Guide to Central 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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