Hotels Near Charing Cross

Charing Cross is a busy junction with a rich history, the site of the final battle of Wyatt’s Rebellion and home to a monument to Queen Elenor of Castile. Today, six roads meet, and trains and tubes serve Charing Cross Station. Charring Cross makes a great base if you’re planning a trip to London and want easy access to the whole city.
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Charing Cross

Where is Charing Cross in London?

Charing Cross is sandwiched between St James's and Covent Garden on the north side of Waterloo Bridge. From here, you'll be able to stroll to St James's Park, Green Park and Buckingham Palace. Or cross the bridge to the Southbank and the London Eye. Covent Garden and neighbouring Soho are famous for their glitzy theatres, shops, restaurants and bars. There's plenty to do nearby when you choose a hotel near Charing Cross.

How to get to Charing Cross

You might arrive at Charing Cross Station on a Southeastern train or use Bakerloo and Northern tubes to hop around the city. Charing Cross is also a stone's throw from Embankment (District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines), Picadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Picadilly lines) and Leicester Square tube station (Northern and Picadilly lines) – that's plenty of ways to get around.

Why is Charing Cross famous?

Today, Charing Cross is a significant junction in Central London, where trains, tubes, buses and pedestrians bustle through on their way around the city. It's been a landmark for centuries, while the decorative monument, Elenor's Cross, at the centre of the station forecourt, is a memorial to Queen Eleanor of Castile. The Elenor's Cross Memorial is also the official centre of London, where distances to and from the city are measured.

The best things to do near Charing Cross

Trafalgar Square is one of London's most famous public squares, home to iconic fountains and statues and surrounded by landmark buildings. On sunny days, grab a coffee and settle on a fountain edge, taking in the buzz of Trafalgar Square. If the weather is against you, enjoy a short stroll before heading inside The National Gallery.

1. Trafalgar Square

One of London's most prominent and visited art galleries, The National Gallery, on Trafalgar Square, is home to a collection of over 2,300 paintings from the mid-13th century to 1900. Admission is free, and when inside, you can explore the most comprehensive collection of Rennaisance paintings outside Italy. Van Gogh's Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888) (often known simply as Sunflowers) is one of the most famous paintings in the gallery.

2. The National Gallery

This beautiful parish church sits near Charing Cross in Trafalgar Square's northeast corner. Visit this architectural gem for services or contemporary concerts or workshops. Kids will love traditional Victorian brass rubbing, while guided tours can help you learn more about St Martin's when you visit.

3. St-Martin-in-the-Fields

Strand is a significant London road and one of six stemming from Charing Cross junction. It runs parallel to the north bank of the River Thames, home to many restaurants, cafés, bars and luxury hotels. You'll also find West End theatres on this bustling thoroughfare, including the Adelphi, Lyceum and Novello. Explore Strand from Charing Cross to find beautiful Somerset House and its ever-changing programme of events. King's College London neighbours the landmark, while further along, Strand becomes Fleet Street and meets the world-famous St Paul's Cathedral.

4. Strand

Perhaps the most famous road in London, The Mall connects Charing Cross at its east end with Buckingham Palace at its west. This perfectly straight, tree-lined street is the stage for ceremonial royal processions, including weddings, funerals and coronations.

5. The Mall

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