Oxford Street – two words that bring instant joy or dismay depending, most likely, on your tolerance levels for shopping. However, this retail Mecca that takes you from Marble Arch (and with it access to Hyde Park) all the way to Tottenham Court Road (via Bond Street and Oxford Circus), is like a central vein feeding into many different hubs and so makes for a really good place to base yourself if you’re visiting London. Plus – Selfridges, Liberty, Nike Town – it’s a snap for shopping.
Beyond the retail, venture a few streets back from the main drag and things get interesting and less crowded. Neighborhoods like Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho are some of the best in the capital for real booze, diverse eateries and, importantly, the really buzzy atmosphere you expect from a stay in the city.
Hotel options near Oxford Street are plentiful, this being W1, and all tastes are catered for, from top-notch hedonistic hangouts with Michelin-starred chefs and lavish five-star spas to a beautiful Georgian Soho townhouse filled with Jacobean furniture and many a tale to tell. It’s all there for the taking, you just have to choose; these are the best hotels near Oxford Street in London.
Leafy Fitzrovia seems like another world to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, but it only starts after one street. One of the area’s most stylish hotels, The London EDITION will cater to those wanting more than just a bed for the night. The first impression is impressive and the multifunctional lobby with its restored stucco ceiling is a real eye-catcher. Refuel after a day of shopping at the magnificent Jason Atherton restaurant, washed down with a daily signature cocktail at the sultry Punch Room bar, before retiring to your suite. The minimalist rooms are a bit like being inside a luxurious cigar box – think wood-paneled walls and artfully scattered fur bedspreads that add a warm feel. Delightfully British.
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Located in a quiet street in Mayfair, perpendicular to Selfridges on Oxford Street, The Beaumont is a shopper’s and gallery-goer’s dream. The hotel is a four-minute walk from Bond Street tube and yet its central Mayfair location feels peaceful. Overlooking Brown Hart Gardens, the luxurious five-star hotel offers a wonderful combination of being at the center of the action yet away from the tourist crowds of the West End. Look forward to the Art Deco interior, impeccable service and extraordinary facilities , including an understated yet refined spa and an excellent cocktail bar and restaurant. To impress, book the commissioned public art suite, ROOM, by Antony Gormley. And if you need help with shopping bags, the hotel has a free chauffeured car.
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The Langham’s central London location is a buyer’s dream. With the shops of Oxford Street on its grand doorstep and Oxford Circus a five-minute walk away, it’s ideally located. More than 150 years old, this is one of the oldest “grand hotels” in the city. Offering a traditional British experience, you’ll find that everything has been working as it should for a long time. Expect icicle-like chandeliers and huge vases of fresh flowers in public areas; oriental and velvet furnishings and marble bathrooms in the rooms. Enjoy top-notch service, highly competitive drinks and meals, and classic, elegant style.
Located in trendy Marylebone at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street, The Grazing Goat is a boutique hotel with plenty to offer those looking for a quieter stay. It has the feel of a luxury Cotswolds gastropub, yet is minutes away from Selfridges and Hyde Park. The hotel is on New Quebec Street, which is filled with boutiques, beauty salons, and delis, and has a surprising village-like feel that transports you away from the tourist hub at your doorstep. Inside, facilities are limited but there’s a pub serving seasonal British gastro fare. The bedrooms are welcoming, with Egyptian cotton beds, Aesop toiletries, and soothing moss green and steel blue walls.
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Located in Bloomsbury, just off Goodge Street, the Charlotte Street Hotel is well placed for shopaholics. Being slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street at a 15 minute walk is a blessing and visitors will discover a sophisticated environment surrounded by many independent bars and restaurants. Inside, guests are greeted by diverse interiors that don’t age, from a cheery hall with crackling baronial fire to rooms referencing the rag trade that once dominated the area. For unwinding after a day’s shopping, there’s a library, a spa and gym, a convivial cocktail bar, a restaurant serving meals and afternoon tea, a screening room hosting club movie nights, and 52 elegant bedrooms designed by Kit -Kemp.
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Celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse is just an eight-minute walk from Oxford Street, London’s main shopping street. If you’re hoping to bump into the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and David Beckham, this is the place. The luxurious hangout is housed in a fire station dating back to 1887: the former stairwell shed is now the guest lobby; the engine room houses the restaurant, with the bedrooms above. The rooms are delightfully retro, the breakfast is excellent, and the service is refined. After a day of browsing the boutiques, the hotel’s restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Richard Foster is a stylish place to refuel and indulge in a little celebrity guessing.
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Once the residence of author William Hazlitt, this beautiful period Soho hotel off Oxford Street (a five-minute walk) is a favorite with literature buffs and shopaholics. A real home from home, expect friendly yet unobtrusive service and fresh, authentic design. Guestrooms, where light meals and breakfast are served, are individually styled and may feature painted paneling, Jacobean-style furniture, ornate French beds, or freestanding tubs. Aside from the lounge and library, there’s not much in the way of amenities, but the property’s central Soho means guests can take advantage of the area’s legendary pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants on the doorstep. If you prefer Covent Garden, with its street performers and bustling undercover market, this tourist hotspot is just a 10-minute walk away.
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Situated in the pulsating heart of Soho, in the middle of bustling Dean Street, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of both Oxford Street and Covent Garden. The country mansion houses a restaurant and bar where neighborhood movers come for after-work drinks and a decent steak, while the guest rooms are a serene escape from the hustle and bustle below, with freestanding baths and four-poster beds. It’s a trendy place for informed types. The downside however, as it is owned by Soho House, it is currently open to members only.
The Soho Hotel (the hint is in the name) has an unrivaled location in Soho, ideal for shopaholics and those looking to explore the area’s famous bars, restaurants and theaters. Located in a quiet street between Dean and Wardour Streets, the property is a five-minute walk from Oxford Street, at the heart of the entertainment district. The hotel was designed by renowned British designer Kit Kemp and the interiors are perfect for bursting with color and individuality. After a day of shopping, guests can retire to the candlelit library and drawing room, relax in the Soholistic spa and gym, or spend a pleasant evening in the REFUEL bar and restaurant.
Oxford Street may be a 15-minute walk away, but the Holmes Hotel London feels like it’s somewhere else. The hotel occupies four Georgian buildings on Chiltern Street, a stone’s throw from Marylebone Village with its noteworthy shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It’s also a seven-minute walk from Regent’s Park and four from Baker Street. On property, guests can choose from 118 guestrooms and suites and enjoy an attractive looking gym with high quality vintage-style equipment, a corner lounge and library, and one restaurant, The Kitchen at Holmes, which serves a casual setting, all day menu and extravagant cocktails. There are also meeting spaces for those who mix business with pleasure.
Despite its centrality, the hotel’s setting, overlooking stately Portman Square, is calm and tranquil. Selfridges is just around the corner; Hyde Park and Marble Arch are about a five-minute walk away and Mayfair’s restaurants are just a stretch further across Oxford Street. And there’s plenty of space. The quintessentially British property features 390 bedrooms and 50 suites, along with amenities including two Regency Club lounges, a 24-hour gym, a fine-dining British restaurant (The Montagu Kitchen), an elegant Michelin-starred Italian restaurant (Locanda Locatelli) and a cocktail bar (The Churchill Bar & Terrace). Hidden by shrubbery and heated all year round, the Terrace is a secret inner city hideaway for London shoppers who take a breather from tapping their credit card.
Situated on Berner’s Street in a prime location just seven minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus, Sanderson London is a great base for shopping with high-end shops such as Selfridges nearby, as well as plenty of boutique shops in and around Soho and nearby marylebone. The quaint 1950s building features kitch-cool interiors that juxtapose whimsical surrealism with a nostalgic 1920s flavor. The 150 minimalist rooms, designed by Banjo’s Tim Andreas, are all finished in silver and white, accented with chrome, glass, mirrors, and sheer curtains. The Japanese Garden is a sanctuary after a day out on Oxford Street, while the funky Long Bar and opulent Purple bar are excellent spots for an after-shop drink or two.
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Just three minutes from Oxford Street, The Nadler Soho offers excellent value for its location. The hotel is tucked away at the end of Carlisle Street, one block from Soho Square and close to the lively bars and restaurants of Dean Street. The offer for guests is rather minimalistic, with functional and comfortable rooms and a neat kitchenette. No food is served on site, but the property cooperates with nearby restaurants and bars, where visitors can receive 10 to 30% off their bill. It’s a simple but nice and cheap option for those who prefer to save their travel budget for the shops.
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Located just north of Oxford Street, this extravagant Georgian townhouse is a convenient base for shopaholics. This is a well-rated location, far enough away from the hustle and bustle to feel peaceful, yet close enough to easily return to after a day’s shopping. The hotel sits in a row of immaculate Georgian townhouses, on the edge of Marylebone, and has an interior modeled after Sir John Soane’s London museum – think dark walls and a decadent, clandestine feel. The 24 individually styled rooms and suites are the highlight of the hotel, as is the famous bar – The Zetter Townhouse’s cocktails are known throughout the city for being some of the funniest and most imaginative in the capital.
Contributed by Emma Beaumont, Jade Conroy, Rachel Cranshaw, Kaye Holland, John O’Ceallaigh, Charlotte Johnstone, Belinda Maude, Penny Walker, Venus Wong