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My Walk in the West End

My tiled mosaic of my images of the West End.

Click on any image to enlarge.

A few others on the way to Edgeware
Some friends

West End of London

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Night entertainment in Leicester Square – the heart of the West End.

The West End of London (more commonly referred to as simply the West End) is an area of central London containing many of the city’s major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings, entertainment venues (including the commercial West End theatres). Use of the term began in the early 19th century to describe fashionable areas to the west ofCharing Cross.[1] For strategic planning, the area is identified as one of two international centres in the London Plan.[2]

The West End is the most expensive location in the world in which to rent office space, beating Tokyo in December 2013.[3]



Lying to the west of the historic Roman and Mediaeval City of London, the West End was long favoured by the rich elite as a place of residence because it was usually upwind of the smoke drifting from the crowded City.[citation needed] It was also close to the royal seat of power at Westminster, and is largely contained within the City of Westminster (one of the 32 London boroughs).

Developed in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, it was originally built as a series of palaces, expensive town houses, fashionable shops and places of entertainment. The areas closest to the City around HolbornSeven Dials, and Covent Garden historically contained poorer communities that were cleared and redeveloped in the 19th century.

The name “West End” is a flexible term with different meanings in different contexts. It may refer to the entertainment district around Leicester Square and Covent Garden; to the shopping district centred on Oxford StreetRegent Street, and Bond Street; or, less commonly, to the whole of that part of central London (itself an area with no generally agreed boundaries) which lies to the west of the City of London.


Using the broadest definition, these are the inner districts of the West End, which were all developed by about 1815:

The districts to the south, north and west of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens were developed between the end of theNapoleonic Wars in 1815 and the late 19th century, in some cases based on existing villages. The more fashionable of them were generally regarded as being in the West End at that time, but the extension of the term to these areas west of Park Lane is less common nowadays. The last two listed especially are fringe cases:

Notable streets

Notable squares and circuses

The West End is laid out with many notable public squares and circuses, the latter being the original name for roundabouts in London.

One thought on “My Walk in the West End

  1. Hi Eli,

    If you get a chance, please go to Harrods and tell me how Le Mystere is doing. How many LM double stands do they have?

    Did you know that I flew to London 8 times in one year to get Le Mystere into Harrods and then to get it going and I made it happen in spite of all the challenges and competition.

    Let me know whether they have an activewear dept. Please do not talk about DBelt but just observe and see whether there could be a place for DBelt. If you can find out who the buyer is, that would be useful.

    Also please check if you don’t mind whether there are any YMCAs in London and if so, how many?




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