For many travellers, the prospect of staying in a hotel doesn’t quite meet their requirements. Instead, they prefer to reside in places that offer all the benefits of a hotel, such as housekeeping and room service, but with added amenities including kitchen facilities and living rooms that allow guests to really make themselves at home.
Perfectly meeting this criteria is serviced apartments, which are often available for both short and long-term stays. If you’re looking for this kind of accommodation in London, but don’t want to break the bank, we’ve done some research and picked out 12 of the best affordable or cheap serviced apartments currently on offer in the UK capital with rates of between £150-£250 per night.
From £139/ night
Located in the district of Newham in east London, these apartments are ideal for visitors attending events at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, which is a short walk away. Featuring a mix of 63 studio and one-bedroom apartments, each comes with a fully equipped kitchen complete with oven, microwave and fridge, a dining area, a flat-screen television, and a private bathroom. For those arriving by air, London City Airport is a 20-minute train ride or 5-minute cab ride away.
From £128/ night
Situated in the historic centre of Greenwich, Staycity offer 68 contemporary studio and one-bedroom apartments. Amenities include kitchenettes, living, dining and work spaces, flatscreen TVs, highspeed WiFi, fresh towels and bed linen. There’s also on-site laundry facilities and a 24-hour reception. Notable nearby attractions include the Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, and the shops and restaurants of Greenwich’s bustling High Road.
From £92/ night
These newly-refurbished, boutique studio apartments in Golders Green, north London, offer easy access to Central London thanks to the excellent transport links, with a major bus terminal and tube station nearby. Each apartment has a variety of amenities including an equipped kitchen, a Smart TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, and an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower. Guests can also make use of the apartment’s own Netflix account. For sports fans, Wembley Stadium ad Lord’s Cricket Ground are both less than 5 miles away.
From £107/ night
Just seconds from Kings Cross Station, these fully-furnished studio flats and apartments offer easy access to the rest of the city. Bedrooms are decorated in light modern colours and each apartment has free internet, flat-screen TVs, and fully equipped open-plan kitchens and lounges. Guests can make use of communal tennis courts as well as shared free laundry facilities. Notable nearby attractions include The British Museum.
From £102/ night
Fully renovated a couple of years ago, this serviced aparthotel is located just to the north of London’s financial district, and is surrounded by gastropubs, galleries, and museums. Each apartment has air conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchenette, an ensuite bathroom, a smart TV and a seating area. Complimentary weekly housekeeping and WiFi are also available. Other amenities include an on-site gym, a launderette, housekeeping, and dry cleaning services. The closest Tube stop, Barbican, is less than a 5-minute walk away.
From £113/ night
Housed in an elegant red brick building and nestled between London Bridge, the Tower of London and the golden monument to the Great Fire of London, these stylish apartments feature eye-catching handmade furniture, geometric rugs and a cool colour palette. Services and amenities include free WiFi, in-room spa treatments, air conditioning, linen and towels, a washer dryer, luxury toiletries, a flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod dock. and a kitchenette with a hob oven. Elsewhere in the building there’s 24-hour reception, weekly housekeeping and an elevator. The banks of the River Thames are a few minutes’ walk away.
From £113/ night
Situated near London Bridge, The Shard, and the foodie mecca of Borough Market, these apartments offer 24-hur front desk, free WiFi, an on-site supermarket, and private parking. The bright and spacious apartments have open-plan living areas with comfy sofas, a work desk and a flat-screen TV, and many feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views across London. Other nearby places of interest include the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe.
From £128/ night
Perched between Central London’s business district and the West End, the Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden London offers stylish and modern serviced apartments, each fitted with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, a bed area, an en-suite bathroom, and a living area. Weekly housekeeping and WiFi are included, and there’s a business corner on the ground floor. Other amenities include an on-site gym, business meeting and conferences rooms, on-demand cleaning, delivery shopping and dry cleaning, and a private car park. Holborn Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away.
From £77/ night
A plum location at the northern edge of Hyde Park gives those who choose to stay at Space Apart Hotel easy access to the West End’s many attractions. The building in which these apartments are housed is a talking point in itself, with its origins in Regency times, widely regarded as the golden era of British architecture. Comprised of thirty serviced apartments across six floors, the aparthotel is tastefully furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences, with high-speed WiFi, kitchens, bathrooms, iPod docks, a Plasma TV, and a DVD player all fitted as standard.
From £188/ night
Sitting in a grade II listed building dating back to 1830, SO Arch Aparthotel contains a range of modern apartments, studios and suites, all featuring a seating area, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and a fully equipped kitchenette. There’s also free WiFi throughout the building, as well as 24-hour front desk and on-site parking. These apartments are well positioned for visitors attending a football match or music concert at the Emirates Stadium, which is a couple of miles away. The bohemian district of Camden is also nearby, along with notable tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds and London Zoo. Archway Underground Station is a 5-minute walk away.
From £130/ night
A fitness centre, a pretty garden, a shop, and a laundry room are some of the notable features of these serviced apartments in Stratford, east London. As for the accommodations themselves, they comprise a mix of studios and suites, each of which comes with a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom, along with a kitchen area with a microwave, toaster, fridge and kettle. The Olympic Stadium is 1 mile away and the O2 Arena is 2.5 miles away. For those arriving by air, London City Airport is 3.1 miles from the property.
From £114/ night
Situated in the upscale north London neighbourhood of Hampstead, these serviced apartments offer a choice of 291 plush, en-suite double studios fitted with a kitchenette, air conditioning and free WiFi. Each suite is also lent character and style by colourful modern art, while a daily maid service ensures guests can return to their accommodation knowing it will be clean and tidy. Popular local attractions include Keats Museum and Madame Tussauds. West Hampstead tube station is a 10-minute walk away.