by The Daily Telegraph, June 13, 2016
An expert guide to the top London hotels near Oxford Street — eight minutes' walk or less — including the best hotels for top-notch spas, funky cocktail bars, family-friendly services and budget accommodation, in locations near to Oxford Circus, Selfridges, Soho, Marylebone and Tottenham Court Road.
The London EDITION
This place is just off Oxford Street in leafy Fitzrovia. It will suit those who want more than a bed for the night. The multi-functional lobby makes a great entrance, though it’s the restored stucco ceiling, old not new, that really grabs the attention. The picture-lined restaurant is an equally successful space and there’s also an intimate bar serving a daily punch. The rooms are a bit like being inside a luxurious cigar box, with their wood-panelled walls and artfully strewn fur throws that add a feeling of warmth.
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The London EDITION will suit those who want more than a bed for the night.
An advert from the late 19th century declares that the Langham is situated in the 'most healthy, convenient and fashionable position in London.' Today this still holds true; the hotel is smack in the centre of London, with the shops of Oxford Street on its imposing doorsteps, and Oxford Circus five minutes' walk away. This is one of London's oldest grand hotels. Everything feels as if it has been running the way it should for a 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. This is also home to Michel Roux Jr's Roux at the Landa, which does unfussy French cuisine.
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Everything at The Langham feels as if it has been running the way it should for a long time.
The Grazing Goat
It has the vibe of a luxe Cotswolds gastropub, but is mere minutes from Selfridges. The hotel is located on New Quebec Street, a quiet road lined with clothing boutiques, beauty salons and delis about three minutes' walk from Oxford Street. There's something of a village feel to this area of London that is difficult to square with the tourist hordes just moments away — but it's most welcome. Rooms have Egyptian cotton beds, Aesop toiletries and walls in soothing shades of moss green and steel blue. The food menu offers seasonal British gastropub fare with the addition of the latest trendy ingredients.
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The Grazing Goat has the vibe of a luxe Cotswolds gastropub, but is mere minutes from Selfridges.
Charlotte Street Hotel
Another offering in Fitzrovia which is well placed for Oxford Street (a five-minute stroll) as well as the West End and Bloomsbury. Think 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. There is a library, as well as a spa and gym. The bar is particularly convivial — try the Passion and Ginger Caipirinha. And if you’re going to splash out on a glamorous ‘cake stand’ afternoon tea, do it here. Friday night and Sunday film clubs combine a three-course meal with a movie in the downstairs screening room.
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Charlotte Street Hotel hosts Friday nght and Sunday film clubs.
This luxury pad eight minutes' walk from Oxford Street 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. Humour is there too: in the ladies, ‘Cigarettes and Men’ is scrawled lipstick-style on a glass door. Open it and you are in a cute smoking area. Bedrooms are also charmingly retro. Breakfasts are excellent, and the Nuno Mendes restaurant is popular with the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, David Beckham and Kylie Minogue.
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Bedrooms at Chiltern Firehouse are charmingly retro.
This beautiful period Soho hotel five minutes' walk from Oxford Street is formerly the home of the author William Hazlitt. Everything is refreshingly authentic with the sloping walls and creaky floorboards all part of its charm. The individually furnished rooms may feature painted panelling, Jacobean-style furnishings, ornate French beds or free-standing tubs. Rooms feature surprising secrets that the guest must reveal for himself: a gilt-framed mirror hides the plasma television; a panelled wall springs open to reveal a frothy gold and white dressing table and mirror. Light meals and excellent breakfasts are served in your room and there's also an honesty bar.
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Everything about Hazlitt's is refreshingly authentic.
The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone
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This quirky, 24-bedroom Georgian townhouse hotel to the north of Oxford Street makes a good-value base for shopping and sightseeing. Think fashionably eccentric interiors, a clubby vibe, and a cosy bar. Hyde Park is just a stroll away. The interiors are modelled on Sir John Soane’s museum in London, with dark walls and a decadent, clandestine atmosphere. Reception shares space with a blood-red cocktail lounge (also used as a breakfast room) Seymour’s Parlour, a collector’s paradise: glass-fronted display cabinets, antique clocks, old-school photos, miniature bottles, pieces of architrave and architectural prints. Try Le Sphinx, a refreshing mix of orange Neroli honey, ambrette bitter and champagne.
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The interiors at modelled on Sir John Soane’s museum in London.
The Nadler Soho
This central London hotel with minimalist rooms and well-equipped kitchenettes offers excellent value for its location, just off Soho Square, three minutes from Oxford Street. Rooms are functional, comfortable and minimalist with extras like free access to Love Film. The neat kitchenette with fridge, microwave and kettle is concealed behind what appear to be wardrobe doors and there’s a Brita filtered-water tap. This is a potentially good option for families: superior rooms sleep two adults and a child. No food is served on site, so it’s ideal for those who don’t want to be shoehorned into paying for extras that they don’t need.
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Rooms at Nadler Soho are functional, comfortable and minimalist.
The Arch London
The hotel is just up from Marble Arch and Hyde Park on Great Cumberland Place, which dates back to 1791 – hectic Oxford Street seems a world away. The hotel cleverly blends Georgian architecture and inspired modern touches. Rooms feature bespoke hand-painted wallpaper and hugely comfortable beds. Some suites have terraces and four-poster beds. Guests can grab one of the secluded booths in arty Le Salon de Champagne or enjoy the 'Best of British' Hunter 486 restaurant, which features an open-plan kitchen and stone oven. Friendly and attentive staff are never overbearing.
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The Arch cleverly blends Georgian architecture and inspired modern touches.
The Z Hotel Soho
For a hotel at the heart of London's lively Soho district, the value for money here is fantastic. It's located on a triangular site between Old Compton Street and Moor Street in the beating heart of Soho: tricky to top for the whole Oxford Street shopping experience (five minutes' walk). The hotel is, in effect, a dozen Soho townhouses connected across a central well by aerial walkways of glass and steel. The ship’s-cabin-sized rooms are ingeniously designed: natural pillows from Devon, triple glazing, televisions and all the mod cons. If skint, go for the five windowless interior rooms. The 24-hour café comes in handy for midnight munchies.
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For a hotel at the heart of London's lively Soho district, the value for money at The Z is fantastic.
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