Famous streets in London

A large part of The City’s street plan dates back to medieval times. Christopher Wren tried to redesign it after the Great Fire of London but they stuck with the original layout. Some of the oldest quarters were then wiped out in the Blitz and modernisation, but there are still plenty of streets with Victorian and Georgian architecture.

Top 10 streets and squares Ten famous streets and squaresTrafalgar Square
Piccadilly Circus
Parliament Square
Downing Street
Whitehall
⑥ Regent Street
Leicester Square
Oxford Street
⑨ Piccadilly
The Mall

Recommendations Craig recommends… Tourists will want to visit Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.

Abbey Road

Abbey Road’s zebra crossing outside the studio is where The Beatles took the photo for their album cover. Tourists do exactly the same thing today.

Baker Street

The most famous resident of Baker Street was the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at No.221b. It’s now a Sherlock Holmes museum.

Bond Street

One of London’s most exclusive shopping streets, full of expensive jewellers and auction houses. It stretches through the centre of Mayfair.

Carnaby Street

It’s hey-day was during the Swinging Sixties when the younger generation came to the boutiques to buy clothes. These days it’s much more touristy.

Downing Street

The public can’t get past the black iron gate at the entrance, and have to peer over the shoulder of a big burly policeman to see where the Prime Minister lives.

Fleet Street

Once famous as the home of newspapers, Fleet Street is worth a visit for its three churches: St. Dunstan’s, St. Bride’s and Temple Church.

Horse Guards

The parade ground is used for ceremonies. It’s where State Visits are greeted and marching soldiers are inspected during Trooping the Colour.

King’s Road

King’s Road once rivalled Carnaby Street for its fashion shops and boutiques. These days it’s just a high street full of everyday shops and chain stores.

Leicester Square

Leicester Square is at the centre of London’s nightlife and is full of pubs and clubs. It’s also where they hold all the big film premieres in the big cinemas.

The Mall

A processional route from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, containing the royal residences of St. James’s Palace and Clarence House.

Neal’s Yard

A colourful courtyard hidden in the streets around Covent Garden. It’s home to health and beauty shops, organic food shops and restaurants.

Oxford Street

One of London’s busiest shopping streets is permanently packed with people. If you come during Christmas then you’ll hardly be able to move!

Pall Mall

A prestigious street between Trafalgar Square and St. James’s Palace. It’s full of art dealers and gentleman’s clubs like the Athenaeum.

Parliament Square

A meeting place for marches and protests outside Parliament. On the other sides you can find Westminster Abbey and the Supreme Court.

Piccadilly

An impressive street with fine architecture, home to the Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy and two of London’s biggest bookshops: Waterstones and Hatchards.

Piccadilly Circus

One of London’s best sights in the heart of the West End. Tourists take photos of the Eros fountain and the Times Square-like advertising signs.

Portobello Road

It’s just a normal street market most of the time, but come on Saturday and it transforms into one of the capital’s most popular antiques markets.

Regent Street

The curving facade of Regent Street is home to Hamleys and the Apple Store, plus designers like Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger.

Shaftesbury Avenue

Shaftesbury Ave runs through the heart of the West End and has many of its best theatres including Queen’s Theatre, Palace Theatre and Lyric Theatre.

Strand

Another of London’s big shopping streets, the Strand runs from Trafalgar Square past Covent Garden and Somerset House to the Royal Courts of Justice.

Threadneedle Street

Home to the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England, this road is in the heart of the Square Mile and is full of banks and financial institutions.

Trafalgar Square

London’s most famous square is home to the National Gallery. Nelson’s Column stands in the centre, surrounded by fountains and four huge lions.

Victoria Embankment

Have a romantic walk along the river under the leafy trees, and enjoy some views of the Southbank and the London Eye across the water.

Whitehall

This road is the centre of government. It’s home to Banqueting House, Downing Street and the Cenotaph. Tourists like to take photos at Horse Guards.
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