London area of West End guide

What to do and where to stay in London's West End neighbourhood

Taking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Soho, Theatreland, Chinatown, Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Edgware Road, the West End really does have it all. This buzzing city centre location has over 15 million tourists visiting each year with hotels at every turn to cope with the flow of visitors. With so much going on it's the one part of the capital that never sleeps. As the heart of London's Theatreland, the West End is home to 40 of the capital's best-loved and long-standing theatres. Like Broadway in New York, London's West End is the place where a playwright of any standing would dream of staging a show. It also boasts a kaleidescope of cafes, restuarants and bars as well as every type of clothes shop you could hope for, from designer labels on Bond Street to the high street brands on Oxford Street. In summer months, the parks and squares get packed with tourists and shoppers seeking a calming oasis. Whatever you're looking for... respite in a street-side respite, a cultural outing or a shopper's paradise, the West End cannot fail to satisfy your search. You can follow the guide books and plan your West End trip if you like but by far the best way to enjoy the delights of the area is to wander around the winding back streets and discover the secrets for yourself.

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

West End Hotels

in or near West End
Every Hotel Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Coventry Street, W1D
Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Every Hotel Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
68 Regent Street, W1B
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
Le Meridien Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
21 Piccadilly, W1J
A hotel that is distinctly in the old English style, with magnificent antique décor, staff who are attentive, discreet, and ever so polite and, most importantly, ... More
 
 
 

West End Entertainment

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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, West End, London W1D
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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Picturehouse Central
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7-14 Coventry Street, West End, London W1D
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full ... More
 
 
 
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, West End, London W1V
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 

West End Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near West End
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Lights Of Soho
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
A new gallery space dedicated to light art. ... More
 
 
 
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, West End, London W1J
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
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Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions > West End, London W1D
Walking from Gerrard Street to Shaftesbury Avenue in the Chinatown area of Soho you'll come across the pedestrianised Horse & Dolphin Yard which gets its name ... More
 
 
 

West End Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's West End
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Gelupo
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
7 Archer Street, Soho, West End, London W1D
From the team that bought you Bocca Di Lupo comes Gelupo, a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar in the heart of Soho. Gelupo is ... More
 
 
 
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Lina Stores
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
18 Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
A wonderful old delicatessen offering all the traditional Italian basics as well as a superb selection of fresh pasta with different fillings and homemade sausages. There ... More
 
 
 
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Palace Skateboards
London > Shopping > Clothing
26 Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
Founded by South Bank skate member, Lev Tanju, Palace has become London's most famous skate brand not only at home but worldwide. This Brewer Street store, ... More
 
 
 

West End Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near West End London?
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Bocca di Lupo
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
12 Archer Street, Soho, , West End, London W1D
There was much excitement among the critics when this Italian restaurant opened at the end of 2008. Giles Coren writing in the Times gave it ... More
 
 
 
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Spuntino
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
61 Rupert Street, West End, London W1D7PJ
The third London restaurant from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the creators of the highly popular Polpo which led to Polpetto, Mishkin's and Polpo at Ape ... More
 
 
 
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El Camion
London > Restaurants > Mexican restaurants
25 - 27 Brewer Street, Soho, West End, London W1F
Mexican Cuisine... More
 
 
 

West End Pubs

The best pubs in or near London West End.
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Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, West End, London W1D
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, West End, London W1D
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
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Endurance
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 Berwick Street,, West End, London W1F
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West End Nightlife

West End clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, West End, London W1D
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
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Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, West End, London W1D
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
 
 
 
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Mark's Bar Soho
London > Nightlife > Bars
66-70 Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
Hidden away under Hix Soho is something altogether more seductive: Mark's Bar. The magic of this effortlessly cool cocktail bar is it doesn't try too hard, ... More
 
 
 

West End Leisure

West End gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, West End, London W1F
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, West End, London W1D
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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Triyoga
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, West End, London W1B5PW
On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More
 
 
 

West End Education

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Lamai Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Venues across London, West End, London WC2H
Thai food is the cuisine of the moment - green curries, red curries, satays, are everywhere. To the uninitiated,it's very difficult to recreate at home. But, ... More
 
 
 
Conde Nast College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
16-17 Greek Street, West End, London W1D
Fashionistas will be excited to hear that, from January 2013, they can enrol at the Conde Nast College when the Vogue fashion publisher opens its first ... More
 
 
 

West End Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near West End.
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, West End, London W1D
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, West End, London SW1Y
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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