London area of WC2 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's WC2 neighbourhood

The west central postcode of WC2 takes in part of the West End as well as the legal district around Holborn and the Strand. The centre point of the area is arguably Covent Garden, with its excellent shopping, famous cobbled piazza and the numerous nearby theatres. Attracting some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, the hallowed stages of London's Theatreland rival those of New York's Broadway in the popularity stakes and attract millions of visitors each year. If it's movies you're after, Leicester Square and its environs boast many of London's most famous cinemas which fling out their red carpets for special film premieres throughout the year. The southern border of WC2 runs along the Embankment and includes Charing Cross Station and the magnificent Somerset House, which boasts the Courtauld Gallery collection as well as an open square which hosts ice skating in the winter and open-air concerts in the summer. To the east, WC2 includes the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand and the pretty Lincoln's Inn Fields, home of the marvellous Sir John Soane's Museum and a few tennis courts, which attract students from the neighbouring London School of Economics in the summer months. In recent years, estate agents have tried to rebrand the WC1 and WC2 areas of London as "Midtown" but it has yet to really catch on.

See our recommended nearby WC2 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

WC2 Hotels

in or near WC2
ME London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
336-337 The Strand, WC2R
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Aldwych, WC2B
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
372 Strand, WC2R
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Entertainment

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Aldwych Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, WC2, London WC2B4LD
With the Waldorf Hotel sandwiched inbetween them, the Aldwych and Strand theatres were originally built to work as a pair. The Aldwych is probably most noted for ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, WC2, London WC2B
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, WC2, London WC2B
London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near WC2
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Somerset House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House: Embankment Galleries
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Opened on 24th April 2008, the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House offer 750 square metres of exhibition space where the Hermitage Rooms used to be. Exhibitions ... More
 
 
 
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The Courtauld Institute Of Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Somerset House, Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergeres', Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear' and Renoir's 'La Loge' are just a few of the celebrated ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's WC2
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, WC2, London WC2E
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, WC2, London WC2E
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, WC2, London WC2E
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near WC2 London?
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Thai Square
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
148 The Strand, WC2, London WC2R
This branch of Thai Square located on The Strand is close to Covent Garden and Charing Cross Station, making it convenient for theatre-goers or for a ... More
 
 
 
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Cucina Asellina
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Based on the popular Asellina restaurant attached to the Gansevoort Park Hotel in downtown New York, Cucina Asellina presents Italian home-cooked food in a contemporary setting. ... More
 
 
 
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STK - London
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Steak is the main attraction at STK , an American import which has already seen success in New York and now comes to ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London WC2.
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, WC2, London WC2E
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Edgar Wallace
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Essex Street, WC2, London WC2R
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, WC2, London WC2B
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Nightlife

WC2 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, WC2, London WC2B
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, WC2, London WC2B
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
 
 
 
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, WC2, London WC2N
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
 
 
 

WC2 Leisure

WC2 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, WC2, London WC2E
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, WC2, London WC2N
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Leisure > Activities
Somerset House South Wing Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 

WC2 Education

in or near WC2
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, WC2, London WC2R
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, WC2, London WC2A
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
 

WC2 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near WC2.
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, WC2, London WC2R
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
Two Temple Place, WC2, London WC2R
With its castle like façade and a striking interior, Two Temple Place is one of London's most prestigious settings for corporate and private events. As well ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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