... one that won't turn into the worst memory of your trip!
Still perfectly possible to find good, cheap London hotel rooms. And they don't have to be miles outside the center of town, either.
Of course, a lot depends on what you mean by 'very cheap'. As far as I'm concerned, a very cheap London hotel is one costing less than £100 per night for a double room.
Be warned: you'll be looking at something very basic - a tiny room, possibly with shared facilities, most probably in an old building with no lift. The upside of this, however, is that a full English breakfast and free Wi-Fi are often included in the price - which is more than you can say for most luxury hotels in London!
Comfort, cleanliness and security are the watchwords in this price bracket, and that's what the budget hotels listed below offer.
Seven Dials Hotel
Address: 7 Monmouth Street, WC2
Tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Square
Size: 18 rooms
As far as very cheap London hotels go, the Seven Dials Hotel is one of the best deals you'll find in the capital. At a little over £100 per night, it falls just outside the parameters set for inclusion on this page, but I had to include it because the location, just a few minutes' walk away from Covent Garden, is unbeatable.
There's no lift, and the narrow, winding stairs are difficult to negotiate with luggage. However, the 18 rooms, though tiny, are spotlessly clean. All come with tea/coffee making facilities, direct-dial telephones, color TVs and hairdryers, and the reception is manned 24 hours. Here you can play online casino whole night, because there is a free Wifi in the hotel.
Address: 63 Gower Street, WC1
Tube: Goodge Street
Size: 15 rooms
The Jesmond Hotel is a friendly, family-run hotel that prides itself on being 'clean, comfortable and affordable'. It was established by the Beynon family in 1979 and has been managed by them ever since.
It has a wonderful location in the heart of Bloomsbury (which is a great area for finding a very cheap London hotel), set in a row of Georgian terraced houses, opposite the University of London. This proximity to the university means that the area is overflowing with shops and affordably priced cafes and restaurants.
It's also a very safe part of town, with excellent transport links. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance and the British Museum is just round the corner.
Address: 65-67 Gower Street, WC1
Tube: Goodge Street
Size: 32 rooms
Part of a row of Georgian terraced houses in Bloomsbury, the Ridgemount Hotel has been run by the Rees family, originally from South Wales, for the past 45 years, and the owners are always on hand to give it that personal touch.