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Thursday, 12 July 2018

An Affordable Stay In London*

It's a well known fact that spending a night in the capital is NOT cheap. If you want to be anywhere near the hustle and bustle of central London then you're looking at forking out hundreds of pounds just to get a decent night's sleep. 

But don't panic.. the team at Imperial College London have a solution! They are opening up their accommodation to the public all through the Summer from 2nd July to 23rd September at extremely affordable rates. You can even get a buffet breakfast included too for a small additional charge.

I was lucky enough to stay at the Prince's Gardens accommodation in South Kensington. As I didn't actually go to university I wasn't quite sure what to expect in terms of how well the rooms would be kitted out, but I was actually pleasantly surprised! I was greeted by a big double bed, desk area and even a seating area with coffee table. There was a large en-suite bathroom with a shower and plenty of toiletries. Just remember to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste as they weren't provided in the room.

Just outside the accommodation building there's a shop which has a full selection of snacks and drinks. Perfect if you just need a light meal.. or a midnight snack! It also overlooks a the leafy area of Prince's Gardens would be ideal for a short walk or a picnic in the Summer. At reception I was given a map and guide to the area which was super useful for someone that doesn't live in the area. It made me realise what a fantastic location the accommodation is in. Literally a stones throw from attractions like the Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum, and the V&A.

As you'd expect there was also FREE Wi-fi throughout the accommodation building and it was actually pretty fast considering there are over 1,500 other rooms! Good enough to stream Netflix and surf the web without any trouble whatsoever. Alot of hotel chains still feel the need to charge for internet access so the fact that Imperial College London offer it for free is a real bonus for me.

Tea and coffee making facilities were also provided, which was a nice touch. Plenty of coffee sachets and tea bags which would have been plenty even if i was staying there for a few more days. There was also two bottles of mineral water which was a life saver due to the heat wave we're enduring right now!

There are also a couple of other locations as well that you can choose from including Notting Hill and Paddington. The rates are super competitive and start from £95 per night for a single room. The Imperial College London accommodation really is the perfect choice for a reasonably priced overnight stay in London. You'd be very lucky to find a quality room at these prices from a hotel chain. 

There's also overnight parking available for an additional charge if you need it, however this must be booked in advance so make sure you mention it as part of the booking process. The reception staff were all super helpful at guiding me around the area, giving me tips on places to see and also some recommendations on places to grab a bite to eat. 

I also really appreciated the quick check out option the next morning. I had to leave by 7am so it was super handy that I could simply drop off my room key into a box in reception without having to go over to the check in building a short walk away. You can find out more about the accommodation on offer here. 

The video below gives you another chance to see the accommodation

*Thanks to Imperial College London for providing the accommodation free of charge for review. All opinions are my own.


Ashleigh said...

Cool review! Good to know that there is affordable accommodation in the city that is pleasant, well run and not in a run down dodgy part of town!!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Will be saving this for future use! :)

Anonymous said...

I've stayed several times. It's brilliant value and an unbeatable area for convenience and interest. Also great places to eat in the pedestrianised area at the bottom of Exhibition Rd near the tube station. Have the breakfast - you have to go across Exhibition Road into the university campus - and then you can see inside Imperial itself as you eat in the staff canteen, and admire the amazing architecture of the faculties around the inner courtyard.

Najida said...

This is a great review! I couldn't agree more that it's expensive to rent in the capital of London and I think that sharing this will help a few people out :)

Charlotte said...

I'm so surprised because this is where my boyfriend stayed for his first year at university as his accommodation. I really loved visiting him and staying there because the rooms were surprisingly spacious and modern. I really loved spending time at the Princes Gardens and jealous that you got to review such a wonderful place. Glad you had a nice time and love how close it is to the museums! We always used to go to the science one during the day and I absolutely love it!

Anu said...

Me and my mom are currently thinking of visiting London again soon so you definitely posted this at the right time! Haha. The locations are perfect for anyone who wants to explore London so I definitely need to save this for the future :)x

MySecondAttempt said...

I wish i’d know about this ages ago! I’m always forking out for accommodation in London can’t wait to get it cheaper

Chloe said...

This is such a good idea, hotels in London are ridiculously expensive!

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Caitlin said...

This is soooo good to know! Most places are well out of my budget haha!

Lauren-J said...

I can’t imagine this ever happening with my old university accommodation, but what an awesome idea! I’m dying for a trip to London so might have to check this out!

Lauren | www.laurenjcole.wordpress.com

Tea Time and Books said...

This is such a great idea! And a fab way to keep from shelling out a ridiculous amount on accommodation. I can imagine this would be great when you just want to have a nice day out in London but don't want to worry about the journey home!


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