Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street, London: Hours, Address, Carnaby Street Reviews: 4/5

Carnaby Street
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Carnaby is a unique shopping and dining destination in the heart of London's West End, with over 150 brands, boutiques, concept stores and flagships, and 60 independent restaurants, bars and cafés found across 14 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street. Discover an intriguing mix of global brands and independent stores, just 1 minute away from Oxford Street and Regent Street, as well as heritage labels, new designer names and an extensive choice of places to eat and drink, including British pubs with real ale and real history. Head to Kingly Court, a vibrant 3 storey courtyard, home to over 20 independent restaurants and 15 cuisines offering cheap eats to a la carte dining. The Newburgh Quarter, found just off Carnaby Street, is a quaint cobbled area where independent street boutiques, London pubs and heritage brands can be discovered.
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The area
Neighborhood: Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
How to get there
  • Oxford Circus • 4 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 6 min walk
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Mandy Dhanda
Coventry, UK76 contributions
Strolled through Carnaby Street on Saturday evening after watching a pantomime close by. What beautiful rows and rows of shops, decorated with lights lit up at night, very busy though even after the Christmas period. Great place to potter from shop to shop.
Written January 12, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,815 contributions
Carnaby Street has a history going back to the Swinging Sixties when it was the centre of fashionable London.

I used to visit in the 80's when I was a lad and it was an exciting place which was somewhere to get things you could not get in the Home Counties. It was also where the pop magazine Smash Hits was produced and I used to stand outside with friends looking up at the offices wondering what they were writing about. They used to have a plaque up where the offices were but this has long gone.

Nowadays Carnaby Street is full of trendy shops selling lots of footwear and clothes. I am not sure it still has that same allure it had when I was younger but it could be I'm just a sad old person now...
Written July 25, 2021
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CattyKy
Israel1,589 contributions
One of the most popular shopping streets in the London center, near the Regent street. A lot of brand shops, boutiques and cafes. Excellence for shopping at day and for a night scene at the evening.
Written September 19, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand19,410 contributions
We walked by the street after stopping for lunch. The area was very festive, with items hanging in between the buildings. There was an underwater theme with fish and sharks floating above you as you walk along the street.
The street itself has a myriad of stores so its a nice place to shop or window shop. We went through the street to get to Hamleys Toy store on Regent Street. It is a really enjoyable street to walk on, whether you're shopping or just enjoying the sights.
Written February 3, 2020
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
Having been to the nearby Boulevard Theatre we strolled the local streets enjoying the atmosphere. Years ago Carnaby Street was famous for all its clothes shops but now the retail outlets cover a mass of different subjects and are well worth a visit. Add in a selection of eateries, many in nearby side streets and it makes for a very good destination in the City, not far from Oxford Circus. At the present time, the Christmas lights are a treat, original and underlining an important message.
Written December 20, 2019
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Paul B
East Sussex, UK468 contributions
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Crowded street with some top brand stores and not a pleasurable experience. If you want a Harrington jacket, don't even bother with BARACUTA, the original Harrington jacket. The shop has about 7 jackets in it so hopefully you'll be lucky and they will have the exact size and colour you wanted! If it's open. And if you can suffer being looked down upon by the worst store assistant in London.
Written September 27, 2015
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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Carnaby Street is the main shopping street in a pedestrianised quarter in the north Soho area of London. It’s tucked behind Regent Street, and is a few minute’s walk from Oxford Circus underground station.

When I first visited London from Australia in the late 1970s, Carnaby Street was the epitome of alternative cool. If you were a hippie, a mod, a punk, or a skinhead, it was the place to be seen, to hang out, to shop at a plethora of ‘different’ stores which defined ‘swinging’ London in the 60s and 70s. It was edgy, different, alternative, and quite exotic for the time, reflecting a relaxed sexual and lifestyle attitude.

Since then it’s been through several metamorphoses. There was a gradual movement to novelty / tourist souvenir shops to attract a bigger tourist trade; these days, it’s filled with higher-end but reasonably mainstream shops. The familiar names are there, but the number of independent boutiques is starting to increase. Hopefully that will continue to take the street back to its quirky past!

You’ll be greeted by the iconic arch, and at this time of the year some edgy and creative decorations for Christmas. The ‘Revolution’ theme a few years ago; last years tribute to Freddie Mercury and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and this year’s ‘One Ocean One Planet’ theme shows that the street still likes to retain some of its more distinctive and radical past. This year, in collaboration with ocean conservation charity Project ZERO, the light installation is like no other. The iconic arch is adorned with the powerful message, ‘One Ocean One Planet’, and the streets are lit up with theatrical underwater scenes and sea creatures. Sustainability is at the heart of the light installation, with every element using recycled, repurposed or reusable materials including water-based, eco-friendly, vegan paint.

Stroll down all the side alleys; they too are filled with high- end boutiques and fashion stores. And if you are hungry or thirsty, visit Kingly Court with it’s numerous bars and restaurants. Alternatively, have a drink on Carnaby itself, at the Shakespeare’s Head. It’s a traditional British pub, built in 1735, and apparently owned by distant relatives of the bard!

It’s a busy corner of London, and particularly atmospheric as evening falls. Take a stroll; it’s worth a look!
Written December 7, 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
We were looking for a place to have dinner and decided to stroll down Carnaby Street. So many fun pubs and restaurants. It was pretty crowded so plan accordingly.
Written September 1, 2019
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Ghanim A
Kuwait City, Kuwait211,952 contributions
Family
Nice street amazing
Live full of joy
Great spot for breakfast & lunch & dinner
Shopping
Walking around
Written August 16, 2019
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Rajesh Parmar
High Wycombe, UK1,190 contributions
Solo
I came to see Bohemian Rhapsody shop The queen at 3 Carnaby street.
Its a pop up shop on display is photographs, footage and Freddie Mercury costumes.
It's will end early January. Must see
Written December 4, 2018
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