Most famous for its eponymous market, Camden has been at the heart of London counterculture for generations. With its spectacular pubs and vibrant music scene, there’s enough going on here to keep you occupied for weeks without ever having to leave the borough. At same time, it certainly bears mentioning that central London is right on your doorstep.
Regarding hotels, you’re not going to be left wanting. Surprisingly, there are also quite a few genuine budget options to choose from. Though it’s worth pointing out before you do, that some have seriously seen better days. We at TravelMag are here to sort the good deals from the just-plain-cheap.
St Christopher’s Inn Camden
From £18/ night
The seasoned backpacker knows exactly what they’re getting when they see the sign of the St. Christopher’s. And yes, these bustling hostels are not always for everyone. But if you want a cheap place to lay your head for the night close to Central London, where you’re guaranteed clean and comfortable dorms, reliably working WiFi, and the company of fellow travellers, you can’t do much better than this.
From £84/ night
The Georgian terraces around Camden and Bloomsbury boast almost more hotels like the Alhambra than it’s worth counting. But while a good number of them suffer from damp, mildew and disinterested staff, this place represents a beacon of hope. It’s cosy, comfortable, with WiFi and TVs in every room, and even a 24 hour reception desk that reflects the increasingly sleepless city in which its found.
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage
From £23/ night
There’s something undeniably playful about this place. Whether it’s the random suit of armour decorations, the Manhattan-esque network of fire escapes out back, or just the attitude of the staff, we can’t say. But the point is, it’s a terrific deal, whether you want your own room or a dorm, with excellent transport links into Camden proper or the centre of London, and all the conveniences you’d expect from such a trendy place in a modern city.
Charlotte Guest House
From £55/ night
There’s something of a myth that no one really lives in Central London. And while it may be true that the metropolitan area is less given over to domestic living than equivalent zones in other European capitals, look closely and you’ll find plenty of beautiful terraces just like the one Charlotte Guest House is located on, amid the commerce. So come here for the experience of feeling like a true Londoner, and of course for its comfort, style, and modern conveniences.
From £57/ night
And because no guide to hotels in London would be really complete without including at least one pub… Again, such proximity to a place of action may not be for everyone, but this lovely Victorian building offers both authenticity and great value, as well as a comfortable stay in rooms where WiFi, TVs, and en suites come as standard.