Soho and the West End, London
A amazing shopping street. There was so much people walking around on Regent street, here is the world famous Hamley´s toy store (dont miss this, read my shopping tip for Hamley´s and look at the videos of Hamley´s. And many many moore shopps.
DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF REGENT STREET
London really has amazing architecture - all over the place you can find it! Both old and modern contemporary.
Walking from A to B and on to C and so on puts you in such a better position to see the buildings and what such an array of architecture and design amongst the buildings of London than relying too much on the Underground trains to travel with. (though that is of cultural and architectural interest too!)
From Picadilly Circus on up Regents Street and up Shaftesbury Ave there are lovely to stunning buildings to see around here - including Oxford Circus and on to Robert Adam's All Saints Church, the BBC building and on up to Regents Park. It continues through to the streets behind too of course - and another favourite street of mine is Harley Street in behind Oxford Circus.
The no1 shopping street in London, shops, shops, shops evrywhere you turn. When we were there they had closed Regent street and Oxford street from traffic, it was London shopping day, it was so much people going in and out of the shops and so much people in the streets. I wonderd where all the people came from? It was like this for TWO days (saturday and sunday). It was a cool thing to experience.
DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF OXFORD STREET SHOPPING DAYS, UNBELIVEBLE
Marble Arch is a white Carrara marble monument near Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, at the western end of Oxford Street in London.
The name Marble Arch also refers to the locality of west London where the arch is situated, particularly the upper half of Edgware Road. Historically, only members of the royal family and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were allowed to pass through the arch in ceremonial procession. Today, the arch is open to pedestrians.
A really coazy street to stroll around in, a lot of shops and restaurants along the way one of them is Shakespears head that i really recommend se my restaurant tip for this restaurant.
No cars allowed on this street so you can walk in peace.
Carnaby Street, theatres, restaurants, pubs and clubs - these are the things that bring tourists to Soho - a maze of narrow streets bounded by Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Regent Street. Once known as London's sleaze and vice centre , nowadays the area is at the forefront of the city's television production, magazine publishing, and the funky side of fashion. Thankfully, it still retains its air of raffish charm and individuality with scores of independent shops, small cafes and restaurants and plenty of pubs. It's here that you'll find central London's only surviving fruit and vegetable market, open daily and still selling the freshest and cheapest produce to be had in the West End. As well as fruit, flowers and vegetables there's fish, bread and cheese to be had along with herbs and spices, fabrics and cheap household goods. Established in 1839 and still going strong, although much reduced in size, it's a taste of bygone London that the stall holders cherish as they joke with their customers in time-honoured London costermonger style.
Along with the market, Berwick Street was once just about kerb-to-kerb fabric shops, most of which have long disappeared in the face of cheap High Street fashions and today the few fabric and trimmings shops that remain are neighbors to music stores and good second-hand record shops - this is the place to come to look for that rare vinyl - a Japanese supermarket, and other small and quirky shops.
It's also where you'll find Flat White, home to what many see as the best coffee in London and one of the few places to serve a true Antipodean-style coffee.
phantom stated, "come on sing .. sing ... sing my angel of music." thus, christine start to sing, "think of me, think of me fondly when we say goodbye .... remember me ..."
oh, please. do not leave london without enjoy a show that performed in west end's theatres. one of the most memorable during the years, of course the greatest london's love story: phantom of the opera :)
amongst the list are: her majesty's theatre [phantom of the opera] and duke of york's theatre [we watched no man's land in there]. another are the old vic [at the south bank, waterloo road], piccadilly theatre [grease], prince of wales theatre [mamma mia!], drury lane theatre [oliver], etc, etc.
another option is for those who like movies. odeon provided the newest screenings all the time. and there's opportunity to meet up with world-wide class celebrities at the movie premieres.
If you are lucky enough to be in London when there is a cinema premier at the Odeon west end you should go. The atmosphere is great and if you get near enough to the red carpet, you may see your favourite stars.
Berkeley Square 50 -5 minutes north from tube "Green Park"- is or was supposedly the most haunted house in London. It is said that a girl who wanted to escape her abusive stepfather killed herself here. Since then, ghostly apparitions are documented, including two sailors who tried to stay there and ran panicking out of the house somewhere in the middle of the night.
Nowadays the house seems to be quiet according to the current inhabitant (an antiquary book trader). Or so they say ...
This street had its time of glory in the 6os when it made London the centre of fashion, especially for the young. It still has a number of clothes shops, and it is easily found because there are metal arches above the entrance to the street.
I was very surprised when I came across the London Palladium, because it brought back memories from when I was a student in Scotland. I used to enjoy watching the variety shows broadcast on Sunday evenings.
My first view was abside entrance with posters, but when we walked around we saw the elegant entrance, showing one of the popular shows.
When growing up in the 1950s one of the highlights of the week was to sit and watch the variety show :Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
There were acts with dancers, singers, [the politicallu uncorrect Black and White Minstrels] , comedians etc.
On our wanderings we came across the Palladium, built in the Greek Style, and still in the business of entertainment. October 2008 it was advertising The Sound of Music. It is in Argyle St.
It was interesting to see the theatre in the flesh, as it were.
Soho is a dodgy area at night, and not for the prudish by day. But there are little corners that are interesting. I was trying to find where my great grandparents used to live, and wandered around Soho because I thought it was in Greek Street. Today Greek Street has a lot of restaurants; but in 1860s was full of small industries and shops.
I discovered the street I needed was now called Manette street after a character in Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities', whereas it had been Rose Street
We entered through an arched entrance and found a quaint little street with a mixture of old and new buildings.
What I found interesting was that above the arched entry was a pub called the Pillars of Hercules.
That is why I like London. Every so often a surprise awaits you. Drab streets and then a charming mews, or buildings with interesting names.
Update2008: One side of the street is taken up by Foyles bookshop, and there is a small Orthodox chapel, an Artists building, the sign above Goldbeater's house and a sex shop at the end of the street. This time we came across it from Charing Cross Rd side.
Soho and the West End are two major areas in central London located in the City of Westminster and are comparable to New York's Broadway for all these areas are worldwide renowned for their numerous theatres and cinemas. Collectively, both Soho and the theatric West End are included in an area known as Theatreland. Its boundaries are traditionally defined by The Strand, Regent Street, Oxford Street and Kingsway. There are about fifty theatres located in there. Both the longest-running play (The Mousetrap) and the longest-running musical (Les Misérables) in the world are located in London's Theatreland, running at St Martin's Theatre and Queen's Theatre, respectively. One of the best known landmarks of Theatreland is the famous Leicester Square and its cinemas, the favourite place in London for all the major film premieres. So, if you are a cinephile or if you want to experience the highest level of theatre in the English-speaking world make sure you don't miss a show at one of Theatreland's many cinemas or theatres. If you are just willing to see the area and appreciate its living don't miss a walk through its streets.
“No dream is ever just a dream” profound words from Tom Cruise as Dr Bill Harford in Eyes Wide Shut. Well perhaps he meant “No scene is ever just a scene” given the NYC piano bar he visits in Greenwich Village was actually Madam JoJo’s in Soho London. The good news is you don’t have to whisper “Fidelio” to get in and shedding clothes I guess is pretty optional.