Piccadilly is one of London’s liveliest areas: crammed with theatres, shops, restaurants and bars. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exploration. Here’s our guide to the top destinations to discover in the area.
Although not a street per se Piccadilly Circus is Piccadilly’s most famous landmark with its bright neon lights and the hustle and bustle of the West End. The neon signs have been lighting up the circus since 1908 and the Coca-Cola sign has been there since 1955. No trip to Piccadilly is complete without a jaunt to (and a photo at) Piccadilly Circus – make sure you don’t miss out.
Considered to be the West End’s beating heart of the theatre district, this street is the ideal place to go and see the best theatrical shows. With theatres such as Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Queen’s theatre, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of fantastic shows on offer.
If you’d like to kit yourself out in the latest, trendiest fashion available, then Oxford Street is your ideal place to visit. This iconic street is lined with over 300 stores, including the best in high street fashion, such as American Apparel, Topshop, River Island, Zara and Aldo. For a little more of a luxurious shopping experience, head the department store voted the best in the world, Selfridges. You’ll be surrounded by the biggest designer names; find yourself some luxury souvenirs with Selfridges large selection of gifts and accessories and high end fashion.
If taking a stroll down Regent Street, it’ll be hard not to leave without a whole new wardrobe with all the latest fashion trends on offer. Release your inner shopaholic and indulge in designer brands such as Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. Once you’ve finished shopping, you’ll need a place to put down all those bags and relax for while; choose from one of the many bars to chill out and enjoy a beverage of your choice.
During the Victorian age, this street was a hub of nightlife, and home to mansions and grand, noble houses. The Strand is now lined with offices, souvenir shops and restaurants, but still boasts prestigious establishments such as The Vaudeville and Adelphi Theatre and the Twinings teashop, the oldest business still operating in its original location; we Londoners do love a cup of tea!