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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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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  29% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £131  28% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 5 minutes from The West End
Boutique haven in Covent Garden's vibrant Seven Dials village. Guests can enjoy stylish, comfortable rooms, smart TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi on unlimited devices. Monmouth Kitchen ... More
 
 
 
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £533  28% off
68 Regent Street, W1B | 5 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The West End
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
The West End, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from The West End
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
The Doctor
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th April to 18th July 2020
The West End, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from The West End
Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in Robert Icke's The Doctor when it ...More
 
 
 
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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 31st March 2016 to 1st November 2020
The West End, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1V | 3 minutes from The West End
Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, have ...More
 
 
 
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Cineworld Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Cineworld on the north side of Leicester Square is a state-of-the-art nine screen cinema in the centre of London which shows ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Ben & Jerry's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, 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
 
 
 
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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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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
 
 
 
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JinLi Chinatown
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
4 Leicester Street, WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
Yi Fei's award-winning Sichuanese restaurant, JinLi, which won 'Best in England' at the Golden Chopsticks Awards in 2018, has a second restaurant in Chinatown with ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 5 minutes from The West End
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 9 minutes from The West End
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
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 11 minutes from The West End
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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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
 
 
 
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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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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The Blue Posts
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from The West End
Across the road from Chinatown, a pub had stood on the site of The Blue Posts at 28 Rupert Street since 1739. ... More
 
 
 
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The Lost Alhambra
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
28a Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from The West End
From the team behind Tonight Josephine and Blame Gloria, The Lost Alhambra in Leicester Square has been revived ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The Perception
London > Nightlife > Bars
W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, W1D | 1 minute from The West End
Opened in late 2017, The Perception has taken over the lobby of the W London. Designed by Amsterdam-based firm Concrete, the bar is inspired by London's ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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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Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 1 minute walk from The West End

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 
City Of Angels
City Of Angels
Theatre | Until 5th September 2020 

Garrick Theatre 2 minutes walk from The West End

A hit for the Donmar in 2014 when it ran as the theatre's Christmas production, Cy Coleman and David Zippel's ...More

 
The Watsons
The Watsons
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Harold Pinter Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West ...More

 
The Doctor
The Doctor
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Duke of York's Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in ...More

 
Six The Musical
Theatre | Until 31st January 2021 

Arts Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss' playful musical history lesson about Henry VIII and his six wives, which puts the spotlight ...More

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
Theatre | Until 31st July 2020 

Gielgud Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town ...More

 
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Theatre | Until 17th October 2020 

Sondheim Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by ...More

 
Body Worlds
Body Worlds
Exhibitions | Until 11th September 2020 

London Pavilion 3 minutes walk from The West End

A fascinating exhibition which fuses science, art and health education, Body Worlds offers a unique insight into the human body. ...More

 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 3 minutes walk from The West End

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
POSTPONED: Artemisia Gentileschi
POSTPONED: Artemisia Gentileschi
Exhibitions | Until 26th July 2020 

National Gallery 3 minutes walk from The West End

Artemisia will not open as originally planned on 4th April 2020 due to current global travel restrictions. The National Gallery ...More

 
 
 
 
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