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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 the shops of 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 County Hall area by the London Eye and around the Tower of London hotel district is also great for the leisure visitors, especially at weekends.
If you are looking at a hotel within easy reach of the sights at the lowest cost check out St Pancras and Kensington.
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.
Five-star luxury in the heart of Westminster situated along the Embankment River Thames. You may not want to leave this hotel, but you'll find some of London's main attractions on your doorstep when you do. You can walk to London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank. This hotel is the flagship Guoman hotel and offers everything you would expect to make your stay in London perfect. A gourmet restaurant, beautiful terrace/garden and fitness centre, all coupled with elegant designed luxury rooms (some with river views) and Victorian original features.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Gourmet restaurant • Air-con • Bar • Terrace/garden • Fitness Centre
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Embankment
London Toolkit recommends booking this hotel for competitive prices, plus...
• Two complimentary guided walking tours - Royals and Landmarks Tour plus The Wizard Walk which explores iconic landmarks from the Harry Potter films • Vox City App
A beautiful Victorian building houses this well situated luxury hotel. This hotel has a fitness centre and modern interior with warm and luxurious rooms to relax and recharge within. It is close to Charing Cross Station which puts it in the heart of London, near some of the biggest attractions London offers, including the Strand, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.
Facilities include Free Wi-Fi • Fitness Centre • Restaurant • Bar • Room service
Nearest tube: 1-min walk to Charing Cross
London Toolkit recommends booking this hotel for competitive prices, plus...
• Two complimentary guided walking tours - Royal and Landmarks Tour plus The Wizard Walk which explores iconic landmarks from the Harry Potter films • Vox City App
This Travelodge offers good standard yet affordable accommodation right in the centre of London. The Royal Opera House and London’s Transport Museum, London’s trendy Soho, Oxford Street and Leicester Square are all within a short walk. You can upgrade to a ‘Superoom’ option including mood lighting, rain shower and capsule coffee machine. There is a bar and restaurant serving breakfast and evening meals on-site.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi for first 30 mins • Tea/coffee facilities • Kids menus at sensible prices – kids’ breakfast is free • Restaurant and bar • Freeview TV • Family rooms
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Holborn
Offering a combination of compact and luxurious accommodation in the heart of the West End. Rooms include hand-crafted beds, 40” TV with Sky Sports and Movies and complimentary toiletries. Continental breakfast is included. Rooms are compact but well designed and the hotel is a 1-min walk from Prince Edward Theatre as well as other attractions nearby. They serve complimentary cheese and wine in the evenings too.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • 24-hr front desk • Air-con • Accessible rooms
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Leicester Square
Large and historic London hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1909. Situated in the West End it offers 2 on-site bars, restaurant, fitness centre and café. There are 785 bedrooms that offer satellite TV, tea/coffee and all standard facilities. Ideally located for visiting theatres, shopping and attractions. Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House are a 5-min walk away, Trafalgar Square is 8-min walk away.
Facilities include• Free Wi-Fi • Family rooms • Accessible rooms • Fitness centre
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Charing Cross
5-star luxury with impressive city views situated on Leicester Square. This hotel delivers charm, luxury and modern facilities in a central London location. Rooms are opulent and feature smart TVs, Egyptian cotton linen, work desks, mini-bar, safe and tea/coffee facilities. There are a 24-hr fitness room and a terrace to enjoy the views. The hotel is a 5-min walk from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Family rooms • Restaurant • Fitness centre
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Leicester Square
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.
This luxurious hotel is surrounded by the elegant shops of Mayfair and Knightsbridge, and between the two Royal Parks, Hyde Park and St James’s Park. Theo Randall's restaurant has been consistently voted London's finest Italian, while a fine afternoon tea overlooking the Wellington Arch, is also on offer. Guests can unwind in the relaxing Spa InterContinental, with its wide range of treatments, or use the facilities in the gym.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant & bar • Spa and wellness centre with treatments • Facilities for disabled guests • Satellite TV &bull 24-hr front desk • Concierge service • Breakfast in room
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Hyde Park Corner
This elegant Holiday Inn is located right by Berkeley Square, with Piccadilly and Regent Street within a few minutes' walk. Rooms are air-conditioned and all feature a TV with satellite channels and pay movies, and minibar. Nightingale's restaurant serves delicious food under spectacular chandeliers, while the bar overlooks Berkeley Street.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant & bar • Kids stay & eat FREE • Facilities for disabled guests • Satellite TV • 24-hr front desk • Concierge service • Room service
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Green Park
London Hilton on Park Lane is an award-winning, landmark hotel overlooking Hyde Park and backing onto Mayfair. The hotel has its own Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor with commanding views, serving a chocoholic afternoon tea and French haute cuisine. Rooms have marble bathrooms, while some rooms also have balconies. Executive rooms and suites are available and there is a fitness suite with sauna.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant with terrace and views • Bar • Spa & wellness centre • 24-hr front desk • Live sports events • Room service • Facilities for disabled guests • Tickets service
Nearest tube: 6-min walk to Green Park
This hotel in a grade II listed building offers one of the finest addresses close to Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus & St James's Park. The hotel has been consistently rated as one of the best in London and combines traditional British design with a contemporary French edge. Enjoy French cuisine at the Balcon, an elegant French Brasserie, or a champagne cocktail from St James Bar. There is also a spa and wellness centre offering treatments for the ultimate in relaxation.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Spa & wellness centre • French Brasserie • Kid-friendly buffet • Facilities for disabled guests • 24-hr front desk • Room service • Airport shuttle
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Charing Cross
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 Marble Arch.
Situated in a quiet Edwardian terrace in Marylebone just a 2-min walk from Oxford Street. Rooms are bright and airy and feature satellite TV with on-demand movies and a work desk. Wi-Fi available but charges apply. Hyde Park and Marble Arch are a 10-min walk away. Harley Street is just 2-min away. Everything you'd expect from a reputable chain in a good location.
Facilities include • Wi-Fi • Fitness centre • Restaurant • 24-hr reception
Nearest tube: 10-min walk to Oxford Circus
Well located hotel with excellent facilities that include a Michelin-starred restaurant. Well-furnished rooms feature satellite TV and a buffet breakfast is available each morning. Oxford Street is just 1-min walk away. Two restaurants are available as well as a champagne bar. A lovely blend of luxury and location
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Family rooms • Wellness centre • Restaurant • Parking
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Marble Arch
Stylish 4-star hotel located in the West End of London, recently re-opened as the Hard Rock Hotel. Modern, luxurious rooms include Wi-Fi, TV, power showers and premium toiletries. Pets are allowed upon request (charge may apply). Just a few steps away from the nearest tube and Oxford Street is within walking distance.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Fitness centre • Restaurant • 24-hr room service • Air-con • Family rooms • Pets allowed
Nearest tube: 1-min walk to Marble Arch
Contemporary hotel featuring luxurious rooms with a TV with Apple TV tech, fridge and a safe. Free Wi-fi is available in public areas. This hotel also offers complimentary access to the leisure club which has a fully equipped gym and swimming pool. Hyde Park is a 5-min walk away and Knightsbridge with its lively shops and museums is a 20-min walk. Very good location and good value hotel.
Facilities include • Wi-Fi • Swimming pool • Fitness centre • Airport shuttle • Air-con • Family rooms • Parking • Breakfast
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Marble Arch