Although London is notoriously expensive when it comes to finding a hotel, particularly in peak season, there is cheap London accommodation out there if you're prepared to have a good look. There are great bargains and savings to be made on the web if you book well in advance and are prepared to stay somewhere a little further out from the centre of town.
In London you can find every conceivable kind of accomodation from Dickensian cob- web infested hell holes to clean, spacious and affordable places that are well located fairly near to the centre of town. It's all about doing your research and looking for the best bargains.
When it comes to cheap London accommodation probably the most popular kinds are the good old bed and breakfast and Youth hostels, which are often ideal for those who are travelling on really tight budgets.
There are literally thousands of bed and breakfasts all over the capital and its environs and they're a great way to save money because their price tags are considerably cheaper than their wallet emptying counterparts, the hotels. Another great thing about the Band B is that you can glean interesting facts and information about the local area you are staying in from the proprietor, and get a taste of the real London.
Staff in these establishments is usually friendly and helpful and will point you in the right direction if you have any questions. Rooms vary in size and quality but if you're prepared to forego a little luxury to save some money, then it's a small sacrifice to make. There is bed and Breakfast accommodation available all over the capital so you can pick whatever area is best suited to you.
One of the best way to go about looking for BandB accommodation in London is to go on-line and look for agencies such as The London bed and breakfast agency at firstname.lastname@example.org or At home in London at email@example.com who will help you find dwellings to suit you and your pocket, organizing your stay and giving you the best quote that they can manage.
The best option for those who are travelling on a really tight budget is the Youth hostel. Again, there are hundreds of youth hostels situated all over the capital, north and south of the river. Youth hostels are a good option for students and for those who like meeting like minded people and swapping stories of their adventures.
Youth hostels often have facilities such as bars and internet cafes and some offer programmes of events. They're among the cheapest and most fun types of accommodation available in London. The most popular in London are The Youth Hostel Association and St.Christophers.