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Can you find me a London hotel room for £120 or less?

- Gordon W

Q Can you help me? I need a London hotel for a visit to the theatre in May. I normally stay at the Ibis Earls Court but their prices have doubled to £195. I’ve searched on but can’t find anything decent under £100 and the majority are over £200. I am happy with a three-star property and don’t really want to pay more than £120.

A London hoteliers of my acquaintan­ce can hardly believe how strongly travel has bounced back after the coronaviru­s pandemic. Demand for decent city centre properties has soared. Rates at the cluster of Premier Inns in London SE1, stretching from Waterloo to London Bridge, are typically £180 even for a Tuesday night in mid-March – when £120 would be the kind of price I would have expected before Covid. Therefore I propose you choose a Premier Inn (the epitome of three-star properties) in an easy-to-access location by public transport for the West End. The cheapest I could find was just under £100 at the Hogarth Roundabout in west London – a location I would not wish upon anyone. But looking in the opposite direction, I found the Greenwich Premier Inn at exactly £120. The Premier Inn boasts its location is “minutes from the Royal Observator­y, Cutty Sark and the panoramic views from Greenwich Park”. Don’t assume you are in the centre of Greenwich: it’s a brisk walk of 15 or 20 minutes to these highlights.

However, west Greenwich makes a good base. There are multiple public transport options close by including three rail stations (Greenwich, Deptford and New Cross) linked to Charing Cross station, which itself is just a five-minute walk from Leicester Square at the heart of Theatrelan­d. These prices are all snapshots, and the exact figures will depend on when you are travelling and how far in advance you are prepared to commit. But with a strong financial incentive to stay outside the heart of the capital, you may as well make a virtue of necessity and get to know more of London. I can promise you Greenwich is a more engaging area than Earl’s Court.

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 ?? ?? Green green grass of home: the view from Greenwich Observator­y (Getty/iStock)
Green green grass of home: the view from Greenwich Observator­y (Getty/iStock)

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