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London Guide - The West End

Attractions in Londons West End, shopping in Londons West End, cinemas in Londons West End, theatres in Londons West End, underground stations in Londons West End. areas of Londons West End,

The West End of London is a ward within the City of Westminster, which is defined as London's entertainment and shopping area and the heart of London's Theatreland.

Famous areas of the West End include China Town, Covent Garden, Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Soho and St James.

Famous streets of the West End include Baker Street, Bond Street, Charing Cross Road, Oxford Street, Park Lane, Regent's Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and The Strand.

Famous circuses and squares within the West End are Cambridge, Oxford and Picadilly Circus and Berkley, Grosvenor, Leicester, Russel and Trafalgar Squares

The West End is also the area of London's most exclusive and high class residential areas which includes the areas of Mayfair, Knightbridge and St James situated in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Brompton Road, Kightsbridge is where the Harrod's and Harvey Nicholls department stores can be found. 

The West End is served by one national railway station at Charing Cross and 16 underground ( metro / tube ) stations.

In this article I will first describe some of the West End areas and their attractions, then I will go on to list all the metro stations including which stations are near which attractions.

   

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CHINA TOWN. 

London China Town, is situated between Leicester Square and Shaftesbury Avenue. China Town's main thoroughfare is Gerrard Street, where there are an abundance of Chinese shops and restaurants set amongst Chinese works of art, dragon and lion statues and of course it's Chinese Arch.

Leicester Square is home to four world famous cinemas - The Odeon Leicester Square, The Odeon West End, The Empire Leicester Square and The Vue - and two night clubs - The Venue and The Hippodrome - .

Shaftesbury Avenue is the beating heart of London's Theatreland and is the home  of The Trocadero entertainment centre, and the Apollo, Curzon, Lyric, Gielgud and Queen's Theatres..

    

  Image courtesy of Peter Suranyi, wikimedia commons.

COVENT GARDEN.

Covent Garden was once famous for it's fruit and vegetable market, but this area is now known as Covent Garden Square and is home to an array of performing, street entertainers.

Covent Garden's main thoroughfare is Long Acre, where one will find the Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum.

The most famous street in this area is The Strand which is home to The Adelphi, The Lyceum and Savoy theatres, Somerset House, The Savoy Palace and the Savoy Hotel.

Also in the Covent Garden area is Drury Lane, home of London's Theatre Royal and St Martin's home of The English National Opera.

MAYFAIR. 

As well as being an upmarket residential area full of former royal palaces and up scale residences, Mayfair is also home to London's King's College, The Royal Courts of Justice, Australia House and Bush House -  where the BBC transmits all it's radio shows from -.

SOHO. 

Soho is an area of one square mile which encompasses part of Theatreland, London's red light district ( Broadwick Street ) and the home of London's main, gay community ( Old Compton Street ).

Situated in the area's Wardaur Street is the home of the British Film industry's main offices.

Soho theatres include The Palace Theatre and The Windmill Theatre.

Soho's Wardaur Street is the home of the British Film industry's production and distribution offices. it is also a favourite street for theatre goers, owing to it's many restaurants and close proximity to Shaftesbury Avenue.

    

  Image courtesy of Dick Bauch, wikimedia commons.                                  

SHOPPING DISTRICT. 

 London's West End shopping area is the largest shopping venue in Europe and is home to some of the world's most prestigious retailers, as well as being the home of many of the more regular British shops, flagship stores.

From Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road is where the world famous Oxford Street shopping area is situated, which includes the Selfridges department store, amongst many others.From St James' to Oxford Circus is where the shopping street of Regent's Street is situated, which includes the Hamley's and Liberty's department stores as well as The Cafe Royal and the BBC's Broadcasting House.

Running parallel with Regent's Street from Picadilly Circus, is Saville Row, home to the United Kingdom's most prestigious mens tailors.

From Picadilly to Oxford Street is Bond Street, the most prestigious and expensive shopping Street in Europe which consists of New Bond Street and Old Bond Street and is the home of  an array of desighner store outlets and art galleries, including Tiffany's and Sotheby's, to name but a few.

Situated just off New Bond Street is Brooke Street, where the Claridge's Hotel is located.

Situated just off Picadilly is another interesting shopping venue,The Burlington Arcade, site of the world's first ever shopping mall, or arcade as they were known in olden days, which is a beautiful and highly ornate, Victorian, covered shopping area.

North of Oxford Circus leading to the Marlebone Road is Harley Street, once world famous for it's medical physicians, which is now the home to London's beauty clinics and alternative therapists.

Off Marlebone Road is Baker Street made famous by detective Sherlock Holmes, whose museum is situated here as well as Madame Tussaud's Waxworks Museum and The London Planetarium.

At the end of Marlebone Road, heading east, is the entrance to The Regent's Park. 

Picadilly get's it's name from a 16th and 17th century stiff, collar which was made and sold in the area, known as a picadill.

Today Picadily is the iconic symbol of the West End and features such London greats as Fortum and Mason's department store, the Ritz Hotel and the Waterstone's flagship store.

A word of warning, most of the thoroughfares in the West End are considerably long, particularly Bond Street, Marlebone Road,Oxford Street, Picadilly, Tottenham Court Road and the Strand and will require a map to find ones way around the individual attractions that you may wish to visit, especially if you are on foot.

Below is a list of all the underground ( metro / tube ) stations that serve The West End, along with some of the attractions accessed from each individual station. 

For tube map visit - tfl.gov.uk/Standard-Tube-map.  

  

                                                  TUBE STATIONS IN THE WEST END

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BAKER STREET - Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussaud's and The Planetarium.

BOND STREET - Shops.Claridge's Hotel.

CHARING CROSS - The Strand, Trafalger Square,Whitehall.

COVENT GARDEN - All the above listed attractions for Covent Garden.

EMBANKMENT - Savoy Hotel, Cleopatra's Needle, Playhouse and New Players Theatres.

GOODGE STREET - The British Museum. University College Hospital.

GREAT PORTLAND STREET - Restaurants. Shops.

GREEN PARK - Green Park, Burlington Arcade, Buckingham Palace.

HYDE PARK CORNER - Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace.Dorchester Hotel.

LEICESTER SQUARE - Cinemas. China Town.

MARBLE ARCH - Hyde Park, Marble Arch.

OXFORD CIRCUS - Shops, The London Palladium.

PICADILLY CIRCUS - China Town. The Trocadero.The Ritz. Fortnum and Mason's.

REGENT'S PARK - The Regent's Park which includes London Zoo.

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD - Shops.

WARREN STREET - Restaurants. Shops.

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