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Leicester Square’s wine bars and nearby hotels.

by Rajul on July 26, 2010

Many London visitors may not be aware of some excellent wine bars in and around Leicester Square, several of which are quite hidden away

When people think of Leicester Square they often think of crowds of tourists, overpriced and often poor-quality restaurants, noise, litter and cinemas promoting the latest silver screen blockbuster.

We could easily have added it to our popular list of top London “Don’t Dos”!

But on the other hand the area is next to colourful Chinatown and vibrant Soho as well as being within easy reach of Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square.  So it is often seen as a place to pass through rather than linger.

However, there is an interesting article in the excellent Europe a la Carte blog highlighting “secret wine bars” close to Leicester Square.  Having tried a couple of them, it reminded me that the key to enjoying London is knowing exactly where to look in the city’s hidden nooks and crannies.

With that in mind, once you’ve checked out the secret wine bars at Europe a la Carte, London Hotels Insight invites you to consider the following hotels which are all handily-placed for Leicester Square:

Sofitel St James

Just walk 10 minutes from Leicester Square past Piccadilly Circus and down Haymarket to immerse yourself in an Anglo-French fusion of great service, impeccable rooms and a lovely spa experience including a supersonic “Sha Chair”.  The Sofitel St James is a stalwart of the top 10 TripAdvisor hotels with live piano music in the evenings and occasional art displays to boot.

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The Sofitel St James is one of the most "classy" hotels in London with refreshingly down-to-earth and friendly staff

The Stafford

The wine-lover’s favourite hotel and now in the top 20 TripAdvisor hotels, the Stafford is very much on the up according to recent guest reviews.  The hotel offers impeccable, old-fashioned hospitality in a central and buzzy location – again a short walk from Leicester Square.  You’ll get from your chosen wine bar to a candlelit tour of the hotel’s wine cellar in no time!

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The Stafford has its own extensive wine cellars too - 350 years old!

And for a smaller budget…

Dean Street Townhouse

Slap-bang in the middle of Soho, this unpretentious and impeccable hotel lacks for nothing in providing you a comfortable night’s stay on the doorstep of some of London’s best restaurants and bars.

Its price tags are also a snip if you go for its smallest “broom cupboard” rooms.  After all, sometimes all you need is a crash pad for the night…

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Dean Street Townhouse: a "crash pad" with a sense of style.

And finally…

Admittedly all the above hotel suggestions are just around a ten minute walk (or quick taxi ride) from Leicester Square.

But if you insist that you need to be on Leicester Square itself, you may also choose the soon-to-open, boutique-style W Hotel London.  Check out this preview video on the W Hotels website to see if it whets your appetite!

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Photo credits: Dean Street Townhouse, Stafford Hotel, Sofitel St James.

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