Parking in London brings with it all kinds of dilemmas, particularly concerning cost, safety convenience, and the sheer hassle of finding a space. Many visitors will do anything to avoid bringing their motor into the city due to the lack of free parking and notorious traffic jams.

But what about those who have no choice? These people can range from van drivers arriving for an exhibition, to European road-trippers, to large families on a weekend break carrying a heavy cargo of pampers and pushchairs.

The expense of parking in London is increased by the congestion charge, a fee that motorists must pay for encroaching into designated parts of the city between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. The charge is £8 per day, applicable for each day the car is parked on a public road.

But even if you bite the congestion bullet, there are other factors to consider too. Visitors staying for a night or more will want to find a parking spot that is not only near their accommodation, but also secure from the risk of being stolen or vandalised. And this is where hotels with on-site parking become a god-send.

Whilst hotels with car parks score poorly on expense (costing on average between £15 and £20 per day) they score much higher for convenience and safety. There are even a few hotels in London with parking on-site and free of charge, though these are in a minority.

The other bonus is that leaving your car in a car park, rather than road-side, for the duration of your stay, means you will only have to pay the congestion charge on the days you arrive and leave.

All things considered, choosing a hotel with parking facilities seems to be the most appealing option for those travelling to London by car. And thankfully London is blessed with hotels, many of which have car parks. Here is a breakdown of each area of the city, and a selection of hotels with on-site parking.

Central London Hotels With Parking

 

Central London is the heartbeat of the city and is where most of its main attractions can be found. Depending on the route you take into London, you may want to choose your hotel accordingly.

5-star InterContinental Hotel London, Mayfair, W1J 7QY

Location: Situated in the prestigious district of Mayfair, just across the road from London’s famous Hyde Park.

Closest tube station: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. The hotel said it offers two parking options: Valet parking for £55 per day, and an NCP car park located a 5 minute walk from the hotel for £25 per day (this is a discount rate for Intercontinental hotel residents). You can call the hotel on +44 [0]207 409 3131 for up-to-date parking information.

InterContinental Hotel London

3-star St Giles Hotel, Bloomsbury, WC1B

Location: Situated in London’s West End, next door to the Dominion Theatre and just a few minute’s walk from many areas of interest including Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.

Closest tube station: Tottenham Court Road (Northern line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. We were told that there is a public car park located beneath the hotel with discounted rates of £21.60 per day for hotel residents. You can call the hotel on +44 (0)20 7300 3030 for up-to-date parking information.

North London Hotels With Parking

 

Easily reached from the M1 motorway, north London boasts one of the city’s finest parks – Hampstead Heath. It is also home to the vibrant and colourful Camden Market, and the prestigious areas of Hampstead, Primrose Hill and Crouch End. In north west London, one of world’s most famous sports and music venues – Wembley Stadium – can be found.

4-star Danubius Hotel Regents Park, NW8 7JT

Location: Only a short distance to the West End, this hotel is situated outside the Congestion Zone meaning you will not have to pay to bring your car here.

Closest tube station: St. Johns Wood (Jubilee line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. The hotel has a large car park located opposite that has 24 hour security and costs £20 per day. You can call the hotel on + 44 (0)20 7722 7722for up-to-date parking information.

Danubius Hotel Regents Park

3-star Britannia Hampstead Hotel, Hampstead, NW3 3NA

Location: Within walking distance of Hampstead Village and its designer shops, bars and restaurants.

Closest tube station: Hampstead (Northern line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. There are 15 parking spaces at the hotel which are free of charge to hotel residents on a first come first served basis. You can call the hotel on + 44 (0)20 7586 2233 for up-to-date parking information.

Hampstead Britannia

 

 

South London Hotels With Parking

 

South London is easily accessible from the M4 motorway, and is home to the city’s financial district known as the Docklands. London’s tallest building Canary Wharf is the most famous landmark here, and there are also several attractive quaysides overlooked by luxury apartments. This part of London also boasts some of the city’s most popular green spaces, such as the beautiful Richmond Park, while Greenwich Village also draws visitors looking to escape the bustle of the city centre.

3-star All Seasons Hotel London, Southwark, SE1 9HH

Location: Situated in Southwark, and well located for visiting attractions including the Docklands, South Bank, Tate Modern, London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Closest tube station: Borough Station (Northern line).

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. On-site car parking is available behind the hotel for £20 per day. You can call the hotel on +44 (0) 20 7015 1480 for up-to-date parking information.

Southwark Rose Hotel

3-star La Reserve Hotel London, Fulham SW6 1DU

Location: Situated just south of Kensington, offering easy access to Chelsea and the Kings Road and also the museums and restaurants of South Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Closest tube station: Fulham Broadway (District line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. The hotel has 17 car parking spaces on the forecourt. They are free of charge on a first come first served basis. You can call the hotel on +44 (0) 20 7385 8561 for up-to-date parking information.

La Reserve

3-star Comfort Inn Hotel London, Vauxhall, SW8 1RN

Location: Situated close to Green Park, Buckingham Palace and the exclusive district of Mayfair, this hotel is well-placed for exploring some of London’s finest attractions.

Closest tube station: Vauxhall (Victoria line)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. There is an on-site car park infront of the hotel that costs £18 per day. You can call the hotel on +44 (0) 20 7735 9494 for up-to-date parking information.

Comfort Inn Vauxhal

East London Hotels With Parking

 

East London is full of character and charm in equal measure, and is on the cutting edge of the city’s art and fashion scenes. Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and Brick Lane are just a few areas worth exploring in this bohemian part of the city – the latter of which is famous for its Indian cuisine, boasting hundreds of restaurants serving up food from the sub-continent.

4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel Shoreditch, London City, E1 6JQ

Location: Situated on Shoreditch High Street, travelling by car to this hotel is very easy, being close to the A40.

Closest tube station: Liverpool Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City lines)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. The hotel offers parking for 20 cars for £20 per day on a first come first served basis. You can call the hotel on 0871 223 5000‎ for up-to-date parking information.

Crowne Plaza Shoreditch

West London Hotels With Parking

 

West London is home to some of the most up-market districts in the city, including Chelsea, Fulham and Kensington. These areas are renowned for their boutique shops as well as one of the most famous department stores in the world – Harrods. London Heathrow Airport is easily accessible from west London.

3-star  Royal Sussex Hotel, Paddington, W2 1UH

Location: Situated in the tranquil Sussex Gardens, to the north of Hyde Park.

Closest tube station: Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City lines)

Parking: We contacted this hotel on 13 March 2010 to verify its parking facilities. There is an NCP near Paddington station that costs £24 per day. You can call the hotel on +44 (0) 20 7723 7723for up-to-date parking information.

Royal Sussex Hotel