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Whatever style of accommodation suits you, we have a great selection to choose from, and you can select by location or quality.

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Best Two / Three Star Hotels
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Budget and backpackers
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Marylebone Hotels
Hotels in Mayfair
Bloomsbury Hotels
Hotels in Chelsea
Westminster Hotels
Southwark & The Borough
Docklands Hotels
Earl's Court and Hammersmith
Notting Hill Hotels
City Hotels
Paddington Hotels
London Holborn Hotels
Richmond Hotels
Watford Hotels
North London Hotels
Windsor Hotels
Wembley Hotels
Docklands & SouthEast London

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Whatever your needs, from a luxury five star hotel to a great bed and breakfast, we can help, with our carefully selected listing of the best properties. We have chosen mostly independent properties and small hotel chains, though we don't have anything against the big chains, some of which are very good indeed. We have arranged our listings by area and by style, so you can easily find what you're looking for. If you have any thoughts, reviews or comments, why not drop us a line? Email: info "at" london-visitor-guide.com

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comfort / star rating / level of facilities and luxury:

Luxury Hotels - Town House Hotels, Boutique Hotels
Five and Four Star Recommended Hotels
Recommended Hotels - Three and Two Star Hotels in London
Serviced Apartments
Budget and Backpackers' Accommodation
Vegetarian Accommodation
Camping and Caravanning

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Choose your hotel by area:

The West End - the centre of London

The West End of London is that part of Central London where you'll find many of London's biggest tourist attractions, businesses, and West End theatres. If you don't know London well, and you want a central hotel within reach of all the big attractions, anywhere in the West End will suit you fine. The area is relatively small and the Underground ("Tube") will take you anywhere in minutes. The various districts of the West End are listed below, and you can click on each one for hotels and guest houses or other accommodation in that area:

West End, Covent Garden & Regent's Park Bloomsbury Westminster
Marylebone Mayfair Holborn Soho
St. James's Fitzrovia Seven Dials

Just outside the West End - still in the heart of London

Knightsbridge Hyde Park Kensington and Kensington Gardens South Kensington
Notting Hill Chelsea The City
Docklands
Southwark & The Borough
Paddington Bayswater Holland Park Belgravia

Other areas of London - a little further afield

Hammersmith Earls Court Heathrow Airport Gatwick Airport
Watford Luton Airport Stansted Airport Richmond
Wembley North London and beyond South east London / Docklands / Greenwich Windsor


In case you're still wondering what the "West End" means.....

What is the West End?

The West End of London is that part of Central London where you'll find many of London's biggest tourist attractions, businesses, and West End theatres. The expression originated in the early 19th century, when it was used to refer to the area to the west of Charing Cross. The West End is also located to the west of the historic Roman and Mediaeval City of London. It was a place where the rich elite settled because it was mostly upwind of the perfidious smoke drifting across from the crowded City. Another reason why the rich settled here was that the West End was (and still is) close to the seat of power at Westminster. The area was originally built as a series of expensive town houses, royal palaces, shops and entertainment venues. The nearer you went to the city, around Holborn, Seven Dials and Covent Garden, the poorer the areas - these were eventually redeveloped in the nineteenth century.

The term "West End" is very flexible - it has different meanings to different people: it can refer to the entertainment district around Leicester Square and Covent Garden; or to the fashionable shopping area which revolves around Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Bond Street; others would include the shopping area in Knightsbridge and it can even refer to the whole area west of the City of London.

When you take this broad definition of the West End, you actually have encompassed London's main areas of interest to the average visitor, apart from financial services, which are located in the City of London. Indeed, most of the following are in the West End:

  • Major art galleries and museums
  • Company headquarters
  • Educational facilities
  • Embassies
  • Government buildings
  • Hotels
  • Institutions, educational or learned societies (like the Royal Society for the Arts) and think tanks
  • Legal institutions, the judiciary, law courts and chambers
  • BBC radio
  • Theatres and cinemas, bars, restaurants and nightclubs
  • Shopping areas

Under this broad definition, the inner districts of the West End are:

  • Bloomsbury
  • Covent Garden
  • Fitzrovia
  • Holborn
  • Marylebone
  • Mayfair
  • Seven Dials
  • Soho
  • St. James's
  • Westminster

South, north and west of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are some areas which were once thought of as being in the West End, but use of that term in relation to these areas, which lie to the west of Park Lane is less common nowadays.

  • Knightsbridge
  • Belgravia
  • Pimlico
  • Chelsea
  • South Kensington
  • Bayswater
  • Paddington
  • Notting Hill
  • Holland Park

Famous streets in the West End

  • Albemarle Street
  • Baker Street
  • Bond Street
  • Carnaby Street
  • Charing Cross Road
  • Denmark Street
  • Gower Street
  • Great Marlborough Street
  • Great Portland Street
  • Harley Street
  • Haymarket
  • High Holborn
  • Kingsway
  • Old Compton Street
  • Oxford Street
  • Park Lane
  • Piccadilly
  • Regent Street
  • Shaftesbury Avenue
  • The Strand
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Wardour Street

Notable squares and circuses in the West End

The West End has a lot of impressive public squares and circuses ("circus" is the original name for a London roundabout).

  • Berkeley Square
  • Cambridge Circus
  • Grosvenor Square
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Leicester Square
  • Manchester Square
  • Marble Arch
  • Oxford Circus
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Russell Square
  • Soho Square
  • St Giles' Circus
  • Trafalgar Square

London Underground Stations in the West End

  • Baker Street
  • Bond Street
  • Charing Cross
  • Covent Garden
  • Embankment
  • Goodge Street
  • Great Portland Street
  • Green Park
  • Holborn
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Leicester Square
  • Marble Arch
  • Oxford Circus
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Regent's Park
  • Temple
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Warren Street
  • Westminster

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