West End Hotels
The West End of London, famous for its tall, ornate buildings, wide avenues and open, green parkland, is one of the most affluent and desirable areas in the world. Booking a hotel in Marylebone will put you in the west of central London. Some of the city's best attractions and places to see in the city are within easy reach, including Oxford Street, Regent's Park and the renowned Harley Street, where so many of the world's greatest practitioners of medicine and science have lived in the past, including Lionel Logue, the man who successfully treated the crippling stutter of King George VI and was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the recent blockbuster smash, The King's Speech. Best Western has plenty of West End Hotels. Book now for a city break you will not forget!
West End Neighbourhoods
Booking a West End hotel will give you access to some of the most desirable and famous areas of England's capital city. Mayfair, famously the priciest property square in the popular board game Monopoly, is now largely commercial, with a large quantity of former homes converted into office complexes and the headquarters for major international corporations, as well as embassies and upmarket shopping centres. A hotel in Mayfair is the perfect launching pad to explore some of London's most picturesque districts. Have a wander around the famous Bond Street or Albermarle Street. See if a nightingale is singing in Berkeley Square or wander down to Marble Arch to admire the gorgeous and vast Hyde Park, adjacent to the decadent Park Lane. A hotel in Soho will provide a totally different experience. A long-established forerunner in the entertainment industry, the small central-west district has undergone considerable transformation and is now a highly fashionable quarter full of trendy bars and upmarket restaurants. Take an afternoon stroll round Belgravia, one of the wealthiest residential districts in the world.
Shopping in the West End
The West End of London has plenty to offer in terms of shopping destinations. Areas such as Knightsbridge, made up of Exhibition Road, Sloane Street and Brompton Road, contain world-famous shops Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as flagship stores of many international brands and fashion outlets such as Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Prada. The West End is packed with hip, super-chic shops interspersed with cosy cafes and eateries in which to relax after a long day's browsing. Have a wander around Bohemian Berwick Street and have a mosy around a multitude of record shops, market stalls, fabric stores and centres of alternative foods.
Eating and drinking in the West End
West End houses some of the best places to eat in the world. London's ethnic diversity and variety of influences is well represented in the West End. For instance, Icelandic cuisine is not something that necessarily springs to mine when someone mentions high-end dining. Texture, run by Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, both protégés of the much-celebrated Raymond Blanc, is doing much to change this. With its interesting mix of flavours and super-fresh ingredients it has been described by Time Out London as 'one of London's most interesting culinary adventures at the moment.' The Wolseley in Piccadilly, a firm family favourite, never fails to deliver, successfully mixing top-quality fine dining with buzzing and boisterous atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and a comfortable and relaxing décor. However, having a West London hotel doesn't restrict you purely to fine-dining and top-quality restaurants bursting at the seams with Michelin Stars. There are plenty of lovely places to enjoy a two-course meal for less than £15. Herefroid Road Restaurant in Notting Hill offers up classic French and English food, including steak, poultry and fish dishes. For a truly valuable meal, head to the wonderful Neapolitan-run, Santa Maria Pizzeria, in Ealing. Enjoy a crisp pint while your pizza is cooked to order in front of you on the homely and impressive wood pizza oven. From your West End hotel, make sure you pop into Clarke's Shop in Kensington, a favourite spot among people-in-the-know and locals. Specialising in local and seasonal dishes, you can easily walk away with a freshly baked tart, quiche or sausage roll for under £4. A leisurely stroll around the pubs will unearth a number of wonderful watering holes. In the Summer there is nothing quite like sitting outside a busy West London pub watching the world go by.
Culture and nightlife in the West End
From your West End hotel have a little wander around Soho and take in the famous district's unique sites and attractions. Visit Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on vibrant Gerrard Street, the centre of London's Chinatown. When staying in a West End hotel, it is simply essential to pop along to some of the wonderful structures of culture available in the area. The impressive British Museum, established in 1753, is amongst the largest and most comprehensive collections of human-related relics and artefacts in existence and lies on Great Russell Street. If you head down to Exhibition Road in South Kensington you will find three of country's other large museums: The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. One, if not all, of these should be visited while staying in a West End hotel. Perhaps the most famous aspect of London's West End is its theatre scene. Known as 'Theatreland,' alongside New York's Broadway, the West End of London has the most prestigious live theatre scene in the English-speaking world. For a day of high-end culture, catch a modern production after spending the day enjoying two of the world's greatest art galleries: the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Being the stomping ground of the super rich and famous, west London is packed to the hilt with bars and nightclubs. Soho with its well-known weirdness has much to offer. Attica Nightclub is the home to hordes of hot-panted honies, leather boots, pricey cocktails and a who's who of international A-listers. If you fancy somewhere cosy with stunning cocktails before you return to your West End hotel, try Strawberry Moons Bar, home to some of the best cocktails in London. Enjoy a Tequila Sunrise or a Long Island Ice Tea (or something more exotic) under some of the most decadent red lighting for miles around. Book a hotel in the West End with Best Western and experience one of the most luxurious and beautiful districts in the world. A West End hotel will give you easy access to the best that London has to offer, the perfect location to soak up the city's history and culture - the perfect city break!
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