King’s Road is one of the most fashionable places to shop, eat, and drink in London, and there’s never a dull moment from morning ’till the clubs close.

Chelsea, London

9. King’s Cross

If you’re taking the train to Paris, King’s Cross is the perfect neighborhood for you. It’s the best area to stay in London for those early morning departures, and its recent renaissance has brought an abundance of new restaurants and bars with it.

King's Cross, London

Now that you know your ideal area, you can use this search box and find your perfect hotel:


How about you? Where do you think is the best area to stay in London?

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30 Comments on Lady’s Guide to Choosing Where to Stay in London

  1. On my most recent trip I stayed the first night in Kings Cross so that I could just walk across the street and catch my train to Paris in the morning. When I returned I stayed in Bloomsbury for the first time and loved it. It seemed like I could walk everywhere from there. I don’t think I took a tube until my third day.

  2. If I had to recommend someone where to stay it would be really difficult cause I love almost all the parts here!

  3. I stayed near Hampstead Heath , close to the Heath and overground station. and near Belsize too. ,Wonderful area, with many atractive parks and neighborhoods within walking distance,, I enjoyed reading your post about those beautiful parts of town,,Greetings from Buenos Aires !!

  4. Lovely list of lovely London places! I really can’t go past Marylebone… there are some lovely hotels (Zetter Townhouse is hard to beat), cafes, restaurants and shops, and everything else you need is just on your doorstep.

  5. I agree with Tanja, every part of London has its advantages. I’ve stayed in Victoria, Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Kensington and others. The tube and buses are so convenient if you need to go somewhere, or a walk through the city to wherever you’re going is amazing as there is always something pretty and/or interesting to see.

  6. We love to stay in Bayswater.
    Really convenient to attend the Easter ceremonies at Aghia Sophia Greek Orthodox cathedral.
    Very close to Hyde Park and Notting Hill. Plus, there are 2 tube stations at the neighborhood.
    Greetings from Athens, Greece.

  7. Good guide to the city. There really is a neighbourhood to suit all moods and style of travel in London

  8. We went to Ibis Blackfriars and loved it. Just a short distance to Oxo-Tower, Queens Walk, Tate Modern.

  9. I love your style of writing!
    And the pictures are incredible, especially the ones with the colourful houses and windows.

  10. hi Lady in London,
    I am considering a job offer to relocating from Dublin to London. Do you have any article about best places to live in london or what would you recommend? So many option comparing with dublin.
    As you are an expat, I will really appreciate your advice.

  11. Wow! You really know London!! Very special places! I’ve been in South Kensington but know the other areas you mentioned and described very well!!! London is so so beautiful wherever you go! 😀

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