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Carnaby Street

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5 out of 5 stars
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Carnaby Street

Time Out says

Fatigued from the craziness of Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus? Here's an easy solution to your woes: just a short walk away is the colourful respite of Carnaby, the birthplace of Swinging London back in the '60s, as well as a meeting place for rockers, mods, punks and skinheads alike.

Decked with independent shops and bars, with the culinary delights of Kingly Court around the corner, shopping in Carnaby is adds a little bit of edge and uniqueness to the stress blur that can be the London shopping experience.



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Everyone must walk through Carnaby St once in a lifetime at least! It's just the cutest little shopping street (pedestrians only!) with a good shop selection, and who can really resist their giant UK flag made with tiny little shinny dots flying in the wind? It's always bursting with life and there are good bars and restaurants around (try Kingly Court or Ugly Dumplings to elevate the experience). At the end of it, allow yourself to go into Liberty to experience one of the oldest department shops in town, still loaded with original features!


I'm so lucky to work in this wonderfully cultured part of town, just a stones through away from Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus you do get a number of tourists, though it's a little off the main tourist route running parallel to the popular Regent Street. Carnaby Street became iconic in the swinging 60s when it was a hub of fashionable and trendy stores and ever since has been synonymous with that era. Nowadays, you can find a collection of makeup stores including Mac, Urban Decay, Benefit and Estee Lauder Edit; plenty of restaurants and bars particularly within Kingly Court; and still many clothes and shoe stores including Vans, Levi’s, Office etc. It’s a picture perfect place to visit, with colourful buildings and interesting art installations - at the moment there’s a sparkling Union Jack and a “Carnaby Welcomes The World” Globe hanging high above – and the Christmas decorations are seriously something else, best in London in my opinion!

So cool this place. Plenty of small streets with a lot of shops pubs and restaurants. I really like it at night with the lights. Always decorated.


Gotta love Carnaby Street - it is a perfectly placed historic little street with smaller shops, bars and restaurants all sandwiched together in-between Oxford Street and Regent Street. The displays here are special and worth the trip to take in the atmosphere - just take a look at this year's Christmas decorations - and also wander around to see what is new and happening. My favourites are - tapas bars (my fave is a big one on the corner), Liberty (you can sneak in the back door and get straight to the chocolate), Ben's Cookies (legendary - just try ONE), Zebranos (for naughty Thursday night drinks), Shakespeare (nice old man's boozer), Cahoots (for serious cocktails and cool decor), MAC/Benefit (big stores, lotsa makeup). There are many more - enjoy!

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