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The West EndTaking in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, Soho, Theatreland, Chinatown, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, The West End really does have it all. This buzzing city centre location has over 15 million tourists visiting each year. With so much going on it's the one part of the capital that never sleeps. As the heart of London's theatre land, 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 even dream of staging their show. It also boasts a kaleidoscope of cafes, restaurants and bars as well as every type of clothes shop you could hope for, from designer labels on Bond Street to the bargains on Oxford Street. In summer months, the parks 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 he best way to enjoy the delights of the area is to wander around the winding back streets and discover the secrets for yourself.

 

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Kids WeekKids WeekKids WeekIt's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - a2016-08-01T00:00:00+01002016-08-31T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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PRICING  Free (Child 5-16 accompanied by full paying Adult) and another two children can go half price
DATES  1st to 31st August 2016
It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - a... More about this event
 
 

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The West End - The Tom Cribb Pub On Panton Street

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LondonTown.com - The West End Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Leicester Square Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
22 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
China Town Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £123  41% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Overlooking Leicester Square - the setting for London's regular film premieres - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has glamorous, exclusive décor to match its high-profile setting: ... More
 
 
 
Every Hotel Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £112  21% off
Coventry Street, W1D | 2 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £104  32% off
Whitcomb Street, WC2H | 2 minutes from The West End
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar is a recently refurbished 4 star hotel located right in the heart of London's famous West End. Leicester Square, Piccadilly ... More
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Leicester Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | Same location as The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Soho
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 4 minutes from The West End
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The West End

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The West End
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Horse and Dolphin Yard
London > Attractions >
Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Portrait Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
St Martin's Place, WC2H | 3 minutes from The West End
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for serious ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 3 minutes from The West End
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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Events near The West End

Near The West End
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Go-Between
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th May to 15th October 2016
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 3 minutes from The West End
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Michael Crawford returns to the West End in 2016 to star in The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre. Directed by Roger ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
This Is Living
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th May to 11th June 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 6 minutes from The West End
After a critically acclaimed run in Edinburgh in 2014, Liam Borrett's debut play now gets its London premiere with a staging at the Trafalgar Studios. This ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Spoils
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th May to 13th August 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 6 minutes from The West End
American actor Jesse Eisenberg makes his British theatre debut this May to star in his own play, The Spoils. The Oscar-nominee plays Ben, a rich, entitled ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near The West End

Near The West End
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Prince Charles Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
7 Leicester Place, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Having achieved almost cult status, this reasonably-priced, independent cinema in the heart of Leicester Square is not quite the true hidden gem it once was. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The 99 Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Playing across multiple venues across London seven days a week and 52 weeks a year - do they really put on shows on Christmas Day? - ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Vue West End
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Vue West End is located on the north east side of London's Leicester Square. The nine screen cinema shows all the latest releases and has played ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The West End

The best shops and markets near The West End
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Ben & Jerry's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Fosil Fuel, Phish Food and Baked Alaska, no, not a tour of the Natural History Museum but the names that Ben & Jerry have come up ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
SeeWoo
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
18-20 Lisle Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
SeeWoo's flagship store is located on Lisle Street in the heart of London's bustling Chinatown. Starting as a small grocery in 1975 serving local needs, SeeWoo ... More
 
 
 
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Loon Fung Supermarket
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42-44 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from The West End
In the heart of China Town, this shop offers everything you ever needed to cook authentic Chinese food. The look and the smell is authentic, and ... More
 
 
 
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What are the best dining options near The West End London?
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FuLuShou
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
5 - 6 Leicester Square, The Casino at The Empire, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Pan-Asian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Joy King Lau
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
3 Leicester Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Chinatown’s best dim sum restaurant, (although outdone by the Royal China in Bayswater) this large, well run establishment is an excellent choice for more adventurous diners. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Mr Kong
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
21 Lisle Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
This busy, lively restaurant covers three floors; try to eat upstairs if seats are available. The friendly staff will try and make you feel at home ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The West End

Near The West End
Lamai Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Venues across London, Soho, London WC2H | Same location as The West End
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
 
 
 
ELS Language Centre, London
London > Education > English Language Courses
3 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The West End
8 students per class. Under £200pw.... More
 
 
 
Dale Carnegie Training
London > Education > Business Faculties
4 Ching Court, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from The West End
Management and public speaking training.... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near The West End

The West End gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from The West End
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from The West End
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near The West End

The best pubs near London The West End.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Salisbury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from The West End
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The West End

The West End clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cork & Bottle
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
44 Cranbourn Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Located in the heart of the West End you’d expect it to be packed with the usual crowds but hidden in a basement below a sex ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Wyld Bar
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from The West End
In typical W Hotel style, the Wyld Bar on the first floor of the Leicester Square hotel is very cool. Drop in for after work drinks ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The West End
Hidden behind an unassuming jade door in Chinatown an intoxicating world of hedonism awaits. The Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour is a maze of nine ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The West End

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The West End.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from The West End
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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The Invitation
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

Kenneth MacMillan's gripping ballet, The Invitation , brings a complex exploration of innocence and moral corruption to the ...More

Obsidian Tear
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor presents his new ballet Obsidian Tear , which is given its ...More

Oedipe
Concerts | Until 8th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

Johan Reuter, John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan perform in The Royal Opera House ...More

The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Royal Ballet:Obsidian Tear/The Invitation/Within The Golden Hour
Dance | Until 11th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The West End

A world premiere from McGregor, a dark drama from MacMillan and acclaimed ensemble work from Wheeldon....More

Kids' Sushi Class
Exhibitions | Until 28th May 2016 

Inamo Covent Garden 1 minute walk from The West End

Train your Nigiri Ninjas We're opening Inamo's exclusive masterclasses to our younger fans. Enter the dojo of our expert Sashimi ...More

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from The West End

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
May Half-Term Family Fun Activities: The Poster Party
Tours | Until 5th June 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from The West End

The Poster Party takes place throughout the May half term, from 28th May until 5th June 2016, with storytelling and ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from The West End

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
 
 
 
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