Quicklinks: Hostel, Hotel, Rent
Just like any other metropolis, London offers a wide range of accommodation, from cheap to super expensive. So if you're looking for a place to stay, it comes down to these three options:
will most probably not find any other city in the world with a higher
number and a higher density of hostels as London. And since competition
is always great for the customer, hostel beds are really affordable. You
can get a night in a dorm for as little as 10 Pounds.
you have to be aware that a hostel isn't a hotel. You will find many rooms,
that are packed with bunk beds. Besides, the furniture has seen better
days in many hostels, just like the showers and the toilets. Additionally,
sometimes you will share your room not only with other tourists, but with
someone who's actually living there (because of the insane rents in London).
The hostel staff is often far from being English. Okay, that's not necessarily
a bad thing, but still it's weird from time to time. Enough going on about
the hostel disadvantages. You will get an affordable place to stay, so
don't expect too much. That's all. You're not forced to spend time during
the day at the hostel anyway. What you might want to do is to check a
few hostel rating websites. That's a good way to avoid dissapointments.
If you're looking for a place to stay that offers you convenience or maybe even luxus, a hotel room will be right for you. How comfy your room is depends on the rate. Cheap doubles start at 40 to 50 Pounds, however all you will get is a bed and a bathroom, not much more. There's almost no limit on how much can be spent for a hotel room in London. IF you're filthy rich, go with the Ritz.
recommendations should help you getting a good hotel deal:
Avoid Central London. Sure it's nice to live in the heart of London, however
hotels surely know about that and you will be charged for the location
as well. If you don't mind taking the train or the tube for a couple of
minutes, check for a hotel outside the city center. Try to stay within
the tube travel zones, in order to keep costs for train tickets low. A
good location is City Airport. It's within travel zone 3 and there are
numerous hotel situated around it.
If you're looking for a hotel anyway, you might want to go with a combined hotel/ticket package. As described in the ticket section on this website, touting is illegal in England. So what many ticket agencies do, is combining the ticket with a hotel night. This way, they can charge lots of money without the risk of being accused. These packages aren't really cheap, but if you want to check that option out anyway, try this one: footballticketpackages.com
If you're up for something exceptional, you could get your place to stay by renting a room from a Londoner. Since rents are insanely high in London, many people sublet their room(s) when they are spending their time somewhere else, even if it's only for a week. Rents will be about 100 Pounds per week in a shared apartment, about 200 Pounds for a whole flat. That's a lot of money, however it's cheaper than spending the same number of nights in a hotel, plus you will have a lot more amenities (such as a kitchen).
This one is a good website for short term flat offers in London: gumtree.com