Oxford Circus is the buzzing heart of London retail, an intersection of Oxford Street and Regent Street which is probably the busiest single spot in London. Quieter areas such as Fitzrovia and Marylebone are close to hand, as are the illicit and tasty delights of Soho, but to stay in a hotel near Oxford Street is to be exposed to London at its most manic and bustling.
Probably the most stylish hotel near Oxford Street is the Courthouse Doubletree, formerly known as the Courthouse Hotel Kempinski. As a courthouse, the building once hosted celebrated figures from Charles Dickens to Mick Jagger, but is now a five star hotel with a fluid, understated yet trendy sense of design. The Courthouse has an excellent spa in the basement, as well as two restaurants, a breakfast room and two bars, one of which is the open-topped Sky Bar, a scenic terrace looking out over Soho. Despite the busy Regent Street location only 300 metres from the station, the Courthouse makes a great place to relax.
Alternatively, for a less extravagant stay, visitors could try the four star Saint Georges Hotel, which looks somewhat old-fashioned in places but has 92 very comfortable rooms and excellent views from the 15th floor bar. Less flashy but certainly cosy is the three star Mermaid Suite Hotel, which has an endearingly homey feel missing from most Oxford Circus hotels.
Oxford Circus tube station services the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines, and is the third busiest underground section on the grid, so you may want to avoid it at rush hour.
Oxford Circus Tube Station has exits at each of the four corners of Oxford Circus and is a key stop for shoppers, as Oxford Street and Carnaby Street are within easy reach. Neighbouring districts include Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Oxford Circus tube station is in Zone 1 and serves the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines. Its adjacent stations are Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Regent's Park, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park and Warren Street.
Since its heyday in the swinging 60s Carnaby Street has been one of the most famous shopping streets in London. There have been some changes to the street recently, including a selection of fashionable new shops at the South end of the street, plus access to the exclusive Kingly Court stores. As much a tourist attraction as a toy shop, Hamlets, attracts 6 million shoppers each year. Kids and adults alike should be in toy heaven with seven floors to explore. Oxford Street has been renowned for shopping since the 1890s, by which time John Lewis and Selfridges were already established, this really is a great place to stay and there are plenty of hotels near Oxford Circus to choose from. Oxford circus has everything, all the major high street names are represented and the street can become very busy, especially on Saturdays.
A good old fashioned London boozer, The Argyle Arms pub is worth visiting for its impressive Victorian interior and extensive selection of real ales. The Moon & Sixpence offers great value for money for a central London pub, while Bar Logic is popular with theatre goers. The perennially busy Alphabet Bar offers beers and cocktails in a quirky environment. Meat lovers should investigate Greig's, which has served up some of London's best steaks since it opened in 1959. Hush is an up-market brassiere owned by Geoffrey Moore (son of 007, Roger Moore) which has pretty courtyard seating area.
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