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Once a haven for the London’s privileged elite, today the West End is London’s cultural and retail epicentre, 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 streets in Europe. Check out British retail institutions, such as Selfridges & Co. and Marks & Spencer. Rediscover your inner child amid the magical toy displays geared toward young ones.
Once you’ve explored Oxford Street, retire to one of the West End’s quieter and quirkier shopping districts, such as Market Place, St. Christopher’s Place or Newburgh Quarter.
There’s still plenty to do if the sky is grey. 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 theatre-goers pour from the Underground and friendly chatter spills from traditional pubs, restaurants and bars. With 50 live theatre 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 theatre 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.
Located in London City Centre, 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.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace, and St. James Park. Big Ben and Harrods are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Soho, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Opera House, The British Museum, and Covent Garden. London Coliseum and Leicester Square are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Soho, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of London, this hotel is within walking distance of Benjamin Franklin House, Trafalgar Square, and Nelson's Column. Also nearby are Big Ben and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Located in London City Centre, 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).
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum, Russell Square, and University of London. Leicester Square and Royal Opera House are also within 15 minutes.
Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, and Big Ben are among the many popular attractions within 0.8 km (0.5 mi) of this central London hotel. Victoria Station is a 7-minute walk. St. James' Park and Hyde Park are close by.