The Sightseeing Coeliac’s Guide to London Hotels

A combination of commuting into London from Milton Keynes and working late shifts mean that I normally stay in a hotel once a week. Normally it’s the same couple of hotels but I’ve stayed in several others based on availability and where I have been working so thought I’d put the information together for those that may be seeking a London hotel! As they are paid for by work they are not 5* hotels but budget hotels that are normally walkable from Oxford Street.

St Giles, Tottenham Court Road 

Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road just a few minutes away

Underground lines: Northern and central lines

Restaurant on site: Yes, I’ve eaten lots of gluten free pasta dishes here although they aren’t advertised on the menu

Closest Restaurants: Five Guys that can cater for gluten free but I’m not a fan! You’re only a couple of minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road so lots of options nearby too.

Breakfast options: I’ve never had breakfast here with Planet Organic and Leon pretty much opposite!

Pros: Right outside Tottenham Court Road so amazing location for the price with grand entrance, bar and casino. Beyond bread also easily walkable from here.

Cons: Some rooms really noisy, make sure you ask for a quiet room or you’ll regret it as you hear buses all night long, people partying or Sainsburys unloading their deliveries in the early hours. Rooms are also old and basic, this hotel is all about the location – don’t use it if you plan a lot of time in the room! price on 1st September 2017: £115*

Grange Fitzrovia

Nearest tube station: Great Portland Street five minute walk away

Underground lines: Metropolitan, circle, bakerloo and Hammersmith and City lines

Restaurant onsite: They serve breakfast but not checked it out for evening meals.

Nearest restaurants: There is a Nando’s opposite and ten minute walk gets you to Oxford Circus and places like Honest Burgers, Pho, Burger and Lobster can be found.

Breakfast Options: They had gluten free bread with no advance notice and things like smoked salmon and cheese although it’s a fairly small offering for continental breakfast. They also have a cooked breakfast which opens up more options like scrambled eggs but the breakfast is pricey if it wasn’t included in the corporate rate I would just head to Oxford Circus and seek out Leon, Pret, Ethos, and many more options!

Pros: Old fashioned style hotel with friendly staff and incredibly quiet location.

Cons: I felt a bit uncomfortable walking here on my own from Oxford Street late at night. price on 1st September 2017: £127*

Ibis hotel, Shepherd’s Bush 

Nearest underground: Shepherds Bush

Underground lines: Central line. Also overground and Southern line trains from station.

Restaurant on site: Never checked but there is a bar.

Nearest restaurant: Pizza Express next door which caters extremely well if you’re Coeliac and looking for a convenient meal. Westfield White City is nearby so can head to restaurants in the shopping centre too.

Breakfast options: Can’t think of any! Haven’t tried eating at the hotel have always waited until I’m back at Oxford Street to pick up some breakfast.

Pros: Perfect location for Westfield with comfortable rooms. Bit further out of Central London but still easy to get back using Central Line and fairly convenient for locations further west such as Kensington.

Cons: Can’t think of many options that cater for gluten free around here although there is a Pho and a Wahaca in Westfield. price on 1st September 2017: £89*

K West Spa, Shepherd’s Bush 

Nearest underground: Shepherds Bush so same information as above although more of a walk from the tube station.

Pros: stayed here with friends on a weekend break using the spa. Funky hotel that seemed to be the place to be on a Saturday night if you’re into partying! I didn’t eat at the hotel but they did tell me they could cater when I emailed in advance to see in case we ended up eating at the hotel.

Cons: We were on a spa break so not quite  so keen on the party scene and check in time was quite long. price on 1st September 2017: £129*

Travelodge, Southwark 

Nearest underground: Southwark

Underground lines: Jubilee

Restaurant onsite: There’s a bar

Other restaurants nearby: There was a Nando’s outside the tube station and Cotto  (Italian restaurant at North Lambeth owned by a coeliac) is about a 15 minute walk or Borough Market about 20 minutes.

Breakfast options: They serve a standard Travelodge breakfast, I’d walk to London Bridge and visit Leon if is early morning or Borough Market after 10am for lots more options! (May be closer options, it’s not an area I know as well).

Pros: the nicest Travelodge I think I’ve ever stayed in as all newly refurbished and only a few minutes walk from Southwark tube station.

Cons: Room pretty quiet although could hear trains every so often. price on 1st September 2017: Not on – it is £88.50 on the Travelodge website including a flexible rate, breakfast and wifi. Rates start from £63 for advance saver so excellent price!*

Premier Inn, Euston 

Nearest underground: Euston

Underground lines: Northern and Victoria lines

Restaurant onsite: yes but much better local restaurants

Closest restaurants: Pizza Express outside

Breakfast options: head to Leon at Euston station

Pros: Near Euston and know what you’re getting with Premier Inns. Ideal location if you have an early morning Eurostar. price on 1st September 2017: Not on – is £118.50 on Premier Inn website* Also check Premier Inn Kings Cross and St Pancras as they’re all very close so worth checking for the cheapest rate out of the three.

There you have it – a round up of some of the hotels I’ve stayed at recently to help you if you’re visiting London on a budget. I will add to this as I stay in more!

Wherever you stay, I hope you have an amazing trip to London!

*Prices were when I checked the price for Friday 1st September 2017 to give you a point of comparison between all the hotels only. Prices vary massively in London depending on factors such as availability and advance booking so does not mean this is the price you will find them at for your stay especially during the week in the city hotels!

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