Oxford Street is one of London’s most famous thoroughfares and a go to destination for visitors and shoppers from around the world. It’s a street that’s famous the world over – think Rodeo Drive, the Las Vegas Strip or the Champs Elysées – it’s as iconic as a street can get. For those seeking a boutique hotel in Oxford Street, there are a number of options to explore, among the best of which is the Rathbone.
The Rathbone – So Close to the Action you can Touch It
The Rathbone sits happily just a few short minutes’ walk from Oxford Street and the rest of the hustle and bustle of the West End. One of the most popular Fitzrovia hotels, the Rathbone offers a quiet, peaceful location within a stone’s throw of the action. We’re surrounded on all sides by quiet streets including Charlotte Street, Charlotte Place and Percy Street that are full of independent shops, great bars, cafés and restaurants and are perfect to explore, sit and watch the world go by. In addition, there are lots of…
…Boutique Oxford Street Hotels
Of course there are lots of hotels, motels and even youth hostels to choose from and whatever your budget, you want it to represent excellent value for money – at the Rathbone we do exactly that.
We have 72 newly-decorated air-conditioned rooms that are ideal for everyone coming to London including tourists, couples, families and business travellers and our 24h reception staff as well as our concierges are available to help you with anything and everything you need to make your stay with us as happy as possible. This includes booking taxis, dinner reservations, tickets to events, directions and advice on getting around London.
When you stay at the Rathbone, you get a real home-from-home experience. We are a family-run hotel and we know how to make our guests feel welcome. So much so that thanks to their amazing feedback, we were the proud recipients of a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Many of our guests will choose us as the ideal wedding anniversary hotel in London, as much for our service as for our ideal location.
So while there are plenty of boutique hotels near Oxford Street we believe the Rathbone offers quality, luxury and comfort all at an affordable price. Our packages include:
- Our amenities and facilities are what you would expect at the top hotels in London
- Every morning of your stay enjoy a free continental breakfast
- If you book direct through our website you get free super-fast wi-fi
- Enjoy the local fare with money-off discounts at local restaurants and health clubs
Oxford Street – The Jewel in London’s Shopping Crown
We’re one of the closest hotels to Oxford Street, making us a consistently popular choice for travellers to London. Oxford Street itself is the busiest shopping street in all of Europe with 200m annual visitors! It runs from Tottenham Court Road station all the way up to Marble Arch. On the famous one and a half mile street you’ll find pubs, bars, restaurants and Oxford Street’s boutique hotels as well as over 300 shops including the big department stores of John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges and Marks & Spencer as well as restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, independent stores and flagship Topshop, Adidas, Nike and H&M stores.
According to Google Maps, the walk from Oxford Street to the Rathbone hotel – one of the most popular boutique hotels near Oxford Street – is just 0.3 miles and should take no longer than five minutes. So whether you’re enjoying the shopping, the restaurants or the theatres, there’s a huge amount on offer. Indeed, as one of the best located Theatreland hotels in London, many guests choose us for a shopping and show extravaganza! And the real beauty of the hotel being so close to the centre is that when you’re exhausted after an amazing day and night out, you can quickly and easily get back to the tranquillity of your room.
Getting To and From Oxford Street
So, you’ve chosen your boutique hotel on Oxford Street and you need to know how to get around the city. We can tell you that it’s VERY easy! Within a few minutes of the Rathbone you’ll find four tube stations – Oxford Circus (Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines); Tottenham Court Road (Central land Northern lines); Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines) and Marble Arch (Central line) and buses travel up and down all day and most of the night.
There are car parks dotted all over the place but bear in mind they can be quite expensive so check prices before you leave your car for the day. You can also hop on and hop off the city-wide Boris Bikes. There are bike stations all over the place and instructions of how they operate are easy and clear.
A Short History of Oxford Street
Long before Oxford Street’s boutique hotels showed up, it was originally constructed as a route from London to Oxford and it follows the path of an ancient Roman road called the via Trinobantina that connected Hampshire to the ancient Essex town of Colchester via London. In the Middle Ages it was known as Tyburn Road and was infamous for being the route taken by condemned prisoners on their way to face the gallows at Tyburn where Marble Arch now sits.
On route from Newgate Prison to Tyburn, the prison guards would often stop for a jug of ale at a local watering house. When the innkeeper asked whether the condemned man was drinking, the guards would say ‘not, him, he’s on the wagon’. A term still used today for those abstaining from booze!
Oxford Street itself was named in the late 18th century after the Earl of Oxford who bought large swathes of land and the road became well-known as a place to see the entertainers of the day including bear-baiters, musicians and masquerades. As the 19th century came around, shops started to open as well as many inns – the predecessors of today’s boutique Oxford Street hotels.
While it had a local reputation as a shopping centre, it became known the world over when Harry Selfridge opened his eponymous store in 1909 with a self-financed £400,000 investment. He stayed on as Chairman of the Board until 1941 but during the war, Oxford Street underwent sustained bombing, including some pretty big hits on John Lewis and Selfridges.
After the war it was all rebuilt and in the next three decades, one of the most famous Oxford Street locations was the 100 Club, a jazz club that hosted bands like the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Jam. Even The Rolling Stones played there. Today, Oxford Street is a thriving, busy and exciting retail venue selling almost anything you could possibly want to buy, eat or drink!
Perhaps the most famous event on Oxford Street is the yearly Christmas lights and accompanying department store windows. Every year, the stores compete to see who can create the most innovative and interesting displays and they are most definitely worth a trip if you’re in London in December and January.
The Rathbone – Why Choose Us?
The answer is surprisingly simple. We’re a family-run boutique hotel near Oxford Street and we offer guests a warm welcome, a fantastic place from where to base your trip and amenities and facilities that don’t look out of place in the best hotels in the city. Contact us today and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know.