From areas made famous by television and film to important cultural landmarks and streets of great historical significance, London is a treasure trove of places to see and explore. Read our guide for a selection of the most famous streets in London.
Fleet Street, City of London and City of Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: Temple
Fleet Street in London is famous for being the capital’s home of print journalism. The history of printing on Fleet Street goes back as far as 1500, before it became the hub for daily newspapers in the early 18th century. The many newspapers the street housed have now moved but the historic buildings still line the road, including the Grade II listed Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub, once host to such literary luminaries as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.
Oxford Street, City of Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Street
Oxford Street is the beating heart of shopping in London, with a wide array of stores and a vibrant atmosphere that’s hard to match. The street is home to many world-famous brands such as John Lewis and Links of London, as well as housing Selfridges’ flagship store, sprawling across six floors and offering everything from fashion to homeware. Our Great Cumberland Place hotel is just a few minutes walk from this bustling street, making it the perfect location from which to enjoy everything Oxford Street has to offer.
Abbey Road, Camden and City of Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: St. John’s Wood
When it comes to the musical heritage of Britain, few locations can claim the same notoriety as this street. Abbey Road is known throughout the world as the home of the iconic Abbey Road Recording Studios where The Beatles recorded their 1969 Abbey Road album and shot the album cover on the now world-famous zebra crossing outside. To this day, the studios still host some of the most high-profile names in music and fans descend upon the street to have their picture taken on the legendary crossing.
Baker Street, Marylebone
Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street
The home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, Baker Street has been immortalised in literature, television and film for over 100 years. A trip to this street brings to life the many wonderful stories that are now etched into the history of the area. The Sherlock Holmes Museum, a beautifully maintained Victorian residence at the famous 221b Baker Street, offers fans an immersive trip back in time.
Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets
Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East
This bustling cultural hub is a must-see on any trip to London, thanks to its wide array of markets and stalls combined with its famed selection of curry houses that line the street. As you navigate the cobbled streets of the busy market, you’ll discover a bounty of stunning antiques, collectibles and more in the many alternative shops. No visit to Brick Lane would be complete without sampling one of the many famous Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants, exploring the exotic tastes of some of London’s finest cuisine.
Piccadilly, City of Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus
Truly a hive of activity, the Piccadilly area of London is often referred to as London’s very own Times Square. Piccadilly Circus remains one of the most popular tourist destinations, with over 100,000 visitors every weekend. As the huge television screens illuminate the skies above you, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a buzzing throng of people, immersed in one of London’s most vibrant areas.
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