A locals' guide to W1
"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."Christopher Sellwood
"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
"With so many upmarket designers and eateries along Marylebone High Street, you're spoilt for choice!"Tania Smith
Where do W1 locals go?
In this corner of Green Park, there's a number of memorials that remind us of Britain's rich history.
Submitted by Lise
A great selection of pubs and sandwich shops in a corner of Mayfair between Green Park and Hyde Park.
Submitted by James
As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!
Submitted by Daisy
This American steak house serves delicious high-quality food with a Danish twist. The Art Deco interiors are really cool too!
Submitted by Edvin
Australian War Memorial
I love its design and you get to experience a bit of culture walking from this pretty corner of Green Park to Hyde Park.
Submitted by Lise
The Duke of York
A really cosy pub with traditional interiors, this place is a great little spot.
Submitted by Aicha
An amazing restaurant for crab and steak. A very cool place where everyone sits on long tables, but don't eat beforehand as it leaves you very full!
Submitted by Olivia
The Masons Arms
Traditional inside and out, this flower adorned local pub is in a great spot for Regent's Park.
Submitted by Aicha
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!
Submitted by Jack
They do amazing salads that fill you up, while still feeling nice and healthy. And their cold-pressed juices are superb...
Submitted by George
There are now several adaptions of this restaurant. It started as a one-off and is now growing rapidly. The green chili cheeseburger with the deep-fried pickles and blue cheese dip come highly recommended!
Submitted by Kayleigh
A leafy spot to eat lunch on a sunny day and a lovely space to escape too.
Submitted by Edvin
Fraq's Lobster Shack
Amazing lobster rolls and an even better location in a buzzing area just off Charlotte Street.
Submitted by Zahra
Why do you find W1 a great place to live?
"You can choose to eat pretty much any cuisine imaginable late into the night!"
"Soho is the beating heart of central London and one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the capital, where there's always something interesting to see and do. It never sleeps!"
"There's such a buzzy atmosphere in Fitzrovia, while still being a bit more laid back than Soho! "
"Marylebone has developed into a very cosmopolitan central London area, which has a lovely village feel to it, despite being a stone's throw from Oxford Street. The high street is now populated with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, which are not the usual run of the mill high street names. On Sunday there even is a farmers market with local produce from just outside London. Despite being in the heart of London, the... more
"Great atmosphere, central. One of the best locations in London. Near everywhere"
"Quiet with easy access to Oxford Street, Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street"
"For me, Marylebone makes the heart of London feel like a countryside community. Having grown up in a rural part of the UK i thoroughly enjoy the bustling farmers market, extensive variety of shopping and delicious eateries. A classy area for all to enjoy!"
"The busy hustle and bustle is what makes living just off Oxford Street so exciting. Within minutes of leaving my flat I'm able to pop to the shops to buy myself some new gear, I can go and see one of the stunning musicals of the West End, or I could enjoy one of the many sophisticated cocktail bars in Soho. It's not always so busy - on a Sunday morning before the shops open I love nothing more than to jog along Oxford ... more
"I'm a keen runner and so it's great to be close to the parks. There's a beautiful high street and great transport links to get around."
"You do not need to use public transport as everything you need is in walking distance. The best place to live in the world."
"Mayfair is a safe desirable area to live with many great restaurants to enjoy a wide selection of cuisine . It has many great squares and parks only a few minutes walk away.The theatres are all on your doorstep . There is no need to use public transport. Fantastic shopping experience."
"It's lively all the time, there are a lot of things going on but not particularly the best area if you have kids!"
What do you like about W1?
Did you know?
"In 1814, a rumour circulated of a young rich heiress with a human body and a head of a pig, who lived near Manchester Square. The papers soon stoked up the rumour as a ruse, and soon they were inundated with requests from male suitors to meet her. One even attempted to place an advert in the Times offering a proposal of marriage!"
Child-friendly activities near W1
Girls ClubAll Souls Clubhouse
A girls only club where we make creative arts and craft, bake, play games and learn about Jesus through Bible stories and other Christian real-life stories. Website
Pregnancy YogaPortland Hospital Physiotherapy Department
Yoga practices focus not only on physical health during pregnancy but also the cultivation of peace in mind. Yoga increase your own awareness of your body, mind and emotion. Through regular practice you develop a sense of confidence and positivity about pregnancy and in your innate abilities to give birth £25/class £125/ 6 classes Website
Football ClubAll Souls Clubhouse
Football coaching for children using fun games, drills and exercises. An exciting short Bible series is taught in each session. 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
Drop ins and play sessionsWest 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
Drop In Craft-Marylebone LibraryMarylebone Library
Come along and make whatever you want, using a whole range of exciting materials Website
W1 is the postcode district in Central London incorporating the areas of Portland Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Soho, Chinatown, Soho Square, Harley Street, Marylebone, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Royal Academy, Grosvenor Square, Hanover Square, Savile Row, Fitzrovia, Tottenham Court Road, Marylebone and Great Portland Street. It is actually split further into the following smaller postcodes: W1A, W1B, W1C, W1D, W1E, W1F, W1G, W1H, W1J, W1K, W1S, W1T, W1U, W1W.
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