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West End

The heartbeat of the capital

"With all the shops and restaurants, sometimes you forget that there are some beautiful residential properties around Charlotte Street."

Charles Cutting

"Walking along Piccadilly, I love taking in the sites that central London has to offer."

Christopher Sellwood

"The National Gallery showcases the world's most regarded artists in the heart of London."

Alex Fleet

What is your favourite place?

Where do West End locals go?

The Parlour, Sketch

Posh breakfast and striking, artist-designed dining rooms - perfect for a special occasion...

One Aldwych

The afternoon tea at One Aldwych is a magical experience. Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the steaming cocktail is just one of the culinary spectacles!


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!

Savile Row

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

Kastner and Ovens

The best lunch stop in Covent Garden bar none. They have a daily changing menu of healthy salads and dishes to take away.


A traditional pub over a whopping 12 levels with a cosy atmosphere and two cocktails for £10 during happy hour! It's also a great place for watching sports...


The best authentic pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, served whole or by the slice.


The most dreamy place for a late night hot chocolate...

Ping Pong

The best dim sum in London and superb strawberry puree lemonade! The set menu is fantastic too and a real bargain...

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!

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.

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!

Gosh! Comics

A wealth of graphic novels from a wide variety of genres.

The Royal Academy of Arts

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

The Savoy Hotel

World famous Omelette Arnold Bennett!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Soho, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Holborn, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Victoria, Westminster, Marylebone and Southwark

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"In the 1840s, Dover Street resident and social experimenter Joseph Blake, the third Lord Wallscourt lived. He has a passionate belief that the secret to long life was to be naked for between the hours of 10am and 4pm. His long-suffering wife made him wear a cowbell, so that his servants could be warned of his approach!"

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Child-friendly activities near West End

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

Oasis Sports Center

The central Oasis Sports Centre includes not one but two swimming pools - one indoor and one outdoor, both heated. Often the outdoor pool is popular with recreational swimmers and can be more over-crowded than the indoor pool even during the winter months. £3.75 (Outdoor swim) Website

YMCA Club with creche

Enjoy your own workout, have a dip in the pool or take five and relax in peace with a coffee while your little one is in safe hands. Our qualified play workers offer stimulating and varied play, in a warm and friendly environment. 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

Mum and BabyYoga - Pregnancy Yoga

Dragons Hall - Holborn & Covent Garden
Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences of a woman's life and yoga has long been recognised, by doctors and midwives to be one of the most effective means of easing birth. By working and connecting the body, mind, and spirit, yoga can help a mother feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, support the health of her growing child and ease delivery and labour pains. Pregnancy yoga has many benefits. On a physical level the specially adapted yoga postures will help strengthen tone and create flexibility in the body. The sessions will boast vitality, reduce stress and help relieve common pregnancy ailments such as back ache and fluid retention. The breathing exercises relax the nervous system and bring increased oxygen to the body and therefore the baby. They are very useful to use during labour to help deal with the contractions. Website


The 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

Yoga Therapy London - Ante Natal Yoga Holborn

Dragons Hall - Holborn & Covent Garden
Yoga Therapy has been used in India for thousands of years to help heal many illnesses and physical injuries. It uses a combination of yoga practices to help restore the body and emotions to full health when illness is present. It is much more specialist than yoga with all sessions tailored to a specific ailment or injury. Yoga Therapy assists the systems of the body to function as efficiently, effectively and naturally as possible. The aim is not simply to help heal the specific symptoms but to target the cause and therefore help to stop the ailment or injury reoccurring. Much medical research is now available showing that Yoga Therapy is very effective in treating many conditions. Yoga Therapy is complimentary to western medicine and should not be viewed as a substitute for a medical diagnosis or the services of a physician. Yoga Therapy can be practised in conjunction with medical treatments being received and also in tandem with other complementary therapies. Website
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