With 19 million tourists visiting London every year, it’s no wonder the choice of hotels is extensive, with 1500 to choose from, offering 140,000 possible rooms to stay in. At heart of the capital though, you’ll find the West End has some of the oldest and finest hotels in the country. With the very best the city has to offer right on their doorsteps, from the most popular shopping streets, world-class theatre, gourmet dining, and exciting nightlife, it’s not hard to see why VIPs and celebrities book their stays here.
Much more than just a place to stay, the West End hotel scene is at the centre of the London social scene, acting as the backdrop for red-carpet events, weddings, business meetings, and everything in between. Underneath their flagged facades lie restaurants run by celebrity chefs, top class mixologists manning their bars, chandelier-clad events rooms, and the beauty editors’ favourite spas, making them a favourite place for locals and tourists alike.
There’s something for every taste to be found in one neighbourhood. For those seeking tradition, The Savoy and Claridge’s present Art Deco splendour, or for a more modern, design-focused experience, the ME London and W Hotels are fashionable hangout destinations, while Michelin-star cuisine is served in the restaurants at The Dorchester, The Ritz, and The Connaught.
In these design spectacles, you may even feel like you’re on the set of film, and there’s always the possibility that you are. Silver screen favourites to have used London’s hotels as their sets include James Bond (The Langham) and Notting Hill (The Ritz).
The Royal Family have deep connections with the best hotels in the area too. Prince Phillip held his stag party at The Dorchester, while The Ritz is the only hotel to hold a Royal Warrant for banqueting and catering services to Prince Charles, and Claridge’s is widely referred to as the ‘annex to Buckingham Palace’.
Wherever you book your West End stay, you’re guaranteed a five-star British experience.