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  • Review score: 7.1 / 10

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Charing Cross Hotel

The Strand, Charing Cross, WC2N 5HX

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Set in a Grade II listed building, the Charing Cross Hotel is a remnant from 'the golden age of steam', and was previously used as one of the great railway hotels. That's not to say the railway links from the... Read More »

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Review score: 7.1

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  • Area: Charing Cross
  • Near: National Gallery
  • Station: Charing Cross (0.1km)
  • Style: 5 star city chic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 239
  • Guest score: 7.1 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £153.00

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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: 0.2km

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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: 0.2km

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Royal Trafalgar Hotel

Whitcomb Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7HG

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The Royal Trafalgar Hotel enjoys an exclusive and extremely rare advantage over many of the hotels placed in the heart of London. The hotel is right next door to one of London's busiest areas, Trafalgar... Read More »

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Review score: 7.2

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  • Area: Leicester Square
  • Near: Haymarket Theatre Royal
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.3km)
  • Style: 3 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 108
  • Guest score: 7.2 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

Total price £116.00

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  • Group: Thistle

4 star classic hotel

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Grand at Trafalgar Square

8 Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, WC2N 5BY

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Situated on London’s most iconic public space, The Grand at Trafalgar Square is right by Charing Cross Underground station and 0.1 mile from Charing Cross mainline railway station, both in Travelcard... Read More »

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Review score: 8.0

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  • Area: Charing Cross
  • Near: Trafalgar Square
  • Station: Great Portland Street (0.1km)
  • Style: 4 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 63
  • Guest score: 8.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

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Club Quarters Trafalgar Square Hotel
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Club Quarters Trafalgar Square Hotel

8 Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, WC2N 5BY

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Trafalgar Square is one of the busiest areas of London, alternately thronging with tourists, protest marches, food stalls or concert goers at the events recently allowed to be staged there since the pigeon... Read More »

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Review score: 8.0

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  • Area: Charing Cross
  • Near: Trafalgar Square
  • Station: Great Portland Street (0.1km)
  • Style: 4 star classic hotel
  • Rooms: 225
  • Guest score: 8.0 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.2km

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Hilton Trafalgar Hotel
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Hilton Trafalgar Hotel

2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, SW1A 2TS

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The Trafalgar Hilton is a trendy boutique style hotel in the heart of London. Discretely positioned near the bustling environs of Trafalgar Square, where London's largest galleries are located; the Trafalgar... Read More »

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Review score: 6.3

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  • Area: Westminster
  • Near: Original London Sightseeing Tour
  • Station: Great Portland Street (0.2km)
  • Style: 4 star modern hotel
  • Rooms: 129
  • Guest score: 6.3 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.3km

Total price £199.00

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  • Group: Hilton

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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: 0.3km

Total price £59.00

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  • Group: Premier Inn

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: 0.3km

Total price £179.20

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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: 0.3km

Total price £158.00

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  • Group: Thistle

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It's an innate human ability to recognise faces, probably because its one of the first tings we see on entering the world. It's also human nature to anthropomorphise those faces we see, so an oddly placed light socket can suddenly seem like a friendly visage. Perhaps this is why the National Portrait Gallery is such a huge attraction in London, aside from the historical significance of the many people portrayed in there of course. As the name suggests, the gallery focuses exclusively on portraits of dignitaries and personalities of the past and present, and some faces with no real claim to fame aside from the fact that an artist thought it worth capturing them on canvas.

 

The National Portrait Gallery is one of London's main attractions, situated on Trafalgar Square, very close to the National Gallery. When it opened in 1856, the gallery was the first of its kind and although it has its imitators around the world, it is still something of a curiosity in the art world. Perhaps the most famous portrait in the Gallery is that of Britain's immortal bard, William Shakespeare, which depicts the playwright as a rather swarthy individual with a gold hoop on one ear. The portrait has been called the Chandos portrait after the 3rd Duke of Chandos, who first owned the painting, but it has been the subject of much speculation as it has not been possible to identify the painter or to verify the sitter, so it could be a random individual who has been masquerading as Britain's greatest the whole time.

 

The paintings in the collection vary wildly in quality and style, some are straightforward representations, often designed to stroke the sitter's ego by making them look regal or placing them on a noble steed; and some are far more abstract such as an anamorphic painting of King Edward VI, which has to be viewed from the bottom left corner to be seen properly; a silhouette of the late Isabella Blow, which is composed of taxidermied animals and can only be seen when a light is shone on it from the right angle; and a more recent addition is Lucien Freud's portraits, which are famously employed the 'warts and all' technique. There are also some intriguing self-portraits of artists such as William Hogarth and Sir Joshua Reynolds and a surprisingly naive but charming picture of the Bronte sisters painted by their brother Patrick Branwell Bronte.

 

The gallery allowed portraits of living people to be displayed from 1969 onwards and there are some very aesthetically appealing paintings of celebrities such as Paul McCartney, members of Blur (by Julian Opie) and even Marc Quinn's 'Head' sculpture, made using his own blood. There are also some slightly dry portraits of politicians. 

 

The Gallery also has an extensive photography collection and hosts the BP Portrait Prize, which has some enlightening, attractive and occasionally controversial entries, which feature nudity, illness or death. The gallery also hosts a programme of events and talks throughout the year, which attract a trendy, moneyed crowd as well as tourists and are worth looking out for during your visit.

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