For easy access to the city's attractions, shops and different neighbourhoods, consider these five major areas in central London: Mayfair & Marylebone, Paddington & Bayswater, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge & South Kensington and Covent Garden & Bloomsbury.
Mayfair & Marylebone
This is probably the most expensive of the bunch. It encompasses Marble Arch and Baker Street, and includes exclusive Piccadilly and Park Lane. There are many absolutely beautiful hotels here, such as the Langham, Connaught and Claridge's
- the latter two ideally positioned for shopping along Oxford and Bond Streets. With its own distinctive style and ambiance, The Landmark London
combines classic British elegance and grandeur with the deluxe facilities demanded by today's discerning travellers. The Metropolitan Hotel, home to Nobu
and The Met Bar, remain trendy favourites. Three London parks also surround this area: Regent's, Hyde and Green.
Paddington & Bayswater
Extremely touristy, but encompasses a wide range of hotels and restaurants. Paddington station has a direct train to London Heathrow Airport
, which runs every quarter of an hour and takes just 15 minutes. Hyde Park is within a few minutes walk and the main shopping district of Oxford Street is a short bus ride away. Hotels in this area include the modern Royal Lancaster
and the very chic and minimalist Hempel.
Popular with the young and famous. High Street Kensington, close to the Kensington Palace
, offers a quaint and quiet atmosphere with great shopping. The popular Portobello Hotel
is close to the Portobello Road Market
. The Abbey Court is a quiet haven if you're looking for some solace near Hyde Park. The Royal Garden Hotel on the High Street Kensington and the high-end, Victorian Lennox Hotel offer stunning views of Kensington Gardens
Knightsbridge & South Kensington
Another pricey district within walking distance of Harrods
, Piccadilly Circus
and Sloane Street. The Natural History Museum
, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum
are also nearby. Not surprisingly, this area is home to a wide range of hotels; the Berkeley
, The Pelham Hotel and the Halkin are among the most renowned.
Bloomsbury & Covent Garden
Hotels are well positioned for theatre-goers, shopping addicts and visitors to the British Museum
. This area is practical for business travellers; it's close to Holborn and not far from the city. The Savoy and the Hampshire are both good hotels within easy reach of main attractions. The Covent Garden Hotel in the heart of Covent Garden is discreet, but always filled with celebrities. Other du jour
hotels are St Martins Lane and The Sanderson.