A Guide to London Part 4 The West End
This post (in 2 parts) promises shopping, musicals, dinner and drinks in the crazy busy and fun West End of London....
Oxford Circus, Picadilly, Covent Garden and Leicester Square are the main tube stops around the West End and are usually the busiest spots as there are plenty of tourist attractions around this area, but I want to share with you some secret spots that you probably wouldn´t discover on your first trip to London...and that will hopefully make you feel more like a local in London. x
Unfortunately, there´s no secret about Oxford Street, and if you´ve come to London to shop then it´s probably a good place to start. If you´ve not got much time just do the massive Topshop directly opposite Oxford Circus tube exit (a shopper´s mecca!) & maybe Carnaby Street & Kingly Court for some more real "London" boutiques. I also love South Molton Street (near Bond St Tube) for gorgeous shoes & Covent Garden´s Neal Street for cool trainers.
For vintage shopping in the West End, head to Soho for stores like Absolute Vintage.
Many shoppers & visitors to London don´t know about St Christopher´s Place - a hidden maze of pedestrian streets & home to a number of great boutiques like Whistles and Mulberry as well as some great terrace dining spots. Look for the purple clock as you head towards Bond St station on Oxford St to find the entrance.
For coffee lovers and especially espresso martini fans, try the very cool Soho Grind in Beak St, Soho.
If you´re more of a coffee and cake fan, then head to Patisserie Valerie in Covent Garden or Soho.
The sister restaurant of the celebrity spot, The Ivy, has opened in central Covent Garden. The Ivy Market Grill is a more informal and well-priced spot with delicious brunch and lunch options, and a terrace dining area in the sun (if you´re lucky) Try the crispy duck & pak choi salad & a cheeky lunchtime cocktail.
Another great spot for a boozy lunch is the Covent Garden Hotel which sits in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden amongst the cute colourful boutiques and bars. With an all day kitchen, you can choose from brunch, lunch, dinner or a delicious Afternoon Tea. I totally recommend the Dressed Dorset Crab - delicious & if you just fancy a small snack, ask for the Bar Menu.
So enjoy your shopping and lunching in the West End and tomorrow in the second part I´ll tell you about secret drinking spots and great post theatre dinner menus....Thanks for reading xxx