Though the South Bank has some of the best views in the city, its cheaper hotels don’t still, where else in London could you roll out of bed and be breakfasting by the Thames in five minutes?

Travel Inn County Hall, Belvedere Rd. ((0870) 238 3300; www.travelinn.co.uk). Tube: Westminster or Waterloo. No grand views, but you’re seconds from the South Bank and Westminster. Clean rooms near restaurant and bar. Prices by the room make it a great deal for families. Breakfast £5, English £6. Reserve 1 month ahead. Singlesdoubles and family rooms (2 adults and 2 children) M-Th £83, F-Su £80. AmExMCV.

LSE Bankside House, 24 Sumner St. (7107 5750; www.lse.ac.ukvacations). Tube: Southwark or London Bridge. One of London School of Economics’ well-kept student halls, behind Tate Modern. Elevator, games room, restaurant, and bar. English breakfast included. Laundry facilities. Open July 6-Sept. 20 in 2004. Singles £28, with bath £44; doubles with bath £50; triples with bath £63; quads with bath £84. MCV.


High Holborn Residence, 178 High Holborn (7379 5589; www.lse.ac.ukvacations). Tube: Holborn. Comfortable and modern, this is London School of Economics’ best student residence. Suites of 4-5 rooms share phone, kitchen, and bath. Continental breakfast included. Laundry facilities. Open mid-June to late Sept. Singles £30; doubles £48, with bath £58; triples with bath £68. MCV.

Seven Dials Hotel, 7 Monmouth St. (a 7240 0823; fax 7681 0792). Tube: Covent Garden. Fantastic location and good amenities compensate for smaller rooms. Front rooms are better. English breakfast included. Reserve well ahead. Singles £65, with shower £75, with bath £85; doubles £758595; triple with bath £115. AmExMCV,

YHA Oxford Street, 14-18 Noel St. ((0870) 770 5984; www.yha.org). Tube: Oxford Circus. Limited facilities, but an unbeatable location for Soho nightlife. Continental breakfast £3.40. Reserve 1 month ahead. Dorms £24, under-18 £20; doubles £26.

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