London West End - The Heart of the Capital London is one of Europe's largest cities and covers a huge area, although many of the sights can be found within the central area, known as the West End. London West End is home to Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, as well as many of the best shopping streets, top hotels and fancy restaurants. Piccadilly Circus is traditionally the heart of London, and this busy traffic intersection is also the hub of London's nightlife and theatres. It is a popular meeting place for both Londoners and tourists, and it is said that if you sit under the statue of Eros for long enough, the whole world will pass by. At night, huge neon advertisements light up the area, making this London's answer to Times Square. Although the West End has some of the busiest streets in the capital, it is also the home of several of London's parks. Green Park, St. James Park and Hyde Park form an almost unbroken oasis of green, and a haven of peace and quiet from the busy streets. Much of the grid pattern of streets of the West End is also broken up by attractive squares, including Berkeley Square, Cavendish Square and Grosvenor Square, home of the American embassy. Getting around this part of London is easy, and the famous iconic red buses, as well as the tube, the world's oldest underground transit system, will take you just about anywhere. However, like most big cities, London is perhaps best seen by walking and walking will allow you to experience the often hidden corners of this great city, and some of its treasures. Several companies offer themed guided walks, which take place rain or shine and a walk allows you to follow in the footsteps of some of the famous writers, artists and historical figures who have called this part of London home.
Published on Jun 4, 2012