London Visitor Guide
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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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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:
Just outside the West End - still in the heart of London
Other areas of London - a little further afield
In case you're still wondering what the "West End" means.....
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:
Under this broad definition, the inner districts of the West End are:
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.
Famous streets in the West End
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).
London Underground Stations in the West End