When it comes to holiday accommodation, everyone knows that London is packed full of options. From luxury apartments to B&Bs and hostels, there’s a myriad of choices. So if you’re heading to London on holiday and you’re seeking the ideal place to stay as well as travel inspiration, then this guide will give you everything you need. And if you’re keen to stay in the heart of the city, then the Rathbone – a four star West End hotel – may be the perfect option. Offering quality service and stylish accommodation at an affordable price, it’s one of the West End’s most popular four star hotels.
A Boutique West End Location
The West End is England’s capital of shopping, glitz, glamour, style and sophistication. It’s often the first stop for international travellers coming to the UK, and the Rathbone is situated just a short walk from the very heart of it all – just one of the many reasons why we’re one of the West End’s top four star hotels.
Located on Rathbone Street, the hotel has a boutique location alongside Charlotte Place – a quiet enclave in Fitzrovia amongst the hustle and bustle of the West End – it’s the perfect starting point for your tour of London. As one of the leading four star West End hotels, the Rathbone combines affordability, style, comfort and elegance into one perfect package.
The Rathbone – A Four Star Boutique Hotel in the West End
The Rathbone is perfect for everyone. It’s perfect for business travellers seeking an ideal business hotel in London, perfect for families and perfect for a romantic break in the city. In fact it’s the perfect West End four star hotel and our 72 spacious, newly-decorated rooms cater for even the most discerning guest. We have a comprehensive list of services and amenities, including:
- FREE wi-fi if you book through our website
- FREE continental breakfast every day of your stay
- Great discounts at local restaurants, health clubs and spas
- Outstanding room service menu and a stunning bar and lounge
One of the many reasons our clients come back to us time and time again is the service they receive. We are a family-run four star hotel in the West End, and our reception and concierge staff are available to guide you around the city, to help you with booking tickets to the theatre of for dinner reservations and to make sure that you get as much out of London as you can during your stay.
Eat, Drink and Shop
Charlotte Street, Charlotte Place, Percy Street and the surrounding streets are packed full of independent restaurants, cool bars and cafés as well as a host of famous pubs. You’ll find a great selection of quirky clothes shops, bookstores, furniture and antiques as well as galleries, cool music venues and theatres. And while there are a number of West End four star hotels, we like to think that with our quality service and boutique location, the Rathbone offers that ideal mix of style, tranquillity and easily access to the West End.
Fitzrovia: The West End’s Bohemian Home
Fitzrovia is in the heart of the West End, a very short distance to the north from what is technically considered central London – it’s home to a host of independent shops and restaurants as well as a number of boutique four star West End hotels. It’s only really the locals that refer to the area as Fitzrovia – most lump it in with the West End – but it’s an area with an eclectic, fascinating history.
It’s a great mix of residential, retail and commercial buildings as well as some world-class educational and healthcare organisations including University College London (and UCH), the University of London and Westminster University.
Centred on the Fitzroy Tavern, a pub on the corner of Charlotte Street and Windmill Street, the area was so named for Charles FitzRoy. It was FitzRoy who was responsible for the development of the northern section of the area in the 18th century, including Fitzroy Square and many of the most famous roads in the area. These roads were named after the FitzRoy, Portland and Devonshire families, who were the predominant landowners, and include Grafton Way, Portland Place, Devonshire Street, Harley Street, Bentinck Street, Mortimer Street and Cavendish Square.
The name Fitzroy comes from the old Norman-French word for ‘son of the King’ and ‘Fitzrovia’ was recorded in print as late as 1940 in the Daily Express although there is some conjecture as to whom originally coined the word.
Since the 1920s, Fitzrovia has been a meeting place for the more bohemian elements of London society including writers and artists such as Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, Quentin Crisp, Dylan Thomas, George Orwell and the master of the dark arts, Aleister Crowley and the small and irregular streets add to the charm of the area.
One of the most historically significant works of the last 200 years was Dickens’ Oliver Twist and the story was inspired by the fact that the young Dickens lived a few doors away from the poorhouse on Cleveland Street, in what is now called Fitzrovia. He saw hundreds of ‘Olivers’ and one boy – Robert Blincoe – who lived to tell his story in a memoir was called the ‘real Oliver Twist’. The building itself was saved from demolition and the government later conferred ‘protected status’ on the building.
If you’re staying at the Rathbone – one of the most established Fitzrovia hotels – it’s certainly worth a quick walk round the corner to see what inspired one of the most famous novels ever written.
Why Choose The Rathbone – One of the very best Four Star Hotels in the West End
If you’re seeking an ideal West End hotel, then the Rathbone is the perfect option. Bringing quality service at affordable value, we tick all the right boxes for people coming to London. This includes a first-class experience throughout your stay, all the amenities and facilities you could possibly need and the ideal mix of comfort, style, elegance and price.
You can save up to 10% on your stay if you pre-pay and our staff are on hand to cater for everything you need to make your stay as peaceful, enjoyable and comfortable as possible.
We love to look after our guests and our Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor is just one testament to this focus on quality. Get in touch today and book your place at one of the West End’s best four star hotels.