Regent Street, originally designed by John Nash in 1825, is one of the major retail centres in the heart of London, with exclusive Mayfair to the west and multi-cultural Soho to the east. With some of the finest shops on your doorstep, a variety of tourist attractions, historical treasures and a bountiful supply of theatres, there is no shortage of distraction. By choosing from a range of hotels near Regent Street, you will have the perfect springboard from which to explore the delights of the Capital.
The majority of Nash’s buildings in Regent Street were replaced during the Edwardian period except for All Souls Church. Built in 1823, it can be found in Langham Place, noticeable for its stone spire that scales above its circular portico. Standing nearby is the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House. This grand 1930s Art Deco building has undergone significant expansion and is now home to several national radio stations as well as the BBC News Room.
It’s just a short walk to Trafalgar Square, where you can visit the National Art Gallery, take in Nelson’s Column and watch the red double decker buses navigate through the traffic. Alternatively, head to Covent Garden where there are always street performers thrilling the crowds with cafés, restaurants and some great shops, all set around an historic square.
Things to see and places to go
The Café Royal on Regent Street opened its doors in 1865. Over the years it became a fashionable meeting place for high society, attracting the likes of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Princess of Wales. It’s now a luxury five star hotel, that has retained the glamorous ambience of its past. Dine in one of their sumptuous restaurants or take afternoon tea as you soak up the decadent atmosphere.
Renowned for its Christmas light display, there is no better place than Regent Street to admire the magic of the season. In the eyes of most children and some adults, no trip could be complete without a visit to Hamleys. Founded in 1881, it claims to be one of the largest toyshops in the world and is especially busy just before Christmas. With Oxford Street and Bond Street close by, there’s no shortage of department stores, designer shops and high-street favourites to visit.
When night falls head to Piccadilly Circus. Make sure you take your camera and get a selfie next to the Eros Statue lit up by all the neon lights and vibrant signs this huge intersection is renowned for.
Explore the winding back streets of Soho, with the sound of Jazz filling the air. Discover new and exciting food in Chinatown, with its brightly coloured streets and choice of restaurants. Reserve tickets for your favourite West End show, or head to Leicester Square to view the latest blockbuster. It’s all for the taking in this part of town.
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