London is a big town. No, that’s an understatement. London is gigantic. The Tube, London’s transportation system, is ginormous! It takes energy and pluck to find your way around.
The last thing you want is to not have your hands free, to check your google map, or point in the right direction, or take out your wallet, or down a pint, while walking around and enjoying all the stimulating sights and sounds of posh, swingin’ London town.
There are a number of options, whether your stay is brief or prolonged, for storage of your luggage or maybe even some of the great souvenirs you might buy and want to bring home safely.
This article will help you make an informed choice for your luggage storage, from options both trendy and new to some that are tried and true!
The “Air BNB” method
The air bnb method of luggage storage is a new concept that is becoming popular all over the world. As one of the worlds biggest cultural and business centers, London is of course one of the places the experiment is turning out nicely.
Similar to airbnb, this method connects peer to peer and users to business owners all over the city who can hold your luggage for you in easy and convenient locations near wherever your business, accommodation or activity might be .
With this method, no more worrying about dragging yourself to some travel hub where the structure is a maze and the lines are long. The air bnb method simplifies luggage storage.
Stash Your Bags With Stasher
Stasher offers over two hundred locations throughout London. It’s easy, cheap and safe. It costs just six British sterling pounds per day to store your baggage.
The bags are covered from loss, damage or theft by insurance.
Simply search for restaurants or shops in your area which offer the service, pay the fee, drop them off and start your hands free journey!
You can even get 15% percent off your storage fee if you purchase a London Pass, which is a discount pass for all kinds of attractions around London.
Stasher even has some twenty four hour service operators in action!
More details can be found here.
What’s extra great about Stasher is they operate the service in additional cities all over the world, including Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Another more traditional method is the left luggage counter, found in all major transportation hubs, from train to plane to bus. If you are just making a connection or waiting on a layover, or just making a short day trip to a direct destination, this might be an easy option for you.
Heathrow is most famous, but London has a number of airline hubs in the immediate vicinity and just on the outskirts of the city. Below is an efficient breakdown of left luggage services at major and minor London airports.
London Heathrow Airport
Terminal 2: Open 5am – 11pm. Prices can be found here. Find the desk in Arrivals at the main concourse.
Terminal 3: Open 5am – 11pm. Same pricing. Close to the rent a car desks.
Terminal 4: Open 5:30am – 11pm. Same pricing. In the Arrivals Hall on the west end.
Terminal 5: Open 5:30am – 11pm. Same pricing. Arrivals on the UK arrivals end.
London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick and all the others offer round the clock left luggage service. Gatwick’s desk is in the South Terminal at the Arrivals Hall.
London City Airport
Your luggage can be left at London City airport at the Information Desk for a simple fee of ten pounds per item per 24 hour period.
London Luton Airport
The left luggage service desk at London Luton airport can be found next to the Outsize Baggage Unit in the Check-In concourse, where it will cost five pounds per bag for the first 2 hours, and 10 pounds until 24 hours.
London Stansted Airport
Find left luggage services at the airport services desk on the international arrivals side and pay the fee of ten pounds per suitcase per 24 hour period and just three pounds per small bag in the same period.
Like the airports, every major and minor train station offers left luggage storage. At most airports and rail stations you can even book in advance online!
It is also comforting to note that for overnight storage, most facilities have 24-hour cameras ensuring the luggage is kept safe and secure!
If you would like to book left luggage service in advance, click here to go to the Excess Baggage Company, a left luggage booking site.
Next up are details for each rail station in London.
Victoria Train Station
Pretty much the busiest rail destination in London, service at this station is open from 7am to 10:45pm.
But also, surprise! There are Stasher outposts conveniently located within five minutes walking distance of Victoria Station. So for longer hours and cheaper prices, why not give the trendy new air bnb method a tryout?
London King’s Cross
London King’s Cross left luggage storage is open from 7am to midnight and found on platforms 16-18.
London Charing Cross
London Charing Cross left luggage storage is open from 7am to 11pm and found in the main concourse.
London Liverpool Street
London Liverpool Street left luggage storage is open from 7am to 11pm and found on platform 10.
London Euston left luggage storage is open from 7am to 11pm and found on platforms 16-18.
London Paddington left luggage storage is open from 7am to 11pm and found on platform 12.
London St Pancras International
London St Pancras International left luggage storage is open from 5:30 am to 11pm Monday through Saturday and 7am-10pm on Sundays. It is found in the main concourse.
Prices vary for all the services at each station so book in advance or be ready when you arrive.
Another traditional method for those on the go or staying longer are storage facilities. Three major companies operate storage centers throughout London. However, the hours and number of locations are limited and may involve additional travel.
They are more geared towards long-term stays and maybe large items you want to ship back home but they do try to stay competitive with pricing. Options include:
Access Self Storage, which is located just across from what is probably the second busiest rail station, Kings Cross. It is centrally located to some popular attractions including Covent Garden and the British Museum.
Access costs vary depending on size and length of time. They are open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6pm, Saturday 8:30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Your bags should stay sufficiently safe and sound now. Enjoy your swing through London Town!