48 hours in the West EndTuesday 21 July 2015 by Davide Caschili Broadly speaking, the West End stretches from Hyde Park to the Square Mile and as far North as Regent’s Park, although it is usually used to refer to the regions around Covent Garden and Soho.
The many theatres and shopping streets, cafes, bars and restaurants can make the whole area quite overwhelming to explore and with so many choices it’s hard to know where to start! So we’ve chosen our favourite places to go and things to do in the area to make life easier for you!
One of our all-time favourite places for breakfast in London just happens to be in the West End. You won’t find a full-English at Cecconi’s, but it won’t matter! Pastries, waffles or the most delicious eggs Benedict you’ll come across mean you won’t miss your bacon and sausages at all! We can’t recommend this place enough, and in fact, we would eat breakfast here every day if we could!
The West End is packed with art galleries, so take your time wandering between them, or if you’re not an art fan, head to Piccadilly to pick up some treats to take home from Fortnum and Mason. Carry on walking towards Piccadilly Circus, where you can join the tourists enjoying the infamous digital signs on the corner and taking a rest on the steps at the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain.
Walk north from Piccadilly Circus and wander up Carnaby Street before turning left onto Ganton St and sitting down at a table at the Sacred Café. You’ll find a range of classic café sandwiches, but the real reason you’re visiting is the coffee. Hoping to introduce the New Zealand café scene to London, Sacred Café makes some of the best coffee in London – just what you need to keep you going until dinner!
After a wander through Soho and perhaps popping back to the apartment to freshen up, head to Rossopmodoro for dinner. Wood-fired pizzas made by a Neapolitan family who are on a mission to bring the joys of Napoli food to London.
After heading to one of the many theatres (it wouldn’t be a trip to London without going to the theatre!) finish off the night with a cocktail at Bar Soho before heading back to your apartment to catch up on some beauty sleep.
Mabel’s is a relative newcomer to the Covent Garden scene, but is already making a splash! Fancy décor and a brilliant menu puts Mabel’s firmly on our breakfast list!
After breakfast, take in some culture at the National Portrait Gallery or The National Gallery, before walking through Leicester Square Garden on your way to Damson & Co. Beautifully presented British produce and wonderful coffee makes this the perfect lunch stop.
Back towards the apartments you’ll find Thai Pot, some of the tastiest Thai food in London and certainly one of the friendliest! Perfect for a leisurely Sunday evening bite to eat before heading back home ready for work on Monday morning.