Heading to the big smoke soon? We've found all the best places to stay within London depending on your criteria, highlighting some of most suitable neighbourhoods and must-visit places.
Cuckooz have dissected the capital by the best business stays, single stays, tourism and attraction trips, nightlife and of course, food, based on a mix of data and hot tips to create a map of the capital so you can #findyourplace when looking to visit.
Every year between 3 and 3.7 million people visit London for the purpose of a business trip and it’s no wonder with the capital home to nearly 608,000 businesses. Westminster, Camden and the City of London are home to the most businesses of all boroughs and in the last ten years, the City of London has seen the number of businesses in the area increase by 162%, the most across the whole of London.
Our top pick neighbourhood when booking a place to stay for business is Aldgate.
On the City of London boundary, the neighbourhood has plenty of great places to stay, eat, drink and unwind after a long day of meetings, but also lies within walking distance of much of the City of London, with direct links via buses and the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines.
London is full of single people and great places to meet them, but if you really want to hedge your bets, Islington, Lambeth, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham and Tower Hamlets are home to the highest percentage of singles of all London boroughs.
If you like your trips to consist of one thing, eating, then Camden, the City of London, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham and Haringey are home to the largest number of restaurants.
However, our top tips for neighbourhood visits that are most renowned for a great food scene are Soho, Shoreditch, Seven Dials, Brixton, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Islington and Bethnal Green. It might take a few tube stops to tick them all off of the list, but it will be well worth it and you’ll get a real mix of cultures and cuisines.
Tourism and Culture
Need something to do to burp down the food fest? Nine and a half million people hit up London for a holiday last year, a 12% increase in the last five years and no wonder, as there’s a whole lot of great stuff to see.
The top paid attractions: Put a bit of budget behind your trip and check out the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Botanical Gardens, London Zoo, the Royal Academy of Art, the Houses of Parliament, Hampton Court Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The top free attractions: Here on a shoe-string? No problem. Between the British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Somerset House, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery and the British Library, there’s a shed ton of culture and attractions that you can visit for free.
Believe it or not, Westminster has the most pubs out of all London boroughs and the most clubs!
When it comes to neighbourhoods Mayfair lies in the heart of the city and will give you that VIP night out, but you will pay the VPI price to do it (very pricey indeed). Soho is a trendy neighbourhood with lots of live music, it’s also London’s LGBT hub and well worth a visit to see a different side of the city.
Camden boasts some pretty bohemian nightlife, while South Kensington is the place to go if you want to hit up some cool cocktail bars.
When it comes to clubbing our top picks are, Night Tales in Hackney, Kadie’s Cocktail Bar and Club in Piccadilly, E1 London in Wapping, the Jazz Café in Camden, Tonteria in Belgravia and Boderline in Soho.
Where to stay?
We’ve got you covered. Cuckooz has serviced apartments in some of the best neighbourhoods in town from Shoreditch, the City of London, King’s Cross, Hoxton, Bloomsbury, Spitalfields, Aldgate East and Old Street.
Each apartment gives you the space and amenities of your own apartment and each has been beautifully designed to incorporate the local area.