Staying in Central London for about £100/night

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    Jan 08, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Calling all London guys!

    I'm going to be in the UK the first week of March. Really looking forward to it! It'll be my first trip overseas to someplace other than Asia! Still, it is a business trip, and it's going to be something of a whirlwind trip too! The university I work for sends several students each semester to King's College London, University College London, Queen Mary University of London, and London School of Economics.... and I have two days in London to visit them all! My plan is to visit LSE and KCL the first day, and QMUL and UCL the second. Having only a rough idea about where these places are on the Tube, I don't know if that's feasible. I'll take suggestions for a different order, if you think it's too much of a schlepp to do it that way.

    At any rate, what I really need to know is where in the city you would suggest staying - or avoiding - that would keep me in relatively close proximity to all these places. Since I have to be in Brighton (on yet another site visit to the University of Sussex) the day before I come London, I was thinking about just taking the train to Victoria Station and finding someplace to stay around there. However, I know nothing of the neighborhood nor do I have any idea if I can afford what is there. I'm on a budget of about £90-100/night for lodging. I'd rather hear from you guys who actually live there than follow whatever tourists have posted on hotels.com.

    So what do you all suggest?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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    Jan 08, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    Hi mate. I live in London and can tell you all those universitys that you need to visit are close together in central London and should not take you more than 30mins from each place. Some should only take 10mins. Victoria is a good place to stay as it's near all the main places to visits and all the unis you need to visit. However the whole of central London is expensive to stay in but in victoria you should be able to stay in a reasonable hotel for your budget. Try the premier inn or travel lodge. It's cheap and clean. If your not looking for a luxury hotel then that's your best bet. Hope you get some time for some sexy fun while you are down. Hope that helps
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    Jan 08, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Hi

    I'm a Londoner also (I have studied at one of the above mentioned universities and know the others quite well, having been to various events in them all at some point or other !! ;)

    If I were you, i'd stay a bit closer to the central universities, perhaps in Holborn which is walking distance from KCL, LSE and UCL, and these three uni's are within a 15 minute walking distance from each other, and about 20 minutes away on the (central line) tube to the QM campus/es. Holborn is also a 5 minute bus ride from Oxford St/Soho area for the shopping/nightlife etc.

    There is a Travelodge in Holborn which should be well within your price range, and also some more up market hotels too, e.g. the Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel, should you want the luxury experience. Your price range does give you some scope to choose from, even in this area I would imagine.

    LSE and KCL are closest to each other (very close indeed, a stones throw really). QM and UCL are the furtherst apart, although, it doesn't make too much difference as the tube ride from Tottenham Court Road (nearest central line station to UCL) to Mile End (QM) is not a long journey at all.

    (NB: Victoria is about a ten/fifteen minute tube ride from Holborn, changing line once mid-journey. It isn't hard nor time consuming to get to and fro as they are both relatively central in location and well connected by public transport)
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    Jan 08, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Belgrave Road has many different grades of hotel near Victoria Station. The big advantage about this area is that it's residential, therefore far more likely to be quiet at night, both from traffic and pedestrians.

    However, if you are arriving into London from Brighton, at Victoria Station itself, to your left you'll find a Hotel Booking kiosk, here you can pick out any hotel around London. If you tell him about the Universities you intend to visit, he will give you a list of recommended hotels, and once chosen the teller will reserve a room for you, as well as give you a map with marked directions on where to find it, for a small fee.
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    Jan 09, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Try
    http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/hotels/?skin=engb.lastminute.com

    I always found it a great site for finding good value hotels when I lived outside London. You can search by max price too.