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Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel

65 - 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6EX

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  • Review score: 7.7 / 10

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3 star classic hotel

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Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel

65 - 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, W1D 6EX

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The Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel may have a low-key entrance, but once inside you are welcomed by smart, boutique chic, with sleek surfaces in bright colours at this extremely well located Best Western Premier... Read More »

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Review score: 7.7

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  • Area: Piccadilly
  • Near: French House
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 3 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 67
  • Guest score: 7.7 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.0km

Total price £140.40

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  • Group: Best Western

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One Leicester Street
(was the St John Hotel)
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One Leicester Street

1 Leicester Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BL

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"Chic hotel in Central London offering fresh bread, fine wines and quality dining" One Leicester Street, formerley the St John Hotel, is run by The Unlisted Collection" group of hotels. It is a superb... Read More »

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Review score: 5.9

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 4 star urban cool hotel
  • Rooms: 15
  • Guest score: 5.9 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.1km

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Premier Inn Leicester Square London
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Premier Inn London Leicester Square

1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BP

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 Ibis Leicester Square Hotel London All children under 15 years stay free of charge when using existing beds This is no ordinary Premier Inn, all the bedrooms "float" on neoprene pads to significantly... Read More »

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Review score: 7.9

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  • Style: 3 star modern hotel
  • Rooms: 83
  • Guest score: 7.9 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

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  • Group: Premier Inn

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W Hotel
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W London Hotel

10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QF

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"A funky design driven hotel in the very heart of London's West End" In the heart of London’s West End, W London Leicester Square is a deluxe hotel that mixes luxury with innovative design. It has 192... Read More »

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Review score: 6.0

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 192
  • Guest score: 6.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £239.00

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  • Group: Starwood

3 star urban cool hotel

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Z Hotel Soho

17 Moor Street, Soho, W1D 5AP

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"out of town cost - on the doorstep location - and its FUNKY!" Z Hotel's funky moniker and description as 'The Urbanite stay' denotes the kind of hip young crowd it attracts. The uber-modern hotel offers very... Read More »

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Review score: 5.4

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  • Area: Soho
  • Near: Charing Cross Road
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 3 star urban cool hotel
  • Rooms: 85
  • Guest score: 5.4 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £60.00

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  • Group: Z Hotels

3 star classic hotel

Thistle Piccadilly Hotel
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Thistle Piccadilly Hotel

10, Coventry Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6BZ

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If it's night life you're looking for, then the Thistle Piccadilly, London puts you right at the heart of the city's after-hours culture. From theatres, cinemas and entertainment to late-night drinking dens,... Read More »

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Review score: 6.7

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 3 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 92
  • Guest score: 6.7 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £133.00

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  • Group: Thistle

5 star classic deluxe hotel

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Hampshire Hotel

31-36 Leicester Square, Leicester Square, WC2H 7LH

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The Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel is located in one of Leicester Square's rare quiet spots, at the heart of London's theatre district. Its elegant facade contrasts with the vibrant nightlife, theatres,... Read More »

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Review score: 8.3

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Prince of Wales Theatre
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.2km)
  • Style: 5 star classic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 124
  • Guest score: 8.3 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £181.90

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Suite
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Hazlitts Hotel

6 Frith Street , Soho, W1D 3JA

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The Hazlitts is a superior standard hotel offering modern stylish accommodations in historic Georgian buildings, located in the heart of Soho. Combining vintage style with modern conveniences, Hazlitt's is a... Read More »

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Review score: 8.6

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  • Area: Soho
  • Near: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.4km)
  • Style: 4 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 30
  • Guest score: 8.6 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £199.00

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  • Group: Independent

4 star contemporary hotel

Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel
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Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel

St Martins Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7HL

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The perfect hideaway boutique hotel in the heart of the West End; tucked between the National Gallery and Leicester Square itself, the Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square Hotel is cool, minimalist and clutter... Read More »

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Review score: 8.2

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Haymarket Theatre Royal
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.3km)
  • Style: 4 star contemporary hotel
  • Rooms: 60
  • Guest score: 8.2 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

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5 star urban cool deluxe hotel

St Martins Lane Hotel
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St Martins Lane Hotel

45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX

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If you want to be right in the heart of Londons theatre district, the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, is a five star option that could not be more convenient. You will find yourself staying on the same small... Read More »

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Review score: 8.7

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  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Near: Noel Coward Theatre
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.1km)
  • Style: 5 star urban cool deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 204
  • Guest score: 8.7 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

Total price £206.10

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Although it is perhaps best known as London's premiere gay hangout, Soho is a fabulous and exciting place for people of all sexual persuasions to visit. Some of the most unique nightlife in the city can be found here, whatever you fancy, from dive bars to elegant eateries, from quiet relaxed pubs to thumping disco beats and heaving crowds, you'll find somewhere here to spend a great night and maybe you'll even make some new friends. Soho also has some very historic drinking holes, dating back to Victorian times and beyond. One such establishment is The French House a very popular nightlife spot, which has a surprisingly dramatic history behind it.

 

A German man named Schmidt, who was later deported after the outbreak of World War I, opened the French House in 1910. The pub was then run by a Belgian man called Victor Berlemont, who changed the name to the York Minster and whose son ran the pub until as late as 1989. After France fell in World War II, famed general and French hero Charles De Gaulle fled to Britain. It was in London that he formed the Free French Forces and The French House was the pub where the French Resistance convened. De Gaulle's famous rallying speech to his people via the BBC's radio service was apparently written in the pub. Nowadays, the establishment is filled with gay revellers, well-heeled media types and a young fashionable crowd, so you are unlikely to encounter any revolutionary behaviour, but knowing that such historical events took place in the vicinity gives the pub's atmosphere an extra frisson of excitement.

 

Located in such a bohemian area (and perhaps because of its political past), the pub was popular with a literary set and Dylan Thomas, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon were all regulars at the bar. Dylan Thomas even left the manuscript for Under Milk Wood under his chair after a particularly heavy night, but luckily it was returned to him. It's worth checking under your seat today as celebrities and local literati are still very fond of the pub, so you may even spot somebody frantically scribbling away at the next bestseller, although probably not on the weekends, when the pub is filled with people and tables can be scarce.

 

The pub became known as the French House when the landlord discovered that deliveries of claret had been sent to the cathedral in the north of England rather than his pub, and it is still known as this today. The pub has some strange customs, only selling beer in half pints, no music or mobile phones are allowed and having Madness singer Suggs pour the first pint of the day every April 1st, but this is part of its charm and what makes it such a fascinating place to spend an evening. There is also a fantastic restaurant in the upstairs section, called Polpetto, which serves delectable Venetian food. The nearest tube to the French House is Leicester Square and there are tonnes of other pubs in the nearby area, so you can enjoy a half pint at the pub then down a few more nearby.

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