How to get luxury London accommodation without breaking the bank this summer

With its amazing array of historical landmarks, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife, London has a strong claim to be one of the world’s best cities. It’d be no surprise, then, if you are eager to enjoy it like the elite – but finding prestige London accommodation within your budget could be challenging.

Fortunately, there are a few little-known ‘hacks’ that you can use to shave the usual cost of a luxury London hotel deal. Book sooner rather than later, before the choice becomes constrained…

Book for quieter times

Yes, a Friday-to-Sunday jaunt in the capital sounds like fun, but the problem is that many other people will be thinking the same thing. As a result, prestige hotels’ weekend rates can be extortionate, so you should see if you can start your stay on a Sunday evening instead.

It’s not unheard-of for hotels to slash their prices by as much as 50% with their end-of-week deals, as The Telegraph attests, with multiple-night stays potentially unlocking the best discounts here.

Look for a hotel in a financial district

If you still have your heart set on a weekend break, consider opting for a hotel in the capital’s financial district known as the City of London, rather than in areas more popular with travellers on leisurely getaways. There’s a pretty simple reason why you should…

Hotels in a financial district can be popular with business travelers who want to stay during weekdays – meaning that the weekend rates can be fantastic, reveals Harper’s Bazaar.

Consider booking a ‘box room’

You might have expected this article to recommend that you think outside the box – but you could reap a surprisingly good cost advantage from staying inside it instead.

The trend for ‘box rooms’ has taken off among London hotels in recent years, and they represent a very-much stripped-down approach to the hotel room. However, they still come with little luxuries like fresh milk and water, a light breakfast bag and even a double bed.

Buy a spa package as part of the deal

On those occasions when London life starts to feel a little too hectic, you may hugely appreciate being able to retreat to a spa and enjoy an invigorating massage. You might expect booking a spa package to only add to the hotel’s usual premium… but surprisingly, the opposite could be true!

Amazingly, even if you don’t intend to use a spa at all, getting a room-and-spa rather than room-only deal could still save you money, but you should be careful to check the hotel’s rates to be sure.

Does the hotel offer a loyalty scheme?

If so, look closely at the scheme’s terms and conditions to see how you could benefit from signing up. The Dorsett Hotels chain, for example, runs Dorsett – Your Rewards, which enables members to earn points from staying at participating Dorsett Hotels or d. Collection Hotels.

The chain runs London-based hotels, such as the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush accommodation and other hotels worldwide, thereby giving you plenty of opportunities to accumulate points.