Every part of London holds something special and you won’t fail to find something of interest no matter where you are. The West End holds a number of London’s must-see places and there is little wonder that so many people flock to the West End every year, either to shop, explore or take in a show. Here are a selection of the places that you must see when taking a trip to London’s West End.
Piccadilly Circus is the centre of the West End and is known for its brilliant display of advertising boards, shops and impressive fountains and statues. Named after the clothing garment the ‘picadils’, Piccadilly Circus interlinks five important streets in London; Regent Street, Coventry Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly and Haymarket, all of which houses some of the best hotels in West End London. The Earl of Shaftesbury’s memorial stands in the centre of the Circus and is the most famous piece in Piccadilly Circus as it is known for its bronze depiction of the Eros, the Greek God of love..
Soho Featuring Regent Street
Soho is the most trendiest place to be in the city; not only does in enclose the legendary Carnaby Street, London Palladium and the beautiful Liberty of London, it is the favourite haunt of musicians, actors, record companies and film producers. Soho has been featured in many films throughout the years and there is every chance of seeing a spot of filming or a famous star perusing the shops. Regent Street edges the left side of Soho and is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, pairing with Oxford Street that encloses the top part of Soho. There are an array of designer stores scattering Regent Street such as Burberry, Superdry, UNIQLO, Michael Kors and Hollister Co, however, the most famous store on the street is Hamleys, the oldest toy shop in the world. Holding seven floors stuffed with toys, it is every child’s dream and it caters from the very young to the more mature, allowing everyone to keep their inner child bouncing with joy. Oxford Street is a mile and a half of shops and department stores, including Selfridges, the world’s first department store as we know it today. For over a century it has welcomed patrons, coining the phrase ‘ the customer is always right’ and introducing new and innovative things to Britain and, today, it is still proudly trend setting.
Soho is also home to the largest collection of theatres in a singular space; there is the Gielgud Theatre, currently showing The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight, the Queen’s Theatre, showing Les Miserables for over 30 years, the Palace Theatre, currently showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the Prince Edward Theatre, who is currently the home to Aladdin. Soho has a large amount of the accommodation in the West End, so if you are a theatre fan, Soho is the perfect place to stay.