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The West End

Explore one of Europe’s busiest shopping strips, sing along at a musical show, or simply watch the world go by.

Once a haven for the London’s privileged elite, today West End is London’s cultural and retail epicenter, attracting visitors from all over the world. The area is packed with some of the city’s most notable streets, squares and parks.

The West End broadly refers to the shopping district around Oxford, Regent and Bond streets, the entertainment districts of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, and Westminster. Notable West End locales include Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Carnaby Street and Hyde Park. These areas are all conveniently connected by the London Underground. 

Step from the escalator at Oxford Circus Underground station and into the swarm of busy Londoners and tourists. Explore the franchise flagship stores and designer boutiques of Oxford Street, one of the busiest in Europe. Check out British retail institutions, such as Selfridges & Co. and Marks & Spencer. Rediscover your inner child amid the magical displays at a number of toys geared toward young ones. 

Once you’ve explored Oxford Street, retire to one of the West End’s quieter and quirkier shopping precincts, such as Market Place, St. Christopher’s Place or Newburgh Quarter. 

There’s plenty to do if the weather is gray. Check out the portraits of British heroes and icons throughout history in the National Portrait Gallery, one of thirty museums and galleries in the area.

At night, the West End lights up as theater-goers pour from the Underground and friendly chatter spills from traditional pubs, restaurants and bars. With 50 live theater venues in the West End alone, there’s no excuse for leaving London without seeing at least one show. Pick up a free local paper or theater guide to help you choose from the myriad of musicals, comedies and Shakespearean classics on offer. Or, simply grab a ticket to Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the longest running show in the world. For some behind-the-scenes drama and scandal, join the History of Theatreland Walking Tour. 

The West End is located to the west of Charing Cross. The Underground stops in various spots in and around the area, as do city buses. 


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The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
3.9
of 5, from 2,588 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from London Transport Museum and Covent Garden Market. King's College London and Royal Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

£112
The Grosvenor Hotel

The Grosvenor Hotel

101 Buckingham Palace Road, London
4.2
of 5, from 297 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belgravia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace, and St. James Park. Big Ben and Sloane Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Covent Garden Apartment

Covent Garden Apartment

202 Shaftesbury Ave, London
1.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Soho, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of St George’s, Bloomsbury, Royal Opera House, and The British Museum. Covent Garden Market and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.

£83
St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

St Giles London - A St Giles Hotel

Bedford Avenue, London
3.5
of 5, from 798 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bloomsbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum, St George’s, Bloomsbury, and Russell Square. University of London and Leicester Square are also within 15 minutes.

£114
Apex Temple Court Hotel

Apex Temple Court Hotel

1-2 Serjeants Inn, London
4.7
of 5, from 685 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The City of London, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, King's College London, and Old Bailey. London Bridge and London Stock Exchange are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£119
The Grand at Trafalgar Square

The Grand at Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Avenue, London
4.3
of 5, from 1,719 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Restored Victorian hotel built in 1887 and situated just off Trafalgar Square in the centre of London; the National Gallery, Covent Garden and theatre district are all within three blocks walk.Charing Cross metro station is just few steps away.

£120
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

30 John Islip Street, London
4.3
of 5, from 1,056 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Britain, Big Ben, and Houses of Parliament. Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey are also within 15 minutes.

£158
Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

Thistle Trafalgar Square Hotel

Whitcomb Street, London
4.2
of 5, from 212 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is steps from Her Majesty's Theatre, National Gallery, and Trafalgar Square. Leicester Square and Nelson's Column are also within 5 minutes.

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