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
The Groucho Club
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
45 Dean Street, W1D
Formed in 1985, The Groucho Club is a private members club that's open to men and women. With accommodation available to its members, there are 20 ... More
 
 
 
W London Leicester Square
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
10 Wardour Street, W1D
On the site of the landmark Swiss Centre, the W London - Leicester Square Hotel has given Leicester Square a landmark building to be proud of ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Piccadilly Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Coventry Street, W1D
Located right next to Leicester Square, in the heart of London's West End, the Thistle Piccadilly is the perfect hotel for those wanting to enjoy the ... 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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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
 
 
 
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Prince of Wales Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Coventry Street, West End, London W1D
Theatres have stood on this spot since 1884, perfectly placed to draw the attention of the great crowds moving between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The ... More
 
 
 

West End Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near West End
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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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Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
West End, London W1D
Soho, the set of streets and alleyways between Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street is one of the most cosmopolitan parts of ... More
 
 
 
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Leicester Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H
With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and Covent Garden to the east, Leicester Square is right ... 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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Vintage Magazine Store
London > Shopping > Gifts and Luxuries
39-43 Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
Packed with pictures of icons, stars and stylers, and not adverse to some greetings cards humour, this shop is a good option for cards for any ... 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 beginning of 2009. Giles Coren writing in the Times gave it his ... More
 
 
 
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Spuntino
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
61 Rupert Street, West End, London W1D7PJ
The creators of the highly popular Polpo and Polpetto have brought a third establishment to the London restaurant scene. Russell Norman and Richard Beatty introduce Spuntino, ... More
 
 
 
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Melati
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
21 Great Windmill Street, West End, London W1D
Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. Booking advised for dinner. Separate room for parties. ... 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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Madame Jojo's
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
8-10 Brewer Street, West End, London W1F
This was once a sleazy Soho strip club, as the name suggests, and it really shows. Deep reds are the dominant colour, with mirrors, booths and velvet curtains creating ... 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
 
 
 

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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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
 
 
 
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The Beauty Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Kingly Court, West End, London W1B
All therapists at The Beauty Lounge in Kingly Court work in the media, fashion and beauty industry so when you go for a make-up leseson you'll ... More
 
 
 

West End Education

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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, West End, London WC1A
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 

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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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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Royal Academy of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
Burlington House, Piccadilly, West End, London W1J
Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts, a set of galleries that houses the country's premier art school and a ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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