A locals' guide to Central London
"Stepping into Selfridges, I always feel like a kid in a sweet shop...and their window displays are unbelievable!"Tania Smith
"With so many upmarket designers and eateries along Marylebone High Street, you're spoilt for choice!"Tania Smith
"The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by..."Alex Fleet
Where do Central London locals go?
Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!
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The Royal Academy of Arts
A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!
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Galvin at Windows
Stunning views across Hyde Park, fantastic service, beautiful food and a surprise birthday dessert!
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A wine and spirits shop for those with a sophisticated palate - this is the place to go to pick up something extra special.
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Best seafood in town on the Fitzrovia coastline... Let the smell draw you in!
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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!
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Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.
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St James's Square
Beautifully maintained, this garden square is a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London - it's amazing how quiet it is!
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St Christopher's Place
After a busy day down Oxford Street, nothing beats a quiet escape to this hidden gem tucked in the heart of Marylebone.
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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!
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A great after work boozer. Some of its original features have been retained throughout the years, which give it an authentic pub feel.
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A great pub featuring that classic trifecta of real ale, Churchill memorabilia and bullets!
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Brekkie, lunch, fresh salads, fine sandwiches, uplifting juices and more... Perfect for any mood.
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Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.
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Why do you find Central London a great place to live?
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Did you know?
"If you are passing by No 2 Audley Square, be sure to check the lamppost. It has a small door on the side, which used to be used by Soviet spies as a dead letter drop during the Cold War. Ironically, No 3 Audley Square was the office where the initial auditions for James Bond were held and where Sean Connery was eventually cast as the first 007!"
Explore Central London
Child-friendly activities near Central London
Seven Dial Under 5s Stay & PlayCovent Garden Community Centre
Large private room, toys provided. Coffee and tea at £1.50 with unlimited refills. (Large selection of food and drink available to buy at the bar - reasonably priced) Website
Saturday ClubYMCA 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
Rhyme TimeCharing Cross Library
What a hidden gem this rhyme time is ... and it is going to get better. Robin Martin brings her wonderful voice and entertainment talents to the Charing Cross rhyme time in addition to the Wednesday session at the Mayfair library. Robin definitely adds West End panache to the Under Fives library sessions. Under 5's Website
Swimming LessonsCentral YMCA
The classes are taught to enhance the child's confidence in the water by utilising age appropriate practices to promote aquatic skills. Classes are taught along the criteria for the successful ASA Duckling awards. Children start with an adult in the water but when ready can progress to being in the water only with a teacher. Website
Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundayshome in Bloomsbury, Central London or I can travel within London
Let your under 5s be entertained and informed about different paintings at the National Gallery every Sunday in their Magic Carpet Storytelling workshops. A great way for them to learn and have fun!
Toddler FCCentral 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
YogaBugsThe Arts Club
Classes are taught through stories and children will perform various yoga postures whilst taking part in a magical adventure. They get a full physical work out before we take them through a brief relaxation and visualisation, leaving them feeling calm and relaxed. Website
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