Can I let you in on a secret? There is one surefire way to make every single Londoner hate you instantly: block traffic on the stairs or escalators of the London Underground because you’re lugging around an overloaded suitcase like a tourist schmuck. Look, I know you packed too much – everyone always does (I did try and warn you though!).
But here’s the thing: Londoners love to hate on the Tube. Yes, it’s delightfully convenient and pretty reasonably priced for getting us anywhere we want to go in the city – but it’s also smelly, crowded, and frustratingly tedious to navigate, especially when you have to do it on the regular. So imagine how it sets a Londoner’s blood pressure to boil and their lips in a thin line when someone from out of town clogs up the escalators or slows down the already mighty slog with a huge piece of luggage they can’t quite handle.
Luckily, you don’t need to bring your luggage with you everywhere you go in London – and there are even places to store your luggage temporarily in London, whether that’s for a day trip or city break or while switching between accommodations. In this post, you’ll learn about the different luggage storage services in London, many of which use technology and excess storage space in surprising places to keep your belongings safe while you’re out exploring the city. Read on to discover all your options for storing your luggage in London.
Founded in 2018, Bounce is a startup determined to save you the hassle of dragging your bags. They’ve grown exponentially in the last few years, covering more than 100 cities around the globe. The company offers accessible luggage storage in London. The luggage company provides an online booking service via its website or mobile app.
They have Bounce shops strategically located around London, with many of them sitting at or near London train stations and airports, in case you’ve just arrived in the city. You can search the most convenient location for you through their app by inserting your exact address. Cost-wise, their prices are highly accessible, starting at £5 per 24h/bag. Also, the company doesn’t apply size limits for suitcases or backpacks.
2. Luggage Hero
As the name suggests, Luggage Hero will save you from the misery of dragging your bags through the crowded streets of London. They offer on-demand luggage storage in London, with around 120 storage shops. They provide an accommodating and efficient booking process. All you have to do is download the app, add a payment card, and find a place that suits your needs. I’ve used Luggage Hero in London, so I know it works.
The perk of booking with LuggageHero is that you can see reviews and ratings of their storage locations in London before booking them. The company will send you the directions once you have made the booking. Once there, drop off your suitcase at the storage location and start your storage timer on their app. When you pick up your luggage, you’ll stop the storage timer and then pay the company via LuggageHero. They have an affordable price model where you can pay per hour or pay £8 for a full day.
While I’m not a fan of their name, I can’t deny Nannybag does a good job at expressing what they are and do: “nannies” that keep your luggage safe while you explore beautiful London. The “nannies” are shops and hotels located all around London, offering services available 24 hours and year-round without restriction or limits of size or weight. They have drop-off locations near airports, train stations, and London landmarks.
Travelers can only book a storage location through the app or online, though, and the same goes for payment methods; the staff doesn’t accept payment on site. You can cancel your reservation for free, as long as it has not started yet. To do so, log into your account and just click on the link “Cancel my booking” in your reservation details. Bear in mind that the full refund doesn’t occur instantly but within a few days.
Also known as CityStasher, Stasher is another alternative that can come in very handy on your trip to London. Before we dive into their services and fees if you have a specific location in mind and can reserve in advance, do it. Their locations fill up quite quickly, making it difficult to book at the last minute. Stasher has a network of hundreds of hotels and local businesses (StashPoints) allocated for left luggage in London.
Each location undergoes a rigorous safety process to ensure strict security standards. Regarding prices, Stasher charges travelers a flat fee of £5 per bag per day and £5 for any additional day. They don’t apply height or weight restrictions either.
Unlike other companies, you don’t need to download an app to find a storage location. Instead, you can use their search bar or ‘Near Me Now’ button on their website to find the StashPoint that best suits your needs. Then, select approximate drop-off and pick-up times so the host can get ready for your arrival. You’ll receive a booking confirmation email to show your host directions to get to StashPoint. Most of their luggage lockers in London are open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
5. Left Luggage at King’s Cross Station
Most companies covered on this list operate luggage storage facilities near London King’s Cross Station. However, King’s Cross Station also has its own luggage storage system. Excess Baggage Company is in charge of managing the lockers and luggage storage services. You’ll find their offices near the entrance to platform 9. They are open from 7 am to 11 pm every day of the week and you can pre-book storage for heavy or high-value luggage online.
Left Luggage also offers shipping service to an address of your choice anywhere around the globe in case you can’t pick up your bags. The perk of leaving your luggage with Left Luggage at King’s Cross Station is that you can just turn up on the day and avoid finding wifi to pre-book online.
6. Left Luggage at Victoria Coach Station
Like King’s Cross Station, you can also find Left Luggage storage facilities at Victoria Coach Station. Their offices are open between 8:30 am and 9 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and from 8 am to 11 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Their prices are reasonable, although you’ll find them a lot more expensive than their counterparts, especially if you want to leave your bags for longer than three hours. They charge £5 per item for up to three hours, £7.50 per item for three to six hours, and £10 for six to 24 hours. You’ll find the facilities near Platform (Track) 8 on Buckingham Palace Road.
7. Excess Baggage (Other London Airports & Rail Stations)
Excess Baggage Company manages most of the offices for luggage storage in London train and bus stations, as well as some airports. Their opening times and storage service availability differs depending on the airport and station. So make sure you check out their website to see if you can book their service upon arrival. On average, their facilities operate seven days a week, and some units are open on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
You can pre-book online or simply drop your bags off on the day without booking in advance. Bear in mind Saturday and Sunday are their busiest days, so they advise you to allow extra time to drop off and collect your bags. As for payment methods, they accept cash and all major credit cards.
Here’s a quick list of the rail stations and airports they offer their services at:
- UK Rail Stations: Mon-Weds: 8 am – 9 pm & Thurs-Sun: 08:00 am -11:00 pm (December 24th, 8 am- 8 pm 25/26th CLOSED)
- London Heathrow Airport: Terminal 2, 3 & 5: 6 am – 10 pm (December 25th 06:00-20:00)
- London Gatwick Airport: North Terminal 4 am – 8 pm
- London Stansted Airport: 6 am – 6 pm
There you have it: all your options for luggage storage in London, so you don’t have to schlep your bag around for any reason. Have any questions about these luggage storage services in London? Let me know in the comments or join the conversation in my London Travel Tips Facebook community.