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There are a lot of fun and exciting things to do in London! If you are visiting London for the first time, one thing you should know are the famous and popular streets where you will find the most exclusive stores, hotels, restaurants, and clubs!
If you are a Londoner, you might have visited many of these streets. With this post, you will learn more about the historical value of these streets, why the name of the street was given (there is lots of hidden history in London's street names) and much more!
Take a look at the 10 most famous Streets in London and what they have to offer:
If you want to catch London’s hottest plays and musicals you should head over to Shaftesbury Avenue. Les Miserables, which has just celebrated its 25th year, is a major sight to see on Shaftesbury Avenue. The avenue was also a film location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Shaftesbury Avenue is the largest street in London's Theatreland district and is a major thoroughfare in central London connecting Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. If you want to grab a bite before or after the show, you can wander into Chinatown. Its many restaurants offer a wide variety of Far Eastern cuisine which has developed far beyond the tradition of Cantonese cooking which prevailed for many years. It now includes regional Chinese food as well as Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian and Taiwanese.
King’s Road, known as the most expensive street in London, caters a posh and cosmopolitan crowd and is one of London's TOP shopping locations. Normally, you will find London’s privileged class shopping at its luxurious and unique boutique shops, antique shops, and contemporary furnishing stores. If you have a heavy wallet in your pocket, you may also enjoy the cozy restaurants and pubs of the area, quite expensive as well. King’s Road is a great place to pick up luxury buys and unique souvenirs and gifts. The further away from Sloane Square, you walk, the greater the number of smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops there are.
King's Road was once a private road used exclusively by King Charles II, hence its name, and was strongly associated with the Swinging Sixties and mod culture, but is now renowned for its high-end stores.
Abbey Road is best known for its recording studios – and for the Beatles’ album that took its name from the address. The street has always been famous, but after the Beatles took a group photo on this street and used it as their album cover, Abbey Road has become one of the busiest and famous streets in London. Even though there is a huge load of traffic, it doesn’t keep people away from posing at the famous crosswalk. EMI’s Abbey Road Studios is located at the end of the road where the Beatles, amongst other famous musicians, recorded. In 2010, the crossing was given Listed Building status meaning it cannot be demolished or altered without special permissions.
The famous zebra crossing or crosswalk featured on The Beatles Abbey Road album/LP/CD cover is a popular place for a photo for any Beatles fan. There are at least eleven other Abbey Roads in London, but The Beatles’ Abbey Road is in the NW8 postcode area.
Carnaby Street is and will always be an epicenter of culture and lifestyle in London’s West End. Carnaby Street was home to swinging London in the 1960s, popular among those following the Mod style (Mods, Skinheads, Punks and New Romantics). Nowadays the street is cheerful and ruled by pedestrians. The most amazing thing about Carnaby Street is its shopping area where you will find florist shops, ‘concept’ shops and studios. Also the iconic Kingly Court, a three storey al-fresco food and dining destination that brings 21 of the best international concept restaurants, cafés, bars and food operators.
Around Carnaby Street, there are also some exclusive clubs worth visiting. Cirque le Soir, Maddox, Cuckoo, Toy Room and Project are some of the clubs located near Carnaby Street. We have guest lists available here.
Everyone knows about one of London’s most popular streets called Baker Street, especially Sherlock Holmes aficionados! The street is most famous for its connection to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at a fictional 221B Baker Street address on the north of the street. As touristy as it gets, if you're a Doyle reader or a Sherlock fan, you're guaranteed to love this place! Baker Street also has a nice selection of pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants. Definitely, a street to visit while in London!
Another really famous street in London is Portobello Road. Nestled in the trendy London district of Notting Hill, Portobello Road is home to one London’s (and the world’s) most iconic and famous markets. The market takes up most of the street which is approximately two miles long and is open 7 days a week, being Saturday it's main and busiest day when you will find second-hand clothes and antiques.
Originally no more than a winding country path known as Green Lane, it took its name from Porto Bello Farm which was built in the area which we now know as Golborne Road. The farm was named after the town of Porto Bello in Panama, captured by the British from the Spanish in 1739, as part of the War of Jenkins Ear.
Portobello Road remains one of London’s most famous streets, vibrant, multicultural and buzzing with energy and excitement. It is set to continue as one of London’s ‘must-see’ destinations.
The bustling Oxford Street is where you should head to if you want to do some serious shopping. The street is approximately a mile long and has more than 300 shops including Zara, Uniqlo, Top Shop, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and John Lewis. At Oxford Street, you won’t find independent boutiques, as only massive brands can afford the rents attached to Oxford Street premises, but it offers an exceptional variety of cheap high street shopping and jumbo department stores.
But Oxford Street is not only about shopping, it is also known for its high-end bars and clubs! From Bond Street down to Oxford Circus, you will find some of London’s nightlife gems. Project, Maddox, Libertine, Cirque le Soir, and Tape are some of the clubs around Oxford Circus. We suggest you grab a cocktail in an Oxford Street bar, join our guest list and party in one of London's TOP clubs.
Piccadilly Circus is a busy square in the heart of London. Piccadilly, the street itself, runs from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. It is London’s most vibrant and busiest area with theatrical shows, casinos, bars, restaurants, and CLUBS. It is famous for the fountain that was installed here at the end of the nineteenth century and for the neon advertising that turned the square into a miniature version of Times Square.
The name of the street is after Piccadilly Circus that is still present on the same street.
Downing Street is best known for housing the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is within close walking distance of the House of Parliament and Buckingham Palace and has become one of London's most visited tourist attraction over the past few years.
The Strand was one of the most important streets in London for seven centuries, located along the River Thames and connecting the City of London and Westminster. It was home to noble palaces and mansions and was the center of the Victorian nightlife. Today, The Strand is occupied by office buildings, souvenir shops, lots of wonderful theaters, and a wide variety of restaurants. Lovely for a stroll down.
Hard to choose our favorite London street as each one of them has its own unique charm! What's yours?
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