London accommodation is expensive. The city’s hostels are among the most costly in the world, while venerable institutions such as the Ritz, the Dorchester and the Savoy charge guests the very top international prices – from £300 per luxurious night. For a decent hotel room, you shouldn’t expect much change out of £100 a night, and even the most basic B&Bs struggle to bring their tariffs down to £70 for a double with shared facilities. If you’re not bothered about atmosphere or local flavour then the chain hotels are a safe bet – but offer far less character than the family-owned places that we’ve reviewed here. Premier Inn, Travelodge, easyHotel and Yotel all have hotels in central locations. Whatever the time of year, you should phone as far in advance as you can if you want to stay within a couple of tube stops of the West End.

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