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Visitor's Guide to Central London

Visitor's Guide to Cental London As soon as visitors step off the train at the huge King's Cross Station they find themselves in the very heart of the city where the past meets the future and cultural diversity is embraced by all.

This is Central London, home to Trafalgar Square [map] and Nelson’s column, the fascinating Tower Bridge [map] that has stood over The Thames since the 19th century, and the entertaining Leicester Square [map] where you might just catch a film premiere.

Enjoy shopping in the diverse and friendly Covent Garden [map] or check out one of Central London’s impressive markets. This is where you’ll find the famous Camden Market [map]. Alternatively, check out Tottenham Court Road for high street names and unusual restaurants.

For British and European cuisine do your dining in style with a visit to The Strand [map] or Great Russell Street [map].

Head to the once bustling newspaper hub Fleet Street [map], which is now visited as a historical landmark, and pop into one of the traditional pubs nearby for a taste of the ale that got many prominent journalists through their tough assignments.

Visit one of the world’s top theatre destinations and catch a musical extravaganza in The West End or pay a visit to The Barbican [map] - home to the Royal Shakespeare Company – or The Royal Opera House [map]. Historians will find all they need to know at The Theatre Museum [map], Russell Street.

Literary fans will know that Charing Cross Road [map] is home to hundreds of independently owned bookshops offering new editions and collectors' editions of a range of fiction and non-fiction. Close by is Bloomsbury [map] and a host of publishing powerhouses that have made London their home for hundreds of years. Complete the literary trail with a visit to The Dickens House Museum [map], Doughty Street, Camden, home to the world-famous author between 1837-1839 and now a museum about the man and his many works.

Central London is right on the doorstep of China Town, which is home to some of the best restaurants, supermarkets, clothes and anime shops in the UK. Make a space in your itinerary to spend at least half a day here surrounded by the authentic sights and sounds of China. This is also a fantastic place to pick up an unusual gift.

Take a moment out of a hectic sightseeing schedule to enjoy the greenery in the heart of the city. London’s parks provide the perfect escape. Choose from Postman’s Park in East-Central or The Victoria Embankment & Gardens and The Lincoln Inn Fields in [map].

London’s ever-changing programme of nightlife, entertainment, museums and galleries means that visitors return frequently to see what this dynamic area has in store for them next.

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