London is full of iconic sights, from the historic and cultural attractions to a number of famous streets that are well worth a visit. From Brick Lane to Downing Street, here are some of the top London streets that you need to explore.
Nearest Tube Station: Ladbroke Grove
Notting Hill is an area known for its beauty. Thanks to the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts rom-com of the same name in the 90s, Notting Hill has become one of the most famous areas in the capital. Portobello Road sits at the centre of Notting Hill and, with its pastel houses and bustling antique market, is easily one of the prettiest and most famous residential streets in London. Unsurprisingly, the colourful houses have become a selfie hotspot, so get there early if you want to take snaps without crowds.
Portobello Road Market has operated since 1870, bringing a quirky, vintage vibe to modern central London. This thriving street is packed full of things to do and see, from excellent pubs and eateries to unique street performers and attractions. If you’re looking to explore the Notting Hill area, our Thistle Hyde Park Kensington Gardens Hotel is the perfect base.
Nearest Tube Station: Blackfriars
Fleet Street in London is famous for its printing, publishing and newspaper journalism history. While the iconic ‘Street of Ink’ lost most of its newspaper trade in the 1980s, the historic location still offers a glimpse of Victorian London. The statues of dragons that once represented the entrance to the city are still present, along with one of the oldest pubs in London, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
The original pub dates all the way back to 1583, while the current building was rebuilt in 1666 following The Great Fire of London. The pub is famous for its vast history and literary connections – it was once the local drinking spot of Charles Dickens. Head inside for a drink between exploring, and enjoy a taste of London’s rich history.
Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East
If you’re a bit of a foodie, a trip to the most famous curry street in London is a must. Brick Lane is London’s curry mile – a street packed full of exceptional curry houses, plus a street market every Sunday.
Brick Lane is one of the most famous streets in East London. As well as mouth-watering curries, this East End spot offers vintage clothing havens, unique textile shops and Dark Sugars – a luxury chocolatiers where you can pick up beautiful handcrafted chocolates or artisanal hot chocolates topped with pure chocolate shavings. With so much amazing food and drink to discover, maybe save your Brick Lane visit until lunchtime!
Nearest Tube Station: Oxford Circus
Becoming iconic in the swinging 60s as the heart of fashion, you can still feel the energy of Carnaby Street to this day. This central London street is a must-visit fashion destination, home to hip shops, luxury boutiques and independent food.
While Carnaby Street is a fantastic sight all year round, if you’re visiting in the festive season, Carnaby Street Christmas Lights are an attraction all on their own. Each year the lights are based around themes, taking over the entire street to bring a magical element to your usual shopping trip.
Nearest Tube Station: Westminster
When it comes to famous streets in London, there’s one that just has to be mentioned – Downing Street. Downing Street is one of the most famous streets in the country, with number 10 being home to the current Prime Minister.
Downing Street acts as both offices and official residence to the PM and The Chancellor of the Exchequer so, while it’s a tourist hot spot, security is tight. There are no guided tours, and the street itself is gated. However, Downing Street is only a short stroll away from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, so it won’t take long to pop by for a look if you’re already exploring the area.
Nearest Tube Station: St John’s Wood
At first glance, this street in St John’s Wood doesn’t appear any different to those surrounding it. But it’s not so much the street that is famous – it’s the crossing. Fans of the Beatles will instantly recognise the Abbey Road crossing from the front cover of their album ‘Abbey Road’. Looking to cut costs shooting the album cover, The Beatles simply captured a shot of themselves walking across the now iconic crossing outside of Abbey Road Studios.
The Abbey Road crossing is so famous it’s been given Listed Building status, meaning it can’t be altered or removed. If you’re looking to visit, remember the crossing can get very busy with tourists wanting to recreate the shot, plus the street vehicle traffic still operates as usual. We’d recommend visiting early in the morning to avoid both the traffic and the crowds.
Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus
If you’re visiting London’s West End, a trip down Shaftesbury Avenue is a must. While the theatres of the West End are actually located across various parts of London rather than one central location, Shaftesbury Avenue remains one of the most famous streets for theatre. The street is currently home to six theatres: the Apollo Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Sondheim Theatre (previously Queen’s) Lyric Theatre, Palace Theatre, and Shaftesbury Theatre.
Iconic productions such as Les Misérables and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child are hosted on the street. Even if you don’t have tickets, it’s well worth a wander down Shaftesbury Avenue to check out the theatres and the lights. If you’re looking to stay in the heart of it all, our Thistle Piccadilly Hotel is just a stone’s throw away.
With such a variety of attractions and areas to explore, there really is something in London to suit every taste. Whether you’re taking in a West End show, capturing the perfect pictures at Portobello Road or enjoying a curry on Brick Lane, these streets will all allow you to see London at its finest.