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The historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, particularly the area from Greenwich Park to the river encompassing The Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market and the Old Royal Naval College, is one of the best places in London to live. With far more to it than just the historic sites its well worth exploring properly, and soaking up the calmness of the area.
Soho has long been established as an entertainment district. Once synonymous with the sex industry (both gay and straight) and London’s nightlife, it’s now home to some of the most fashionable restaurants (Bao, Barrafina, Social Eating House), members clubs (Soho House, Quo Vadis, The Groucho Club) and media offices, buttressed up along side gay bars, a few remaining sex shops, and classic London venues like Bar Italia, Andrew Edmund’s and jazz club Ronnie Scott’s.
Covent Garden was home to London’s fruit-and-vegetable market in the central square. Now it’s one of the most popular shopping, entertainment and dining areas on town. The area is is comprised of the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, to the north is Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials where you’ll find independent shops and restaurants. The south section is set around the central square and is famed for its street performers, historical buildings, theatres and markets.
Developed in the 17th Century, St James’s is home to some of London’s oldest and most distinguished shops, including Berry Brothers & Rudd (Wine merchant), Truefitt & Hill (Barbour), Lock & Co. (Hats), it also encompass Jermyn Street the traditional home of tailored shirt making, and ‘Clubland’ given the high density of traditional gentlemen’s clubs. Buttressed up against this history are some of the best restaurants, bars and shops in London, including the likes of 45 Jermyn Street, Fortnum & Masons, Cafe Murano, Dukes and Wiltons.
One of the richest areas in London, Mayfair plays home to some of the most expensive restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs in London. It’s also home to Shepherd’s Market, a small village like area squeezed between Piccadilly and Park Lane where you’ll find some great pubs for a mini pub crawl.
The City of London, often referred to simply as The City or The Square Mile (on account of its size), has been a financial and trading hub for centuries and over time been endowed with its own rights and traditions of governance. How to the Bank or England, Guilds and financial institutions from across the globe, it’s not great surprise that the area is packed with restaurants, bars, and lunch pit stops.
One of the oldest markets in London and situated between Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge Station and the south end of London Bridge, this is a foodie Mecca. Daily you’ll find market stalls teaming with the freshest meat, veg and fish, along side stalls selling lunches on the go, all surrounded by some of London’s best bars and restaurants.
Named after Queen Victoria and butting up against Belgravia, Pimlico, Westminster, and Buckingham Palace, it’s far from a sexy place. That’s changing though. The last few years has seen billions of pound being pumped into the area, with the redevelopment of Victoria Street, Victoria Station and the new Nova development. This has brought with it the likes of Tom Ford, wine bars, M and M Raw, Bleecker Street and Shake Shack.
Fitzrovia is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in London, and has a long history of artists and writers living and working in the are. Home to Georgian buildings and the BT Tower, it’s often rated as one of the best places in London to live.