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Where to Find Free Hotel WiFi in London

December 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

The May Fair: where WiFi and celeb spots both come free of charge

This week, the Sunday Times called out British hotels charging obscene rates for WiFi. Unsurprisingly, London ones were among the worst offenders, with the Mandarin Oriental charging £15 a day, the Dorchester coming in at £19.50 and the Ritz scamming guests for £25. Yup, $42 for one day’s access.

But don’t be afeared – if you need the laptop but don’t want to see your check out bill rocket, there are places in London that don’t charge for WiFi, and they’re just as snazzy as the rip offs listed above.

We’re happy to report that there are more than we expected, so we’ve divided them into lists of their own. And we’ll keep adding to this as we get more. If we’ve missed any out, let us know in the comments below.

The Famous Ones:

· The May Fair
· The Hempel
· The Metropolitan
· The Halkin
· One Aldwych (who proudly say they’ve never charged – a big gold star to them)
· The Baglioni (also offers free music and films, including, erm, porn, if you believe the rumours)

· The Independents:

· Dean Street Townhouse
· The Hoxton (our cheapo fave)
· St James’ Hotel & Club (if it’s good enough for Samuel L Jackson…)
· Chiswick Moran Hotel (free WiFi on the first two floors, but rooms only have a wired connection, which costs from £3 for 30 minutes to £15 for 24 hours)
· 41
· Egerton House Hotel (thanks to the Preferred Boutique group who told us about the last two)
· The Athenaeum Hotel: When Margaret Thatcher shacked up at this hotel overlooking Green Park, she was able to get free WiFi as it's complimentary to all guests.

The Chains:

· Radisson Edwardian, of which there are 10 in central London (so you can do your book club reading online at the RE Bloomsbury Street.
· Best Western – there are 14 in central London, and though they can’t guarantee the WiFi will extend to all the rooms, they say “many do” – including the BW Premier Shaftesbury Hotel in Piccadilly.
· Malmaison – you’ll find the London branch of the swish little chain in Farringdon
· Citadines Apart'Hotels, of which there are four in London: Trafalgar Square, Barbican, South Ken and Holborn
· Our perennial favourite Andaz
· Yotel (find them at Gatwick and Heathrow)
· Hotel Indigo Paddington and Hotel Indigo Tower Hill both offer free in-rooms.

Interesting fact: according to Yotel, nearly 70% of guests avail themselves of the free WiFi. Maybe if we start voting with our feet, the Ritz and co will take note.

Know of another hotel in London that has free WiFi? Let us know in comments below and we'll add it to our list!

Archived Comments:


A much-needed story. Two thumbs up! Reminded me that there's that Yotel chain...hmmm. Can every hotel just have free frickin wifi already!?

What about City Inns?

Don't they have free WiFi?


Andaz London has free Wifi.

city inns

yes they do. my bad

The Stafford

My client The Stafford in St. James's offers it as well www.thestaffordhotel.co.uk

The Zetter

@laurenrubin on Twitter let us know that The Zetter on Clerkenwell has free WiFi.

Hotel Indigo

Also @Hotelindigo_Ldn on Twitter let us know that the Hotel Indigo London Pattington has free WiFi too!

The Hempel

Add this to the boutique or independent hotels:
The Hempel, "a minimalist design led property in Notting Hill and a member of Preferred Boutique Hotels."

Free hotel Wi-Fi at base2stay

base2stay has free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, as well as free internet via the TV. For those that need VPN, they have an ethernet connection for which they charge £2.95 per hr or £7.95 for 24 hrs.

ps more on base2stay

they also have free music and games on the flat-screen TV, and movies (ALL movies!) are only £2 each! Their rooms have a/c and mini-kitchens instead of mini-bars. Check them out at www.base2stay.com.

Kensington Hotel

Kensington West is a newly refurbished budget london hotel which offers Wireless Internet Access in Rooms, 24 Hour Reception, Airport Transfers,Flat Screen Colour Television and much more.  

Kensington West

Kensington West is a newly refurbished budget london hotel which offers Wireless Internet Access in Rooms, 24 Hour Reception, Airport Transfers,Flat Screen Colour Television and much more.  

Further free wifi London hotels

Congratulations on publicising these hotels that have seen the light.  I've been running a campaign on my blog to encourage more hotels to follow this lead, including an "open letter to hoteliers" which has elicited some angry reactions from some of those who continue to bury their heads in the sand.

Here are some other free WiFi hotels in London not mentioned in your list above:


A lot of BnB have free wifi, unlike expensive hotels

One more

Add to the list the Royal National on Russell Square, which offers free Wi-Fi in the lobby that also reaches some portions of their breakfast room, the coffee shop, the courtyard, the lobby bar, and the courtyard seating for the other bar. There is no Internet connectivity available in the guestrooms.

The Novotel

The Novotel near Heathrow also offers it. In case you are ever stuck at the Airport and want to book a place. It's 4 pounds for the bus from the airport to the hotel and it's on the other side of the M25 (i think that is the one). If you are staying, book online as their walk up rate is over 300% more !
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SOFITEL St James, near Piccadilly Circus

They have Free Internet,
both WIFI & Wired in the Room, but Bandwidth limited.
plus Lobby and Conference Area are WIFI enabled too.

Upgrades to a 100Mbit Fibre Optics Line cost £15/day!

Hotels and their lack of Wi Fi

Cheers for this great resource,

At Mise En Place we have just written an article about hotels and WHY they don't have better internet included - we linked to this resource as well.

Check it out @ http://miseenplace.co.uk/blog/index.php/hotel-news/hotels-and-the-lack-of-free-wi-fi/

If only all hotels had the same philosophy as Anzaz!


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