Hotels Near London's West End

The West End is an iconic district in Central London, the famous home of many of the city’s best theatres. Affectionately known as Theatreland, head here for excellent shopping, dining and entertainment year-round.
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West End

Where is the West End in London?

The West End is a little vague – the term describes a rough area of London covering Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Covent Carden Soho and Strand. It also encompasses Chinatown, making it unbeatable for dinner and a show! Getting there is easy, with many popular pockets of London easily walkable from the West End. Stroll from Euston, Charring Cross or Waterloo stations in under 20 minutes. Plan on taking the tube to the West End? Stations include Leicester Square (Nothern and Picadilly lines), Covent Garden (Picadilly), Tottenham Court Road (Central, Northern and Elizabeth line), Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria) and Charring Cross (Bakerloo and Northern). Thanks to its central location, transport links and impressive concentration of things to see, do, eat and drink, the West End of London is an ideal place to stay. Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for a West End base or a London regular searching for luxury, our collection includes hotels to suit every need.

What is the West End of London famous for?

The West End is famous for being home to many of London's best neon-clad theatres, where visitors from all over the world come to catch sensational musicals and stage shows. Theatreland is also home to The National Gallery, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square. This part of the city is also woven alongside famous Soho and Covent Garden, which means it's known for some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife in the city. Whether you visit for spectacular shows or to soak up the atmosphere, time in the West End can never be forgotten.

How old is London's West End?

A ban on theatrical performances in London was lifted in 1660, and West End theatres have been up and running ever since. That means the West End has been dazzling Londoners and visitors for more than 360 years! The oldest theatre still open today is Theatre Royal Dury Lane, which opened in 1663. The Theatre Royal is the first place Rule Britania was performed for the people! Today, the theatre is where you can see the wildly popular Frozen the Musical.

How many theatres are there in London's West End?

There are 39 theatres in the West End, showing a slow rotation of iconic and brand-new productions, including musicals! Shaftesbury Avenue is the best-known street in the West End, home to six theatres. Some of the most famous theatres in the West End include: • London Palladium – known for many TV appearances and as the setting for awards ceremonies like the BAFTAs and the Brit Awards • The Dominion Theatre – a Grade II art deco building transitioning from Dirty Dancing to Grease the Musical in 2023 • The Apollo Theatre – on Shaftesbury Avenue • Palace Theatre – the home of the award-winning Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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