Welcome to Carnaby, one of the most unique shopping and dining areas in London.
Famous for its history as the centre of the swinging 60s London, Carnaby has reinvented itself throughout the decades, with both the Mods and Punks calling the area home.
Today, the 14 streets of Carnaby combine over 100 shops with 60 places to eat and drink. The area, in the centre of London’s West End, is in an exciting new phase: holding onto its musical heritage, but now resplendent with street style fashion, cult lifestyle brands and exciting places to refuel after all that shopping.
Found between Regent Street, and Oxford Street, Carnaby is a short 3 minute walk from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus Underground stations. You can reach the area within 10 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross.
As well as perusing world-famous labels like Puma, Diesel and Vans, don’t miss the brands putting fun back into shopping like the quirky Skinnydip and Monki, then wonder down the area’s smaller streets. The quaint, cobbled Newburgh Quarter is home to some real hidden treasures: we love the ties at Peckham Rye, Shinola’s watches and heritage jackets at Baracuta.
And then there’s all the foodie treats to discover. The area boasts the largest collection of independent cafés, pubs, bars and restaurants in the West End. Carnaby can feed you almost everything under the sun, from boozy brunches to late-night cocktail bars like Cahoots, from Indian flavours at Dishoom to Dehesa’s Spanish and Italian tapas. The three-floor, alfresco Kingly Court is a gourmet’s paradise offering cheap eats to al la carte dining. Don’t miss Le Bab, Rum Kitchen or Senor Ceviche. Come hungry; you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Finally, look out for the amazing special events held in Carnaby each season: from Carnaby Street Eat to London Fashion Week, plus Style Nights by GQ, 20% Shopping parties, the world famous Christmas Installations, bespoke brand mash-ups and more.
Carnaby is your go-to destination. We hope you like it as much as we do at Londonist.com.
Click here to download the Carnaby map.