Visiting London For The First Time? Here Are The Top Areas To Stay In


When visiting a city for the first time, there are a few factors you’ll have to think about before booking your stay at hotels like the Grand Royale London Park. Your hotel or accommodation location should be predicated upon the type of trip you want, the people you are travelling with and of course, your price range. Whether you’re visiting for work or for pleasure, these factors are the make or break for your trip.

With hotels like the Grand Royale London offering brilliant central accommodation, what other areas of the city are perfect for first time visitors?

City Of London And Westminster

Generally speaking, visitors on their London debut will probably want to find accommodation within the “Zone 1” areas of the city. These are the historic centres of London named the City of London and the borough that has become known as Westminster. The former dates back to the Roman era and is now both a business district with a high concentration of museums and landmarks. The latter has been developed over the last ten centuries to include royal palaces, government administrative headquarters, entertainment districts and even more museums and art galleries.

So let’s break down the different districts within what has become a roughly 10 square mile area.

Hyde Park And South Kensington

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens offer visitors a stay in the royal heart of the city. With popular museums like the Natural History and Science Museums close by, this area of central west London is perfect for families, whilst those wanting to learn more about the royal family have both Kensington and Buckingham Palace within walking distance. Another draw for family stays at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park are the parks, giving kids the chance to let loose in a landmark and playground laden green space that’s bigger than the Principality of Monaco!

London Bridge

A little more noisy than Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, London Bridge stays are for those who are visiting for nightlife and history. With easy access to the city centre and a multitude of nearby landmarks and attractions, London Bridge offers a great balance of sleek city and historic depth. Attractions close to London Bridge include the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, the South Bank and Borough Market to name but a few!


Perfect for business travellers and theatre enthusiasts, you’ll never get bored during a stay in Soho – just remember to pack some earplugs! With Oxford Circus just a stone’s throw away, Soho is primed for shopaholics and those who want to make the most of having West End theatre right on their doorstep.

The City of London

Made up of just one square mile, the City of London ceremonial borough may have a serious edge to it thanks to financial districts and historic landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, but under its surface you’ll find a lot of fun as well. Alongside its historic pubs, areas like the Barbican offer up world class entertainment in the form of theatre, film, music and art.