Over the last 2 week’s I’ve been sharing my 2012 Olympic mascot trail pictures with you in the form of a suggested 4 day London itinerary for Day 1 and Day 2. These pictures were taken on a pop up sculpture trail during the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. Today’s post is the 3rd day of my suggested London itinerary and covers the West End area.
Grab a map book or check Google maps to work out this route. This route is about 4,1km. Please click on the links that I’ve provided on each attraction name for more information.
Day 3 of London itinerary – The West End
Today is a day for shopping and the theatre if you’re interested in seeing a show. Starting at Leicester Square station head towards Piccadilly. You will see Leceister square on your left which is the square the area was named after. If you’d like to see a show in the evening or while you’re in London then you could try the offical London theatre ticket booth. They open at 10am Monday to Saturday, 11am on Sunday and offer on the day deals, half price bargains and discounted tickets to the best shows in London.
(If you’d like to plan in advance Amazon Local offer ticket deals on https://tickets.amazon.co.uk/)
Close to the square you can see M&M World. It’s a fun shop to browse where you can find all sorts of memorabilia adorned with the lovable M&M characters.
Continue walking straight onto Piccadilly Circus. This is a major traffic junction and also a busy meeting place. The Circus is a big tourist attraction well known for its video display and neon signs mounted on one of the corner buildings. Stop to take photos of one of London’s famous landmarks 🙂
Walking further along Piccadilly road, you’ll soon pass the most luxurious department store in the world Fortnum and Mason. Since 1707 this store has been providing a treasure trove of hampers, tea, coffee & sweet treats. They also offer afternoon tea if you’re looking for a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
About a 3 minute walk further ahead is the world famous Ritz Hotel. This hotel was opened in May 1906 and is a symbol of high society and luxury. If you’re feeling generous you could also indulge in an afternoon tea experience at this hotel.
There are also many other hotels in the area that offer wonderful afternoon teas. Check out this site for more information: http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/london/
Finally, time for some shopping! From the Ritz hotel, cross the street and turn right, back towards Piccadilly Circus and the third street on your left will be Old Bond Street which becomes New Bond Street. Browse the many shops at your own leisure. Most of the shops on this street will be high end brands. If you continue walking straight on this road past the many shops you will eventually reach Oxford Street where there are lots of department stores and retail stores.
Depending on where you are in the area and if it’s of interest to you then make your way to Regents Street where you will find Hamley’s which is the oldest toy shop in the world.
If you’re feeling hungry and like Asian food then you could end the day with some delicious food from Chinatown. This will lead you to the end of this walk back to Leicester Square.
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the Wenlock and Mandeville pictures that I took along this route. Watch out for next week’s final post for the “Day 4 London Itinerary” post.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Have you walked along this route? Please feel free to share your comments with me.