Visit Charing Cross

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About Charing Cross

Immerse yourself in history and tradition at one of London’s most central hotels. Strand Palace sits near Charing Cross Station, just a stone’s throw from classic British movie sets, inspirational theatre halls and museums.

Charing Cross is the true centre of London, home to the junction where all distances from London are measured – and just a minute’s walk from Strand Palace.

The whole of the Charing Cross area was once taken up by Hungerford Market, where fish, fruit, vegetables and meat were sold. A place full of character, colour and excitement. This is where a suspension bridge across the Thames was constructed for suppliers and shoppers. Today’s version, the Hungerford Bridge directly behind the station, is a fantastic way to walk over the river, with views in every direction, from the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye, and all just down the road from Strand Palace.

Charing Cross Highlights

If you like live shows then the authentic British theatres around Charing Cross are a must-visit. There are two super theatres tucked away between Strand Palace and the Thames – The Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre. The spirit of the latter’s Victorian music hall still lingers, as the venue serves up musicals and cabaret performances, and late-night shows.

There’s also a whole warren to explore under Charing Cross station. Look up through grilles at trains running above and get glimpses of London from extraordinary angles on an exclusive tour led by members of the London Transport Museum. As a bonus, joining one of these tours also includes a pass to the fascinating London Transport Museum itself, just down the road from the Strand Palace.

Like the theatre, Charing Cross’ Victorian roots are an amazing find. The theatrical links go back further – it’s thought that the first Punch and Judy show in England was held in Charing Cross, performed by an Italian puppeteer in 1666.


Getting there

372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ

By Tube

Leicester Square has two tube lines connected to the tube station; the Piccadilly and the Charing Cross Branch of the Northern Line. It’s also only a few stops from the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central.

By Bus

There are multiple bus routes going through Leicester Square including three-night buses; the 14, 24 and 176.

By Train

just a short walk to Charing Cross’ railway station, Leicester Square is in an ideal location when staying in London.

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