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Address: London, England

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London is a vibrant, bustling metropolis and England’s capital city. London is the United Kingdom’s most popular tourist destination, with more than 16 million visitors taking in its rich variety of sights and sounds every year.

Among the myriad attractions that draw people from all over the world are a number of streets that are steeped in historical significance for a number of reasons; among these is Shaftesbury Avenue in the city’s famed West End. Running for over a mile in a north-easterly direction from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, Shaftesbury Avenue takes in a number of the city’s more notable locales including Charing Cross Road and Cambridge Circus, and its length means that it straddles both the City of Westminster and the borough of Camden.

Our website is your guide to Shaftesbury Avenue and London's West End. Find Hotels, Restaurants, Theatre shows, Attractions, Events and Things To Do in the heart of London.

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Piccadilly Circus to Shaftesbury Theatre

We wandered along on a Sunday afternoon when it is much quieter. This is the heart of the West End theatre district. There are the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Queen's, Palace and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
James P
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Some shops; some food outlets. Best part of the road is that it gives access to Soho for much more character and Chinatown for (sometimes) better food. Not, in itself, a road to search out.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wandered along on a Sunday afternoon when it is much quieter. This is the heart of the West End theatre district. There are the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Queen's, Palace and Shaftesbury theatres. The avenue is also the start of China Town.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This us an extremely busy area of London both day and night so you cannot get away from the crowds if you are around this area. This street interconnects with done of the most famous tourist destinations so you can understand why this area is so busy Restaurants and shops here in abundance but do shop around to get the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is a very large street that is full of tourists, theatre and food. The place is busy so be careful of pickpockets as well as overpriced goods.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This avenue connects Piccadilly Circus to Soho and Chinatown. It is a pleasant walk full of cafes and restaurants, theatres and casinos. Countless souvenirs shop which I imagine sells the same stuff of all other souvenirs shops. Currency exchange. There is a fire brigade station towards Greek Street (you never know when you need them!) There is a Japanese store... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Another busy London street, but this one is usually a bit seedier than other west end streets with cheaper establishments

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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The crowded and energetic street that connects Piccadilly Circus and New Oxford Street is a great place for having a meal in one of its numerous restaurants and to see a show in one of its many theatres. Not as glamorous as Broadway, but still a great walk...

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Busy at 20:00 but working well to provide fast food to theatre goers. Staff helpful. Table clearing excellent.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Walking north from Piccadilly Circus you find Soho to your left and Chinatown to your right. In the Avenue itself there are many theatres with popular shows, plays and musicals. You are surrounded by restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. A veritable melting pot of cultures.

Thank MBWZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

A very lively place; full of entertainment, shops, eateries and the arts. A great place to spend some time soaking up London. And if you're a theatre fan, do stop by the Theatre Cafe.

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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