When you’re heading to London for a business trip there are a few key elements you need from a hotel. Firstly, you need to be in the beating heart of the city, close to everything London has to offer. You need space and facilities to meet your clients, suppliers and stakeholders in a relaxed and professional environment and you need all the amenities a corporate business traveller could want. Written by the staff of The Rathbone – one of the leading Fitzrovia business hotels – this guide to business travel to London and the Fitzrovia area will tell you everything you need for an easy and successful trip.
Four Star Business Hotels in Fitzrovia
With around 8,000 residents but 50,000 daily workers, Fitzrovia is geared up for the business traveller. As a business traveller to London, when you stay in the Fitzrovia area you benefit from excellent transport links giving you access to the UK and Europe as well as world-renowned theatre, galleries, museums and exhibitions, architecture and history and of course London’s business and conference centres.
At the Rathbone, being a Fitzrovia business hotel is just the beginning. Our Fitzroy Suite is a professional meeting space for up to 12 people in comfortable, air-cooled room.
Rates start from £149 for a half-day and delegate rates from £55/person and all charges including the following:
- Super-fast wi-fi
- Coffee, tea, mineral water and delicious pastries
- Sandwich lunch (or a buffet in the hotel’s restaurant)
- Direct dial phone, photocopying, faxing and stationery
- AV equipment on request
- A dedicated team to ensure you and your guests are well taken care of
Fitzrovia’s Leading Business Hotel
If you Google ‘Fitzrovia Business Hotels’, you’ll find a number of options with a range of price, availability and quality. The Rathbone is an outstanding four star business hotel in Fitzrovia and ticks the boxes of even the busiest executives:
- 72 modern air-cooled bedrooms
- Plenty of space to work as well as relax
- Free super-fast wi-fi if you book direct on the website so you never miss a call or email
- Free continental breakfast every morning
- Discounts at local restaurants to take clients and guests to
- 24h reception and concierge team to take care of your every need
We also have a comprehensive range of facilities and amenities to ensure that your stay with us is as relaxing, productive and enjoyable.
We’re one of the top rated London business hotels and one of the most popular Tottenham Court Road hotels, located as we are in a quiet enclave of central London, just a short hop from the bright lights of central London. The streets around the Rathbone – Charlotte Street, Charlotte Place and Percy Street are famous for their incredible restaurants and super-cool bars and cafés and are perfect for entertaining clients or spending some downtime with a cappuccino and a croissant!
Travel Around Fitzrovia
Starting from your base at the Rathbone – one of Fitzrovia’s best business hotels – you’re just a few minutes’ walk from these tube stations:
- Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Lines)
- Goodge Street (Northern Line)
- Warren Street (Northern & Victoria Lines)
- Great Portland Street (Metropolitan, Circle & Hammersmith & City Lines)
- Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line)
- Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle & Hammersmith & City Lines)
We’re one of the closest hotels to Oxford Street, and you’re also close to the mainline rail stations of Marylebone, Euston, King’s Cross St Pancras and Charing Cross, there are lots of bus routes that will take you all over London and if you’re feeling fit, look out for the TfL cycle stations where you can hire bikes and cycle the city!
History of Fitzrovia
If you’re looking for a boutique business hotel in Fitzrovia, you may want to know all about the area you’re coming to!
It’s a matter of some debate amongst local historians but they are mostly agreed that Fitzrovia is named after the Fitzroy Tavern, a pub on the corner of Windmill Street and Charlotte Street which was itself named for Charles FitzRoy, an influential landowner in the 18th century, as was Fitzroy Square.
In French, ‘Fitzroy’ means ‘son of the king’ and the word was first used in print by Tom Driberg MP in a newspaper column as recently as 1940. The area we know as Fitzrovia was developed by three well-respected families, the Fitzroy, Devonshire and Portland clans and many of the streets in the immediate locale were named after various members – Devonshire Street, Portland Place, Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square, Harley Street, Bentinck Street and Grafton Street.
One of the most attractive elements of Fitzrovia is that because each of these families developed their own parts of the area, there is a proliferation of irregular, narrow streets which adds to the charm.
The area retains its historical importance and this was brought to the public’s attention a few years ago when a seemingly nondescript building on Cleveland Street was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment. The building’s original name was the Cleveland Street Workhouse and was built between 1775 and 1778 to cater for the area’s sick and poor and local historians believe it was the inspiration for the workhouse depicted in Oliver Twist, Dickens’ first major work written in 1837. Charles Dickens lived nine doors away from the workhouse (22 Cleveland Street) in 1815-16 and again from 1828-31 and it’s likely he saw the ‘real’ Oliver Twist (a boy called Robert Blincoe who lived to tell his tale in a memoir) which may have prompted his literary brilliance for the next 30 years.
It’s fair to say that the workhouse is a far cry from a business hotel in Fitzrovia and coupled with the fact that today, the area has a village feel and the streets immediately surrounding the Rathbone were described by biographer Paul Willetts as ‘the crooked spine of Fitzrovia’, you will experience a side of London that few get to see.
Fitzrovia’s Business Hotels – Why Choose The Rathbone?
Here at the Rathbone, we genuinely feel that we have earned our reputation as one of the best boutique business hotels in Fitzrovia. Our entire ethos is based in giving our loyal customers exactly what they need for a perfect stay in London – including outstanding customer service, our perfect location and exceptional value for money. If you don’t believe us, we have a Traveller’s Choice Award from TripAdvisor and, more important than anything, our guests return time and time again.