Central London areas

Central London is by far the most popular and interesting part of London.   Although actual definition of Central London may vary, it is usually delimited by Regent Park to the north,  the City and Tower Bridge to the East, Southwark to the South and Hyde Park to the West. Each one of Central London various neighbourhoods offers something special and exciting for the visitors.  London West End, including Soho and Covent Garden is  home to world class shows,  great galleries and prestigious Movies premieres.  Westminster is home to the Big Ben, the house of Parliament and the Westminster Abbey where Britain’s most grandiose ceremonies take place.  As for Saint-James and the royal parks it is the official home of the Queen and other member of the Royal Family.  South of the river is the South Bank where are located some of the greatest London attractions from the iconic London Eye to the wonderful Tower Bridge.  On the east side of the central area lies the City, where it all began some thousands years ago and today home to Britain’s most important financial centre.  Finally the West side of central London is home to the beautiful Hyde Park as well as some of the top museums the capital has to offer including the Natural History and Science Museum.


Topics

  1. Central London Introduction
  2. Central London Map
  3. Soho, London’s entertainment district and Theatreland
  4. Covent Garden, home to the Central Market
  5. Westminster, home to the Big Ben and government
  6. St-James, home to the Queen and Buckingham Palace
  7. South Bank, home to the London Eye and Tate Morden
  8. Bloomsbury,  home of the British Museum
  9. Marylebone, home to the Regent’s Park and Madame Tussauds
  10. City, London’s financial district
  11. Holborn, home to the inns of court
  12. South Kensington, home to London’s finest museums

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Best of Covent Garden

The neighbourhood of Covent Garden, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Soho is an exciting place to visit in the heart of the city.  It offers plenty of entertainment with various theatres,  free street performers, cafes and world known operas . It is also a great shopping location with many pedestrian streets, hidden allies and indoor centres, perfect to find your ideal crafted gift or designer piece of clothing.  At its heart lies the Covent Garden Piazza, a lovely market  place built in the 17 century as London’s first planned square by Indigo Jones.  It is also home to the Royal Opera House to the East, The Somerset House and Art Gallery to the South and the bustling Seven Dials area to the West.


Covent Garden Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. About Covent Garden
  3. Covent Garden Top Sights
  4. Covent Garden Top Hotels
  5. Covent Garden Photographs

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Best of Soho

The neighbourhood of Soho, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Covent Garden is by far the most exciting place in the capital.  It  is home to world class theatres, galleries and Movies premieres, not to mention the numerous locations to grab a pint or go for a nice meal.  This entertainment district, part of the City of Westminster include the famous Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.  It is also home to London’s famous intersection, Piccadilly Circus, joining  Piccadilly, Regent’s street and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Since the later part of the 20th century, Soho gained a bit of a naughty image, with its various sex shops as well as night life and is considered by some as London’s red light district.


Soho Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Soho Map
  3. Soho Top Attractions
  4. Soho Top Hotels
  5. Soho Top Shops
  6. Soho Top Bars, Cafe and Restaurants
  7. Soho Top Theatres

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Haringey borough

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The Borough of Haringey is situated in the North of London and is part of Inner London.  It covers an area of more than 11 square miles (28.5 km2) and was established in 1965 by the joining three former boroughs.
It is set between six other London boroughs including  Enfield and  Waltham Forest to the north, Hackney and  Islington to the East, Camden to the South and Barnet to the West.  It is mostly known for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and for Alexandra Palace, situated on a hill with remarkable views on central London  The Haringey borough is also blessed with large areas of green space making up more than 25% of its total area.



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Topics

  1. Haringey Introduction
  2. Haringey key facts
  3. Haringey key landmarks
  4. Haringey areas
  5. Haringey Maps
  6. Haringey Photographs

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Best of Holborn


Best of Holborn

Best of Holborn

Holborn is an area of Central London between Covent Garden on the west and the City in the East. Holborn is also the name of the area’s principal east-west street, running from St Giles’s High Street as High Holborn to Gray’s Inn Road to Holborn Viaduct, crossing the border between the London Borough of Camden and the City of London. Holborn was once famous for its journalistic profession as the first press to be setup in London was on Fleet Street, but is now mostly famous for legal professions.

Holborn Content

  1. About Holborn
  2. Holborn  Map
  3. Top 10 Holborn
  4. Holborn  Photographs
  5. Holborn Videos

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Best of the City of London

The City of London

Best of the City of London

The City is London’s first financial district and remains until this day a driving force in the economy.  It is considered the historic core of London as it was built on the site of the original Roman settlement.  It is also referred as the Square Mile as its area is just over one square mile.  It is mainly a business district as few residents have lived there since the 19th century.

City of London Content

  1. About The City of London
  2. The City of London Map
  3. Top City of London
  4. The City of London Photographs
  5. The City of London Videos

The City of London Map

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Top of the City

  1. St-Katharine’s Dock
  2. Tower Bridge
  3. Tower of London
  4. All Hallows by the Tower
  5. St Dunstan’s Hill
  6. St Paul’s Cathedral
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St-Katherine’s Dock

The St Katharine Docks are located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a bit hidden next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  What used to be very popular commercial docks in the 19th century,  reopened  in 1968 as a popular housing and leisure complex including a hotel and a yacht marina.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of London.  It was completed in 1894 and is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is located next to the famous Tower of London, which gives it its name.  Inside the towers you may visit the Tower Bridge exhibition about the history of the bridge.

Tower of London

Tower of London

The Tower of London (historically only called The Tower) is her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, located next to the river Thames and Tower Bridge in the Borough of Tower Hamlets.  For most of its 900 years history the castle was an object of fear as many prisoners where held there, coming by boat to the Traitors gate entrance. It is the oldest building used by the British government.

All Hallows by the Tower

All Hallows-by-the-Tower is an ancient Anglican church overlooking the Tower of London.  It is a lovely church with remains of Roman Tiles.

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St Dunstan’s Hill

St Dunstan’s Hill is an Anglican church located half way between London Bridge and the Tower of London.  It was first built in 1100 but was severely damaged during the Great fire.  The medieval ruins are now a public garden.

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St Paul’s Cathedral is another symbolic icon of London.  This Anglican cathedral located on Ludgate Hill, represents the highest point in the City and is the seat of the Bishop of London.  It was completed in 1708 by Sir Christopher Wren, author of many other churches in the City.

The City Photographs

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St-Katharine’s Dock Photographs

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Tower Bridge Photographs

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Tower of London Photographs

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St Dunstan’s Hill Photographs

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St Paul’s Cathedral Photographs

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London Best Areas

Central London is by far the most popular and interesting part of London.   Although actual definition of Central London may vary, it is usually delimited by Regent Park to the north,  the City and Tower Bridge to the East, Southwark to the South and Hyde Park to the West. Each one of Central London various neighbourhoods offers something special and exciting for the visitors.  London West End, including Soho and Covent Garden is  home to world class shows,  great galleries and prestigious Movies premieres.  Westminster is home to the Big Ben, the house of Parliament and the Westminster Abbey where Britain’s most grandiose ceremonies take place.  As for Saint-James and the royal parks it is the official home of the Queen and other member of the Royal Family.  South of the river is the South Bank where are located some of the greatest London attractions from the iconic London Eye to the wonderful Tower Bridge.  On the east side of the central area lies the City, where it all began some thousands years ago and today home to Britain’s most important financial centre.  Finally the West side of central London is home to the beautiful Hyde Park as well as some of the top museums the capital has to offer including the Natural History and Science Museum.


Topics

  1. Central London Introduction
  2. Central London Map
  3. Soho, London’s entertainment district and Theatreland
  4. Covent Garden, home to the Central Market
  5. Westminster, home to the Big Ben and government
  6. South Bank, home to the London Eye and Tate Morden
  7. Bloomsbury,  home of the British Museum
  8. Marylebone, home to the Regent’s Park and Madame Tussauds
  9. Mayfair, home to London’s luxury brands
  10. City of London, London’s financial district
  11. Holborn, home to the inns of court
  12. South Kensington, home to London’s finest museums

Central London map

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Soho

Soho is famous for being central London’s entertainment district and often dubbed as the Theatreland  because of the abundance of world class musicals and various plays in the area.  It is home to various theatres, galleries and Movies premieres, not to mention the abundance of locations to grab a pint or go for a nice meal.  Soho is part of the City of Westminster and include the famous Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square further south.  It is bordered by Oxford Circus to the north, Charring Cross road to the east , The Mall and the Strand to the South and Regent’s Street to the West.  Soho is also home to the famous intersection, Piccadilly Circus,  the junction between central London most important artery of Piccadilly, Regent’s street and Shaftesbury Avenue.  Since the later part of the 20th century, Soho gained a bit of a naughty image, with its various sex shops as well as night life and sometimes considered London’s red light district.

The north part of Soho, starting at the Shaftesbury Avenue is where the majority of the exciting cafes, pubs and vibrant nightlife are located.  The area is especially vibrant at night when various pubs, bars and nightclubs are opened until late especially around the Old Campton Street and Wardour Road.

The western part of Soho is the ideal place to go shopping, being home to the famous Carnaby street with a wide selection of retro boutiques, as well as the world famous Liberty Store is located.

As for the Southern part of Soho, it is the place to be for film and art enthusiasts.  Indeed it is home to Leicester Square, a pedestrian square famous for being the location of both European and Hollywood productions movie premieres.  Further south is the location of Trafalgar Square perhaps one of the most famous squares in the world home to the National Gallery and its famous paintings.

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The top 10 attractions in Soho include:

  1. Trafalgar Square
  2. National Gallery
  3. National Portrait Gallery
  4. Piccadilly Circus
  5. Leicester Square
  6. Chinatown
  7. Carnaby Street
  8. Old Compton Street
  9. West end Musicals
  10. Liberty Store

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Soho is an exciting place to visit in the heart of the city.  It offers plenty of entertainment with various theatres,  free street performers, cafes and world known operas.  It is also a great shopping location with many pedestrian streets, hidden allies and indoor centres, perfect to find your ideal crafted gift or designer piece of clothing.  At its heart lies the Covent Garden Piazza, a lovely market  place built in the 17 century as London’s first planned square by Indigo Jones.  It is also home to the Royal Opera House to the East, The Somerset House and Art Gallery to the South and the bustling Seven Dials area to the West.

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The top 10 attractions in Covent Garden include:

  1. Covent Garden Piazza and Central Market
  2. Royal Opera House
  3. London’s Transport Museum
  4. Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery
  5. Somerset House
  6. Savoy Hotel
  7. Victoria Embankment Gardens
  8. Neal Street
  9. Neal’s Yards
  10. Seven Dials

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Westminster

Westminster is famous for having one of the highest concentration of London’s historic and prestigious landmarks including the world famous Big Ben part of the house of Parliament, the Westminster Abbey the place of coronation of British monarchs and Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister.  Westminster  is the centre of the British politics with the siege of the government and other important political buildings such as the treasury and the Scottish Office.  Since the rule of King Canute who first build his palace on this swampy location to the fight of Winston Churchill during Second World War, Westminster was always identified as a place of politics and power.

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The top 10 attractions in Westminster include:

  1. Big Ben
  2. House of Parliament
  3. Westminster Abbey
  4. Downing Street
  5. Horse Guard
  6. Cabinet War Rooms
  7. Parliament Square
  8. Horse Guard Parade
  9. Banqueting House
  10. Jewel Tower

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St James

The St James area is mostly famous for being home to the Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British monarch.  It has some beautiful royal parks surrounding the palace including St-James and Green Park, which are often at the centre of various events, especially during the summer days. 

St James is part of the City of Westminster Borough and is bounded by the prestigious Piccadilly and neighbouring Mayfair to the north,  horse guards road to the east, Westminster to the South and  birdcage walk, Hyde Park and the Hyde Park corner, home to the Wellington Arch to the West.  At its heart is the famous The Mall road, created by Aston Webb with the Admiralty Arch at one end and the Queen’s palace at the other.

As for the Piccadilly street which is part of the A4 road, it is St James and London major artery, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to the famous Piccadilly  Circus at the other extremity.  It is where various chic boutiques are located as well as The Ritz one of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

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The top 10 attractions in St-James include:

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. Piccadilly Street
  3. Saint-James Park
  4. Green Park
  5. The Mall
  6. Saint-James Square
  7. Royal Academy of Arts
  8. Wellington Arch
  9. Ritz Hotel
  10. Spencer House

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South Bank

The South Bank is the increasingly popular area south of the river Thames.  It is the ideal place for long walks with amazing views, starting from the London Eye, one of the most iconic sites of central London and moving east to the Tower Bridge another landmark of the capital.  In between are all sorts of attractions to be discovered including the London Aquarium, the Tate Modern and the Shakespeare’s Globe.

The South Bank area covers the South London Boroughs of Lambeth as well as Southwark.  This vast central region is bordered by the Thames River to the North and West side, Tower Bridge and Bridge Road to the East and Elephant and Castle as well as Bermondsey to the South.

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The top 10 attractions in the South Bank include:

  1. London Eye
  2. Tate Modern
  3. Tower  Bridge
  4. London Dungeon
  5. London Aquarium
  6. Shakespeare’s Globe
  7. HMS Belfast
  8. Imperial War Museum
  9. Royal National Theatre
  10. Clink Prison Museum

Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury area in central London is perhaps mostly famous for being home to one of the world’s most popular and biggest museum, the British Museum.  Indeed it has more than 5 million visitors a year and no less than 6 millions artefacts to be discovered.   Bloomsbury  is also home to various garden squares such as the Russell square surrounded with plenty of 17th and 18th century buildings.  The area is often the starting point to many visitors from continental Europe, with the Eurostar and the international St-Pancras station on the north east corner.

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The top 10 attractions in Bloomsbury include:

  1. British Museum
  2. British Library
  3. Russell Square
  4. University College London
  5. St-Pancras station
  6. Charles Dickens Museum
  7. St-Pancras Parish Church
  8. Tavistock Square
  9. Tottenham Court Road
  10. Pied a Terre Restaurant

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Marylebone

Marylebone is the Northern western part of Central London and is mostly known to be home to the beautiful Regent Park and exciting London Zoo as well as the location of one of London’s most popular attraction Madame Tussaud’s.  The area which is mostly residential has become a sought-after area in Central London.  It has wide array of hotels, from the well known 5 stars selections such as the Langham London to some more affordable accommodations.

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The top 10 attractions in Marylebone include:

  1. Madame Tussauds
  2. Regent’s Park
  3. London Zoo
  4. British Telecom Tower
  5. Harley Street
  6. Sherlock Holmes Museum
  7. Wallace Collection Museum
  8. Langham London Hotel
  9. Landmark London Hotel
  10. Cumberland Hotel

City

The City is London’s main financial district and remains until this day a driving force in the British economy.  It is considered the historic core of London as it was built on the site of the original Roman settlement.  It is also referred as the Square Mile as its area is just over one square mile.  It is mainly a business district as few residents have lived there since the 19th century.  It’s most famous attraction is the Tower of London one of the most remarkable historic sites in the capital as well as the St Paul Cathedral one of the most iconic landmarks of the city.  More recent building such as the Swiss Re Tower often referred to as the Gherkin are becoming the new symbol of this finance capital.

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The top 10 attractions in the City include:

  1. Tower of London
  2. Tower Bridge
  3. St Paul Cathedrals
  4. Museum of London
  5. Bank of England Museum
  6. Guildhall
  7. St-Katharine’s Dock
  8. All Hallows by the Tower
  9. St Dunstan’s Hill
  10. Re Tower

Holborn

Holborn is a Central London area famous for its law inns.  It is situated between Covent Garden on the west and the City in the East and is named after Holborn street one of the area’s principal east-west artery, running from St Giles’s High Street to Gray’s Inn Road to Holborn Viaduct. Holborn was once famous for its journalistic profession as the first press to be setup in London was on Fleet Street, but is now mostly famous for legal professions.

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The top 10 attractions in Holborn  include:

  1. Lincoln’s Inn
  2. Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  3. Sir John Soane’s Museum
  4. London Silver Vaults
  5. Staple Inn
  6. High Holborn and Holborn Circus
  7. St Etheldreda’s Chapel
  8. Holborn Viaduct
  9. Fleet Street
  10. Temple bar memorial

South Kensington

South Kensington is perhaps best known to be the western part of central home to some of the world’s best museums.  Indeed its Exhibition road is the location of the National History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.  South Kensington is also the place for long walks bordered by Hyde Park.

Hyde Park is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London part of the Royal Parks. It is divided in two by the Serpentine and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.

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The top 10 attractions in South Kensington include:

  1. National History Museum
  2. Science Museum
  3. Victoria and Albert Museum
  4. Hyde Park
  5. Kensington Garden
  6. Royal College of Music
  7. Kensington Palace
  8. Brompton Oratory
  9. Marble Arch
  10. Royal Albert Hall

Soho

The neighbourhood of Soho, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Covent Garden is by far the most exciting place in the capital.  It  is home to world class theatres, galleries and Movies premieres, not to mention the numerous locations to grab a pint or go for a nice meal.  This entertainment district, part of the City of Westminster include the famous Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square.  It is also home to London’s famous intersection, Piccadilly Circus, joining  Piccadilly, Regent’s street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Since the later part of the 20th century, Soho gained a bit of a naughty image, with its various sex shops as well as night life and is considered by some as London’s red light district.


Soho Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Soho Map
  3. Soho Top Attractions
  4. Soho Top Hotels
  5. Soho Top Shops
  6. Soho Top Bars, Cafe and Restaurants
  7. Soho Top Theatres
  8. Soho Video

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Soho Top Attractions

Soho is blessed with many of central London’s best attractions from famous squares to world class art galleries passing by well known streets and small boutiques.  Soho has definitely something for everyone.  Some of the top sights include:

  1. Trafalgar Square
  2. National Gallery
  3. National Portrait Gallery
  4. Piccadilly Circus
  5. Leicester Square
  6. Chinatown
  7. Soho Square
  8. Carnaby Street
  9. Shaftesbury Avenue
  10. St Martin-in-the-Fields
  11. Charing Cross Road
  12. Old Compton Street
  13. Regent’s Street
  14. Oxford Circus

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square situated  at the end of Whitehall and at the beginning of Soho is one of the most famous squares in the world. It is perhaps one of London’s most visited attractions,  popular with both tourists as well as locals for various celebrations and rallies.  At its centre is the Nelson’s Column, guarded by four massive lion statues at its base, built in the memory of a famous sea lord who died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

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National Gallery

The National Gallery, that look out over Trafalgar Square is London’s most popular gallery.  It was founded in 1824 and houses a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection (though not some special exhibitions) is free of charge.  Some of its most prestigious paintings include Van Gogh’s Sunflower and Monet’s Water-Lily Pond.

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Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is considered Europe’s time Square with its numerous illuminated advertising billboards. It is situated at the  junction of three of London’s Street including Piccadilly to the west, Regent’s street to the north and Shaftesbury Avenue to the North-East.  At its heart is the black statue of Eros, in memory of Earl of Shaftesbury.  It is now a famous rendez vous point, considered a good starting location for tourist as many of London’s top attraction are close by.  Piccadilly Circus is also the name of the Underground Station at the same location.

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National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is sometimes considered an extension of the National Gallery but as its name suggest its focus is on paintings and photographs of British greatest.  It includes portrait the goes back to Henry VII and more recent as the caricature of Margaret Thatcher.

Top Attractions in Soho

Leicester Square

Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square in the West End and  is within the City of Westminster, and about equal distances north of Trafalgar Square, east of Piccadilly Circus, west of Covent Garden, and south of Cambridge Circus.  It is home to one of the most prestigious Movie premieres, with a wide array of celebrities heading on the red carpet.  There are two statues at its heart including of one motion pictures greatest start, London born Charlie Chaplin.

Next to Leicester Square on Coventry Street , is the home of the famous Guinness World Record.

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Chinatown

London’s Chinatown is located just north of Leicester Square and is an ideal place to discover  a bit of China with plenty of Asian restaurants and various shops.  It is especially exciting during the Chinese New year in late January/early  February when the Chinese community celebrate with grandiose fireworks.

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Soho Square

The Soho Square situated at the end Firth and Greek street is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Soho.  What was once the most fashionable address in town,  is now popular location with locals on sunny days.

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Carnaby Street

The Carnaby Street parallel to Regents street to the east was once home to swinging London.  It is today a nice pedestrian street full of various fashion boutiques, especially popular with a younger crowd.

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Shaftesbury Avenue

Shaftesbury Avenue is perhaps mostly known as a Theatre streets.  It runs from Piccadilly Circus to the West to New Oxford in the North East and offers many of Soho’s top venues including  the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Queen’s, Palace and the Palace Theatre. 

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St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a small church next to Trafalgar Square completed  in 1726 by James Gibbs in a US colonial style.

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Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross is the Road to the East separating Soho from Covent Garden.  It is a paradise for booklovers with plenty of book shops to choose from (although many have disappeared in the last years).

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Old Compton Street

Old Compton Street is another famous pedestrian street in the heart of Soho, home to various artists and musicians. Located north of Shaftesbury Avenue it has plenty of various pubs and coffee shops to be enjoyed, including the famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz venue, Bar Italia coffee shop, Patisserie Valerie French cafe and Wheelers and The Coach and Horses pubs.

Regent’s Street

Regent’s Street, which end Soho to the West is famous for various design boutiques as well as well as known shops such as the famous toy store Hamleys and Apple Store.

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Oxford Circus

At the junction of Oxford. one of the biggest shopping Street in Europe and Regent’s Street famous for chic boutiques,  is the world known junction Oxford Circus.  It makes the north west border of Soho.

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Soho Top Hotels

Soho is more an entertainment district then a hotel one, however it still offers a few interesting accommodations including:

  1. Courthouse Doubletree Hotel
  2. Thisle Piccadilly Hotel
  3. Best Western Premiere Shaftesbury
  4. Royal Trafalgar A Thistle Hotel
  5. Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square
  6. Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

Courthouse Doubletree Hotel

The Courthouse Doubletree Hotel is an Old-England style luxury hotel situated in the heart of Soho near the Royal Opera House (21 Great Marlborough Street).  It offers world-class rooms with a friendly reception, in  a mix of contemporary design combined in a historic landmark.   It is also known for having the largest private cinemas in London.

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Thisle Piccadilly Hotel

The Thisle Piccadilly Hotel, traditional Victorian hotel situated in the heart of Theatreland is your ideal stay in the centre of London.

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Best Western Premiere Shaftesbury

Best Western Premiere Shaftesbury is a recently refurbished boutique hotel on Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of Soho.  It offers comfortable, a lounge and bar and it ideal for business as well as leisure travellers.

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Royal Trafalgar A Thistle Hotel

The Royal Trafalgar is a upscale classic English hotel perfectly situated next to central London’s most popular attraction Trafalgar Square. It offers beautifully furnished rooms as well as dining and drinking facilities.  

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Radisson Edwardian Leicester Square

The Radisson Edwardian is a unique 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Central London’s Leicester Square.  It offers many facilities including 3 meeting rooms fully-equipped with Wi-Fi internet access and the latest in audio-visual technology.

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Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

The Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in a luxurious world-class hotel in the heart of Leicester Square.  It offers stunning views of the city in the beautifully decorated rooms.

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Top Shops

Soho has some of the best shopping streets in London. To the north it has Oxford, considered to be the biggest shopping Street in Europe, to the West the famous Regent’s street, home to London’s finest boutiques and finally Carnaby street home to old school fashion boutiques.  Soho is also the location of the Berwick Street market offering all sorts of products from fruits and vegetables to succulent cakes.

Soho is also famous for its small shops and boutiques offering a wide array of goods from toys, records and guitars to more sexy lingerie.  Those include:

  1. Agent Provocateur, lingerie boutique
  2. Ann Summers, sex shop
  3. Apple Store, computers
  4. Foyles, bookstore
  5. Hamleys, toys store
  6. Harold Moores, record shop
  7. Liberty, department store
  8. Merc, fashion store
  9. Reckless Records, record shop
  10. Sister Ray, record shop
  11. Tatty Divine, jewelleries shop

Agent Provocateur

The Agent Provocateur shop in the heart of Soho (6 Broadwick Street) is a designer lingerie boutique offering a variety of luxurious bras, knickers, stockings, thongs, suspenders and much more.

Soho Top Shops

Ann Summers

Ann Summers is a famous sex shop in the heat of Soho offering some pretty risqué products.

Soho Top Shops

Apple Store

The Regent street Apple Store (235 Regent Street)situated in a two storey open space building is the best place in London to test-drive and explore the latest Apple products.

Soho Top Shops

Foyles

Foyles situated in the heart of Charing Cross Road (113 Charing Cross Road) is one of London’s most famous book store.  It was recently re-developed and is an ideal place to purchase out-of-print books. 

Soho Top Shops

Hamleys

Hamleys store on Regent street (188  Regent St) has one the finest toys in the world and is especially worth visiting during the Christmas season. 

Soho Top Shops

Harold Moores Record

Harold Moores Record in the heart of Soho (2 Great Marlborough Street) is one of London’s best classical music and Jazz store, offering a wide variety of Classical CD’s & LP’s Jazz CD’s.

Liberty

Liberty situated on Great Marlborough St (2 Great Marlborough Street),  is a classy shop that looks much like an art gallery from the inside, with a beautiful mock-Tudor  style on the outside.

Soho Top Shops

Merc

Merc is a fashion store in the heart of the famous Carnaby street.  It offers classic fashion items with a 60s touch.

Soho Top Shops

Reckless Records

Reckless Records is a second-hand record shop based in Berwick Street (30 Berwick St) in the heart of Soho just off Oxford Street.

Soho Top Shops

Sister Ray

Sister Ray is a music store in the heart of Soho (35 Berwick Street) with over 24000 items available .

Soho Top Shops

Tatty Divine

Tatty Divine is a small boutique in Soho (57B Brewer Street) offering a wide Collection of jewelleries for various occasions. 

Soho Top Bars, Cafe and Restaurants

Soho,  as London’s primary entertainment district offers plenty of great locations to enjoy yourself with many great pubs for a nice pint, as well as some jazz venue and nightclubs for a night out with friends.  It is also the perfect place to go out for dinner as it has plenty of various restaurants to choose from with almost any type of cuisine you would wish.

  1. Andrew Edmunds, restaurant
  2. Arbutus, restaurant
  3. Blue Post, Pub
  4. Cafe de Hong Kong, Chinese restaurant
  5. Haozhan, Chinese restaurant
  6. Maison Bertaux, French patisserie
  7. Mildred’s, vegetarian restaurant
  8. Myung Ga, Korean restaurant
  9. Red Fort, Indian restaurant
  10. Yauatcha, dim sum teahouse
  11. Ronnie Scott’s,  jazz club
  12. Valerie,  French Patisserie

Andrew Edmunds

The Andrew Edmunds on Lexington (46 Lexington St) is regarded by some as the most romantic restaurant in London. 

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Arbutus

Arbutus (64 Frith Street) is an excellent value for money restaurant that won a Michelin star in January 2007.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Haozhan

Haozhan is a restaurant located in the heart of London’s China Town (8 Gerrard St) offering exquisite oriental food, combining finest ingredients with modern culinary techniques.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

The blue post

The blue post on Rupert Street (32 Rupert Street) is one of the oldest pub in Soho dating back from the 18th century.

Cafe de Hong Kong, Chinese restaurant

Cafe de Hong Kong is a Chinese restaurant on Charring Cross Road.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Maison Bertaux

The maison Bertaux (28 Greek St) is London’s oldest and best patisserie.  It has become a Soho legend that bakes daily goodies on the premises.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Mildred’s

Mildred’s is an excellent vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Soho (45 Lexington St).

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Myung Ga

Myung Ga is an authentic Korean restaurant in London Soho (1 Kingly St),  specialising in BBQ (on your table) and other renowned Korean foods, such as Kimchi, Bulgogi and Bibimbop. 

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Valerie is home to London’s finest cakes and gateaux. They are known for creative wedding, birthday and various other special occasions. 

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Red Fort

Located in the heart of Soho (77 Dean St), the Red Fort is an excellent Indian restaurant it is named after Lal Quila, The Red Fort in Delhi.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Yauatcha

The Yauatcha restaurant (17 Broadwick Street) is a contemporary dim sum teahouse offering an all-day grazing experience, specialising in modern authentic dim sum as well as wok-friendly dishes and other small eats.

Ronnie Scott’s

Ronnie Scott’s situated on Firth Street is perhaps the most known of London’s jazz club,  offering many of the greatest names.  Ideal place to enjoy a drink and listen to music in a laid back atmosphere.

Soho Top Restaurants and bars

Top Theatres and Cinemas

Soho as part of Westminster’s Theatreland has many of the best shows in town. Those theatres venues are most located on Shaftesbury Avenue and Charring Cross Road.  Some last minute tickets sometime up to half price can be bought in the TKTS Booth located in the heart of Leicester Square.

  1. London Palladium, home of the Wizard of Oz
  2. Prince Edward Theatre, home to the Jersey Boys
  3. Piccadilly Theatre, home to Grease
  4. Dominion Theatre, home to We Will Rock You
  5. Phoenix Theatre, home to Blood Brothers
  6. Wyndhams Theatre, home to Clybourne Park
  7. Lyric Theatre, home to Thriller – Live
  8. Apollo Theatre, home to Wicked
  9. Gielgud Theatre, home to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  10. Queen’s Theatre, home to Les Misérables
  11. Palace Theatre, home to Priscilla Queen of The Desert
  12. Criterion Theatre, home to The 39 Steps
  13. Prince of Wales Theatre, home to Mamma Mia!
  14. Comedy Theatre, home to The Children’s Hour
  15. Haymarket Theatre
  16. Her Majesty’s Theatre, home to The Phantom of the Opera
  17. Trafalgar Studios Theatre, home to End of the Rainbow

Cinemas

Soho and especially the Leicester Square area is home to great Cinemas including:

  1. Odeon Leicester Square Cinema, home to London’s Movie Premieres
  2. Odeon Cinema
  3. Vue Cinema West End
  4. Prince Charles Cinema
  5. Empire Cinema
  6. Curzon Soho Cinema

Covent Garden

The neighbourhood of Covent Garden, also referred to as London’ s West End with neighbouring Soho is an exciting place to visit in the heart of the city.  It offers plenty of entertainment with various theatres,  free street performers, cafes and world known operas . It is also a great shopping location with many pedestrian streets, hidden allies and indoor centres, perfect to find your ideal crafted gift or designer piece of clothing.  At its heart lies the Covent Garden Piazza, a lovely market  place built in the 17 century as London’s first planned square by Indigo Jones.  It is also home to the Royal Opera House to the East, the Somerset House and Art Gallery to the South and the bustling Seven Dials area to the West.


Covent Garden Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. About Covent Garden
  3. Covent Garden maps
  4. Covent Garden top attractions
  5. Covent Garden top hotels
  6. Covent Garden best shops
  7. Covent Garden theatres
  8. Covent Garden top restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs
  9. Covent Garden images
  10. Covent Garden videos

Covent Garden videos

Video of Covent Garden district best attractions.  The short film covers the central area of the piazza and the market where all the action takes places with the entertaining street performers as well as the various shopping streets such as Floral and Neal Street, the Seven Dials junction and finally a section on the West End shows and theatres. 

Covent Garden Map

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Covent Garden static Maps

Below are some Covent Garden static Maps including with one with the key attractions, one with the main roads and a blank one.

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Covent Garden Map - Top Streets
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About Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a London’s district located in the easternmost part of the City of Westminster as well as the south-western corner of the London Borough of Camden.  It is delimitated by New Oxford Road to the north, Kingsway to the East,  Embankment to the South and Charing Cross road to the East .  It is situated in the heart of Central London  with neighbouring Bloomsbury and the British Museum to the North, the financial district of the City to the East, the Thames River to the South and vibrant  district Soho to the West.

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Covent Garden Top 10 Streets

The top 10 famous street s of Covent Garden include (in alphabetical order):

  1. Bow Street, home to the Royal Opera House
  2. Charing Cross Road, famous for its book stores  and separating Soho to the West
  3. Drury Lane, known as a Theatre street and includes the famous Theatre Royal
  4. Kingsway, separating Holborn to the East
  5. Long Acre, an east-west street with plenty of restaurants and shops
  6. Neal Street, famous for designer boutiques
  7. New Oxford Street, separating Bloomsbury to the North
  8. Shaftesbury Avenue,  in the north west
  9. St Martin’s Lane, famous for its theatres including the London Coliseum
  10. Strand, the biggest street in the Southern part and home to Charring Cross

Covent Garden Neal Street

Covent Garden stations

Covent garden has 7 tube station and 1 train station including:

  1. Charring Cross underground station, situated on the South West next to Trafalgar Square
  2. Charring Cross train station, with journeys to the South East of England
  3. Covent Garden underground station in the heart of the action, next to the Piazza and central Market
  4. Embankment underground station, situated on the South West next to the River Thames
  5. Holborn underground station, on the North West
  6. Leicester Square underground station, bordering Soho and Chinatown
  7. Temples underground station, on the South East
  8. Tottenham Court Road underground station, on the north west corner

Covent Garden Top Attractions

Covent Garden is blessed with some of Central London key attractions, from the Victoria Embankment Gardens in the South to the Piazza at its heart and small streets to the East.  The following are the best sights to visit in Covent Garden including buildings, monuments, statues, museum, squares and churches (in alphabetical order):

  1. Bush House
  2. Charring Cross
  3. Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery
  4. Embankment
  5. English National Opera
  6. Jubilee Hall Market
  7. London Coliseum
  8. London’s Transport Museum
  9. Neal’s Yards
  10. Piazza and central Market
  11. Royal Opera House
  12. Savoy Chapel
  13. Seven Dials
  14. Somerset House
  15. St Paul’s Covent Garden
  16. St-Mary-le-Strand
  17. Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  18. Victoria Embankment Gardens

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Bush House

Bush House is a building situated between Aldwych and The Strand in the South-eastern corner of Coven Garden.  It is currently occupied by the BBC, Deloitte and  HM Revenue & Customs.

Charring Cross

Charing Cross is a famous Coven Garden area as well as train and underground station.  It is located next o the famous Trafalgar Square at the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street.

Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery

The Courtauld Institute of Art situated between the Strand and Embankment, right next to the Somerset House is  considered one of the world’s most renown centre for Art history.  It is a self-governing college part of the University of London.

Embankment

The Embankment, also known as the Victoria Embankment is situated in the southern part of Covent Garden and extends from the City of Westminster into the City of London. It is part of the Thames Embankment, a road and river walk along the north bank of the River Thames in London.

English National Opera

The English National Opera is well known opera company based in the heart of Covent Garden at the London Coliseum in St. Martin’s Lane.

Jubilee Hall Market

The Jubilee Hall Market is the central building on the  Covent Garden Piazza with plenty of cafes, pubs, shops and boutiques.  It is one of the most popular destination in Covent Garden, especially for the Apple Market offering craft products.    

Covent Garden central market

London Coliseum

The London Coliseum also known as the Coliseum Theatre located on St. Martin’s Lane is one of London’s largest and best equipped theatres.  It first opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham who was also responsible for the London Palladium.  It is currently home to the English National Opera company.

Neal’s Yards

Neal’s Yard is a hidden treasure in the heart of Coven Garden, named after the 17th century developer, Thomas Neale.  This little alley opening  into a courtyard  is situated between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street and offers a variety of health food cafes and new age retailers including Neal’s Yard Remedies, Neal’s Yard Dairy and the World Food Cafe.

Covent Garden Neals Yards

The London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is situated on the central Covent Garden Piazza and as it name suggest shows the heritage of the capital’s transport system.

Covent Garden Londons Transport Museum

Piazza and central Market

The Piazza and central Market constitute the heart of the Covent Garden district.  This central square was originally laid out in 1630, designed by Inigo Jones as  the first purpose built in London.  It is now packed with plenty of craft shops and cafes on the inside and various street entertainer on the outside.

Covent Garden piazza

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is situated right next to the Covent Garden Piazza and is often referred as "Covent Garden".  It was built in 1732 as the "Theatre Royal", but following  a series of fires, the current building is the third theatre on the site.  It was extensively revamp in the 90s at a cost of £178m and may now seat up to 2,268 people.  It currently offers a repertory of opera and ballet.

Covent Garden Royal Opera House

Savoy Chapel

The Savoy Chapel also referred to as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is situate South of the Strand and dedicated to St John the Baptist. It was originally built in the medieval era off the main church of the Savoy Palace (later the Savoy Hospital). The Hospital was in ruins by the 19th century, and the Chapel was the only part to survive demolition.

Seven Dials

The Seven Dials is a famous junction in the West of Covent Garden.  There are seven streets converging  with at its centre a sundial column.  The Seven Dials is today a commercial neighbourhood packed with various West End theatres and fashion-focused shops.

Covent Garden Seven Dials Map

Somerset House

The Somerset House is a famous building home to art galleries, situated in the South of Covent Garden between the Strand and Embankment and overlooking the River Thames

Covent Garden Somerset House

St Paul’s Covent Garden

The Covent Garden St Paul’s church not be confused with the famous St Paul’s cathedral in the City is situated on the Western side of the Piazza.  It is a beautiful little church designed by Inigo Jones, the master behind the market.  It is considered the parish church of Covent Garden and is often referred to as the Actors’ Church because of its long association with the theatre community.

Covent Garden St-Pauls

St-Mary-le-Strand

St. Mary le Strand is a small Church also referred to as Island Church because of its location on a traffic island on Strand street next to Aldwych.  It is considered the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

Covent Garden St-Mary-le-Strand

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is perhaps the most know theatre in the West End being one of the oldest as well first built in 1663.  Along its history, it was often claimed to be London’s leading theatre and even one of the most important in the English-speaking world.

Victoria Embankment Gardens

The Victoria Embankment Gardens are a series of beautiful gardens located in the South of Covent Garden between the Strand and Embankment overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye.

Covent Garden Victoria Embankment Gardens

Covent Garden Top Hotels

Covent Garden hasn’t much accommodations establishments compared to other parts of London, but offers some of the mostly know of London’s hotels including the Aldwych , the Savoy and the Covent Garden Hotel.  It is an ideal place to stay in the heart of London, especially if you are looking to catch a West End Show.

  1. Aldwych Hotel
  2. Covent Garden Hotel
  3. Savoy Hotel
  4. Swiss Hotel
  5. Waldorf Hotel

Covent Garden hotel

One Aldwych Hotel

The One Aldwych Hotel is an 5-star accommodation offering 105 spacious guestrooms fully equipped with contemporary décor and modern amenities.  It is located in a Edwardian buildings on the famous theatre street Aldwych.  It is close to the Covent Garden central Piazza and market.

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Covent Garden Hotel

The Covent Garden Hotel is a jewel in the heart of Covent Garden.  It is situated in the heart of Theatreland and  surrounded with some of London’s best restaurants, bars, cafes and nightlife.

Savoy Hotel

The Savoy is an ultra-luxurious hotel located between the banks of the Thames and The Strand, close to various theatres in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. It offers an exclusive selection of 263 rooms that are uniquely decorated with modern-retro fusion and an on-site bar perfect for an intimate drink or romantic meeting.

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Swiss Hotel Covent Garden

The Swiss Hotel Covent Garden is a luxury class hotel, situated next to the River Thames on the Southern Eastern part of Covent Garden. It offers stylish rooms with a distinctive English countryside theme that provides a sanctuary from the surrounding city.

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Covent Garden Swiss Hotel

Waldorf Hotel

The Waldorf Hilton hotel in situated on Aldwych street in the heart of Covent Garden Theatreland.  It offers various facilities including an indoor pool, a  business centre and 7 meeting rooms seating up to 400.

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Covent Garden Waldorf Hotel

Covent Garden Top Shops

Covent Garden has plenty of  pedestrian squares and streets ideal for boutiques shopping. It has many of the top designers shops in Central London.

Top Shopping areas, street and gardens include:

  1. Africa Centre
  2. Covent Garden Market
  3. Floral Street
  4. Neal Street
  5. Shorts Gardens
  6. Thomas Neal Centre

Africa Centre

The Africa Centre is a business and development organisation located next the Covent Garden central Piazza on King Street.

Floral Street

Floral Street is a lovely pedestrian shopping area north of the Covent Garden central Piazza.  It is home to the women only spa The Sanctuary and to fashion shops such as Paul Smith and Ted Baker.

Neal Street

Neal Street is famous pedestrian street offering plenty of designer boutiques in the heart of Covent Garden

Shorts Gardens

Shorts Gardens is a small shopping street going from Seven Dials in the east to Drury Lane in the west.

Covent Garden Market

The central Market is the biggest shopping location in Covent Garden offering a wide variety of British hand-made arts and crafts and unique antiques in the Apple Market and a huge variety of stalls on offer in the Jubilee Market.

Thomas Neal Centre

The Thomas Neal Centre is an upmarket designer shopping mall located on Earlham Street next to the famous Seven Dials.

Top shops in Covent Garden

Some of the best shops in Covent Garden include:

  1. Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop
  2. Coco De Mer
  3. Ellis Birgham
  4. Forbidden Planet
  5. Neal’s Yard Dairy
  6. Neal’s Yard Remedies
  7. Octopus
  8. Paul Smith
  9. Penhaligon’s
  10. Poste Mistress
  11. Sanctuary
  12. Scribbler
  13. Stanfords
  14. Tea House
  15. Ted Baker
  16. Vintage and Rare Guitars

Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop

The Benjamin Pollock Toy Shop is one of London’s most know independent toyshop.  It was established by Benjamin Pollock in the 1880s who started producing theatres toys.  Situated in the heart of the Covent Garden Market, it is an ideal visit for both children and collectors.

Coco De Mer

Coco De Mer situated on Monmouth Street north of the Seven Dials is a lingerie boutiques offering  an incredible range of sexy products.

Ellis Birgham

Ellis Brigham situated on Southampton street is one of UK’s top retailer for ski, clothing and outdoor equipment. The shop is known for having an ice climbing wall.

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet situated on Shaftesbury avenue in the northern part of Covent Garden offers a wide range of graphic novels, collectable toys, statues and replicas.

Neal’s Yard Dairy

Neal’s Yard Dairy situated on the charming Shorts Gardens street is a well know Cheese retailer stocking a variety of British cheese products.

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic shop offering numerous products for skin care and anti ageing for both men and women.

Octopus

The Octopus located on Neal Street is a famous Gift and card Shop.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a famous Menswear Shop situated on Floral Street in the heart of Covent Garden.

Penhaligon’s

Penhaligon’s situated on Wellington street is a classic English scents shop offering a variety of quality products including perfume extracts, cologne, soaps, skincare, gift items and grooming sets.

Poste Mistress

Poste Mistress located on Monmouth Street is a designer boutique offering a wide variety of shoes and boots.

Scribbler

Scribbler is well known gift store on Wardour street offering a great selection of cards for all occasions.

Stanfords

Stanfords situated on Long Acre is the flagship maps and travel bookshop in London

Sanctuary

The Sanctuary situated on Floral Street in the heart of Covent Garden is a ladies’ only spa offering luxury beauty treatments and massages

Ted Baker

Ted Baker located on Langley street is a men and women clothing shop offering a wide range of design products.

The Tea House

The Tea House on the famous Neal Street in the heart of Covent Garden has everything associated with tea and tea drinking.

Vintage  & Rare Guitars

Vintage  & Rare Guitars (6 Denmark St) is a shop offering fine Guitars to well known musician for over 25 years. 

Covent Garden top restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs

Covent Garden is famous for its abundance of excellent places to eat, drink or party.  Will that be a coffee in the morning, a great place to eat for lunch or the perfect local for nice pint in the evening, the area has plenty to offer.

Some of the best restaurants in Covent Garden include in alphabetic order:

  1. Abeno Too
  2. Atelier de Joel Robuchon
  3. Carluccio’s
  4. Chez Gerard
  5. Incognico
  6. Ivy
  7. J Sheeky
  8. Mon Plaisir
  9. Neal’s Yard Salad Bar
  10. Rock and Sole Plaice
  11. Rules
  12. Orso
  13. World Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard Dining Room

Abeno Too

Abeno Too is Japanese Restaurant located next the Covent Garden Seven Dials.

Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon located on West St. is one of the top tables in London winner of multiple awards.

Carluccio’s

Carluccio’s situated on the renowned Garrick Street, near the Covent Garden  Piazza, is an Italian store, bar and café over two floors.

Chez Gerard

Chez Gerard is a traditional French Dining serving a wide variety of authentic French dishes including their famous steak-frites for over thirty years.

Incognico

Situated just off Cambridge Circus opposite the Palace Theatre (117 Shaftesbury), Incognico in the heart of the theatre land is an outstanding restaurant ideal for dining before or after your show.  The restaurant was designed by David Collins.

Ivy

The Ivy, situated on West Street in the heart of the West End is another famous London Table and is perfect for pre or post theatre dining as well as for lunch.

J Sheeky

J Sheekey is well known Fish and Sea Food Restaurant on St Martin’s Court.

Mon Plaisir

Mon Plaisir offers a wide array of French cuisine from traditional to more modern.

Neal’s Yard Salad Bar

Neal’s Yard Salad Bar situated in the heart of very charming Neal’s Yard is a laid back café ideal for a lunch stop or just for coffee.   It is a well known address in Covent Garden, opened since 1982.

Rock and Sole Plaice

Rock and Sole Plaice is a famous fish Restaurant on Endell Street, serving one of the best fish and chips in the West End.

Rules

Rules is said to be the oldest restaurant in London established in 1798.  It servers traditional English food and  specialise in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.

Orso

The Orso restaurant situated on Wellington Street offers a quality Italian cuisine with a good pre theatre menu.

World Food Cafe, Neal’s Yard Dining Room

The World Food Cafe situated inside beautiful Neal’s Yard is a nice vegetarian restaurant offering everything from African Platters to Mexican nachos with refried beans.

Covent Garden top pubs, cafe and clubs

Some of the best pubs, cafe and clubs in Covent Garden include in alphabetic order:

  1. Canela
  2. Freuds
  3. Gordon’s Wine Bar
  4. Lamb & Flag
  5. Lowlander
  6. Mommouth Coffee Company
  7. Porterhouse
  8. Royal Opera House Cafe

Buddha Bar Embankment

The Buddha Bar Embankment is a prestigious location with a stylish and exotic ambience offering a variety of luxurious wines and champagnes selection.

Canela

The Canela is a nice Portuguese coffee shop on Earlham street in the heart of Covent Garden.  Its name can be translated to cinnamon and offers indeed a variety of delicious sweats.

Freuds

Freuds is a well know cafe and cocktail bar in Covent Garden famous for displaying various artwork.  It is said to be the first café-bar in England when opened in 1986.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

The Gordon’s Wine Bar located on Villiers Street near Embankment and the Thames river is considered one of the oldest wine bar in London.

Lamb & Flag

The Lamb & Flag is one of London’s oldest pub and is an ideal place to enjoy a nice pint in the heart of Covent Garden.

Lowlander

The Lowlander is a cafe and restaurant on Covent Garden’s famous Drury Lane ideal for coffee, drinks, lunch or dinner.

Mommouth Coffee Company

The Mommouth Coffee Company situated on the street of the same name is famous for its Coffee which is only bought from single farms, estates and cooperatives.

Porterhouse

The Porterhouse is nice pub on Maiden Lane offering a wide variety of beers, a terrace and live music in the evening.

Royal Opera House Cafe

The Royal Opera House Cafe is a beautiful restaurant offering a varied menu and a view on the piazza.

Covent Garden Top Theatres

  1. Adelphi Theatre
  2. Aldwych Theatre
  3. Cambridge Theatre
  4. Donmar Warehouse
  5. Duchess Theatre
  6. Duke of York’s Theatre
  7. Fortune Theatre
  8. London Coliseum
  9. Lyceum Theatre
  10. New London Theatre
  11. Novello Theatre
  12. Royal Opera House
  13. Savoy Theatre
  14. Shaftesbury Theatre
  15. St Martin’s Theatre
  16. Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Adelphi Theatre

The Adelphi Theatre is a well know West End Theatre situated on the Strand in the Southern part of Coven Garden.  The theatre specialise in comedy and musicals and shows a variety of productions.

Aldwych Theatre

The Aldwych Theatre situated on the street of the same name is a well known west end theatre, listed Grade II since 1971.  It has a capacity of 1,200 and it currently showing Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage.

Cambridge Theatre

The Cambridge Theatre is situated on one of the Corner of the famous Seven Dials in West Covent Garden and is currently home to the world known Chicago musical.

Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse is a small not-for-profit theatre situated on one of the corner of the Seven Dials intersection (41 Earlham Street) in the heart of Covent Garden.  The venue has a capacity of 251 and offers various productions.

Duchess Theatre

The Duchess Theatre is one of the West End’s smallest theatres with only 479 seats split on two levels.  It is located on Catherine street, near famous Aldwych and is currently home to Sign of the Times. The theatre first opened in 1929.

Duke of York’s Theatre

The Duke of York’s Theatre situated on St Martin’s Lane, also know under its previous name Trafalgar Theatre is a well known venue in Covent Garden since 1892.  It has a capacity of 640 and the current show is Ghost Stories.

Fortune Theatre

The Fortune located on Russell Street is a theatre built in 1922 and said to be the first one to be built in London after the end of World War I.  The Fortune Theatre has a capacity of 432 seat and currently is home to The Woman in Black.

Lyceum

The Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street is one of the West End’s largest theatres. The first venue on this location opened in 1765 but the current building with its unique design of balconies overhanging the circle dates back to 1834.  It has a capacity of 2100 and currently shows The Lion King.

New London Theatre

The New London Theatre formerly occupied by The Winter Garden Theatre is situated on the corner of the famous Drury Lane and Parker Street on the east side of Covent Garden.  It has a capacity of 2100 and is currently home to the War Horse show.

Novello Theatre

The Novello Theatre is a West End theatre situated on  Aldwych street and currently playing Betty Blue Eyes.

Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre is located on the Strand next to the famous Hotel of the same and is currently home to Legally Blonde musical

Shaftesbury Theatre

The Shaftesbury Theatre is a famous West End Theatre located on Shaftesbury Avenue.  It is home to various productions including illusionists.

St Martin’s Theatre

The St Martin’s is a small theatre with a capacity of only 550, best known for playing Agatha Christie The Mousetrap , the world’s longest showing play, which first started in 1952.

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Westminster

If you only have time for one thing while visiting London, then the Central London Westminster area is your safest bet. It has one of the highest concentration of London’s historic and prestigious landmarks including the world famous Big Ben part of the house of Parliament, the Westminster Abbey the place of coronation of British monarchs, Downing Street, home of the British First Minister as well the Buckingham Palace home to the British Monarch .  Westminster  is the heart of the British politics with the siege of the government and other important political buildings such as the treasury and the Scottish Office.  Since the rule of King Canute who first built his palace on this swampy location, to the fight of Winston Churchill during Second World War, Westminster was always identified as a place of power and politics.


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  2. Westminster Video
  3. Westminster Maps
  4. About Westminster
  5. Westminster Top Attractions
  6. Westminster Top Hotels
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About Westminster

The Westminster district is a part of the Central London area and is within the larger borough of the City of Westminster. Whitehall is main artery that passes through the district from Trafalgar Square and Nelson Column to the north to the Parliament square and Bridge Street further South.  To the East lies the Thames River with the House of Parliament and the famous Big Ben at its bank.  As for the West, it is bordered with Royal London with the St-James Park and the Buckingham Palace.  Further South lies Tate Britain, one of the most famous art galleries of the capital.

Westminster was historically a part of Middlesex and its name comes from the ancient area description around the Westminster Abbey : the West Minster, or monastery church.

Westminster hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the House of Parliament, also called Palace of Westminster, which seats the British government.  Nearby on the famous Downing Street, at number 10 is the official home of Britain Prime Minister.

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Westminster Top Attractions

The Westminster key sights could be divided into the following key areas, which include from North to South:

  1. St James area
  2. Whitehall area
  3. Parliament Square area
  4. South Westminster

St James area

St James’s is part of the City of Westminster and is bounded by the prestigious Piccadilly and neighbouring Mayfair to the north,  Haymarket and Whitehall (home to the British politics) to the east, Westminster to the South and  Hyde Park and the Hyde Park corner (home to the Wellington Arch) to the West.  At its heart is the famous The Mall road, created by Aston Webb with the Admiralty Arch at one end and the Queen’s palace at the other.

Whitehall area

The Whitehall area covers the northern part of Westminster and is home to many political building including 10 Downing Street and the Banqueting House.

Parliament Square area

The Parliament Square area has some of the most important and prestigious sites of Westminster including the Big Ben, House of Parliament, St Margaret’s Church and Westminster Abbey.

Parliament Square area

South Westminster

The South Westminster area is perhaps best known as the location of the acclaimed Tate Britain, which is located on Millbank, an extension of Whitehall, on the bank of the Thames River.

Westminster Top  sights

Westminster is home to some of the most recognizable attractions in London.  The top 20 sights (in alphabetical order) include:

  1. Banqueting House
  2. Buckingham Palace
  3. Big Ben
  4. Cabinet War Rooms
  5. Cenotaph
  6. Dean’s Yard
  7. Downing Street
  8. Earl Haig statue
  9. Horse Guard Parade
  10. Green Park
  11. Guard’s Museum
  12. House of Parliament
  13. Jewel Tower
  14. Parliament Square
  15. Richards I statue
  16. St Margaret’s Church
  17. St James’s Palace
  18. St-John’s Smith Square
  19. Tate Britain
  20. The Mall
  21. Westminster Abbey
  22. Westminster Cathedral
  23. Whitehall
  24. Whitehall Theatre

Banqueting House

The Banqueting House situated on the East side of Whitehall is a beautiful building with a Rubens ceiling designed by the famous Inigo Jones, the master behind the Covent Garden Square.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located at the end of The Mal, between St-James and Green  park, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality, and a major tourist attraction. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

Big Ben

The Big Ben is often referred as the tall tower and its clock, but it facts its name originally refers to the huge bell inside of the clock.  The tower and the bell are located on the northern end of the Palace of Westminster and on the bank of the Thames river.  It is said that Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world.  It is now over 150 years old and is by far one of the most know landmark in London.

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Cabinet War Rooms

The Cabinet War Rooms situated on the back of King Charles street is home to the famous Churchill Museum and the headquarters of government during World War II.

Cenotaph

The Cenotaph is a war  memorial placed at the heart of the Whitehall road to commemorate those who fought during the two World wars of the Twentieth Century.  It was designed by Edward Lutyens.

Dean’s Yard

The Dean’s Yard is a small oasis often lost along the grandiose sight of Westminster.  Located just next to the Westminster Abbey, with many various entrances it is part of a private school established in 1504.

Downing Street

Downing Street which is entered from Whitehall but only with special permission as it heavily guarded by police officers, is where British minister lived since 1732.

Earl Haig statue

The Earl Haig statue situated in the centre of Whitehall is a impressive sculpture of the great British First World War chief.  It was designed in 1936 by Alfred Hardiman.

Green Park

Green Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, covering some 19 hectares (47 acres), between London’s Hyde Park and St. James’s Park. Together with Kensington Gardens and the gardens of Buckingham Palace, these parks form an almost unbroken stretch of open land in central London reaching from Whitehall and Victoria station to Kensington and Notting Hill.

Guard’s Museum

The Guard’s Museum situated next to the Horse Guard Parade on Whitehall offers everything there is to know about her majesty’s royal protectors.

Horse Guard Parade

The Horse Guard Parade is a very well known mounted guard ceremony  that takes places twice a day.  First in the morning at half eleven and later for the dismounting of the guard at 4PM.

House of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament also known as the Palace of Westminster is perhaps the most iconic and photograph building of the area.  This UNESCO world Heritage site which lies on the banks of the Thames river, offers an impressive view on both days and especially at night.  As the home of the British government it serves as the meeting place of the two houses of the United Kingdom Parliament : the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  The current building replaced the medieval complex which burned down in built in 1834, but retained its original style.  The Palace of Westminster still represent today a status for royal residence especially for ceremonial purposes.

Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Abbey situated on the South West corner of the Parliament Square is mostly known as the  location of the coronation and burial site of English and later British monarchs.  Officially known as the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, it  is a Gothic church and is one of the most visited attractions in the capital.

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Parliament Square

Parliament Square is a piece of green space surrounded with London’s most prestigious sights. Indeed it has the Treasury and Whitehall road to its North, the House of Parliament to the East , St Margaret and Westminster Abbey to the South.  The square itself is worth visiting having a couple of beautiful statues of famous personalities including Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill.

Richards I statue

The statue of Richards I situated in front of the Houses of Parliament is often regarded as the geographical heart of London.  It was designed by Carlo Marochetti in 1860 and depicts the 12 century Lion heart (Coeur de Lion).

Whitehall

Whitehall is by far the most known road in Westminster in London running north south from Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross to Parliament Square.  It is home to famous statues at it centre such as Richards I and the Cenotaph memorial.  It is mostly know as a Political road lined with numerous ministries and other government buildings.  Its name is taken from the vast Palace of Whitehall that used to occupy the area but which was largely destroyed by fire in 1698. Whitehall was originally a wide road that ran up to the front of the palace.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is an art gallery situated on Millbank road  in London  and is part of the British Tate gallery network with include the famous Tate Modern as well as Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It first opened 1897 and therefore is considered the oldest gallery in the network, opening in. It houses a substantial collection of the works of J.M.W. Turner.

Westminster Top Hotels

The following are some of the best rated hotels in Westminster.  Click her to view the full list of the Westminster and Victoria area accommodations on our partner booking site London Agoda.

  1. 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences
  2. Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel
  3. Crowne Plaza – St James Hotel
  4. Ritz Hotel
  5. Sofitel Hotel

51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences   

5 stars / 51 Buckingham Gate, London

The 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences are perfectly located in the heart of Westminster, spreading across three elegant townhouses and offering 86 suites.  Each one of the residences offers a fully-equipped kitchen, a separate living area and luxurious bathrooms. Guests at this flagship Taj property may enjoy chauffeur driven limousines, nanny services, personal butlers and award-winning dining venues such as the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant. Perfect for high-end business travellers, the 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel is an opulent luxury accommodation in the heart of London.

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Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel

 4 stars / 30 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, Westminster, London W2 3AN

Located in the vibrant and culturally diverse suburb of Bayswater, this hotel offers good value in a notoriously expensive city. While London isn’t the cheapest place to visit, the Blakemore Hotel is proof that a good deal can still found in a nice neighbourhood with a unique urban vibe of its own. A 10-minute walk from Paddington Station and only 5 minutes from Bayswater tube, the hotel is well connected by train and bus, with both the main shopping of Oxford Street and Heathrow Airport around 15 minutes away. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are within walking distance as is a swathe of interesting restaurants and pubs. The hotel’s own bar and lobby are also popular places of commune, offering a cozy space in which to congregate for afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks.

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Crowne Plaza – St James Hotel

 4 stars /  45-51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

This international class hotel, situated near Buckingham Gate, is a short walk from Westminster. Guests will enjoy easy access to everything London has to offer via the underground rail system, and the hotel is just a five-minute drive from Buckingham Palace and St James Park Tube Station in addition to the financial, commercial, and entertainment districts. The hotel is not far from the shopping areas of Kensington and Knightsbridge. The distinctive rooms are appointed with contemporary amenities that perfectly complement the customary decoration providing an elegant and pleasing atmosphere. The on-site restaurant serves delectable French, Indian, and traditional local cuisine in an alluring ambience. The hotel is also equipped with a vast selection of business facilities. The Crowne Plaza St. James Hotel is the perfect property for guests that want, a convenient location, and international business class accommodation.

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Ritz Hotel

The Ritz is perhaps one of the most respected Hotel in London.  It was established in 1906 and named after Cesar Ritz.  All 141 rooms at this 5-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature non smoking rooms, air conditioning, bathrobes, inhouse movies, hair dryer, internet access. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this London hotel offers room service 24hr, shops, elevator, coffee shop, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities , restaurant. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including massage, gym/fitness facilities. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Ritz Hotel

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Sofitel Hotel

The Sofitel is a business class hotel combining Edwardian charm and upscale facilities.  It is situated right next to Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. It is located in the former Cox and Kings Bank building and part of the French Accor group of hotels.  It offers very large, quiet rooms decorated in contemporary style with wide screen TVs and broadband internet access. The Rose Lounge, Brasserie Roux and S. James Bar serve exquisite food and drink and leisure options include a gym and spa. The hotel is within walking distance of the main shopping and theatre districts, St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace.

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Best of St James

St James’s is an area of central London in the City of Westminster. It is bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by The Mall and St James’s Park and to the east by The Haymarket.  Not to forget the beautiful St-James Park and the Buckingham Palace, home of the British Queen.

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  6. Piccadilly
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About Saint-James

St James’s was once part of the same royal park as Green Park and St. James’s Park. In the 1660s, Charles II gave the right to develop the area to Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, who proceeded to develop it as a predominantly aristocratic residential area with a grid of streets centred on St James’s Square.

Until the Second World War, St James’s remained one of the most exclusive residential enclaves in London. Famous residences in St James’s include St James’s Palace, Clarence House, Marlborough House, Lancaster House, Spencer House, Schomberg House and Bridgewater House. It is now a predominantly commercial area with some of the highest rents in London and, consequently, the world. Corporate offices in St James’s include the global headquarters of BP and Rio Tinto Group. The auction house Christie’s is based in King Street, and the surrounding streets contain a great many upmarket art and antique dealers.

Saint-James Top 10

Top 10 best attractions to visit in Piccadilly and St James’s include:

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. The Mall
  3. Piccadilly
  4. Royal Academy of Arts
  5. St-James Park
  6. Burlington Arcade
  7. Queen’s Gallery
  8. Green Park
  9. St-James Square
  10. Ritz Hotel
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality, and a major tourist attraction. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

The Mall and St-James Park

The Mall in London is the road running from Buckingham Palace at its western end to Admiralty Arch and on to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end, where it crosses Spring Gardens, which was where the Metropolitan Board of Works and, for a number of years, the London County Council were based. It is closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, and on ceremonial occasions.

The Queen Victoria Memorial is immediately before the gates of the Palace, whilst Admiralty Arch at the far end leads into the Trafalgar Square. St. James’s Park is on the south side of the Mall, opposite Green Park and St. James’s Palace, on the north. Running off the Mall at its eastern end is the Horse Guards Parade, where the ceremony of Trooping the Colour occurs.

St. James Park

St. James’s Park is a 23 hectare (58 acre) park in Westminster, central London, the oldest of the Royal Parks of London.  The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St. James’s area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St. James the Less.

St. James’s Park is bounded by Buckingham Palace to the west, The Mall and St. James’s Palace to the North, Horse Guards to the east, and Birdcage Walk to the south. The park has a small lake, St. James’s Park Lake, with two islands, Duck Island (named for the lake’s collection of waterfowl), and West Island. A bridge across the lake affords a view of Buckingham Palace framed by trees and fountains, and a view of the main building of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, similarly framed, to the east.

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Pall Mall and St-James Square

Pall Mall is a street in the City of Westminster, London, and parallel to The Mall, from St. James’s Street across Waterloo Place to the Haymarket; while Pall Mall East continues into Trafalgar Square. The street is a major thoroughfare in the St James’s area of London, and a section of the regional A4 road. The name of the street is derived from “pall mall” a mallet-and-ball game that was played there during the 17th century.

St. James’s Square is the only square in the exclusive St James’s district of the City of Westminster. It has predominantly Georgian and neo-Georgian architecture and a private garden in the centre. For its first two hundred or so years it was one of the three or four most fashionable residential address in London, and it is now home to the headquarters of a number of well-known businesses, including BP and Rio Tinto Group, as well as an exclusive club The East India Club. It is also home to The London Library. The square’s main feature is an equestrian statue of William III erected in 1808.

Piccadilly

Piccadilly is a major London street, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. It is completely within the city of Westminster. The street is part of the A4 road, London’s second most important western artery. St. James’s lies to the south of the eastern section of the street, while the western section is built up only on the northern side and overlooks Green Park. The area to the north is Mayfair.

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South Bank

The South Bank is the increasingly popular area south of the river Thames.  It is the ideal place for long walks enjoying amazing views of some of Central London’s key attractions.  Indeed the area is home to one of the most iconic sites of the capital, the London Eye on the western side, and the iconic landmark of Tower Bridge on the eastern side .  In between are a variety of amazing touristic sights to be discovered including the London Aquarium, the Tate Modern and the Shakespeare’s Globe.

The South Bank area covers the South London Boroughs of Lambeth as well as Southwark.  This vast central region is bordered by the Thames River to the North and West, Tower Bridge and Bridge Road to the East, and Elephant and Castle as well as Bermondsey to the South.


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  2. South Bank maps
  3. South Bank top attractions
  4. South Bank top hotels
  5. South Bank top images
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South Bank Top Attractions

Best sites to visit in South Bank and London Bridge:

  1. Clink Prison Museum
  2. HMS Belfast
  3. Imperial War Museum
  4. London Aquarium
  5. London Dungeon
  6. London Eye
  7. Millennium Bridge
  8. Shakespeare Globe
  9. Tate Modern
  10. Tower Bridge

Clink Prison Museum

The Clink Prison is a well known Museum located in Southwark offering visitors  an historic experience of inmates stories and various torture devices.   The sight is situated  on the location of the original Clink, considered England’s oldest prison, dating back to 1144.  The prison was once own by the Bishop of Winchester to better control the South Bank area of London.

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is an amazing historic and war museum  located on a Royal Navy ship which is  permanently stationed on the River Thames, next to the Tower Bridge.  The museum  visitors can experience what it was like to live and work on board a warship during various wars including the Second World War and the Korean War.  One can immerse itself into the interactive Operations Room and become in charge of the ship or be part of the ship’s community in a day to day live.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is a popular attractions in the South Bank of London offering a large numbers of military vehicles , aircrafts, various military equipments as well as a vast collection of personal and official documents, films and various images.  The museum first opened in 1917 during the First World War with  a mission to better understand Britain’s war effort as well as its impact on society.

London Aquarium

The Sea Life London Aquarium, with more than 500 various species is London’s and Europe’s largest collection of aquatic creatures.  With over a million visitors a year it is one of the capital’s most visited attraction and is especially popular with kids.  It is perfectly situated on the ground floor of the County Hall, right next to the famous London Eye.  The aquarium which first opened in March 1997 reopened in April 2009 after months of major refurbishments at a total cost of £5 million under the precise supervision of architect Kay Elliott. 

London Dungeon

The London Dungeon is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the South Bank of London, offering an historical and entertaining experience.   Incorporating a variety of rides, special effects and live actors it recreates some of London’s most scariest events and personalities.  The museum is divided into various sections or interactive scenes including the Crypt of All Hallows Church, the Labyrinth of the Lost, the Great Plague of London, the Great Fire of London, the Surgery: Blood & Guts, the Torture Chamber, the Courtroom, the Bedlam, the Traitor Boat Ride to Hell, the Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Bloody Mary  Killer Queen and the Extremis Drop Ride to Doom.

London Eye

The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights of the capital.  It is visited by over 3.5 million people a year making it the UK’s most popular paid attraction. The structure is 135 metres high in a perfect central location on the River Thames opposite the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.  Inside its 25 people capsules it provides the greatest views of central London spanning up to 40 km in each directions, from the City and Canary Wharf to the east to as far back as the Windsor castle to the West.

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Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is a unique pedestrians suspension bridge which crosses the River Thames, separating the Tate Modern on the Southern Bank and the St-Paul cathedral and the City of London School on the northern side.  Since it was reopened in 2002, the Bridge has become one of the key landmark of central London .

Shakespeare Globe

The Shakespeare’s Globe situated on the bank of the river Thames is an almost identical reconstruction of the Globe Theatre.  The Elizabethan playhouse was destroyed on many occasions including by fire in 1613, with the current version dating back to 1997.  It became  famous for being the home of Lord Chamberlain’s Men playing company which Shakespeare belonged.

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is one of London’s most popular museum of modern art, proudly sitting on the banks of the river Thames, next to the iconic Millennium bridge.  It has a very unique shape due to its previous role as a power station and find inside some of the world’s most interesting temporary exhibitions from Gauguin to Damien Hirst. Together with the Tate Britain and other museums across the country, it is part of the group known as simply  the Tate.  The entry is free except for specific exhibitions.

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Tower Bridge

Along with the London Eye, the Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of London.  It was completed in 1894 and is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is located next to the famous Tower of London, which gives it its name.  Inside the towers you may visit the Tower Bridge exhibition about the history of the bridge.

South Bank top hotels

The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 Stars hotels on the South Bank of London as voted by the users based on value for money, location, staff performance and comfort criteria’s.  To view the full list of South Bank accommodations you may visit our partner site Agoda London – Southwark and Waterloo.

Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel

4 Stars / 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom

With its striking architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, this new hotel, opened in 2006, offers upscale, contemporary rooms close to one of London’s best known landmarks. The Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, part of the More London Development, has large, stylish rooms with high-speed Internet access, plasma televisions, pay-per-view movies and video games. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The Ruba Bar and Larder Restaurant serve excellent international cuisine and refreshments, and guests have access to the More London 37º health club with a gym, sauna and swimming pool. London Bridge underground station is only a two-minute walk away, putting all of London’s attractions within easy reach.

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Novotel London Waterloo Hotel

4 Stars / 113 Lambeth Road, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom SE1 7LS

Right by the River Thames, this hotel is in a superior location for seeing London’s most iconic attractions. Within walking distance of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Novotel London Waterloo offers bright and modern air-conditioned rooms in a location handy to all the must-see tourist spots. Westminster Abbey is about ten minutes away on foot, and the South Bank and London Eye are an easy stroll down the bank of the Thames, an area with a constant supply of tour buses and black cabs. The major Waterloo railway interchange is a ten-minute walk away two minutes by cab providing easy access to all the shops, palaces and parks of central London. Another perk of this location is the free parking that can be found on the surrounding streets.

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Mercure London City Bankside Hotel

4 Stars / 71-79 Southwark Street, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom SE1 0JA 

The Mercure London City Bankside Hotel blends classic service with premium quality. This four star hotel is centrally located in the bustling city of London. Located nearby are many famous attractions including the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Fans of Shakespeare should read Bill Bryson’s biography on Shakespeare as it will really bring the Globe Theatre to life.  The hotel offers 144 en suite bedrooms, each of which features luxurious furnishings. For business travelers, the 4 meeting rooms that can hold up to 60 people are also highly rated. Guests are recommended to have a delicious meal at the famous Loft Restaurant, known for its international cuisine offerings and selection of fine wines.

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H10 London Waterloo Hotel

4 Stars / 284 to 302 Waterloo Road, Southwark and Waterloo, London, United Kingdom

As London’s unique luxury hotel, H10 London Waterloo blends top-class English service with ideal location. Located within walking distance are the Waterloo tube station, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. The hotel offers 177 bedrooms, each of which showcases comfortable and modern decor. In addition, there is an on-site fitness room, as well as a health and beauty center where a wide array of massages and treatments are available for your indulgence. Guests are recommended to sample the food at the in-house restaurant, Three O Two, as it features delectable fare in an ultra-modern setting. For business travelers, the 4 meeting rooms can be conformed to meet your needs, and of course, free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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Marylebone

Marylebone is the Northern western part of Central London and is mostly known to be the home of the beautiful Regent Park and exciting London Zoo as well as the location of one of London’s top attraction , the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds.  The district which is mostly residential has become a sought-after area in the heart of London packed with a variety of unique boutiques and shops, especially around the charming Marylebone High Street, as well as some renowned medical clinics around Harley Street.  Marylebone is also  blessed with some of the most sought after luxury accommodations in the capital including the Langham, Landmark, Opulence and Cumberland hotels.


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  3. Marylebone maps
  4. About Marylebone
  5. Marylebone top attractions
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About Marylebone

This district of Marylebone, which is part of the City of Westminster, is roughly bordered by the Prince Albert Road to the north of Regent’s Park, Great Portland Place (or Regents Street) to the east, Oxford Street to the south and finally Edgware road to the west.  The neighbourhood has an abundance of tube stations, as well as being home to Marylebone train station which offers numerous departures to the north of England.

Marylebone Top Attractions

Marylebone is home to  a variety of well known sights from famous museums such as Madame Tussauds and the Sherlock Holmes Museum to green spaces such as the Regent’s Park and the Marylebone Cricket Club.  The top 10 Marylebone attractions include:

  1. Madame Tussauds
  2. Regent’s Park
  3. London Zoo
  4. Regent’s Canal
  5. Sherlock Holmes Museum
  6. Wallace Collection
  7. Wigmore Hall
  8. BBC Broadcasting House
  9. London Central Mosque
  10. Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of the most famous attractions in central London.  It has millions of visitors coming in each year from all over the world to see the various wax sculptures.  This legendary museum will set you face to face with celebrities from the movies, music and sport, as well as other legendary heroes and villains.  It is divided into various fascinating galleries from World leaders,  to The Royal Family, passing by the Movie zone and the History of London.  Not to forget, the new addition : the breathtaking Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience.

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Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is one of the most famous green space in the capital, and part of the Royal Parks of London.  It is situated north of Marylebone road and Regent’s Park tube station and surrounded by Park road to the West, Prince Albert road to the North and Albany Street to the East.  It is home to a variety of recreational sights including the London Zoo, the Boating Lake and the Open Air Theatre within the Inner circle.

London Zoo

The London Zoo, located within the northern section of the Regent’s Park is an excellent place to enjoy the largest British collections of animals with no less than 755 species.  The zoo which was first used for scientific study opened its doors in 1828, making it the world’s oldest scientific zoo.

Regent’s Canal

The Regent’s Canal is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in North Central London.  Those set of canals, make up for a wonderful walk along its banks, spanning  from Paddington in the west to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames on the eastern side of London.  The canal is mostly visited in the Camden Town area.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is the most visited attraction on Baker Street, in the heart of Marylebone.  The site is located at the fictional number of 221B (although officially sitting between numbers 237 and 241) and is dedicated to one of the world’s most known  fictional character, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and its colleague Doctor Watson.  It is a privately-own museum run by the non-profit Sherlock Holmes International Society which first opened in 1990.

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a well known museum in Marylebone offering a variety of art objects divided into 25 galleries.  The collection holds numerous furniture, arms & armour, porcelain and paintings, mostly from the period between the 15th to the 19th centuries.  The admission is free of charge.

Wigmore Hall

The Wigmore Hall is one of the best known international recital venue, located in the heart of Marylebone on 36 Wigmore Street.  It offers excellent acoustics and is home to up to 400 concerts each year, attracting thousands of people from all over Europe.  The hall host a variety of various  performances, with a special focus on classical recitals of piano, song and instrumental music.

BBC Broadcasting House

The Broadcasting House located in the heart of Langham Place on Regent Street, is the official headquarters of the BBC.  The building includes the BBC Radio Theatre from where music and speech programmes are recorded in front of a studio audience as well as the radio stations BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

London Central Mosque

The London Central Mosque, sometimes referred to as the Regent’s Park Mosque due to its proximity to the park is located within a grandiose building which can attracts up to five thousand worshippers.  The Mosque was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and is easily recognised for is prominent golden dome, beautifully decorated with broken shapes in the Islamic tradition from the inside.

Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

The Marylebone Cricket Club Museum is located within the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London’s most famous cricket venue in St John’s Wood.  The field is often referred to as the "home of cricket" and its Cricket Club Museum considered the world’s oldest sporting museum.

Marylebone Top Hotels

Marylebone has a wide array of hotels to choose from, from the well known 5 stars selections such as the famous Langham London or the magnificent Landmark London  to some more affordable accommodations.  The following are some of the best accommodations in Marylebone including some 5,4 and 3 stars hotels:

  1. Langham London Hotel, 5 Stars
  2. Landmark London Hotel, 5 Stars
  3. Opulence Hotel, 5 Stars
  4. Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, 4 Stars
  5. Sumner Hotel, 4 Stars
  6. Cumberland Hotel, 4 Stars
  7. Presidential Apartments Marylebone, 4 Stars
  8. Radisson Edwardian Sussex Hotel, 4 Stars
  9. Four Seasons Hotel, 3 Stars
  10. Wigmore Court Hotel, 3 Stars

Langham London Hotel

5 stars / 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, Bloomsbury and Soho, London, United Kingdom

The Langham London Hotel, first built in the 1860s, is famous for being Europe’s first Grand Hotel.  In its long history it has welcomed various famous guests from Napoleon to Lady Di and more recently even James Bond in the Golden Eye film. This 5-star hotel is perfectly located on Regent Street, on one of London’s most exclusive addresses.  Indeed it is within walking distance to all of central London top areas, including the Theatreland of Soho, high class Mayfair and Marylebone, as well as various shopping streets such as Oxford Street.  The inside of the hotel is as beautiful as the outside featuring newly renovated interiors with a truly deluxe ambience.  The Langham Hotel is a welcoming place with plenty of history, and will contribute to a pleasant experience while visiting London.

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Landmark London Hotel

5 stars – 222 Marylebone Road, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom NW1 6JQ

The Landmark London is an awarded-winning 5-star hotel who once served as a convalescent home during World War II and later as the headquarters of the British Railways Board.  It was first established in 1899 and reopened as the Landmark hotel in 1995.  The hotel is perfectly located close to various central London attractions including the famous Madame Tussauds. The hotel main feature is the Winter Garden glassed atrium home to exotic flowers and palms, ideal for champagne brunch or to enjoy a nice cup of tea.

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Opulence Hotel

4 stars – 47 Gloucester Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom

The Opulence Hotel is renowned 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Marylebone.  It is located near great shopping location surrounded by central London main artery including Piccadilly, Oxford and Regent Street. The hotel offers 19 fully equipped elegant guest rooms with all the modern amenities such as in-room safe, LCD television and luxurious toiletries and bathroom products from Molton Brown.  The Opulence Hotel is a comfortable accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

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Thistle Marble Arch Hotel

4 stars – Bryanston Street, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1H 7EH

The Thistle Marble Arch Hotel is a four-star Art Deco accommodation with a longstanding reputation in Marylebone.  The hotel offers classy rooms, each decorated in an art Deco-style and offering all the needed amenities.  The hotel is perfectly located near the greatest central London shopping spots on Oxford Street, as well as only a few minutes from Hyde Park, Green Park and the Buckingham Palace.  Great place to start discovery of London’s greatest attractions.

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The Sumner Hotel

4 stars – 54 Upper Berkeley Street, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1H 7QR

The Sumner Hotel is a great 4 star hotels on Berkeley Street.  It offers a variety of rooms all with all the amenities a guest would need for a comfortable stay including air conditioning, a desk and a separate shower and tub.  The hotel has a 24hr room service, a laundry service/dry cleaning, concierge, meeting facilities.  It is perfectly located near some of central London key sights including various royal parks, the Buckingham palace as well as Oxford shopping street.  If you are looking for comfort, good service in a great location, then The Sumner Hotel is an ideal choice.

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The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars – Great Cumberland Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1A 4RF

The Cumberland part of the Guoman group is a four-star Hotel located on the Great Cumberland Place, one of the world’s most exclusive addresses.  The hotel offers very comfortable rooms with small touches such as plasma televisions and Egyptian cotton bed linen.  It is perfect for both leisure travellers with several bars playing cutting-edge music as well as business guest with up to 26 purpose-built meeting rooms all with state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated support staff.  It is ideally situated next Oxford Street and key London royal attractions.  The Cumberland is also home to Gary Rhodes celebrity chef award-winning Rhodes W1 restaurant, acclaimed as one of London’s finest.

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Presidential Apartments Marylebone

4 stars – 102 George Street, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1U 8NT

The Presidential Apartments is the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant stay in the heart of Marylebone. It offers contemporary accommodations with all the needed amenities and facilities.  It is perfectly located near Oxford Street for shopping and Baker Street home to Sherlock Holmes.  It is also only a walking distance for one of central London’s greatest attraction, Madame Tussauds on Marylebone road.

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Radisson Edwardian Sussex Hotel

4 stars – 19-25 Granville Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1H 6PA

The Radisson Edwardian Sussex Hotel is converted from eight Victorian townhouses.  It offers contemporary style and up-to-date facilities.  Each room are equipped with all of the latest amenities one would wish for including trendy furniture, marble bathrooms, cable television, high-end sound systems and complimentary wireless Internet access.  The hotel is ideally located near to Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street.  The hotels other features includes a fitness centre as well as the renown Nova Bar and Grill serving an exquisite international cuisine.  For great comfort in a perfect location the Radisson Edwardian Sussex Hotel is an excellent choice.

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Four Seasons Hotel

3 stars – 173 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom NW1 6DX

The Four Season Hotel is perfectly located on the edge of Regents Park, with walking distance to top sights such as the Lords Cricket Ground and Madame Tussaud’s as well as some great shopping location on Regents and Oxford Street.  It is also close to the west Theatreland and Museums.  The hotel was refurbished in 2009 and offers lovely rooms with all the required amenities.

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Wigmore Court Hotel

3 stars – 23 Gloucester Place, Mayfair and Marylebone, London, United Kingdom W1U 8HS

The Wigmore Court Hotel is a nice 3 stars hotel on Gloucester Place.  It offers various non smoking rooms with various amenities including desk, wireless internet access as well as many services such as Laundry /dry cleaning.  It is perfectly located in the centre of London near famous Baker and Oxford Street as well as the famous Hyde Park and Marble Arch.  If you are looking for a good mix of attentive care in sought after location, then the Wigmore Court Hotel London is the place for you.

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Kensington

Kensington, located on the western part of central London,  is perhaps best known as the home of some of the world’s best known museums.  Indeed, Exhibition road in South Kensington  is the location of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria and the Albert Museum.  Kensington is also famous for its parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.


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About Kensington

Kensington is the best known districts in Central West London,  famous for its world class museums around Exhibition road as well as its variety of magnificent parks.  The neighbourhood is situated within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, often considered one of the most luxurious places in the city.  Indeed it is home to some of London’s most expensive streets and garden squares such as the Phillimores, the Wycombe Square, the Edwardes Square and Earls Terrace.

Kensington is bordered by Bayswater Road and Notting Hill to the north, Hyde Park and Park Lane to the East, Chelsea and Belgravia to the South and Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush to the West.  The area can be divided into various regions including the northern Holland Park and Hyde Park as well as the southern Knightsbridge and South Kensington.  Some of the most central areas are around Kensington High Street, a great shopping destination  as well as Cromwell Road, home to the famous Harrods department store.

Kensington Top Attractions

Kensington is packed with great sights and parks, making it an absolute must visit destination when visiting the capital.  The top 10 attractions worth discovering in Kensington include in alphabetic order:

  1. Albert Memorial
  2. Brompton Oratory
  3. Harrods
  4. Hyde Park
  5. Kensington Gardens
  6. Natural History Museum
  7. Royal Albert Hall
  8. Royal College of Music
  9. Science Museum
  10. V&A Museum

Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial is a grandiose statue of Prince Albert, husband of Queen’s Victoria, located on the Southern tip of the Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.  It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and took over ten years to complete.

Brompton Oratory

The Brompton Oratory , officially the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a lovely Roman Catholic church situated on Brompton Road, a few meters East of the various South Kensington Museums.

Harrods

Harrods, located on the eastern side of Brompton Road in South Kensington, is perhaps one of the most known luxury department store in London.  It is comprised of some 330 departments within a 5-acre site  and is especially famous during the Christmas season.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park, part of the Royal Parks, is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London.  It is divided in two by the Serpentine lake and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.

Kensington Gardens

The Kensington Gardens is the beautiful green space west of Hyde Park and delimited by the Serpentine recreational lake.  The park, once part of the private gardens of Kensington Palace is a perfect destination to unwind away from the crowds with no less than 111 hectares of  space.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s most renown museums  of its kind.  It offers visitors a wide range of permanent exhibitions from dinosaurs to life-sized blue whales passing by 40-million-year-old spider and the very interesting Darwin Centre. It has over 70 million items divided into various collections including Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. It is situated on Exhibition Road, and entry is free except for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is the impressive concert hall located South of the Kensington Gardens opposite the Albert Memorial.  It host a variety of performances each year from ballet and opera to rock concerts.  It is perhaps best known for being home to the annual summer Proms concerts.

Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music is South Kensington well known  conservatoire situated between the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial College.  It was founded by Royal Charter in 1882, with its first director being Sir George Grove and followed by Sir Hubert Parry.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is another very popular London tourist attraction, especially with kids, offering a variety of educational exhibitions.  Indeed visitors can view and interact with various scientific experiments from the major discoveries to the future of space travel, passing by Imax cinema presentations.  The Science Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington and is free to enter.

V&A Museum

The V&A Museum is the third must see museum on Exhibition Road, home to thousands of spectacular artefacts from around the world spanned over 3000 years.  It is the perfect place for art and design enthusiast with various object on display from paintings to sculptures passing by furniture, textiles and metalwork.  As so many of the top London museums the entry if free expect for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.

Kensington Top Hotels

The following are some of Kensington area best value 5 and 4 Stars hotels as voted by the user.

Royal Garden Hotel

5 Stars / 2 – 24 Kensington High Street, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom W8 4PT

Welcome to the Royal Garden Hotel in leafy Kensington, one of the best value 5-star hotels London has to offer. Whether you need a prestigious London meeting venue or a luxury escape, at the Royal Garden Hotel you’ll find 5-star service without the stuffiness. View the Gift Vouchers or hotel Special Offers for the latest luxury hotel packages. Sleep soundly in the stylish rooms, dine in the award-winning London restaurants overlooking Kensington Gardens, then rejuvenate with a treatment in the hotel spa.

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NH Harrington Hall Hotel

4 Stars / 5-25 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom SW7 4JW

Situated in a highly convenient location, the NH Harrington Hall Hotel boasts an array of modern facilities and great amenities. All of the 200 guestrooms at this 4-star hotel offer guests a comfortable and pleasurable stay with modern in-room amenities. Each guestroom features coffee/tea, television (cable), telephone (idd), hair dryer, air conditioning and non-smoking rooms. Hotel facilities at this London hotel include bar, restaurant, laundry service, room service and airport transfer. With top-class business facilities, including conference rooms and business center, this hotel is the perfect choice for business travelers. Visitors to London will see that the hotel is the right choice with its convenient location and complete service and facilities.

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The Rembrandt Hotel

4 Stars / 11 Thurloe Place, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom SW7 2RS

The Rembrandt Hotel is located in Knightsbridge, close to a wide range of popular sites and attractions. There are 194 en suite rooms in all, as well as 6 fully air conditioned conference rooms ideal for training, business meetings and banquet dinners. The Palette restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes while the spacious 1606 lounge is where you will find refreshing drinks, afternoon tea and light meals. Boasting a great location, well appointed rooms and friendly hospitality, the Rembrandt Hotel has long been a favorite among business and leisure travelers.

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Fraser Place Queens Gate

4 Stars / 39B Queensgate Gardens, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom

This is stately 4-star hotel is well located for London’s West End, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and Harrods. The Fraser Place Queens Gate Hotel, though not in the heart of town, is surrounded by excellent transportation links giving guests all access to the city’s commercial and cultural landmarks. Offering a choice of 106 luxury accommodations, this hotel prides itself on complete comfort. Guests can choose from a range of studios and apartments, each of which is well-equipped with a fully fitted kitchenette, cable television, DVD player and wireless broadband. Experience all that London has to offer at the Fraser Place Queens Gate Hotel, from exquisite Victorian beauty to modern city living.

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Millennium Gloucester London

4 stars / 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4LH

The Millennium Gloucester London offers great value for money showcasing a stunning lobby and excellent service.  It is an outstanding deluxe four star hotel, where guests will be impressed from the moment they enter the lobby, which features an impressive and artistic chandelier and focuses on an elegant hunting lodge feel, accentuated by a deer statue. The colour theme here is caramel and cream. Rooms are also stylistically similarly appointed. Ideally located in the heart of Kensington, close to the Gloucester Road underground station, both tourists and business travellers alike will appreciate the ease with which they can access sites such as The Natural History Museum, The Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park.

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City of London

The City is London’s first financial district and remains until this day a driving force in the economy.  It is considered the historic core of London as it was built on the site of the original Roman settlement.  It is also referred to as the Square Mile, as its area is just over one square mile.  It is mainly a business district as few residents have lived there since the 19th century.  It is packed with some of Central London top attractions including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on the river Thames as well as some sought after cultural and artistic sights including the Museum of London, the Bank of England Museum , the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall Art Gallery.  The City of London is also home to numerous churches with the most famous being the St Paul’s Cathedral.


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The City of London top attractions

Some of the City of London most sought after attractions include:

  1. Tower of London
  2. Tower Bridge
  3. St Paul’s Cathedral
  4. Monument
  5. Museum of London
  6. Bank of England Museum
  7. Barbican Centre
  8. Guildhall Art Gallery
  9. Leaden hall Market
  10. St-Katharine’s Dock

Tower of London

The Tower of London, historically only known as The Tower, is her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress.  It is located next to the river Thames and Tower Bridge in the Borough of Tower Hamlets.  For most of its 900 years history the castle was an object of fear as many prisoners where held there, coming by boat to the Traitors gate entrance. It is the oldest building used by the British government.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of London.  It was completed in 1894 and it is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames.  It is located next to the famous Tower of London, which gives it its name.  Inside the towers you may visit the Tower Bridge exhibition about the history of the bridge.

St Paul’s Cathedral

The St Paul’s Cathedral is another key sight situated in the heart of the City of London.  This Anglican cathedral sitting on Ludgate Hill, represents the highest point in the City.  It was completed in 1708 by Sir Christopher Wren, author of many other churches in the City, and is today the seat of the Bishop of London.

Monument

The Monument is a 202 ft (61.57 metre) tall stone Roman Doric column in the City of London which was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London.  It is said that the column length represent the distance from where the Fire of London started in 1666.  Constructed between 1671 and 1677, it is the tallest isolated stone column in the world.  It is worth climbing to the top as it offers spectacular views over the city.

Museum of London

The Museum of London is located within the City’s Barbican complex in one of London’s oldest parts, next to the remains of the Roman city wall.  The Museum explores the  history of London from the Prehistoric times way up to the currents days with a main focus on life of its inhabitants and the social history of London.

Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum shows the history of this finance institution as well as explains how today’s bank uses modern technology in its current activities to reach as wider audience.  The museum offers a wide collection of  objects including banknotes, coins, various  documents and even a real gold bar, as well as houses a reconstruction of a late 18th century office.  It is located on Bartholomew Lane in the heart of the City of London and is open daily on weekdays free of charge.

Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is a notable art complex offering a variety of art exhibitions, theatre performances, music concerts film screenings as well as a conservatory, various cafes, restaurants and even a library.  It is considered the largest performing arts centre in Europe and it is home for both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.  It opened its doors in 1982 and is funded by the City of London.

Guildhall Art Gallery

The Guildhall Art Gallery is home to the impressive art collection of the City of London, which consists of some 4,000 works, but with only 250 displayed at any one time.  Most of the art displayed have a London theme including the significant collection of Victorian era art.  The gallery is located within a historic location , on the site of the Roman amphitheatre, with some remains are still visible in the basement.

Leadenhall Market

The Leadenhall Market is located on Gracechurch Street in the heart of the City of London.  Its history takes us back to the fourteenth century, on the place where was the centre of Roman London back 2000 years ago.  Today the market offers all sorts of quality fresh products including cheese, meats and flowers.  It is open weekday from seven until late.

St-Katherine’s Dock

The St Katharine Docks are located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, hidden to the East of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  What used to be very popular commercial docks in the 19th century,  reopened  in 1968 as a popular housing and leisure complex which include a hotel and a yacht marina.

The City of London best hotels

The City of London offers some excellent value for money accommodations including some luxury 5 Stars hotels such as the Threadneedles, the Andaz, or the well known Grange Hotels chain.   The following are some of the best hotels in the city as voted by the user.

  1. Grange Tower Bridge,  5 stars hotel
  2. Andaz Liverpool Street,  5 stars hotel
  3. Threadneedles,  5 stars hotel
  4. Grange St. Paul’s Hotel,  5 stars hotel
  5. Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill,  4 stars hotel
  6. Novotel London Tower Bridge,  3 stars hotel

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Grange Tower Bridge Hotel

5 stars / 45 Prescot Street, The City, London, United Kingdom E1 8GP

All 370 rooms at this 5-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Daily newspaper, air conditioning, bathrobes, television LCD/plasma screen are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include room service, 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are massage, spa, sauna on the grounds. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

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Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel

5 stars / 40 Liverpool Street, The City, London, United Kingdom

Occupying a Victorian building which dates back to 1884, Hyatt’s Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel is located in the heart of London, just around the corner from a treasure-trove of tourist attractions such as the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Spitalfield Markets. This marvellous accommodation features 267 newly refurbished guest rooms, each containing essential mod cons such as wireless Internet access, local landline and non-alcoholic mini-bar. All in all, Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel is an ideal place of stay.

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Threadneedles       

5 stars / 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY

The Threadneedles is a charming and sophisticated 5-star Boutique Hotel accommodation in a great location in central London.  Formerly known as the Victorian banking hall the hotel is a perfect mix of past and present with an impressive nineteenth century stained glass dome.  The Threadneedles Boutique Hotel is one of the greatest places to stay to start enjoying everything London has to offer.

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Grange St. Paul’s Hotel

5 stars / 10 Godliman Street, London

Perfectly located in the heart of London’s financial district yet just moments away from the myriad delights of the renowned West End, the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel provides a perfect venue for any visit to the capital. This 6 story 5-star hotel boasts 433 well-designed guestrooms, and to make your stay comfortable, all rooms feature a non-smoking policy, air-conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, and desk. Other features at the hotel include 24 hour room service, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, and a restaurant. Everything the hotel does is centred on the guests’ experience, ensuring the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

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Grange City Hotel

5 stars / 8-14 Coopers Row, London EC3N 2BQ

Set in the heart of London, this spectacular 5-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the best the city has to offer. Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 307 guestrooms, all designed with the guests’ comfort in mind. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature non-smoking rooms, air-conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, desk, and panoramic views over the city. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including 24 hour room service, elevator, coffee shop, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, and a business centre. A spa, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and sauna are on-site for your enjoyment. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Grange City Hotel.

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Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill

4 Stars / 142 Minories, The City, London, United Kingdom

Offering contemporary style and comfort in London’s Financial District, in the heart of the Square Mile, this upscale boutique hotel boasts homely rooms that can cater to the most specific business or leisure needs. The hotel is located a short walk from the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as numerous transport links which ensure easy access to the rest of the city and beyond. At the Hotel Indigo London Tower Hill, guests will be offered more than a place to sleep.

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Novotel London Tower Bridge

3 stars / 10 Pepys Street, The City, London, United Kingdom EC3N 2NU

The Novotel London Tower Bridge effortlessly merges stately architecture with polished hospitality. As it is located in the center of London across from the Tower of London and near the Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral, many of London’s attractions which including Green Park and Buckingham Palace can be easily reached. This upscale hotel offers 6 meeting rooms, each of which have WiFi internet access, making them ideal for tourists and business travelers alike. The guestrooms come in standard and superior sizes and are luxuriously furnished. Guests should be sure to have a meal at the Garden Brasserie restaurant which offers a variety of international fare or have a drink at Pepys Bar.

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London Boroughs

There are 33 London boroughs in the administrative area of Greater London.  They are divided between inner London which comprises twelve of these boroughs plus the City of London, and Outer London which comprises the twenty remaining boroughs of Greater London.

Topics

  1. London boroughs Interactive Map
  2. Introduction
  3. London boroughs Functions
  4. London boroughs Nomenclature
  5. London boroughs History
  6. List of London boroughs
  7. London boroughs Map

London boroughs Functions

The London boroughs main function is to play the role of the local government.  They are responsible for the administration and management of various services including :

  1. schools
  2. social services
  3. waste collection
  4. roads

Sometimes various London borough councils group together to administer share services. For example the waste collection and disposal of the West London Waste Authority.

They are administered by London Borough Councils which are elected every four years

London boroughs Nomenclature

All London boroughs use the term "London Borough of" in their names, except 3 including:

  1. City of Westminster as it has city status
  2. Kingston upon Thames, termed "Royal Borough of" (due to their Royal borough status)
  3. Kensington and Chelsea, , termed "Royal Borough of"

London boroughs History

The present London boroughs were created by the London Government Act 1963. They came into existence on 1 April 1965 with the creation of Greater London. The first London Borough elections had been held in 1964 with the newly elected London Borough Councils acting as "shadow" authorities before coming into power the following year.
They had wider authority than the inner London metropolitan boroughs and neighbouring urban districts and municipal boroughs which they mostly replaced, but less power than the three county boroughs of Croydon, West Ham and East Ham, which ceased to exist at the same time.

The City of London is administered by its own distinct body, the City of London Corporation, which predates the London boroughs.

List of London boroughs

There are 32 London boroughs plus the City of London which is not officially consider a London borough. 
Those are:

  1. City of London
  2. City of Westminster
  3. Kensington and Chelsea
  4. Hammersmith and Fulham
  5. Wandsworth
  6. Lambeth
  7. Southwark
  8. Tower Hamlets
  9. Hackney
  10. Islington
  11. Camden
  12. Brent
  13. Ealing
  14. Hounslow
  15. Richmond upon Thames
  16. Kingston upon Thames
  17. Merton
  18. Sutton
  19. Croydon
  20. Bromley
  21. Lewisham
  22. Greenwich
  23. Bexley
  24. Havering
  25. Barking and Dagenham
  26. Redbridge
  27. Newham
  28. Waltham Forest
  29. Haringey
  30. Enfield
  31. Barnet
  32. Harrow
  33. Hillingdon

Best of Crouch End

Crouch End is a beautiful little district  in the north  of London offering an original Victorian architecture on tree-lined streets.  It is packed with a variety of cafes, restaurants and independent shops as well as plenty of green spaces to relax and have fun with the kids.  It has the spectacular Alexander Palace as the backdrop as well as very interesting architecture at its heart including the Clock Tower and the art deco Town Hall.   Crouch End is definitely worth discovering if it’s not already on your best London destinations.


Crouch End Topics

  1. Introduction
  2. About Crouch End
  3. Crouch End Top Attractions
  4. Crouch End Food, drinks and Shopping
  5. Crouch End Photographs

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