London is an expensive city for tourists. The price of hotels is often the limiting factor for how close to London city center attractions and how many nights a visitor stays. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to stay in London on three trips for one week or more and several other shorter trips. Most of my paid hotel stays have been at IHG hotels due to good promotion opportunities in IHG Rewards Club and hotel rate discounts.
- InterContinental London Park Lane
- Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
- Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park
- Holiday Inn London Camden Lock
- Holiday Inn London Kensington High St.
- Holiday Inn London Whitechapel
- Holiday Inn Express London Stratford
- Crowne Plaza London Gatwick Airport
- Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport
London hotels have not been on many IHG PointBreaks lists in past years. The only London area hotels to appear on PointBreaks in 2016 and 2017 were near London Luton Airport in the far north and Croydon in the far south.
There have been several London area hotels on both of the 2018 PointBreaks lists released so far. 2018 changes to IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks from a promotional rate of 5,000 points for the 100 or so hotels on the list in prior years to promotional discount rates at 5,000; 10,000 and 15,000 points per reward night opens up the potential of seeing more hotels in London and the surrounding area appear in future PointBreaks list among the larger lists of 200 or so participating hotels.
The most recent PointBreaks list released on April 30, 2018 contained three hotels in London proper with Holiday Inn London Royal Docks, Holiday Inn Express Greenwich and Holiday Inn Brent Cross at 15,000 points per night.
Holiday Inn London Royal Docks and Holiday Inn Express Greenwich are in the area near enough to central London’s tourist zone area to make these east London hotels a good hotel value for tourists. Holiday Inn Brent Cross is way out near the northern edge of London’s suburbs, a place developed for housing in post-World War II redevelopment to accommodate London’s population.
What makes IHG PointBreaks hotels a good value are opportunities to buy IHG Rewards Club points for $6 per 1,000 points with IHG Rewards Club Points&Cash rates. PointBreaks nights available to members for $30, $60 or $90 per reward night can be a significant discount on the average rate for London hotels.
London Map of IHG Rewards Club rates for 135 hotels
My map started out with a focus on London city hotels, then expanded to London airport hotels and grew to include most IHG hotels in southeast England within about 75 miles of London.
There are about 50 IHG hotels with actual London addresses and a dozen airport hotels for Heathrow LHR (west), Gatwick LGW (south), Luton LTN and Stansted STN (north) and even Southend SEN on the east coast and an hour by train from central London. Airport hotels are color coded.
The map also includes hotels around Southampton and Portsmouth for cruise port tourists. Hotels in southeast England are included for travelers heading to Dover and Folkestone for travel to and from France. Oxford, Cambridge and west of London area hotels make up the remainder of hotels on the map.