Soho and the West End

London’s West End is where everyone heads for a night out. Clubbers from outside London catch the last trains into the capital and head for its bars and music venues, knowing they won’t leave till dawn. Here are the great theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, the star-struck cinemas of Leicester Square and, at its heart, Soho, abuzz with activity as the night wears on. But it’s not all for the night owl – Trafalgar Square has the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and free lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Nelson’s Column

The centrepiece of Trafalgar Square, this huge column is topped by a statue of Horatio, Viscount Nelson (1758–1805). Britain’s great naval hero was fatally shot ...

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