A locals' guide to W1
"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
"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."Christopher Sellwood
"The restaurants along Charlotte Street are a great place to sit in the sunshine, watching the world go by..."Alex Fleet
Where do W1 locals go?
The best place for lunch in Marylebone - partly a private members' club with an elegant atmosphere.
Submitted by Charles
A beautiful interiors shop selling furniture, home accessories and lighting.
Submitted by Tom
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.
Submitted by Giac
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best breakfast in London. A celeb hangout, you may be sat alongside Bernie and Tamara Ecclestone, Bill Nighy and Kylie Minogue.
Submitted by Annabelle
The best tailors in Europe. Bespoke or off the rail, there's something for everyone's budget.
Submitted by William
This American steak house serves delicious high-quality food with a Danish twist. The Art Deco interiors are really cool too!
Submitted by Edvin
The Gallery, Sketch
A stylish spot for afternoon tea, but be sure to check out the toilets that are shaped like eggs!
Submitted by Amelia
A traditional family-run Italian restaurant where they serve the best pizza this side of Naples.
Submitted by Christopher
As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!
Submitted by Daisy
An Aladdin's cave of foodie delights - fresh produce, charcuterie and a cheese room. If they let me into heaven, I hope it looks like this!
Submitted by Victoria
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.
Submitted by Daisy
Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!
Submitted by Kevin
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Based on Forest Gump, this lovely shrimp restaurant from the USA has opened its first restaurant in London! Amazing food and the restaurant is decked out just like you're on the film - it has its own gift shop too!
Submitted by Olivia
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?
"On 19 September 1960, the first traffic wardens frequented London's streets. The first ticket was given to a Dr Thomas Creighton who had parked outside the Cumberland hotel while he went to attend a medical emergency there. The public outcry that resulted meant the authorities had to let him off!"
Child-friendly activities near W1
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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