The West End undoubtedly contains Central London’s most recognised attractions. From world-class buildings and theatres to historical statues and monuments, this area is chock-full of iconic features and venues, which makes it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city.
The area generally refers to Westminster, Soho, Marylebone, Mayfair and Covent Garden, and quite a few others.
Below are some great places to visit on your trip to London’s West End.
Oxford Street and Bond Street
Oxford Street and Bond Street are two of the most famous streets in Europe. Oxford Street has probably the largest number of recognisable high-street brands in all of the UK, whereas Bond Street features some of the more exclusive establishments. There’s plenty here, like Selfridges, House of Fraser, and so many more.
Explore Piccadilly Circus & China Town
Complete with the statue of Eros and the wide-span advertising boards, world-famous Piccadilly Circus is hard to miss amidst the rest of London’s landscape. Though rising rent costs means the number of bulb-lit advertisement signs has decreased over the years, it’s still an exciting sight to see, and one of the city’s most popular meeting points.
It’s not as big or as glamorous as the New York district, but London’s Chinatown still comprises of lots of exciting oriental attractions. You’ll find more than 70 exotic shops and restaurants on these famous streets, with souvenirs for tourists and more regular everyday products available in equal numbers. There’s a fair bit of history to explore here, and the cultural dimensions are fascinating. And nearby you’ll find some of the best budget accommodation in London, which is a great thing to book for the end of your trip. The Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel is one such good hotel, and is not too far from the area.
There are 40 theatres in the West End to visit, all showing a huge number of critically acclaimed West End productions. Whether it’s Matilda, or The Lion King, you can find it all here and then some more. From the Criterion to the Gielgud, there’s a outlet to serve even the most eclectic tastes. They’re all incredibly popular, so make sure you book before you attend.
Trafalgar Square shares the same iconic status as the London Eye and Big Ben; both have come to personify Britain’s capital like nothing else. It lies on the outer edge of the West End, consisting of a large open square in which stands Nelson’s Column, by far London’s most famous monument. Opposite the square is the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery – two of the city’s greatest museums. Scattered about are regal stone fountains, pedestals, all originally designed to disperse crowds, but still open for interaction.