Charing Cross Road
Charing Cross Road
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The area
Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 2 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk

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Andrewsal123
Allithwaite, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We came in here yesterday because we find MOST all bar 1 as very good. So we ordered 2 hit chocolates the lady behind the bar was miserable. We got our 2 hot chocolates and the caramel popcorn they came Luke warm so WE POLITELY Aaaked the bar maid to sort HOT chocolate drinks out no smile no apology. When you work front of house and your customer is more polite and friendly than the staff then it’s time the staff sort their game out.
Written 5 January 2020
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Stuart B
Deal, UK1,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Lively area of London, lot's of shopping, bars and resturants. Lot's of London attractions close by, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, H of P. Lots to see and do. Great transportation links.
Written 8 November 2019
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Couples
Also known as the A400 the Charing Cross Road runs from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Street and connects many well-known London areas. It is a very busy street for both pedestrians and cars etc. so keep your wits about you. Among other things it is known for its abundance of second-hand and modern bookshops. But as you walk you pass many famous theatres and other London landmarks. Worth a visit.
Written 12 July 2017
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK14,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Carving its way through many places of interest in the West end of London including Soho,Shaftesbury Avenue(theatreland) and Leicester Square is this busy bustling road.Many bookshops frequent,however it is a pleasure to wander with places to eat and drink dotted around too....you can walk from Oxford Street to the Strand in about 15 minutes.
Written 26 February 2017
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,679 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
If you are after an obscure book Charing Cross Road should be your first port of call. Foyles at the upper end of the street, near Tottenham Court Road was once the worlds largest bookshop. This megastore to the printed word has been trading on this street for over 100 years. It currently boast four miles of shelves.
For a less bewildering selection there are a concentration of smaller independent bookstores just north of Leicester Square station. Also of note is the side street Cecil Court, close to the Wyndham's Theatre. This narrow lane is lined with shops specialising in ancient maps, banknotes, stamps and any other printed matter you can imagine.
Written 6 February 2015
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Christopher U
London, UK194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Solo
Going North up Charing Cross Road, just past Leicester Square tube station and the Hippodrome, on the right is a modest looking second-hand bookshop called, Any Amount Of Books and it is a gem. With three boxes of '5 for £4' books outside plus a shelf in the doorway there are even more bargains inside. Not afraid to sell paperbacks as well as hard this is a constantly changing stock. I buy in here every week and sometimes more. Some bookshops keep the same stock for ages not this one. First the prices are the most competitive, then after a few weeks the basement stock is reduced and in the end everything is £1. This way you know the stock will never be the same because the basement is then cleared and re-filled. They have a few rare books but essentially this is a shop where you can get almost anything at a great price with great staff. The street used to be filled with bookshops but now there are three plus Foyles and this is the one I use all the time. Will check out when the new Foyles opens later this month.
Written 3 June 2014
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Wayne B
Fredericton, Canada51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Charing Cross Road winds from the east end of Oxford St. down to the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Station. Always busy with vehicular traffic and packed with pedestrians, it is best loved these days for its many book stores, most notably the 'world's largest', Foyles (incl. Ray's Jazz Café for food and cds/records), but also numerous specialist stores including vintage publications, art etc. But what is most notable about Charing Cross Rd. is what lies to either side. Near the top (on the left) is Denmark St., a short but legendary stretch once known as Tin Pan Alley, as it was here where music writing and publishing was centred. In the 60s bands including the Rolling Stones, Small Faces and others recorded here. Today it is mainly music stores. Further down (l.) is Long Acre, a street that takes one to Covent Garden, a district packed with great shopping, eats, theatre and even the Royal Opera House. At Covent Garden Stn. turn right to enter the piazza, turn left for Seven Dials and streets full of shops etc. There is also St. Martins Lane... The Covent Garden ares is said to attract more visitors than any other in the UK. Meanwhile, on the other (r.) side of Charing Cross Road are China Town and Soho, the latter once renowned as the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll capital of the UK, though much more subdued (but still with some 'edge' if you go looking for it) it is an area where one discovers cool boutiques, record shops, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club...even Paul McCartney's office (look for the MPL building on the north west side of Soho Square...then look up. You may see him looking out one of those window. So Charing Cross Road is like a conduit. Interesting in its own right, but even more useful as a route to somewhere else. Follow it all the way down and shortly beyond you will be at the Thames... And that is just one great thing about London: just walk in any direction and you will discover more and more great things about this great city.
Written 4 May 2014
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emperor17
Yokohama, Japan12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
I visited Charing Cross Road on 16th March, where world famous second-hand bookshops are. In my limited time, I visited three shops: Any Amount Of Books, Henry Pordes Bookshop and Claire de Rouen Books. Any Amount Of Books was good for its vast collection and a good staff who gave me proper advice for what I was looking for. Henry Pordes was even better for its vast classified collections and the professional staff who gave me the information and exact whereabouts of what I was looking for. I purchased two books on medical history that day. Claire de Rouen is famous for its collection on art, fashion and photography. I found a very nice book on history using old pictures. The director of Claire de Rouen, Lucy is really brilliant and informative. Thanks to her, I definitely enjoyed my stay in London.
Written 30 March 2013
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David n
Manchester, UK4,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Just a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square is the above named bookstore. Across 3 floors it is packed with second hand books of all manner and type. Also has a large selection of paperbacks.
Written 14 November 2023
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Brian K
Abbotsford, Canada1,241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A great place to visit before a show or a nice dinner plenty of restaurants and shops line the West end show theatres.
Written 9 January 2020
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