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A locals' guide to Central London

"The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by..."

Alex Fleet

"A rich vein of restaurants and cafes...I love walking down Charlotte Street without a reservation and dropping in to any place that takes my fancy..."

James Blackler

"The Mall is an iconic landmark framing views of the country's most well known building, Buckingham Palace."

James Blackler

What is your favourite place?

Where do Central London locals go?

MASH

This American steak house serves delicious high-quality food with a Danish twist. The Art Deco interiors are really cool too!

Hakkasan

I love this Cantonese restaurant - the food is delicious and the cocktails are super tasty! The service is also amazing and they definitely go the extra mile to make sure you have a great experience.

Bonnie Gull

Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!

Roots & Bulbs

Healthy and delicious feel-good smoothies, juices and salads. A healthy hot spot you'll be visiting over and over again!

BAO

This restaurant serves simple, yet heavenly Taiwanese dishes. You have to try the peanut milk and the Bao, which are light steamed buns with meat fillings. But be prepared for a long queue, because this place is very very popular!

Kingly Court

A variety of restaurants for every occasion and budget, which are centred round a covered courtyard.

Bó Drake

Bó Drake has a relaxed, Soho vibe serving a fantastic selection of small plates and sharing dishes of modern Asian cuisine. The impressive cocktails alone are a reason to go. Look out for their seasonally themed drinks available during Bó Drake Late every Friday and Saturday night too!

The Ivy Café

Part of the prestigious chain of cafes and restaurants, you might even spot a celebrity or two in this chic cafe restaurant.

Fraq's Lobster Shack

Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.

Hedonism Wines

A wine and spirits shop for those with a sophisticated palate - this is the place to go to pick up something extra special.

Dishoom

If you really want to taste Indian food, then this is the place to go. They offer chai (tea) in a little cup. The atmosphere at this place is amazing - it feels just like Bombay!

Dishoom

If you really want to taste Indian food, then this is the place to go. They offer chai (tea) in a little cup when you're in the queue and the atmosphere at this place is amazing - it feels just like Bombay!

Grosvenor House Hotel

A wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon Champagne tea!

Berkeley Square

A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.

The Providores and Tapa Room

This is a weekend central London must! Walk-in brunch at this hot spot is unbeatable - especially if you're lucky enough to catch a seat outside!

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Child-friendly activities near Central London

Drop ins and play sessions

West End Children's Centre
Stay and Play. A safe and stimulating learning environment for babies and young children where parents can chat in an informal atmosphere. Set in the heart of Soho our Children's Centre offers services for children and their families throughout the West End. We give advice and practical support to families with young children. Languages spoken include Arabic Bengali Cantonese Hindi Portuguese and Tagalog. Our unique location in the heart of the city means we have good links with many of London's famous sites museums galleries and theatres. Website

Busy Bumblebees Group (Montessori themed)

St Giles in the Fields Church hall
Our Montessori themed activities help children develop movement, co-ordination, language and independence. Sessions include free-play, singing, music-making, movement games, social opportunities and arts and crafts, and a mini Forest type activity sessions introduction. Website

Toddler FC

Central YMCA
Kick-start your child's football skills with our energetic sessions designed to improve technique and fitness led by our qualified football coaches. Website

Tiny Tots-Marylebone Library

Marylebone Library
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Website

The Baby Academy


The idea came from wanting to put together pre-natal and post-natal workshops for parents in a relaxed home environment. Combined with post-natal parent coaching and "back on track" home consultations. The Baby Academy offers you help and advice in your own home, giving you the confidence and skills to build a happy home life with your new arrival. Website

Parents and Toddlers Drop in

St. Vincent De Paul Family Project,
A programme of activities for children and parents / carers: Alternative therapies - reflexology, massage, aromatherapy; 1 to 1 support opportunities; Support Groups; Access to visiting professionals. Website

Saturday Club

YMCA Club
An energetic start to the weekend is something we all need - adults and children alike. Our Saturday Club is a fabulous way for your children to get fit, be creative and socialise, ensuring they have a stimulating start to their Saturdays. Suitable for children aged 4 to 12, among the activities on offer are swimming, trampolining, basketball, indoor football, pottery, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and capoeira. Give your child something fun to do for the weekend! Website
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