London’s Edgware Road – lined with shawarma shops and Arabic grocery stores – has long been among the most popular areas for visitors from the Middle East.
From the legendary Café Helen to Saudi Arabian restaurants and long-standing eateries from the Gulf and beyond, it is a place that is well worth exploring no matter where you’re visiting from.
For those keen to make the most of it, Edgware Road itself and nearby areas like Marble Arch are home to several hotels, ranging from budget spots that are clean and central to more luxurious hideaways.
Wherever you stay, be sure to explore the surrounding vibrant community – or venture further out past Paddington to nearby Maida Vale and Little Venice, where late-Victorian terrace blocks jut off from avenues and parks, and narrowboats are dotted along the canal.
Here are the best places to stay in London’s Edgware Road.
The newly refurbished Hilton London Metropole is one of Edgware Road’s most long-standing hotels, having been around since 1999. With a swish new look and boasting a prime location in the heart of all the area’s major restaurants (and conveniently across the road from both the London Underground Station and a large Marks and Spencer supermarket for essentials), the property’s exudes a buzzy contemporary elegance. Beyond an easy proximity to nearby attractions, many of the hotel’s rooms also look over the skyline of the UK capital, with views of famous sights including the London Eye and The Shard.
Where: 225 Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU
Contact: +44 20 7402 4141
Sonder Edgware Road
Sonder promises a different experience from traditional hotels geared towards the modern traveller and more akin to an apartment rental, with app-based check-in and self-serve amenities (the front desk remains staffed 24 hours a day for any queries). With a gorgeous Victorian exterior, this hotel is an ideal base during a trip to London – and with a coffee and pastry shop directly below, mornings are easily covered. Room options range from singles to two-bedroom suites with balconies overlooking the city. Just a few minutes away from the London Underground and served by several bus routes connecting to Oxford Street and beyond, this is a solid option for longer stays.
Surrounded by Arabic bakehouses and shisha terraces, NOX Edgware Road – part of an independent group of 12 boutique hotels – offers rooms that fitted with fully equipped kitchenettes, microwaves and fridges, so fear not if you don’t finish all that falafel on the street. A funky blue and yellow colour palette carries through the space, including to the hotel’s signature jacuzzi suites – but for budget travellers not concerned about views and merely looking for a place to get some rest, the property also includes cheaper rooms with no windows to keep costs down.
Where: 51 Edgware Road, London, W2 1BS
Contact: +44 7763 080177
The Montcalm London Marble Arch
For a more luxurious option, The Montcalm at nearby Marble Arch sits at the end of Edgware Road. Due to its location, this five-star hotel also offers easy access to Oxford Street for shopping, while Park Lane’s luxurious restaurants are nearby too. The rooms here are plush and indulgent, with a range of pillow types, modern bathrooms with Hermes toiletries as well as a choice of five room aromas. After a long day exploring Edgware Road, guests can relax at The Montcalm’s state-of-the-art spa with massage facilities, treatments, steam, sauna, plus a jacuzzi and fitness centre.
Further up Edgware Road – nearer to the quaint cafés and restaurants of Maida Vale and Little Venice – is the Comfort Inn, a budget option with bargain rooms offering all the essentials in an excellent location. Being further along also means a close proximity to Lord’s Cricket Ground, which is 10 minutes’ walk away. There are no frills here – accommodation is very basic – but for travellers keeping an eye on costs while still looking for a convenient place to stay that is close to the main attractions, the Comfort Inn is well worth adding to the list.