Top 10 Neighborhoods in West London
At Amy’s we have put together a collection of the top ten neighborhoods in west London, to help you make the most of your tour in our beloved city.
1. In first place is Soho. It is a great place to find interesting food, live entertainment and a pulsing nightlife. Browse the many boutique shops, relax in Soho Square, or treat yourself to a cocktail, a delicious meal and a West End show. Soho is also known for its risqué vibe. This is where you’ll find many of London’s burlesque shows, sex shops, and gay and lesbian bars.
2. The bright lights of Knightsbridge lure in tourists from around the world as well as Londoners with a bit of spare money to spend come pay day. And spend it you shall, on exotic items buried deep within Harrods or stylish new threads from Harvey Nics. After all that time on your feet, a slap-up dinner in one of Knightsbridge’s swanky restaurants is in order – you’ve been warned about the price tag, though.
3. Notting Hill is one of London’s most desirable areas. You can find everything from world-famous events and restaurants, to cutting-edge galleries and theatres in Notting Hill. Perhaps you’ll even meet a famous film star in a book shop. Cosmopolitan Notting Hill captivates visitors with its unique charm. Millions flock here every August for the Notting Hill Carnival, but there’s plenty to do all year round. Every Sunday in Portobello Road there is a street market where many people will be looking for a good bargain on something very unique that only markets like this will offer.
4. Covent Garden is a major draw for visitors and Londoners who enjoy its many attractions, including shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture. Things to see in and around Covent Garden include the London Transport Museum, the Royal Opera House, Somerset House and Covent Garden Market. There are several smaller areas within Covent Garden that are worth exploring such as the The Opera Quarter, St Martin’s Courtyard, Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard and Floral Street.
5. Mayfair has become one of London’s most fashionable destinations. An inspiring mix of niche, luxury fashion and beauty brands, art and antiques dealers and exclusive restaurants, it is not to be missed when visiting London. Some of the world’s most prestigious retail brands call Mayfair home including Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Jenny Packham and Balenciaga. These brands sit alongside quintessential British brands such as Purdey and William & Son. World famous restaurants including Scotts, as well as small coffee shops such as the Mount Street Deli – a local favourite are intertwined with art galleries, public art and 5 star hotels.
6. Kensington has a rich mix of culture and upmarket shops, including Kensington High Street; one of London’s busiest shopping destinations. South Kensington is home to Exhibition Road, famous for its museums such as the Natural History Museum, while other attractions include Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall.
7. Chinatown is a hub of London’s East Asian community. Whether you’re looking for authentic Chinese shopping or a bite to eat, Chinatown will reward you with goods and flavours you can’t find elsewhere. Budding chefs can find Chinese vegetables and authentic Eastern ingredients at Chinese supermarkets, while tired shoppers can relax at a reflexology specialist or investigate traditional Chinese medicine. Meanwhile, if you have an appetite for sushi or Szechuan, satay or stir fry, Chinatown has almost 80 restaurants offering cuisine from across the Far East. Chinatown is a lovely place for a night out on the Town. With many sophisticated club’s and bar’s.
8. Chelsea is one of London’s most affluent areas, known for its exclusivity, high property prices, and the shopping Mecca of Kings Road. It is perhaps best known for the Royal Hospital, home of the red-coated Chelsea Pensioners since the 17th Century. Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside the United States.
9. Westminster is home to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace attracting millions of visitors each year. The City of Westminster is the only true borough that also has city status The West End houses some of the UK’s most affluent residents, but pockets of high deprivation exist in Paddington and Pimlico.
10. London is constantly evolving. Every time I walk through the City, there are new skyscrapers and countless cranes. But it’s not the only place that’s seen big building works recently. Earls Court, London’s most extreme example, is at the beginning of a multi-decade urban redevelopment project that will change its character forever. So now’s a good time to explore. Its High street is well known for its array of independent shops. Earls Court has a good collection of reasonably priced bars, pubs and restaurants.
As you can tell west London is a dynamic area full of history, great shops and restaurants along with a naughty side. So get out and about and explore London and all its great neighborhoods.
If you’re going to be in London for more than a day, it’s worth buying an Oyster card at any tube station, it can be used on all rail and bus routes.