Whenever you think of sightseeing in London, the iconic West End is almost always included in the itinerary. Famous for its theatres, attractions, hotels and shopping scene, there is always something to see and do in the West End that will entertain the very young to the very old. The atmosphere is electric and is often compared to New York’s Broadway. And just like Broadway, the West End is the London district that never seems to sleep.
The theatre is probably what attracts most visitors to the West End. The London stage is known to produce many World-Class performances and can attract many celebrities to the capital. The West End ‘Theatreland’ consists of around 40 theatres and you can usually obtain on-the-day tickets or book in advance if you prefer. There is a show to suit all tastes whether it be a musical, a play or a comedy that takes your fancy. At the moment there are a number of popular performances to choose from including The Lion King, Pretty Woman, Wicked, Matilda and the Book of Mormon.
Some of London’s finest hotels are located in the West End and therefore often get overlooked by those visiting on a budget as they assume all hotels in the area are highly priced, but there are also some more attractively priced hotels that appeal to all. The Piccadilly Hotel London West End is located right in the middle of the action and here you will find some of the most competitive special offers London hotels in the area are trying to compete with, so it is a very popular choice.
The West End is also home to some of the finest shopping streets in the capital including Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street. It is in this shopping area you will find big name flagship stores such as Selfridges, Hamleys, Topshop and Ralph Lauren to name but a few. If you would rather more boutique stores, then Soho is the place to go. Berwick Street, for example, has many of the shops and restaurants West End London is well known for, including some pubs, cafes and delis that provide some great afternoon tea London deals. It’s also the place you will find vintage, record, fabric and bespoke clothing stores. Nearby Covent Garden is also a beautiful place to explore.
If exploring history and the arts is more your thing than browsing the shops or watching the latest musical, then the West End is also home to some of the most popular museums and galleries in London including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, London Transport Museum and The British Museum. These places provide free entry too so are very friendly on your bank account and keeps expenses low, especially when visiting with the family.
Other popular West End attractions include London Zoo, Hyde Park, Regents Park, China Town, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.