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Top 15 Hotels Near MCM Comic-Con London (ExCel Centre)


MCM Comic-Con London is the biggie! The event sees over 100,000 people attending across 3 days, making it the biggest Comic Convention event in the UK. Pop culture legends attend the event, both as guests and even stealthily as attendees. 

For big events like this, sometimes it’s better to stay in a hotel. Why? It gives you a nearby safe space. It means you don’t have to get up as early. It means less train travel over the weekend.

The ExCel Centre, the home of MCM Comic-Con London, is surrounded by many hotels. Some cheap, some luxury and everything in between.

So here are 15 of the best hotels near the ExCel convention centre, so you’re set MCM Comic-Con London.

15. Docklands Lodge

Docklands Lodge is a 20-minute trip on the DLR from ExCel or a 40-minute walk. The hotel is a stunning and affordable boutique hotel. Breakfast is included and delicious. There’s free, superfast WiFi and a 24-hour concierge service.

The hotel is a short walk from the O2 and Stratford Westfield, so you’re covered for things to do in the evening!

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14. Point A Hotel London Canary Wharf

Point A hotel is just 30 minutes away from the ExCel centre by DLR. They pride themselves on cheap, affordable rooms.

They have free WiFi, comfy Hypnos beds, safes and 40” TVs in every room. They also have Power Showers, which are brilliant for relaxing muscles after a full day of walking around MCM Comic Con London!

Point A have some great partners in the local area, where you can get 20% off at a couple of nearby restaurants.

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13. The Westbridge Hotel Stratford London

The Westbridge Hotel is a luxury hotel situated just outside Stratford High Street station. It’s one train away from the ExCel centre.

The hotel has a gym, bar, Halal restaurant, and 24-hour front desk. The hotel is also a stone’s throw from Westfield Shopping Centre. So you’ve got a whole host of restaurants, takeaways, shops and cinema facilities at your doorstep.

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12. Premier Inn London Dockland Hotel

Just a four-minute walk away from ExCel London, the Premier Inn London Dockland is a great, cheap getaway for MCM London Comic-Con.

The hotel has onsite parking, a cosy restaurant and accessible rooms.

As with all Premier Inns, exceptional, all-encompassing comfort and outstanding quality are guaranteed. Every room features a Hypnos bed and an incredible power shower, which is precisely what you need after a shattering day at Comic-Con.

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11. Via Hostel Limehouse

If you’re looking for a budget stay, then you can’t get better than Via Hostel Limehouse. With dorm rooms from £15 and private rooms from £40, this is a great way to keep costs down when visiting one of the most expensive cities in the UK.

Via Hostel is a bright, bubbly space in Limehouse, which is a short trip on the DLR from the ExCel. There’s a great common area with a foosball table and bar.

If you’re looking for a place to stay with friends, this is a great option.

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10.ibis London Canning Town

Ibis in Canning Town is an excellent choice for a budget ExCel stay. The station is a few stops away from the ExCel on the DLR.

Ibis Canning Town is a pet-friendly hotel, with a nice bar and delicious restaurant.

This a great last-minute option when the hotels closer to ExCel sell out.

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9. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London ExCel

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at London’s ExCel is a short walk from the exhibition centre. The hotel has stunning views of the Docklands area, a relaxing bar and a delicious menu. The waterfront hotel offers a shuttle service to the station, so you don’t need to worry about overbuying at MCM Comic-Con!

The hotel also offers free parking, which is a luxury in London!

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8. MOXY London ExCel

Owned by the Marriott Hotel chain, MOXY is a boutique hotel with a big-chain quality. A stunning hotel with mobile check-in, free WiFi, and a “best rate guarantee”, the MOXY is an excellent choice of hotel.

The hotel also prides itself on a buzzing atmosphere and encourages people to “Mingle at Moxy” so you’re guaranteed to meet cosplayers and comic con attendees in the bar.

The other great thing about Moxy is there’s storage EVERYWHERE. So no more falling over your cosplay armour in the middle of the night!

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7. Crowne Plaza Docklands

The Crowne Plaza is a contemporary hotel situated in the heart of docklands. It’s within walking distance of the ExCel centre. The hotel has a swimming pool, fitness centre, bar and car park.

The Crowne Plaza is part of the IHG group, which means you can take advantage of the IHG rewards scheme. With every stay, you gain points. Points can be exchanged for discounts on your next stay. If you travel a lot, Crowne Plaza might work out cheaper in the long run.

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6. Good Hotel London

Good Hotel London offers premium hospitality with a heart.

Located in Royal Victoria Docks, the hotel is only a couple of minutes away from the ExCel Centre. It’s on a floating barge, moored on the Thames.

Profits from the hotel go into the local community, from training up unemployed locals to investing in local businesses. All food served at the hotel is locally sourced, and the hotel helps those businesses provide a healthy work environment and a fair salary.

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5. Novotel

The Novotel is just a stone’s throw away from the ExCel centre. The hotel features a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the Docklands area.

The hotel also has a fitness centre, spa, free WiFI and activities for kids. They even have their own car park.

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4. Travelodge London Docklands

Travelodge provides a great option for those who need to relax after Comic-Con. With king-sized beds, a spacious desk and a TV in every room, the hotel has everything you need to get ready in the morning and unwind at night.

The Travelodge also have a variety of family rooms, so you can go with friends and split the cost of the room.

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3. Holiday Inn Express London Royal Docks

Holiday Inn Express is a short walk from the ExCel. With a bar, breakfast buffet and a delicious evening menu, it’s a great choice for Comic Convention-goers.

The IHG Rewards Club Offers program is also worth a look. Use your Reward Club account with every stay at an IHG hotel (Holiday Inns, Crown Plaza, InterContinental, and more), and you rack up points. Points can be used for discounts on rooms or food. If you travel a lot or are stallholder at a lot of events, Holiday Inn hotels might work out cheaper in the long run.

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2. ibis London Docklands

With cheap rooms and beautiful views of the Royal Victoria Docks, the ibis London Docklands is a favourite with Comic-Con attendees.

Ibis London offers modern rooms, free WiFi and private parking. They also have a decent breakfast offering too.

If you’re looking for an affordable and convenient stay, then the ibis is perfect for you.

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1. Sunborn London

Situated on the Thames, Sunborn London is a luxury yacht hotel moored right next to the ExCel centre. You’ll be right next to all the action.

Booking the hotel isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking to relax after a long day of cosplay, comics and celebrities, the Sunborn is the place to do it.

The Yacht is fully equipped with a bar and restaurant. There’s even a spa, so you can really unwind after a day of walking around. Guests staying at the hotel get a 10% discount at the restaurant and spa.

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Written by Lydia Carrick

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