No trip to London is complete without visiting the West End and all the attractions that come with it!
The West End is situated in central London and is home to some of the city´s most popular attractions and entertainment venues. It is also the second most expensive location in the world in which to rent office space after Tokyo, Japan.
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.
Some popular things to do 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
The theatre scene in the West End attracts visitors from all over the world and represents 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 Events
Special Events in the West End take place at Christmas when the whole area is lit up with colourful decorations and lights and on New Year´s Day when a parade takes place through the streets. If you are lucky enough to be in London in June, enjoy the West End Live which showcases the best of London´s musical theatre.
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.
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Transport links into the district from other parts of the city frequent.