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45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HXShow on map
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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1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BPShow on map
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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20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HDShow on map
The quintessential Covent Garden rendezvous, the newly transformed Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street effortlessly blends with the boutique appeal of its neighbourhood. A landmark in Seven Dials village, this is... Read More »
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17 Moor Street, Soho, W1D 5APShow on map
"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 »
4 star urban cool hotel
1 Leicester Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BLShow on map
"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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10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HBShow on map
"Chic hotel with opulent rooms in the heart of London's entertainment district" Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-Star deluxe hotel in London’s theatre district. This is the place to stay if you want luxurious... Read More »
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65 - 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, W1D 6EXShow on map
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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7 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DAShow on map
Covent Garden has a noted place in London's history as the longest running market in the city and as a more salubrious footnote as the home of London's theatre district, which was once synonymous with... Read More »
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10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QFShow on map
"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 »
3 star classic hotel
10, Coventry Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6BZShow on map
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"From tourist trap to uber cool - the West End has it all"
Londons West End, perhaps confusingly, is not in West London. It is, however, home to some of the worlds best-known shows and theatres, and remains a spectacular attraction to the city, its glittering lights and continuous nightlife meaning that the West End never sleeps, unlike the rest of London, which enjoys its rest.
The West End has no strict geographical boundaries, and is quite a malleable term. It can include the theatre-filled areas of Shaftesbury Avenue, the Strand and Covent Garden, or it can refer to the shopping areas around Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Regent Street. There is an official ward of Westminster called West End, but it is a strict administrative district which refers exclusively to Mayfair, Soh, and some of Fitzrovia and Marylebone. Generally, however, when people talk about the West End they are talking about the commercial and entertainment areas within walking distance of Charing Cross.
One of the great attractions of the West End, is, obviously, its theatres. Ever since what is now the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane was opened in 1663, the West End has been a hub for shows. It has recently been rebranded as Theatreland by Westminster City Council. Famous shows and theatres include the worlds longest-running play: The Mousetrap at the St Martins Theatre, which has been running since 1952. Other long-running favourites include Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, The Phantom Of The Opera, and The Woman In Black. More than 13 million people every year see a show in the West End, and it is one of the main reasons for visiting this district of London.
The vagueness with which the limits of the West End are drawn mean that one cannot be exactly sure how many tube stations are in it. However, there are at least 19 with at least a very good claim to be in the West End, so its transport links make it easy to visit anywhere else in London, or indeed make it easy to get to from anywhere else. Almost every tube line will stop at some point in the West End.
The West End is home to one of Londons most popular shopping areas, with Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Regent Street housing some of its most impressive department stores, and the boutiques of Mayfair being just a couple of minutes walk away.
The West End encompasses parts of Soho, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Marylebone, St James, and Westminster, and it is one of the busiest parts of London. If you want to move smartly through the city, it is probably best not to try to walk down any of these major shopping thoroughfares at a busy time of day.
The hustle and bustle continues into the night as the clubs and bars of Soho begin to open, and people pour out of the theatres for a late meal or cocktail. Soho is not the den of vice that it once was, but pockets of debauchery can be found by the dedicated devotee of drinking. The West End never sleeps, and, if you want to join in its constant buzz, it is only ever a few tube stops away.
Covent Garden is a district on the eastern edge of the West End, named after the famous Covent Garden market at its centre. Often very busy, it is home to shops, cultural attractions, theatres, and even the Royal Opera House. It is within walking distance of major overground stations as well as having its own tube station (Covent Garden).
From Covent Garden you are just a few minutes walk from the cinemas of Leicester Square, the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue, the bookshops of the Charing Cross Road, and a short stroll from the Thames.
Whilst in Covent Garden you should visit Covent Garden Market. Once a fruit and vegetable market, it is now more famous for its covered central section, which houses many boutique shops and eateries, as well as its street performers and lively atmosphere. A whole afternoon can be spent in this small market browsing its shops, grazing at its cafes, and marvelling at the skill and dexterity of its jugglers and clowns.
One of the highlights of the district is the Royal Opera House, often called Covent Garden. The market is also called Covent Garden, so if agreeing to meet someone there, be sure you know which they are talking about. It was built in 1732 as the Theatre Royal (the modern Theatre Royal is nearby on Drury Lane) and has been home to The Royal Opera Company since 1945.
The London Transport Museum is on the market square, and is well worth visiting for its excellent collection of vehicles and information that give a real insight into how London developed, and why some of it developed in the way it did.
Covent Garden is home to 13 theaters and more than 60 pubs and bars. One of which, underneath the market building, is called The Punch And Judy. This is because the first ever instance of a Punch And Judy show was by street performers in Covent Garden, and it was recorded by Samuel Pepys in his diary for 1662. The street performers perform every day, apart from Christmas day, and there is at least one show every hour, most of which last for about half an hour. Performances happen outside St Pauls, the so-called Actors Church, which abuts the market.
Eliza Doolittle, the character from Pygmalion and My Fair Lady was a flower seller from Covent Garden, so fans of either of those may wish to look at where she worked. In 1972, Hitchcock used the location in Frenzy about a fruit seller from Covent Garden market. Unlike Eliza Doolittle he does not learn better elocution, he goes on a killing spree.
The district of Covent Garden contains within it both Drury Lane and St Martins Lane, two of the most famous road for theatres. It is also a very short walk from Cambridge Circus, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue, and The Strand, so if you are looking for theatrical entertainment, Covent Garden is the ideal spot. For almost 350 years Covent Garden has been the home of entertainment in London.