Oxford Street – two words that bring instant joy or instant dismay depending, most likely, on your tolerance levels for shopping. However, this Mecca to retail that takes you from Marble Arch (and with it access to Hyde Park) right down to Tottenham Court Road (via Bond Street and Oxford Circus), is like a central vein that feeds many different hubs and therefore makes a really good place to base yourself if you’re visiting London. Also – Selfridges, Liberty, Nike Town – it’s a no-brainer for shopping.
Beyond retail, venture a few streets back from the main drag and things get interesting, and less busy. Neighbourhoods like Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho are some of the best in the capital for proper boozers, diverse dining and – importantly – a really buzzy atmosphere you want from a city stay.
Hotel options near Oxford Street are plentiful, it being W1, and all flavours are catered for, from hedonistic A-list hangouts with Michelin-starred chefs and ritzy five-star spas to a beautiful Georgian townhouse in Soho crammed 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 feels like another world to the bustle of Oxford Street, but it begins just a road over. One of the area’s most stylish hotels, The London EDITION, will suit those who want more than a bed for the night. First impressions are impressive and the multi-functional lobby with its restored stucco ceiling really grabs the attention. 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. Minimalist rooms are a bit like being inside a luxurious cigar box – think wood-panelled walls and artfully strewn fur throws that add a feeling of warmth. Delightfully British.
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Situated on a quiet road in Mayfair perpendicular to Selfridges on Oxford Street, The Beaumont is a dream for devoted shoppers and gallery lovers. The hotel is a four-minute walk to Bond Street Underground and yet its central Mayfair location feels peaceful. Overlooking Brown Hart gardens, the luxury five-star hotel offers a wonderful combination of being in the hub of the action but away from the throng of West End tourists. Look forward to Art Deco interiors, immaculate service, and stand-out facilities including an understated but exquisite spa, and an excellent cocktail bar and restaurant. To impress, book the commissioned public art-cum-suite, ROOM, by Antony Gormley. And if you need help with your shopping bags, the hotel has a complimentary chauffeur-driven car.
The Langham’s central London location is a shopper’s dream. With the shops of Oxford Street on its imposing doorsteps, and Oxford Circus five minutes' walk away, it’s ideally situated. At more than 150-years old, this is one of the city’s oldest ‘grand hotels’. Offering a traditional British experience, you'll find that everything has been running the way it should for a very long time. Expect icicle-like chandeliers and enormous vases of fresh flowers in public areas; oriental and velvet furnishings and marble baths in the rooms. Enjoy top-notch service, highly competitive drinking and dining and classically elegant style.
Located in trendy Marylebone at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street, The Grazing Goat is a boutique hotel with much to offer those seeking a quieter stay. It has the vibe of a luxe Cotswolds gastropub, but is mere minutes from Selfridges and Hyde Park. The hotel sits on New Quebec Street, which is bursting with boutiques, beauty salons and delis, and has a surprising village feel that transports you far from the tourist hub on the doorstep. Inside, facilities are limited but there is a pub serving seasonal British gastropub fare. Rooms are homely, with Egyptian cotton beds, Aesop toiletries and walls in soothing shades of moss green and steel blue.
Located in Bloomsbury, just off Goodge Street, Charlotte Street Hotel is well-situated for shoppers. Being slightly removed from the bustle of Oxford Street – a 15-minute walk away – is a blessing, and visitors will discover a sophisticated setting surrounded by plenty of independent bars and restaurants. Inside, guests are greeted by diverse interiors that don't age, from a cheery hall with roaring baronial fire to rooms that reference the rag trade that once dominated the area. To relax after a day of shopping, there’s a library, a spa and gym, a convivial cocktail bar, a restaurant serving meals and afternoon tea, a screening room hosting film club evenings, and 52 stylish Kit-Kemp designed rooms.
Celebrity hotspot Chiltern Firehouse is just an eight-minute walk from Oxford Street, London’s premier shopping avenue. If you’re hoping to run into the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and David Beckham, this is the place to base yourself. The luxury haunt is housed in a fire station dating from 1887: the former ladder shed is now the guest lobby; the engine house holds the restaurant, with bedrooms above. Rooms are charmingly retro, breakfasts are excellent and service is polished. After a day of boutique-hopping, the hotel’s restaurant led by Executive Chef Richard Foster is a stylish place to refuel and indulge in a spot of ‘guess the celebrity’.
Formerly the residence of author William Hazlitt, this beautiful period Soho hotel near Oxford Street (five minutes on foot) is a favourite of literary enthusiasts as well as shoppers. A real home from home, expect friendly yet discreet service and refreshingly authentic design. Guest rooms – where light meals and breakfast are served – are individually furnished and may feature painted panelling, Jacobean-style furnishings, ornate French beds or free-standing tubs. Aside from the lounge and library, there is not much in the way of facilities, but the property’s central Soho means that guests can take advantage of the area’s legendary pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants on its doorstep. If you prefer Covent Garden, with its street performers and lively undercover market, this tourist hotspot is just a 10-minute walk away.
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Located in the beating heart of Soho, in the middle of buzzing Dean Street, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from both Oxford Street and Covent Garden. The countrified townhouse is home to a restaurant and bar where the neighbourhood’s movers and shakers come for post-work drinks and a decent steak, while guest rooms are a serene escape from the bustle below, with freestanding bathtubs and four-poster beds. It’s a fashionable spot for in-the-know types. The only snag however – because it’s owned by Soho House, it’s currently only open to members.
The Soho Hotel (the clue is in the name) has an unrivalled Soho location that’s ideal for shoppers as well as those looking to explore the area’s famous bars, restaurants and theatres. Located on a quiet street between Dean and Wardour Street, the property is a five-minute walk from Oxford Street, at the centre of the entertainment district. The hotel was designed by notorious British designer Kit Kemp, and interiors are fit to burst with colour 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 at REFUEL bar and restaurant.
Oxford Street may be a 15-minute walk way but Holmes Hotel London feels like it’s in another place entirely. The hotel occupies four Georgian buildings on Chiltern Street, which is a stone’s throw from Marylebone Village with its note-worthy shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. It’s also a seven-minute walk from Regent’s Park and four from Baker Street. Inside the property, guests can pick from 118 rooms and suites, and enjoy a cool-looking gym with high-spec, vintage-style equipment, a lounge and library corner, and a restaurant, The Kitchen at Holmes, which serves a casual, all-day dining menu and whimsical cocktails. There’s also meeting spaces for those combining business with pleasure.
Despite its centrality, the hotel’s setting, overlooking genteel Portman Square, feels calm and peaceful. Selfridges is just around the corner; Hyde Park and Marble Arch are five minutes or so on foot and Mayfair’s restaurants are just a stretch further on the other side of Oxford Street. And there’s plenty of space. The distinctively British property has 390 bedrooms and 50 suites, plus facilities including two Regency Club lounge, a 24-hour gym, a fine dining British restaurant (The Montagu Kitchen), an elegant Michelin-starred Italian (Locanda Locatelli), and a cocktail bar (The Churchill Bar & Terrace). Hidden by shrubbery and heated year-round, the Terrace is a secret city-centre retreat for in-the-know London shoppers taking a break from tapping the credit card.
Located on Berner’s Street in a prime spot just seven minutes by foot from Oxford Circus, Sanderson London is a great base for shop-hopping with high-end stores like Selfridges close by, plus plenty of boutiques in and around Soho and neighbouring Marylebone. The landmark 1950s building features kitch-cool interiors that juxtapose whimsical surrealism with a nostalgic Noughties flavour. The 150 minimalist rooms, designed by Tim Andreas of Banjo, are all pared back in silver and white, embellished with chrome, glass, mirrors and sheer curtains. The Japanese garden is a sanctuary after a day on Oxford Street, while the funky Long Bar and opulent Purple bar are excellent places for a post-shop drink or two.
Just three minutes from Oxford Street, The Nadler Soho offers excellent value for its location. The hotel is tucked at the end of Carlisle Street, a block away from Soho Square, and close to the lively bars and restaurants of Dean Street. The guest offering is pretty minimalist, with functional, comfortable rooms and a neat kitchenette. No food is served on site, but the property partners with nearby restaurants and bars where visitors can receive anything between 10 to 30 per cent off their bill. It’s a simple but pleasant, cost-efficient option for those who’d rather save their travel budget for the shops.
Situated just north of Oxford Street, this quirky Georgian townhouse is a good-value base for shoppers. This is a well-judged location – far enough away from the bustle to feel peaceful, but close enough to easily return to after a day of shopping. The hotel sits on a row of immaculate Georgian townhouses, on the edge of Marylebone, and features interiors modelled on Sir John Soane’s museum in London – think dark walls and a decadent, clandestine atmosphere. 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 all over town for being some of the most fun and inventive in the capital.
Contributions by Emma Beaumont, Jade Conroy, Rachel Cranshaw, Kaye Holland, John O'Ceallaigh, Charlotte Johnstone, Belinda Maude, Penny Walker, Venus Wong