Location: Why pick the West End?
18 January 2015
Jazz hands at the ready! London’s West End may be best known for being home to London’s buzzing theatreland, but there’s more to the area for prospective tenants than just stage shows (though these are prolific and plentiful, from the classic musicals Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Billy Elliot to plays such as War Horse, The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black and exciting new offerings).
Depending on your definition, the West End can refer to the area of central London to the west of The City of London. However, it is more commonly known as the area that takes in the entertainment areas of Leicester Square and Covent Garden and the shopping district centred around Oxford Street (Selfridges, Topshop Flagship, Primark), Regent Street (Hamleys, Apple Store, Burberry Flagship) and the designer boutiques on Bond Street.
The area around Carnaby Street and Regent Street is popular with diners, while a stroll into Covent Garden or Soho offers a variety of options. Top spots around the area include The Ivy, Ember Yard, Wild Honey, Polpo, Sketch, Gaucho and Aqua Kyoto. Bars and nightlife include Albannach, the Icebar, or dancing venues like Tiger Tiger or Cafe de Paris.
The West End is also good for students and professionals looking for a central space to rent, hosting large concentrations of educational institutes, embassies, top hotels, hedge fund, legal and media organisations, plus government buildings around Whitehall.
Due to its popularity and central location, prospective tenants can enjoy extensive bus and night bus services, plus access via a number of London Underground Stations, including Leicester Square, Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Charing Cross.
In terms of facilities, the City of Westminster operates the Charing Cross Library with the Westminster Chinese Library. There are Accident and Emergency services at University College Hospital or for general ailments there’s an NHS Walk-in Centre on Frith Street in Soho, while there are walk-in private care services at the Medicentre on Oxford Street. For those wishing to cook at their flatshare or rental accommodation, there are a number of supermarket operators in the area, albeit often in smaller express versions, including offerings from Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
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