I love a theatre break – for me there’s nothing better than finding a brand new play or musical to see in London’s glittering West End, heading down to the capital and getting my theatre fix. Crucial to the whole experience though is a decent place to stay, so here’s my top five hotels in London’s West End.
Up there with London’s most famous hotels, The Cavendish is superbly positioned just minutes from the West End. Tucked away on Jermyn Street, just across from iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason, this four star hotel exudes luxury, but has an easy elegance about it. For its unmistakeable quality, terrific location and the extra-special feeling you get from the moment you walk in, The Cavendish is the perfect West End Hotel.
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire
Right, slap bang in the middle of it all, moments from the bright lights of Leicester Square, The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire is a terrific choice for those who live for the West End. The five star luxury of the interior perfectly complements the hotel’s status as something of a West End landmark – contemporary elegance abound, sitting in the hotel bar, or out on the terrace, feels like the height of old London sophistication. An utterly surprising oasis of calm, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire is an excellent choice for a theatre break.
St Giles Classic Hotel
Not to be overlooked, those who love to combine a theatre break with a bit of a spending spree are bound to love the St Giles Classic Hotel. Around a 10 minute walk from the West End, and even closer to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, those who love a non-stop London break will benefit from being at the heart of it all right here. A fantastic place to rest your head, energise with a hearty meal and relax in the leisure facilities before heading out for another busy day exploring London, the St Giles is an ideal base camp.
The Strand Palace Hotel
Something of an iconic hotel, built in the early 1900s and enjoying a classy reputation ever since, The Strand Palace Hotel does old-world charm on a big scale. The accommodation is both classic and comfy, and the hotel is just moments from Covent Garden – perhaps the trendiest spot in the West End for a pre-theatre drink. With a striking Edwardian exterior, and classic features inside too, The Strand Palace Hotel is simply charming.
InterContinental London Park Lane
The InterContinental brand’s flagship hotel – this is something a bit special. Set just a little way from the West End at Hyde Park Corner, Theatreland is still within striking distance – enjoy the peace and quiet, the sublime views of London’s biggest park and grow accustomed to the life of luxury in your plush and richly decorated guestroom. The hotel’s facilities are simply second to none; the exclusive club room is a nice idea for an extra-special treat, and the fine dining of Theo Randall’s award-winning restaurant onsite is simply not to be missed. In a unique position at number one Park Lane, the InterContinental London Park Lane makes for the perfect destination for an unforgettable theatre break.
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