Charing Cross Road

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The area
Neighborhood: 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
  • Charing Cross • 1 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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David-Kevin B
Washington DC, DC280 contributions
London's Charing Cross...
May 2020
London's Cockspur, Strand and Whitehall Streets all converge south of Trafalgar Square into the roundabout Charing Cross. The irony of the first street cannot be lost on those gathering there as it's marked by a statue of a large blue rooster sculpted by German artist Katharina Fritsch.

The neighborhood should be on your must-see list as it's the location of the Statue of Charles I; Nelson's Column, honoring Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar; and most importantly, The National Gallery, one of the greatest art museums in the world. The Gallery is home to some of the world's greatest paintings, like Sebastiano del Piombo's, "The Raising of Lazarus."  Expecting to see them all in a single day is an exercise in futility.

You may want to visit the various galleries over a couple of days instead.  Ensure you make time to enjoy sitting outside the Gallery's entrance, an area characterized by beautiful fountains and cafes.

#charingcross #londonnationalgallery
Written March 16, 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Saturday day out
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice part of London and will be off limits due to covid-19 miss west end 😢 but good bus routes in this part
Written January 5, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Walk It
Jun 2020
Charing Cross Road will take you from Trafalgar Square to the junction with Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

In the heart of the West End if you walk up it you will just miss Chinatown, Leicester Square and Covent Garden but you can always take a little detour.

There are plenty of places to get something to eat and you will also pass a number of theatres too.

There are a few shops including the famous bookshop Foyles so enjoy your journey along this famous road.
Written July 4, 2020
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Andy-S60
London, UK1,833 contributions
Up there with the Champs Elysees...
Jan 2020
Enjoyed wandering up and down here yesterday.Full of interesting shops, especially bookshops, theatres, eateries, bars and the full-on sights and sounds of being in the centre of one of the best, most vibrant cities in the world.
Written January 10, 2020
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Brian K
Abbotsford, Canada1,306 contributions
West end shows and wonderful shops
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 January 9, 2020
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Andrewsal123
Allithwaite, UK9 contributions
A smile and manners cost nothing
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 January 5, 2020
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Stuart B
Deal, UK1,654 contributions
Great Area
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 November 8, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Full of interesting shops and places
Oct 2019 • Solo
This isn’t the most attractive major road in Central London, but it’s crammed with fascinating shops, theatres and places to eat. It’s best known for bookshops and was immortalised in a wonderful book and film called 84 Charing Cross Road about the literary relationship between a bookshop owner and a customer. The most famous one is the enormous five floor treasure trove called Foyles, but there many more. The House of Spells is worth a visit if you’re into Harry Potter and magic. There are also some interesting streets leading off it, particularly Denmark Street (also known as TinPan Alley), which is full of shops selling musical instruments (especially guitars). Make sure you pay this road a visit and you won’t be disappointed.
Written November 4, 2019
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,071 contributions
Great range
Oct 2019
I do love this road. I often use it when in London rather than take the Tube. Loads of bookshops to browse. My favourite shops are House of Spells and Made.com down there.
Written October 20, 2019
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Zara
2 contributions
Currency pounds to euros
Sep 2019 • Solo
I've been to Charing Cross Road to exchange some money.The lady at the counter was so rude, unfriendly, she kept changing her mind of how much it will be in Euros, argurmentive,nasty..I ended up not dealing with this woman,she kept screaming..I refused to exchange money to this place..This is the first time I've dealt with someone like her.i live in Charing Cross for 15 years and never witness such a rude customer attitude..I've taken a photo of her
Written September 7, 2019
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