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West End and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to West End and surrounding areas

"With so many upmarket designers and eateries along Marylebone High Street, you're spoilt for choice!"

Tania Smith

"Stepping into Selfridges, I always feel like a kid in a sweet shop...and their window displays are unbelievable!"

Tania Smith

"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

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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!

Mayfair Pizza Company

A hidden gem on a cobbled street in Mayfair. Simple bistro-style Italian food, a wood-fired pizza oven and really affordable for the Mayfair area.

The Joint

The best wings, ribs, burgers and pulled pork in town! It rivals even the most well known and popular barbecue restaurants.

The Crobar

Happy hour 4-9pm every day, which makes this place super cheap and cheerful for central London!

Savile Row

The best tailors in Europe. Bespoke or off the rail, there's something for everyone's budget.

Paul Rothe & Son

A fourth generation family delicatessen serving homemade sandwiches and lunchtime treats.

Busaba Ethai

This is the perfect place for a quick and tasty dinner with friends in central London. The pad thai is so tasty and they even have an app that you can save money with.


A great pub featuring that classic trifecta of real ale, Churchill memorabilia and bullets!


One of the best kept secrets in London apparently. The TKTS booth sits in the middle of Leicester Square and is the official ticket reseller for all of London's West End shows. Left over seats are passed to TKTS a few days before each show and sold at a phenomenal discount - sometimes more than half price!

Neal's Yard

Bohemian cafes and shops with a relaxed vibe - the brightly painted frontages add to the quirky nature of this delightful central back street.

Pizza Pilgrims

As well as an intimate, homely atmosphere, the pizzas are delicious and very very affordable, starting at only £5!

The Royal Academy of Arts

A world-renowned gallery with leading exhibitions such as this one from the defiant Ai Weiwei!

The Ginger Pig

An amazing butchers with top quality meat and the best pork pies and sausage rolls in the land! Grab a warm one and eat immediately...


This lovely restaurant and wine bar is hidden away just off Regent Street. You'll find a cosy wine bar downstairs complete with a terrace and a fantastic restaurant upstairs, which serves impressive food.

The Audley

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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"In the 1840s, the painfully shy Duke of Portland erected eighty feet high screens of frosted glass around Harcourt House so people could not see what he was up to. He was so shy that he would had a complicated system of bells installed in his house, so he could warn any occupants of rooms he was moving into of his arrival, and they would be compelled to vacate!"

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Seven Dial Under 5s Stay & Play

Covent 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

Rhyme Time

Charing 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 Lessons

Central 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

Saturday 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

Comedy Club 4 Kids (Over 6s) at Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre & Writers Centre
A proper comedy club for anyone over the age of six featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best but without the rude bits. 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

Football Club

All Souls Clubhouse
Football coaching for children using fun games, drills and exercises. An exciting short Bible series is taught in each session. Website
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