London welcomed more than 38.1 million visitors over the last 12 months — more than ever before. It’s not difficult to see why so many tourists choose this British city, with its thriving theatre district, celebrated museums, and iconic landmarks like the Big Ben and London Eye. The city also boasts several airports and convenient accommodation options.

Flying Into London City Airport

London City Airport is closest to the heart of the city, 6 miles from Central London and 3 miles from Canary Wharf. This single-runway, single-terminal airport is popular among business travelers around Europe and tourists flying to and from New York City. It’s much smaller than many London airports, but that works in its favor for travelers short on time. There are Pret A Manger and Panopolis eateries, a WHSmith store, a foreign exchange counter, and complimentary Wi-Fi. It’s also well-connected to the Tube and local bus routes.

London aerial view
An aerial view of London.

Convenient Hotels Near London City Airport

London City Airports are very affordable, leaving travelers with more money to spend on their time in the British capital.

Hotel Ibis Budget London City Airport has a variety of non-smoking twin, double, and triple rooms, including four for people with mobility issues. Each is simple but clean, with an ensuite shower and a flatscreen TV. Guests see real value with a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning, free parking, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Travelodge London City Airport Hotel has spacious but simple rooms with private bathrooms, TVs, and coffee-making facilities. The onsite restaurant and bar is ideal for meals or a light snack throughout the day and night.

Flying Into Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the second largest in the United Kingdom, serving approximately 35 million passengers and 200 destinations every year. Located 28 miles south of Central London, it has a single runway and two terminals.

The North Terminal has a children’s entertainment zone, cash machines, cellphone charging facilities, internet kiosks, and currency exchange facilities. While there, grab a bite to eat at Wagamama, Garfunkel’s Restaurant, or Jamie’s Italian, the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. You can also shop up a storm at stores like FatFace, Ted Baker London, and Harrods. The same stores also have outlets in the smaller South Terminal. That terminal has delicious dining options like Grain Store Café & Bar and Nando’s, along with cash machines and help desks.

Gatwick Airport is well connected to local buses and trains, including the Gatwick Express and Thameslink services.

Great Hotels Near Gatwick Airport

There are a wide variety of hotels inside and near Gatwick Airport.

Bloc Hotel Gatwick is a mid-priced choice on the third floor of Gatwick’s South Terminal, just steps away from the departure lounge. Rooms are well-appointed, with king-sized beds fitted with Egyptian cotton sheets, rainfall showerheads, and flatscreen smart TVs. The hotel worked with a Scandinavian Sleep Institute to ensure each room is the best temperature and humidity for restful sleep. There’s no restaurant on site, but guests enjoy discounts at several local eateries.

Hilton London Gatwick Airport, located next to the South Terminal, is a more luxurious choice. It understands air travelers keep strange hours, so some services, including the concierge and fitness center, never close. The plush soundproofed rooms have modern conveniences like satellite TV and Wi-Fi- access. The Hilton also has several dining options and bars, including Amy’s Restaurant, Charlie Fry’s Sports Bar, and the family-friendly buffet Garden Restaurant.

Flying Into Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, with approximately 190,000 people using its services every day. It lies 20 miles west of Central London.

Heathrow Airport has five terminals, each with help desks, currency exchange services, free Wi-Fi, and a variety of stores and restaurants. High-end retailers like Armania Collezioni, Burberry, and Bottega Veneta, as well as eateries like Caviar House Oyster Bar, Fortnum & Mason Champagne Bar, and Heston’s The Perfectionist Café, cater to travelers who appreciate the finer things in life.

Catch the Hotel Hoppa to travel between the terminals and nearby accommodation. The Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains and the Piccadilly line Tube also provide other direct transport options from London Heathrow Airport.

Handy Hotels Near Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is connected to several high-end hotels.

Hotels don’t get closer than Sofitel London Heathrow, which connects to Terminal 5 via a walkway. You’ll feel pampered here, whether you’re enjoying a glass of champagne at Le Bar Parisien or sampling French cuisine at La Belle Epoque. A spa with a vitality pool, steam room, and sauna helps guests get into vacation mode. All 605 rooms have plush bedding, mini fridges, complimentary Wi-Fi, and soundproof windows to insulate guests from airport sounds.

A covered walkway connects Hilton London Heathrow Airport to Terminal 4. It’s ideal for visiting professionals, with a business center, executive lounge, and 15 meeting rooms. The indoor pool, sauna, and steam room are also on hand for leisure travelers. Explore international cuisines with Zen Oriental and Aromi Restaurant on site. Dancers Bar is the ideal place for cocktails and cold beers. The rooms are of the quality you’d expect from the chain, with soundproofing and Hilton Serenity beds for your best night’s sleep.

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport, the third busiest airport in the world.

Flying Into Luton Airport

Luton Airport, located 35 miles northwest of Central London, is a major base for the United Kingdom’s budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair.

Its terminal has a currency exchange counter, Marks and Spencer and WHSmith stores, eateries including Bar des Voyageurs, The Food Village, and Burger King, and a babycare room.

Shuttle buses transfer travelers from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway train station. National Express, easyBus, and Terravision buses also run directly from the airport.

Top Hotels Near Luton Airport

As Luton Airport welcomes low-cost carriers, it’s unsurprising that the hotels surrounding it also cater to tourists on a budget.

Holiday Inn Express London – Luton Airport is just a quarter mile from the airport. A public bus makes getting to the airport easy, but if you don’t have a lot of luggage, you may prefer the 10-minute walk. You can watch the planes landing while enjoying your free buffet breakfast or over hearty British pub fare for dinner. However, with triple-glazed windows used throughout the hotel, you won’t hear planes when you’re trying to sleep.

Icon Hotel Luton is a bit more upmarket, but it still represents great value. Accommodation packages include transfers to and from the airport two miles away. The hotel features a modern Italian restaurant Cappellos, a piano lounge, and a chic cocktail bar.

Flying Into Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport, located 40 miles north-east of downtown London, is one of Europe’s fastest-growing airports. It mostly serves European and Mediterranean destinations.

The airport terminal has currency exchange services, car rental desks, and stores and eateries including Café Balzar, James Martin Kitchen, The Body Shop, and World Duty Free.

A train station below the airport terminal connects Stansted to Central London. You can also catch National Express, easyBus, and Terravision buses into the city.

Best Hotels Near Stansted Airport

If you’re leaving on an early morning flight, you may prefer staying close to Stansted Airport.

A covered walkway connects Radisson Blue Hotel London Stansted Airport to the airport’s main terminal. It’s an enormous hotel, with 500 contemporary rooms and suites in three distinctive color schemes. Urban rooms are earthy and exotic, Ocean rooms have calming cool hues, and Chili rooms are vibrant. Mornings start with the Super Breakfast Buffet. When night falls, enjoy Italian at Filini or hearty steaks at New York Grill Bar. The PACE Health Club, with an indoor pool, sauna, and exercise classes, helps guests stay fit.

Ramada London Stansted Airport is three miles from the airport. Triple-glazed windows make sure guests aren’t troubled by the noise of planes. The rooms feature Hypnos deluxe beds, coffeemakers, and flatscreen TVs with more than 60 channels. The onsite eatery only serves breakfast, but the hotel is only half a mile from The Three Willows pub, which serves lunch and dinner daily.

Flying Into Southend Airport

Southend Airport lies 40 miles from Central London. Its single terminal has a currency exchange desk and a select number of stores and restaurants, including Lakers Bar and Restaurant, Arnold and Forbes Café Kitchen, and World Duty Free.

London Southend railway station is directly opposite the passenger terminal. National Express and FirstGroup also run coach services to the airport.

Excellent Hotels Near Southend Airport

The following hotels will satisfy people who prefer staying near the airport.

Holiday Inn Southend is the airport’s official hotel, conveniently located a short walk from the terminal building. It has 129 modern soundproof rooms, including family and accessible rooms. Enjoy a traditional British meal or a pint while you take in views of the airport and surrounding countryside from the 1935 Rooftop Restaurant and Bar.

Premier Inn Southend Airport is two miles away, but a great option if you want to be a little closer to the countryside. A king-sized Hypnos bed, blackout curtains, and your choice of pillows will make sure you get the sleep you need to recover from your flight. The onsite restaurant serves British favorites like pies and bangers and mash. Kids eat breakfast free every morning.

With six airports and a variety of convenient accommodation options, organizing your London getaway couldn’t be simpler.