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The West End of London is the bustling heart of entertainment, shopping and night life in the capital with great access to many of London's top attractions. For this reason, it is also one of the most expensive places to stay in London.
This is a fairly large area so we have broken the West End down to three sections: Leicester Square and Covent Garden, Mayfair and Piccadilly, plus Oxford Street and Marble Arch on the fringe of the area.
It might be easier to list what isn't in the West End as it is full of attractions. If you think of theatres, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and museums, you will not be disappointed.
Trafalgar Square is a major attraction with the National Portrait Gallery in the square, along with Nelson's Column and the giant lions that tourists tend to climb and ride for that great selfie.
From Trafalgar Square, it is a short walk to Buckingham Palace, London Eye and Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The theatre district is walking distance away from here, as is Soho, China Town, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Oxford Street.
The West End is undoubtedly the most exclusive and expensive area to stay in London. Be prepared to pay between £200-£450 per night for a hotel in this district.
There are no real 'budget' hotels in this area and you would need to look elsewhere for this if this was important to you.
Rates are uniformly high throughout the year with both business and leisure customers. Availability is tightest and room rates highest in May, June, July, September, October and the first half of December.
The exception might be with Oxford Street where room rates are more volatile and tend to be much firmer during the working week. Some of the larger 4 star hotels around Marble Arch can have very attractive rates at slower times of the year.
The very exclusive and desirable area of West End will give you access to top London nightlife and shows. If you want to be based near some of the best designer and world-renowned shops, you will find them in the West End.
If you want to be in the centre of London and the price of hotels for your dates are not an acceptable value for money then the neighbouring areas of Bloomsbury and Victoria are worth checking out as alternatives.
The Leicester Square area is dominated by large 4- and 5-star hotels, most of them chains. If you are looking for cheap budget accommodation, we recommend looking to other hotel areas. The only real budget option is the Travelodge Covent Garden, room rates here are highly volatile but on occasions you can get good promotional rates at slow periods of the year.
Below is a sample selection of hotels near Leicester Square and you can click here to see all our hand-picked choices.
On the west of the West End, Mayfair is perhaps the most exclusive area in London to stay. The Mayfair area itself is not particularly convenient for generalist tourists and the very hefty price premium you pay deters most. Along Park Lane that faces Hyde Park, there are some very large flagship hotels on the upmarket chains. Marriott has four properties in this area.
We included a sample selection below but click here to see our entire selection of hotels in the Mayfair area.
Hotels in the Oxford Street area command a higher price than elsewhere in London - you pay a premium to be located near to the main shopping street with flagship stores of most UK retail chains. Most hotels are located in the streets off the northern side of Oxford Street which runs west to east between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus Underground Stations. There are a few budget hotels on the north side of Oxford Street but cheap hotel rates here are relative.
Here is a sample selection below but you can click here to see our entire selection of hotels in Oxford Street and Covent Garden.