Looking for a good value, comfortable hotel in a great location for the gay scene, sightseeing and shopping? Our 2013 recommendations are sorted by area:-
Soho & Central – within walking distance of the Soho gay village, the West End & Theatreland.
Vauxhall / Waterloo / Victoria – near the Vauxhall gay village but central enough for sightseeing and shopping.
Soho is at the heart of London’s gay scene and home to many of the best gay bars & clubs in the city. The hotels listed are within or close to Soho as well as the West End (theatres & restaurants), Covent Garden, Regent Street and Oxford Street (three of the best shopping areas), Chinatown and Trafalgar Square.
Soho Best Seller
17 Moor Street map
Bedroom, Cafe, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-17-2013
The Z Hotel is the result of a clever conversion of 12 Georgian town-houses into an 85-room designer hotel in the heart of the Soho gay village, just moments from some of the best gay venues such as Village Soho, Shadow Lounge and The Yard.
The hotel offers incredible value for money, but size queens should look elsewhere. The modern, stylish rooms, that range from tiny 8-9 sqm singles to 14 sqm doubles, are a true master class in space utilisation. Features include a custom-built bed, en suite ‘wet’ bathroom, a 40″ HD TV, Sky TV and free WiFi. A great choice for those who care only for a friendly welcome, decent shower, comfortable bed and a socket for your charger! Often full, so book early, particularly for weekend stays.
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square map
Bar, Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Internet Access, Gym Updated: 04-05-2013
This contemporary-styled boutique hotel has a fabulous position on the south side of Trafalgar Square, and is just a 10-minute walk from the gay bars & clubs in Soho. All 129 guest rooms offer comfortable and relatively spacious accommodation, some with fabulous views of Trafalgar Square itself.
The hotel is close to many of the best London attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, Covent Garden and Whitehall. The gay village in Vauxhall can be reached quickly by bus or Underground. Excellent choice for those who want to stay in the heart of London. Recommended.
3 mins walk to Soho.
1 Leicester Square map
Bedroom, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 04-12-2013
Fergus Henderson (one of the UK’s most influential chefs) St. John Restaurant has already made its way into London’s ‘top table’ lists.
The St. John Hotel, located in the same building off Leicester Square, is less well-known – offering just 15 rooms. The approach is simple. Comfortable, reasonably spacious, no-nonsense guest rooms. Everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Expect a very comfortable bed, plump pillows, a well-stocked mini-bar, quality bathroom amenities, free WiFi and an amazing breakfast. Just moments from the gay nightlife in Soho. Popular choice, but often fully booked.
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Bedroom, Internet Access, Gym Updated: 04-11-2013
The Doubletree is a very comfortable, good value 4-star hotel, just 200 meters from the Holborn Underground Station (which is served by both the Central and Piccadilly Lines). This means you can get to the major tourist attractions, shopping districts and gay night-life very easily and quickly.
The shops, cafés, restaurants and theatres in Covent Garden are all within easy walking distance. Soho is about a 15-minute walk (quicker if you hop on a bus). The Doubletree has a small fitness room but we think you will find the nearby Sweat Box and Soho Athletic more tempting.
Very close to Soho.
65-73 Shaftesbury Avenue map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access, Updated: 05-08-2013
This Best Western is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, just a two-minute walk from some of the best gay bars in Soho such as The Village, Rupert Street and The Yard. The hotel is a value for money option for those who want a very central location. There is a huge choice of cafés and restaurants just moments from the hotel, as is London’s famous Chinatown.
2 Caxton Street map
Bar, Bedroom, Gym Updated: 05-08-2013
A very British hotel in the heart of St. James. Following a £30 million refit in 2011, St. Ermin’s has been restored to its former glory. We think you will be impressed by the stunning foyer, huge open fire places and delicious afternoon teas. Stylish guest-rooms feature comfortable beds, flat panel TV’s, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, international sockets, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities. WiFi is available (extra charge).
Gay scene-wise, St. Ermin’s is halfway between Soho and Vauxhall. Both can be reached using public transport in 10 to 15 minutes. St. James underground station is next to the hotel, although major sights including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben are just a few minutes’ walk away.
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Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access, Gym Updated: 05-09-2013
The Cumberland is one of the largest hotels in central London and usually offers some of the cheapest rates in the area.
The contemporary guest rooms are double-glazed, air-conditioned and feature LCD TV’s, a laptop-sized safe, free WiFi, toiletries and walk-in power shower. Some rooms have great views of Hyde Park.
The Cumberland’s location is fabulous for shopping and sightseeing. The hotel is next to Marble Arch underground station, and there is an endless supply of buses passing in every direction. Gay scene-wise, you can walk to Soho, but it is easier to catch a bus for a couple of stops. The Number 2 bus route goes directly from the hotel to the Vauxhall gay village.
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Bedroom, Cafe, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-09-2013
The Citadines Prestige serviced apartment hotel is located next to Holborn Underground station with excellent connections across London for sightseeing, shopping and the gay night-life.
The Soho gay village is about a 10-minute walk, although some popular gay bars and saunas in Covent Garden are closer. The comfortable apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen (microwave, etc.) and free WiFi. There is a huge range of cafés and restaurants nearby.
Whitcomb Street map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access Updated: 05-01-2013
This Thistle brand hotel is located a relatively quiet street, just a few steps from Trafalgar Square and a few minutes walk from the Soho gay village, Covent Garden and the West End.
The air-conditioned guest rooms have recently been refurbished and feature a comfortable bed, an LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and modern bathrooms. WiFi is available for a fee. Thistle hotels serve a good quality hot buffet breakfast, but this is not normally included in room rates. Still, a very good value for money option.
5 mins walk to Soho.
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Bar, Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Internet Access Updated: 05-01-2013
One of the best 3-star hotels within the Soho – Piccadilly Circus – Leicester Square triangle. The hotel has just been refurbished and now features modern air-conditioned guest rooms and suites with comfortable king-sized beds, flat screen TV’s and good-sized bathrooms.
The location is excellent, just moments from the gay bars & clubs in Soho and surrounded by restaurants, cafes and theatres. This is noisy part of town. This will not be a problem if you don’t plan to go to bed early, but if you are a very light sleeper, you might want to choose somewhere else.
5 mins walk to Soho.
1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, map
Bedroom, Cafe, Internet Access Updated: 05-01-2013
Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel group with a reputation for offering comfortable, value for money rooms. Premier Inn Leicester Square is located in a side street just off Leicester Square and offers air-conditioned rooms with the brands signature comfy bed. It is just a few minutes’ walk to Soho and seconds to Chinatown. There is an endless choice of restaurants and cafés just steps from the hotel entrance.
Bedford Avenue map
Bar, Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Internet Access, Swimming pool, Steam room, Massage, Sauna, Gym Updated: 05-08-2013
St Giles is a good value for money, centrally located hotel, just a few steps from Oxford Street and just a short walk from the gay venues in Soho.
All the en-suite guest rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, a digital safe and TV. WiFi is available for a fee. For a bit of affordable luxury, go for a more spacious executive room that is air-conditioned, has more luxurious toiletries and a great view of the London skyline.
What makes St Giles really stand out is the enormous leisure club underneath the hotel. This gym has been popular with gay Londoners for decades. Facilities include a 25m indoor heated pool, free weights room, cardio zone, sauna & steam room and badminton courts.
More hotel options?
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Bar, Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Gym, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
The impressive Strand Palace Hotel has some of the best art deco architecture in London. Following a massive refurbishment it is now one of the best three-star hotels in central London.
The location is excellent for sightseeing and you can walk to the Soho gay village in about 10 minutes.
Each en suite guest rooms has a flat screen TV with satellite channels, free WiFi, toiletries, in-room safe, free bottled water and tea & coffee making facilities. The spacious Executive rooms have larger beds, iPod docks and guests have access to a private ‘a la carte’ breakfast room. Excellent value for money.
Vauxhall is home to the second largest gay village in London. The area has some of the best late night gay bars, nightclubs, cruise clubs and a huge sauna, but little else. By the time you are ready to leave (or arrive in the case of clubs like Beyond) the Underground will be closed. The hotels listed below are within walking distance or just a short taxi ride from Vauxhall. We’ve included some excellent hotels in Victoria (just across the river from Vauxhall) and in nearby Waterloo.
Walk to the clubs.
18 Albert Embankment map
Bedroom, Internet Access Updated: 05-08-2013
If you are in London to party the night away at any one of the gay nightclubs or bars in Vauxhall, then the Park Plaza is for you. This luxurious hotel is just a couple of minutes’ walk to venues such as Fire, Beyond and Chariots sauna. Many of the guest-rooms have stunning views over the Thames River.
Vauxhall underground station is 500 meters from the hotel, or you can catch one of the many buses that run along Albert Embankment. The 5-star Plaza on the River shares the same building.
113 Lambeth Road map
Bedroom, Internet Access, Steam room, Sauna, Gym Updated: 05-08-2013
Novotel Waterloo is a good ‘value for money’ option for those who want to be close to the Vauxhall gay village which is just an 8-minute walk from this hotel. Pleasuredrome and Chariots Waterloo are also nearby.
Major sights such as the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are all nearby. The nearest underground station is Waterloo (a 10-minute walk), or you can catch a bus from outside the hotel to Piccadilly or Oxford Street. Guestrooms have modern styling and feature a comfortable queen-sized bed, LCD TV, etc. WiFi is available at extra charge.
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Until a few years ago, the roundabout by Westminster Bridge was dominated the concrete eyesore of a 1960′s disused office block. Thankfully, that building has been demolished and replaced by a fabulous new hotel.
Your TGE Editor happened to be invited back by a guest staying in one of hotel’s Studio rooms for a bit of “socializing”, and left feeling impressed. The contemporary-styled room was pretty good too, with stunning views of Big Ben (the London landmark, not the host), an LCD TV, free WiFi, a laptop-sized safe and a very comfortable bed.
The hotel has pool, a well-equipped gym, a sauna and steam room – although Chariots Waterloo is almost next door and Pleasuredrome is just a few minutes’ walk away. Both Soho and Vauxhall gay villages can be easily reached by public transport.
Value & Location.
Belvedere Road map
Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access Updated: 05-08-2013
If the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is too pricey, then check out the next door Premier Inn County Hall. This excellent value for money hotel has rooms that feature a king-sized bed, Fogarty duvets and LCD TV. WiFi is available for a fee.
Like the Park Plaza, this hotel is within walking distance of many of London’s best tourist attractions (London Eye – 1 min., Big Ben & Parliament – 5 min., and the Vauxhall gay village 15 min.). There is a huge choice of restaurants and cafés all along the nearby South Bank. Underground: Waterloo or Westminster.
Chichester Street, Pimlico, map
Bar, Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Steam room, Massage, Sauna, Gym, Spa, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
Dolphin House offers a choice of modern serviced apartments and guest rooms. Each apartment has a super king-sized bed, electronic safe and LCD TV. The kitchens are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, toaster and kettle, etc. Most have a washing machine and electric hob & oven. WiFi is available for an extra fee.
Dolphin’s excellent Fitness Club features a large indoor heated swimming pool, squash courts, a sauna and fully equipped gym, along with a luxurious Moroccan-themed spa. The ground floor Bar & Grill serves a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dolphin House is a great choice for those who plan to be out late in Vauxhall as all the gay bars, cruise clubs and nightclubs are within easy walking distance. There are good public links to Soho and the rest of London.
Walk to the bars & sauna.
9 Albert Embankment, Lambeth map
Bedroom, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 04-05-2013
Want a bit more space than a normal hotel room? Each one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment at Westminster View features an open-plan kitchen (microwave, oven, fridge, washer/dryer, etc.) and dining area. The lounge sofa converts into a double bed, so a 1-bedroom apartment can accommodate 4 people (two bedrooms – up to six). WiFi is available at extra charge.
Location-wise, the apartments are less than a 5-minute walk from the bars, clubs and saunas in the Vauxhall gay village and the Vauxhall underground station.
Close to Vauxhall
5 Lower Belgrave Street map
Bedroom, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
If you started at the top of this page, then you will know that we like the Z Hotel concept. The £4.7 million Z Victoria opened in July 2012. The smallest room is just 9 sq metres. The largest is just 14sq metres and 60% don’t have a window. But to worry about this is to miss the point.
Z Victoria offers cheap, stylish, well-equipped small rooms in a great location . The people who stay at Z Victoria want to party, explore or perhaps even work. They come back to sleep in a comfortable bed in a small room with free WiFi, a 40″ LED HD TV (with Sky Sport & Movies) and a power shower in an en suite wet room. Get it?
The bars and clubs in Vauxhall can be reached in just 10 minutes by bus – and you can afford to stay an extra night to recover! Soho can be reached in 20 minutes by bus or Underground.
South Bank and Bankside are districts located on the south side of the River Thames extending from Waterloo Bridge to London Bridge. Hotels are generally cheaper compared with those north of the river.
But it is not just about money. The districts are significant arts and entertainment areas and home to the likes of the Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Theatre and a host of restaurants and cafes along The Queens Walk (a pedestrian route that runs along the side of the river).
20 Lavington Street map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
In July 2012 citizenM opened on the South Bank, close to the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge.
The compact guest rooms are utterly modern and exceptionally well designed. Each room has a huge super king sized bed (unofficially, big enough for three, should you get lucky), luxurious duvets, free WiFi, free movies on demand, an LCD TV, fridge and climate control. A rain shower & toilet are enclosed within a frosted pod like structure and we love the ambient room lighting and electronic blinds.
The hotel’s ”canteenM” is open 24 hours a day serving good food at decent prices. Super convenient location for a night out at Pulse, a 5 minute walk to Southwark Underground Station and 10 minutes to either Pleasuredome or Chariots Waterloo.
Great for XXL!
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Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access, Gym Updated: 04-05-2013
If you are planning a weekend in London with a night out at Supermartx or XXL (at the brand new 4,500 capacity Pulse Club), then the Novotel London City South could be for you. This hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Pulse, thus avoiding the need for an expensive taxi after the party.
This great value for money 4-star hotel has stylish rooms with big comfortable beds, internet access and satellite TV. There is fitness centre, although we think you will be more interested in Pleasuredrome or Chariot Waterloo - both of which are within walking distance. Underground: Borough or London Bridge.
15a Great Suffolk Street map
Bedroom, Restaurant, Internet Access Updated: 05-08-2013
This brand new Premier Inn offers spacious, value for money air-conditioned guest rooms with comfy beds. Like all Premier Inn’s, you can expect a tasty cooked breakfast that will set you up for a day exploring the city. WiFi is available for a fee.
The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Southwark underground station, the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge. You can reach Soho and Vauxhall within 10 – 15 minutes by underground or bus, while the popular Pleasuredrome is within walking distance. Great choice for XXL party goers as Pulse is just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
5 More London Place, Tooley Street, map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Gym, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
We think that the London Tower Bridge is the best value for money Hilton in London. The hotel has a great location on the south side of the River Thames, very near London Bridge underground station. You can walk to the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and to all the restaurants along the South Bank. The contemporary guest rooms are spacious, comfortable and feature a flat screen TV, a decent-sized bathroom and free WiFi.
The gay venues in Vauxhall and Soho can be reached quickly by Underground. The location is ideal if you are in London for one of the massive WE parties held at the Coronet Theatre in Elephant & Castle or XXL held at Pulse in Southwark. Recommended!
The (mostly) upmarket districts of west London are home some of the best hotels, fabulous shopping areas (Knightsbridge, New Bond Street, Kings Road) and some of the best tourist attractions. It can be a great location from which to explore the city. West London has good public transport links, and it is easy to get to both the Soho and Vauxhall gay areas. If you are out very late in Vauxhall, you will need to get at taxi home.
25 Courtfield Gardens, Kensington map
Bedroom, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 05-08-2013
The concept at Base2stay in Kensington is simple. Straightforward, high quality, affordable accommodation within a ‘limited service’ hotel environment.
This means is you get a modern air-conditioned room with a comfortable bed, free WiFi, a mini-kitchen (microwave, fridge and sink), a flat screen TV, complimentary tea and coffee, an oversized shower with complimentary ‘Keiji aromatherapy’ toiletries. What you don’t get is a hotel restaurant or room service (although there is a huge choice of restaurants and cafés nearby).
Base2stay is just a few minutes’ walk from Earls Court and Gloucester Road underground stations. Excellent value for money.
4-18 Harrington Gardens, Kensington and Earls Court map
Bedroom, Cafe, Restaurant, Gym Updated: 04-05-2013
Great value, spacious and comfortable rooms. This hotel is almost next door to the Gloucester Road Underground station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and is therefore a great location from which to explore London. There is great selection excellent restaurants and cafes just around the corner too.
The gay scene in Soho or Vauxhall can be easily reached by Underground or bus in about 15 minutes.
More hotel options?
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The financial heart of London is located in the east and is known locally as ‘the City’. East London has its fair share of important visitor attractions (from St Paul’s to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge), a good selection of hotels and excellent transport connections. If you are in London on business, then it makes a lot of sense to stay in or close to this district.
81 Great Eastern Street map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 04-11-2013
The Hoxton ticks a lot of our boxes. This great value, chic urban hotel has stylish air-conditioned rooms that feature flat screen TV’s luxurious linens and free WiFi. The bathrooms have rain showers and fluffy towels.
Location-wise, The Hoxton is just a short walk from Old Street Underground station from which you can easily explore the city. Chariots Shoreditch, the largest gay sauna in the capital is just moments away, as are some of the best (and cheap) Vietnamese restaurants in the country (Shoreditch High Street). And if you are into the leather or rubber scene then you will have plenty of fun exploring Expectations which is almost next door to the hotel.
86-88 Clerkenwell Road, map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 04-05-2013
Ten years ago, the run down district of Clarkenwell was home to the pioneering and influential gay nightclub Trade at Turnmills. Turnmills as a clubbing venue has gone, and Clarkenwell has been regenerated into one of the trendiest districts in London. The redevelopment of the UK’s biggest football betting company head office (Zetter) into The Zetter Hotel was part of that transformation.
This excellent boutique hotel (voted one of the world’s 50 coolest hotels by Conde Nast Traveller) has 59 individually designed guestrooms (quirky, vintage-modern) featuring state-of-the-art in-room entertainment and technology. Ten to fifteen minutes by taxi from Soho and the West End – a bit longer if you hop on the bus.
7-9 Copthall Ave map
Bar, Bedroom, Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi Updated: 04-13-2013
The highly-rated Apex London Wall offers stylish, modern and spacious guest rooms that feature a balcony, 40″ LED TV (with Sky Sport & Sky Movies), free WiFi and free tea & coffee making facilities. The bathrooms feature walk-in showers and luxury Elemis toiletries.
The hotel is located in the heart “The City” business district and just a few minutes’ walk from Bank Station (Central and Northern Lines). You can be in Soho or West End within about 15 minutes. If you fancy a bit of sauna fun, then Chariots Shoreditch is nearby. Excellent value for money.
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