If you are a tourist in London, the best place to visit first is Piccadilly Circus due to the fact that its one of the most famous sights in the world, but also because it is the centre point of the city, the place where all things lead to.
From Piccadilly Circus you can make your way anywhere in London and it is also where many of the discount hotels in West End can be found. You can head up Regent Street to do a touch of shopping in a selection of designer shops such as Superdry, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors or you can thrill your inner child with a trip to Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop. It is filled to the brim with stuffed toys, gadgets, dolls, trains, cars, soldiers, computer games, lego, mechanical toys and so much more, it is easy to spend hours engrossed in its 7 floors of childhood dreams. From Regent Street you have access to Carnaby Street, world famous in the Swingin’ Sixties, and Oxford Street, possibly the most well known shopping street in Europe, which is home to Topshop, two Primarks and Selfridges.
The road right next to the glaring lights of Piccadilly will lead you to Shaftesbury Avenue, home to theatres and the best hotels in West End London. The first theatre on the strip is home to the longest running musical in the world, the incredible Les Miserables which has been playing for over 30 years. It is a rite of passage for any tourist to get tickets to see a play or a musical while in London and, in the West End, there are a vast amount to choose from so, whether you like comedy, horror, musicals, drama or classic plays, there will definitely be something to suit your taste.
On from theatreland lies Chinatown, an instant step across the world to the orient. This small section of London is packed full of delicious restaurants paying homage to the Chinese cuisine, a selection a Chinese medicine centres, supermarkets filled with Chinese fruit, vegetables and other ingredients and shops, including a quaint tea shop. It is most definitely worth a look, especially if you love to experience different cultures and foods. From here you can take a stroll to Leicester Square, which has been made famous by film premieres and if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some of your favourite stars on the red carpet. Leicester Square leads onto Trafalgar Square which holds Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery which are not only free, but filled with over 600 years of paintings.
From one central point in London, a large selection of tourist spots can be explored and they are all in walking distance to each other. So make sure that Piccadilly Circus is your first port of call when you are in the city.