Must Visit Places in West End, London

The West End area of London is one of the most famous places in the city because of the large number of museums, theatres, art galleries, restaurants and other places of interest in the area. If you are visiting the city for the first time, the following attractions should be on your must-visit list.

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British Museum: It has more than 7 million artefacts collected from all across the globe including the Parthenon Sculptures, Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, the Sutton Hoo ship burial, the Mold gold cape and the Lewis Chessmen. The new Sainsbury Gallery holds blockbuster shows in the £135m World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) on the ground floor.

Somerset House: Providing multiple entertainment options this government building hosts an ice rink in winter in its courtyard and fountains in summer. It is also a venue for the Fashion Week and is home to many restaurants. An exhibition space is provided in the Embankment Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery is also located here.

Speakers’ Corner: The north east corner of Hyde Park comes alive on Sunday mornings from around 10am when aspiring politicians, humorists and ranters stand on soapboxes to display their oratorical skills.

Visitors to London who wish to explore the West End will find it convenient to stay at Park Grand Paddington Court London as it is located close by and offers excellent accommodation.

The National Gallery: Containing Western European art from the past 600 years such as the Wilton Diptych, Da Vinci’s “Madonna & Child”, Stubb’s “Whistlejacket” this gallery offers tours with a guide to go round its various exhibits.

The National Portrait Gallery: Thousands of portraits of eminent British personalities can be seen at this gallery. It also stages the annual BP Portrait Award and offers a rooftop restaurant called Portrait.

Guests staying at Park Grand Hotel London can easily reach across to the various attractions of the West End.

Davenports: It is a real magic shop located in Charing Cross Underground Shopping Centre that offers professional-standard magic tricks, magic courses and staff who are trained magicians. Harry Potter fans love to visit this shop.

Wallace Collection: It exhibits a private collection of 18th century paintings and decorative arts. Its Great Gallery was reopened in 2014 exhibiting a superb collection of Old Masters such as Fragonard’s “Girl on a Swing”, Boulle marquetry (brass and turtle-shell) and the basement armour collection. A cafe, restaurant and brasserie are also available in the covered courtyard.

Wigmore Hall: It is a miniature Edwardian concert hall famous for its acoustics, superb programming and live Radio 3 broadcasts. Among the famous artists to have appeared here are Nellie Melba and Thomas Beecham. It has fabulous decor and its audience is always well-informed.

Royal Institute of British Architects: Housed in an impressive Art Deco building, this institute is home to an archive of drawings, photographs and books. It also stages regular exhibitions and has a bar and restaurant.

The other must-visit attractions include Foundling Museum, Getty Images Gallery, and the Cartoon Museum. Taking a Thames RIB Experience is also a must.

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