Exploring West End London

December 17, 2014 11:32 am

A visit to London isn’t quite complete without a soak in the West End. This vibrant area of London offers – shopping options, numerous shows, rich culture and fascinating history, all served alongside, piping hot food and refreshing drinks. This collectively includes -London’s entertainment region of Covent Garden and Leicester Square; shopping in the eccentric, Regent, Oxford and Bond Streets; and the city centre area of the historic London,in the west.

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Travel To and From the West End

This large area has many smaller regions within its basket. So, you would need to travel around via bus or Tube from your hotel in Paddington like the Paddington Hotel London; you can also hire a cabby or use the London Cycle Hire Scheme for a “fitter” alternative. The many station in the area will lead you to hubs like – Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Leicester Square. If your stay is for over a couple of days, consider buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance or even at the Tube or Coach station.

West End Museums and Galleries

London’s most sort after tourist attractions include many sights in this area. The most popular being – The National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts,The National Portrait Gallery, and the London Transport Museum. You can plan a trip from your cheap & budget hotels in Paddington and follow it up by checking out the many dining options in the area.

West End Shopping

Shopping here offers some of the finest options in Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and St Christopher’s Place; you can find small quaint options as well as branded flagship stores like – Ralph Lauren, Topshop, Hamleys and Selfridges. If you happen to proceed to Soho London, you will find the infamous Tudor department stores; and also some of the most quirky areas like Berwick Street, Kingly Courtand Carnaby Street. Covent Garden is a place that is worth exploring on foot from your cheap & budget accommodation in London, which also offers shopping and dining. While you are there, be sure to check out the Seven Dials intersection of streets and St Martin’s Courtyard.

The West End Theatre

Alongside the famous and widely popular New York Broadway, the West End theatres offer premier quality theatre-work in the world. It is dubbed as the “Theaterland” has over 40 theatres in its kitty. This includes genres like musicals, comedies, drama and classic plays Some of the more famous shows, plays, musicals and operas include – Wicked, Les Miserables,Billy Elliot, Phantom, War Horse, The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black to name a few. You can ask the reception at your hotel in Paddington for the list of running shows, before booking tickets for the same.

The Special Events of West End

The West End plays host to numerous festivals and events as well. Trafalgar Square, for instance always has special events throughout the year. Christmas is one of the best times to visit, since West End is sprinkled with glittering lights and spirited decorations. The famous New Year’s Day Parade is hosted in the paved streets of the West End, which can be a very exhilarating experience.

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