Booking the right London hotel

All sorts of people come to London for all sorts of reasons. It’s a cultural city that draws lovers of theatre, music, literature and art. It’s an historic city offering fantastic architecture, castles and palaces. It’s an exciting and glamorous city with world famous shopping, exclusive bars and some 40 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Whatever you want from London, booking the right hotel will give you the key to one of the most spectacular cities in the world.

It’s a daunting task trawling through the myriad of websites that compare, review and discount literally thousands of hotels London has to offer. There is something to suit everyone and the trick is to find the right accommodation, in the right place at the right price.

London is a thrilling place for children because it’s so busy and vibrant and bursting with colour and life. Families visiting the capital should consider a hotel near all the action so that the city’s major attractions and sights are right on your doorstep.

Kensington offers the three big museums – the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. If it’s run around space you’re after, then Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, where you’ll find the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, are in this neighbourhood too.

The South Bank and Bankside which run alongside the River Thames are awash with activity.  At one end stands the modern wonder of the London Eye while at the other lies the horrible history of the Tower of London. En route there’s the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge. And if that wasn’t enough, there is usually something happening along the away. At Christmas time you can soak up the atmosphere at the Frost Fair and in summer there are river beaches to bask on and water fountains to jump through.

London hotels have woken up to family business and you can often book large rooms or even conjoined ones. Some hotels offer babysitting services and most will supply necessary equipment like cots and high chairs.

If you’re planning a less frenetic break there are hotels in London that will match your mood. Romance may be synonymous with Paris, Rome and Venice but when it comes to matters of the heart, London warms the cockles.

Stroll hand in hand through one of London’s many parks, visit a gallery, take in a show or just follow the tourist trail.

Book one of the city’s internationally renowned chain hotels for the ultimate in five star luxury or seek out more intimate accommodation at one of London’s growing number of boutique hotels.

Visiting London is always a pleasure, but sometimes business comes first. As a global city, London has hotels to meet the needs of the most demanding business traveller.

Larger hotels offer exceptional meeting room and conference facilities and services such as Wi-Fi are usually provided as standard.

Location is key when considering your hotel. London business travellers arriving by air should look at Paddington or Victoria where there are express train services to Heathrow and Gatwick respectively. London’s major train stations also boast exemplary business hotels and staying in Canary Wharf will place you at the heart of commercial London.