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Hotels near West End, London's theatre district

Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Mayfair and Piccadilly accommodation

Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane - hotels in the West End, London
Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane in the West End

About the West End of London

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.

   

Location and landmarks

Trafalgar Square lion, London
Trafalgar Square

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.

Is the West End the right location for your London stay?

Guide prices for West End accommodation

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.

Seasonality

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.

You could choose the West End because...

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.

Alternative options nearby

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.

Hotels in Leicester Square and Covent Garden

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.

Travelodge Covent Garden
Travelodge Covent Garden

Travelodge
Covent Garden

London’s trendy Soho, Oxford Street and Leicester Square are all within a short walk.

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The Z Hotel Soho, London
The Z Hotel Soho, London

The Z Hotel, Soho

In the heart of the West End with hand-crafted beds, located only a 1-min walk from Prince Edward Theatre.

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Strand Palace Hotel, West End, London
Strand Palace Hotel

Strand Palace Hotel

Large and historic London hotel open since 1909. Close to Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House.

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, West end, London
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, London

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire

5-star luxury on Leicester Square with impressive city views. 5-min walk from Trafalgar Square.

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Hotels in Mayfair and Piccadilly

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.

Intercontinental Park Lane, London
Intercontinental Park Lane

Intercontinental Park Lane

Located between two Royal Parks. Home to London's finest Italian, with afternoon tea overlooking the Wellington Arch.

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Holiday Inn, Mayfair, London
Holiday Inn, Mayfair,

Holiday Inn Mayfair

Located right by Berkeley Square, with a bar overlooking Berkeley Street. Piccadilly and Regent Street are within only a few minutes' walk.

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London Hilton on Park Lane, London
London Hilton on Park Lane

London Hilton Park Lane

Award-winning, landmark hotel overlooking Hyde Park and backing onto Mayfair with commanding views and fitness suite with sauna.

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Sofitel London St James, London
Sofitel London St James

Sofitel London St James

In a Grade II listed building, one of the finest addresses in central London. Enjoy the spa and wellness centre for complete relaxation.

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Hotels in Oxford Street and Marble Arch

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.

Holiday Inn London Oxford Circus, London
Holiday Inn London Oxford Circus

Holiday Inn London Oxford Circus

In a quiet Edwardian terrace in Marylebone just a 2-min walk from Oxford Street. Harley Street is just 2-min away.

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DoubleTree Hilton Marble Arch, London
DoubleTree Hilton Marble Arch, London

DoubleTree Hilton Marble Arch

Oxford Street is just 1-min walk away while excellent facilities include a Michelin-starred restaurant and champagne bar.

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Cumberland/ Hardrock Hotel London
Hardrock Hotel

The Cumberland (Hard Rock Hotel)

Stylish 4-star hotel just a few steps away from the nearest tube, with Oxford Street and Buckingham Palace within walking distance.

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Hotel Marriott Marble Arch, London
Hotel Marriott Marble Arch

London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch

Modern hotel with luxurious rooms and complimentary access to the leisure club with gym and swimming pool.

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