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London Walking Piccadilly and Soho

 

PICCADILLY

Piccadilly Circus, crowded night and day, is one of the symbols of the city of London. Located in the West End, belongs to the district of Westminster, and is a place where we can find one of the most extensive offerings of leisure in the city. Piccadilly Circus is a circular plaza that connects many places for recreation and entertainment, restaurants, bars, theaters, shops, etc., a great place for people watching.  Underground: Piccadilly Circus

Picadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus  Image Jr.ge

WALKING AND SHOPPING

PICCADILLY STREET  Is the main road running from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus, home to the Ritz Hotel, Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy. In Bram Stoker’s novel, Count Dracula owns a house on Piccadilly.

JERMYN STREET   Total Luxury. The street runs parallel to the Piccadilly Street to the south.

Image Jermyn Street

EAT

PAXTON AND WHITFIELD  93 Jermyn Street. For exceptional cheese since 1797 in Jermyn Street. According to Churchill, the only place where a gentleman should buy cheese. I give you the tip: buy a Stilton, or a Camembert or Cheddar, nuts and a bottle of real beer or champagne P & W and enjoy a picnic at your room.

FORTNUM & MASON  181 Piccadilly. St. James Restaurant deli, above, also has a tea room and there is a wine bar.

MARK’S BAR    66-70 Brewer Street. Very good bar for pre-dinner and after dinner drinks and snacks, is open until 1a.m.

SOHO

Soho is an ideal place to walk, to see theater shows, live music, the moment you leave Oxford Circus underground you feel the vibe, the Soho is vibrant, moving, crowded, especially Friday and Saturday. Chinatown is next to Soho, in the area near Leicester Square.  The Old Compton Street is the main street, predominantly gay.

STAY

SOHO HOTEL 4, Richmond Mews.  This deluxe hotel secluded in a quiet  place has 91 bedrooms, suites and apartments.Rates from GBP295.

DEAN STREET TOWN HOUSE  69-71 Dean Street.  A small and cute thirty-nine bedroom hotel in the centre of Soho. Bedrooms are available in tiny, small, medium and bigger sizes. I recommend the dining room, open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.  Rates from GBP240 the tine room.

Dean Street Town House Medium Room

WALKING AND SHOPPING

Soho is situated in the heart of London’s West End. The area only covers 2.6 square kilometres, so it’s easy to walk around.  Picadilly Circus connects Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.

REGENT STREET  Regent Street rivals with Champs Elysees and 5th Avenue as shopping destination and its famous for its Christmas illuminations.

LIBERTY LONDON Main entrance on Great Marlborough Street.  The prestigious department store opened in 1875 and since then  has been synonymous with luxury and iconic design.

CARNABY   North of Soho, behind Regent Street.  The 12 streets of Carnaby are known for unique boutiques and global brands.

CARNABY STREET  Is a pedestrian shopping street, located near Oxford Street and Regent Street.

ANTHROPOLOGIE   158 Regent Street.  A mix of unique, women’s clothes, jewellery and home decorations.

BERWICK STREET MARKET  Berwick Street Market is a small market on Berwick Street selling mainly fruit and vegetables and general goods. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm.

BEYOND RETRO  Vintage shop.  58-59 Great Marlborough Street.

Beyond Retro Peter Max Scarf

 

EAT

MR KONG   21, Lisle Street, Chinatown, excellent and inexpensive Chinese food.

LEON  35 Great Marlborough St.  Affordable good food.  Breakfast, lunch and takeaway.

PIZZA PILGRIMS   Great street food in Berwick Street Market.

FERNANDEZ & WELLS   73 Beak Street.  Excellent coffee, cakes and croissants at the Beak Street Store, food and wine bar at the 43, Lexington Street Store.

                 Berwick Street Market  Image Fin Fahey.

 

 

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