Shaftesbury Avenue, named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury is a major street in the London area of Soho, in the West End. It runs in a north-easterly direction from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, crossing Charing Cross Road at Cambridge Circus. It lies in the City of Westminster when it runs from Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus and in the London Borough of Camden on its run from Cambridge Circus to New Oxford Street.
Attractions of Shaftesbury Avenue
Theatres: It is an important street in a strategic location of the city that was built in the late 19th century (1877-86) and presently it is considered the heart of London’s West End Theatre district as it has a plethora of theatres. On the north side of the road between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road, you can find the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Queen’s theatres clustered together and at the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, you can find the large Palace Theatre. On the north-eastern end of the road, you can find the Shaftesbury Theatre which is another large theatre. It was also home to Saville Theatre but in 1970, it was converted to a cinema that was first known as ABC1 and ABC2 and as Odeon Covent Garden since 2001. Curzon cinema is located in the middle of the Avenue. The other theatre and concert halls in Shaftesbury Avenue include Harold Pinter Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Criterion Theatre, The Jermyn Street Theatre, Bruckpaul and The Prince Edward Theatre.
Other Attractions: Shaftesbury Avenue is well-placed in the heart of London close to many attractions and its neighbourhoods such as Chinatown are also full of places of interest. The other attractions include the area of Soho famous for its exotic nightlife; Horse and Dolphin Yard which was a pub and is now known as De Hems Dutch Cafe Bar; 19 Greek Street which is a gallery and interior design practice; The House of St Barnabas, a house with a garden and private chapel available for private hire; Leicester Square which is the beating heart of the British cinema, West End which is the buzzing city centre with so much to offer that over 15 million tourists visit it every year; Elms Lesters Paintings Rooms which specialises in contemporary artists who began their careers working on the street; Lights of Soho; Piccadilly Circus; National Portrait Gallery; St Paul’s Covent Garden; Isis Gallery; Lazarides Rathbones Gallery; St Martin-in-the Fields; The Strand Gallery; Hauser & Wirth; St Anne’s Churchyard; Reading Room Gallery; St Anne’s Gardens: Smith’s of Covent Garden; Pace; The London Pavilion; Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum London; and CBI Conference Centre.
Nearby Stations: Shaftesbury Avenue is served by two Underground stations – Leicester Square Tube Station which is at a 3-minute walk and Tottenham Court Road Tube station which is at a 5-minute walk. The nearest Overground railway stations are Charing Cross Railway Station (9 minutes walk away) and Euston Railway station (21 minutes walk away). The nearest car parks are China Town Masterpark, 1 minute walk away and Upper Street Martins Lane, 3 minutes walk away.
Nearby Hotels: There is a plethora of nearby hotels of all categories to suit guests having different needs and budgets but the most convenient, comfortable and friendly Hotel in Shaftesbury avenue, The Piccadilly London West End Hotel is where most visitors prefer to stay. It is a luxury hotel offering an ideal tranquil environment although being located in the hustle and bustle of the core of the city. It is strategically located close to most attractions of central London.
Events Near Shaftesbury Avenue: Being located in West End and its various theatres and other event spaces, there are a lot of events that visitors can see and experience including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Part 1 and Part2 at Palace Theatre; Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre; Natalie Williams Soul Family at Ronnie Scott’s; Funky Nation at Ronnie Scott’s; Sunday Jazz Luch Richard Shelton With the Renalto D’aiello Quartet at Ronnie Scott’s; The W3 Jam Sessions at Ronnie Scott’s; Viva Cuba at Ronnie Scott’s; Marianne Faithful at Ronnie Scott’s; Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion at Ronnie Scott’s; Lucky Peterson at Ronnie Scott’s; Average White Band at Ronnie Scott’s; The London Tap Jam at Ronnie Scott’s; Lucinda Rogers – Restaurant Drawings Historic and Contemporary at L’Escargot; Live from Salon Noir at L’Escargot; DJ Lady Lloyd at Ku Bar; Ruby Tuesdays at Ku Bar; Kuklub at Ku Bar; Secret Princesses Party at Foyles; Discover the World Around You Curiositree-The Natural World at Foyles; The Storybox Podcast-Get Involved at Foyles; Print Making for Kids with Zeena Shah at Foyles; Matilda – The Musical Reading at Foyles and many more.
Shopping near Shaftesbury Avenue: There are many shopping options near Shaftesbury Avenue including Maison Bertaux Gallery at Greek Street; Sunspel at Old Compton Street; Loon Fung Supermarket at Gerrard Street; Algerian Coffee Stores at Old Compton Street; I Camisa & Son at Old Compton Street; Foyles – Charing Cross Road; SeeWoo at Lisle Street; MADE Soho at 100 Charing Cross Road; Grant & Cutler at Fowles at Charing Cross Road; The Wild Bunch at Earlham Street; Adidas Originals Store at Earlham Street; Milroy’s of Soho at Greek Street; Pierre Herme Paris at Monmouth Street; Poste Mistress at Monmouth Street; Ben & Jerry’s at Leicester Square; Supreme London at Peter Street and much more.
Nearby Restaurants: The restaurants near Shaftesbury Avenue include Cafe Boheme; Sosho kitchen & Bar; New World at Gerrard Place Chinatown; Ed’s Easy Diner at Moor Street, Soho; Gauthier Soho at Romilly Street, oho; La Nodega Negra at Moor Street, Soho; Little Italy at Frith Street, Soho; The Stockpot at Old Compton Street; Rosa’s Soho at Dean Street; Herman Ze German-Soho at Old Compton Street; New Loon Fung at Gerrard Street; Patisserie Valerie at Old Compton Street; Ramen Taro at Old Compton Street; and many more.