While we tend to focus on hotels on this blog, it’s clear that some people rightly wish to stretch their budget further. It’s not just a question of money: you sometimes get a more personal, memorable stay at a B&B.
In fact, if you hit the jackpot by choosing the right B&B, you could end up saving a ton of money. You might better invest this saving to enjoy some of London’s exotic food delights among other things.
You’ll also benefit from great local knowledge when staying at a B&B, usually directly from owners who have a genuine desire to assist you.
Since many of London’s best B&Bs are located outside the centre, you might also benefit from catching a glimpse of the real London, going beyond what the tourists who crowd the centre usually get to see.
The downside of a B&B is that risk is also higher, with scope for a poorer experience than in a chain hotel. “Better the devil you know” as they say.
That is why we’ve done the donkey work for you and identified London’s best B&B on TripAdvisor: Bay Tree House Bed & Breakfast in Southgate.
When you read its guest reviews you’re struck by how consistently good the feedback is, from a large sample of more than 260 reviews.
Guests absolutely adore the owners who are described as offering the “pinnacle of hospitality”.
They go out of the way to provide small favours and little insider suggestions that can make all the difference to your trip.
Another benefit is the superb and generous breakfast which puts many established hotels to shame. They also provide a vegetarian option. Rooms are by all accounts clean and comfortable.
Staying at the Bay Tree House you feel more like a local resident than a tourist, albeit a very well-looked after one.
Indeed, the only downside we can think is the fact that it’s in a suburb (Southgate) quite distant from central London. However, if you don’t mind sitting on a tube for about 20 minutes then it offers you a fantastic base.
You’ll need to wait until after 9.30 am on a weekday before going into town to avoid the commuters and expensive peak-time fares. Make sure you arrange an Oyster card, which the lovely owners are sure to help you with.
If you do decide to stay at Bay Tree House, do book in advance since its reputation precedes it. You may struggle to get one of its prized rooms.
We’ve provided a link to Bay Tree House’s official website purely for your convenience (London Hotels Insight in no way benefits from this link).
An honourable mention also goes to another B&B mentioned in our recent feature on Clapham Common, 108 Streathbourne Road – another gem which is ranked number 3 out of all London’s B&Bs on TripAdvisor.
And if you’re interested in slightly “quirky” but value accommodation which is more central, you may also enjoy our feature on Victory Services Club.
Photo credits: Bay Tree House Bed & Breakfast.