If you are planning to visit England’s vibrant capital city any time soon, you will find a vast range of things to see and do in London’s West End.
Located in central London, the West End is famous for its museums, theatres and entertainment venues. It also happens to be one of the most expensive cities in the world.
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The West End was long favoured by the rich and famous as a place of residence as it was upwind from the smoke drifting from the crowded city districts.
The main entertainment district is situated around Leicester Square and Covent Garden, and the shopping district is centred on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.
Popular things to do and places to visit in the West End include:
Wellington Arch was originally commissioned by George lV and is situated at Hyde Park Corner. This incredible monument was completed in 1830 by architect, Decimus Burton, and moved to its present site in 1882. Enjoy breathtaking views over London from the balconies, which are accessible by lift. Three floors of exhibits tell the history of the Arch, including its time as London´s smallest police station.
West End Theatre
West End Theatres attract visitors from all over the world and represent the highest quality theatre anywhere, alongside Broadway in New York. Known as ´Theatreland´ the West End theatres stage musicals, comedies and classic plays. The Mousetrap is a world record breaking production which opened on 25th March, 1974 and is still running at St Martin´s Theatre.
Eating and drinking in the West End
Whatever you fancy eating or drinking in the West End you will find it with ease. The district boasts a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets and whether you are looking for a quick pre-theatre meal or a Michelin star gourmet dinner, the West End can cater for all your requirements.
Covent Garden is packed with a wide range of restaurants from Indian cafés to quirky tapas bars, and fast food to fine dining. Carnaby Street is also popular with diners, and is home to the Wright Brothers Restaurant, serving excellent fresh seafood and fish and Leon, serving nutritious fast food.
West End Museums
Top West End museums include the Design Museum, the Benjamin Franklin House, The Museum of London, the Charles Dickens Museum, Pollock´s Toy Museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Whether you are looking for top class theatre performances, museums, shops, bars or restaurants in the West End you will be spoilt for choice. Transport links into the heart of the West End, include buses and trams which are cheap and frequent.
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