London is a buzzing, vibrant, exciting city with a million and one things to do and see, but it’s not the cheapest city in the world! If you’re coming to London on vacation, this guide will give you everything you need to know about the Rathbone – one of the most affordable four star hotels in London – as well as how to visit the city without breaking the bank.
In the Beating Heart of the City
The Rathbone is one of the most popular hotels in Fitzrovia, literally minutes from the centre of the most cosmopolitan city in Europe, maybe even the world! We are tucked away in a quiet corner of central London amidst the quirky, independent shops, bars, cafés and restaurants of Charlotte Street and Charlotte Place and you couldn’t wish to find a better place from where to base yourselves to explore the city!
And while we would never describe ourselves as one of the cheap London four star hotels, we are an affordable four star hotel in London that brings genuine quality and elegant style at exceptional value.
Four Star Hotels In London Don’t Have To Cost The Earth!
At the Rathbone, we combine affordability with effortless service and style. And for that added extra, if you book in advance you can save up to 10% at what is already one of the best value 4 star hotels in central London!
The Rathbone caters for families, business travellers and couples seeking a romantic break. We have single rooms through to luxurious suites. Each is beautifully decorated and offers plenty of space for relaxing and working and in addition, we have a comprehensive range of amenities and services that you would not find at cheap London four star hotels but you’ll have as standard at the Rathbone.
- Money off at a host of local restaurants, spas and leisure clubs
- Free wi-fi when booking direct on our website
- A free continental breakfast throughout your stay
- A few minutes’ walk from the centre of London
Our customer service is the jewel in our crown and our friendly reception and concierge staff will tell you all you need to know about what to do in London, where to go and how to get there. They can help with restaurant and theatre bookings as well as transfers to and from the airport – indeed anything that will make your stay at the Rathbone as comfortable as possible. For an affordable four star hotel in London, you can’t beat the Rathbone for value!
Visiting London on a Budget
You can spend hundreds (or even thousands) of pounds every day in London if you want to but you can also explore the city on a budget and you’ll have just as good a time!
There are loads of free and cheap things to do in London. Let’ start with the collection of world-renowned museums like the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, Imperial War Museum and the Museum of London.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is where you can see some of the most famous paintings in the world by artists such as da Vinci, Canaletto, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Renoir, Constable and Turner and next door is the National Portrait Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park as well as Tate Britain and Tate Modern are all amazingly interesting places to visit and they are all free!
Budget four star hotels in London are rare but there are affordable accommodation options that will bring you quality without breaking the bank. You’re bound to get hungry at some point and if you’d like you can spend £300 on lunch at one of the city’s 60+ Michelin-starred dining rooms. Alternatively you can explore the quirky pop-ups that seem to arrive and disappear at a whim and the street food phenomenon that has taken London by storm. There are loads of cheap places to eat in London and the food from all over the world is incredible!
You can take advantage of the royal parks (Regent’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens) or you can search for lots of free tours around the city but perhaps the best way to explore London is to simply wander around and discover the place for yourself. Simply take a map from our reception and immerse yourself in the sights, smells and people. While London itself is huge, the centre is eminently walkable and, if you get tired, you can always get the bus, tube (kids go free) or even one of the Mayor’s ‘Boris Bikes’. Stations are dotted all over central London.
For the best views of the famous London skyline, you can take a ride on the London Eye. It’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. For cost-free views of London you can climb to the top of Primrose Hill by Regent’s Park or even Alexandra Palace in north London – both of which provide stunning and unobstructed views of London. From the south, you can get a similar view from Richmond Park and Greenwich Park.
Shopping in London
As with everything in this city, you can go crazy if you want to. Take a stroll down Bond Street and you’ll find the world’s most famous designer stores with their £800 pairs of shoes and £1000 handbags…
If that’s a bit rich for your blood, there’s a myriad of small and quirky independent shops dotted across the capital. For those staying at the Rathbone – as well as taking advantage of the quality service available at this affordable four-star hotel in London – you’ll find a host of independent shops, bars and cafés on Charlotte Street, Charlotte Place, Percy Street and Windmill Street. If you venture a few minutes’ south into Covent Garden and Soho, you’ll find vintage clothes stores, arts and crafts, books and the usual chains selling all sorts of whatever you need!
Affordable Four Star London Hotels – Why Should You Choose The Rathbone?
Looking for a budget four star hotel in London or a cheap London 4 star hotel can lead you to sacrifice the excellence you expect from such institutions.
That’s why at the Rathbone we fuse affordable quality with seamless professionalism. We tick all the boxes including giving you a customer experience you will remember long after you’ve left, giving you all the amenities and facilities you’d expect of the best hotels in London and a complete experience that’s hard to beat.
Our Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor is testament to what we do here on a daily basis and we really do believe that we have perfected the combination of affordability, quality, service and location.
Whether you’re seeking a four star business hotel in London, or accommodation for a family holiday, come and see for yourself why we are considered one of the best value affordable four star hotels in London!