Carnaby is the most Instagrammable area in London and there are lots of things to see and do. How many of the below are you going to tick off your Carnaby bucketlist?
1. Rainbow Arches on Carnaby Street
Marking the start of new beginnings, the sequin rainbows over Carnaby Street symbolise positivity and hope and brings playful pops of colour to London’s West End. Made up of 40,000 shimmer sequins, the rainbows bring love, joy and happiness to visitors.
2. Light Bulbs on Ganton Street
Head over to the West side of Ganton Street and be dazzled by 51 oversized light bulbs suspended from the sky. Don't miss the installation at night — the LED light bulbs light up in a rainbow of colours, creating a spectacular light show.
3. Tennison Court
A secret spot in the heart of Carnaby, Tennison Court sits in the street that connects Kingly Court to Regent Street, and you will find the amazing light installation that turns your shadow into a wonderful series of rainbow colours. Have a wander down and get that illuminating snap for your Instagram.
4. Carnaby Street Arch
The landmark that has all visitors looking up in admiration, the Carnaby Street Arches welcomes visitors warmly with ‘Welcome to Carnaby London’ adorning the glittering arch. The sparkling pink shimmer disk arch is the heart and soul of the street.
5. Foubert's Arch
Welcoming visitors into the area via Regent Street, the Foubert’s Place arch located next to the gloriously pink building,adds a splash of colour to the Carnaby skyline. The rainbow of colours used to create the arch translates the personality of London’s most vibrant and buzzing shopping and dining destination.
6. Giant Plug on Ganton Street
First installed in 2005, the giant plug on Ganton Street immediately became a characteristic feature of the area. This award-winning piece of urban art is lit up at night and changes colour regularly.
7. ‘Shaida Walking’ by Julian Opie
Julian Opie’s double-sided LED monolith featuring a digitalised ‘walking portrait’ was made permanent after being installed for Lumiere London festival in January 2016. Situated at the top of Broadwick Street, ‘Shaida Walking’ is the perfect companion for your next selfie.
8. Spirit of Soho Mural and Clock
Look out for the clock that lights up at night. Plus, when it strikes on the hour, see opera singer Teresa Cornelys wink at her former lover Casanova, who blows her a kiss. You can see Marx sipping on a can of Coca-Cola too. The 1991 mural on the side of Broadwick Street was created by the Soho community to celebrate the area’s most famous characters and venues. At the top of the mural stands St Anne, presiding over local notables — her skirt and petticoat show the map of Soho, craftsmen and London landmarks. Figuring in the mural are some famous characters including Karl Marx, William Blake, Dylan Thomas and George Melly.
9. Newburgh Quarter
The hub of art, culture and style in Carnaby, the Newburgh Quarter offers its own unique identity to the area, with an array of renowned brands, independents as well as cafes, restaurants and pubs. Get a photo on the small cobbled streets under the pink festoon bulbs.
10. Blue building on Kingly Street
Carnaby is full of brightly coloured buildings and backdrops, including this blue beauty on Kingly Street.
11. Carnaby Tables
30 brightly coloured tables set up on Carnaby Street, Newburgh Street and Ganton Street for communal dining every day of the week. There are over 200 seats to enjoy from 11am to 10pm, where shoppers and diners can enjoy a takeaway meal without the long queues or a booking. Umbrellas also keep shoppers and diners protected from the glares of the midday sun.
12. Kingly Court
Filled with some of the tastiest restaurants in London, Kingly Court is a bustling outdoor seating area that, thankfully, is covered with heaters in Winter, making for the perfect outdoor dining and photo spot! Stop by for a hearty bowl of ramen from Shoryu, a fresh babka from The Good Egg or even a tasty sourdough pizza from Pizza Pilgrims.
13. Newburgh Benches
A colourful addition to the area these bright benches make the perfect place to stop for a mid-shop break or lunchtime photo-op. Located in Carnaby’s creative Newburgh Quarter the benches are a great addition and bring out the area's personality.
14. Kingly Street
Running parallel with Carnaby Street itself Kingly Street is the back street that is the location of some of the best restaurants in Carnaby. From Dishoom, Kolamba and Dehesa this street is certainly home to some (not so) hidden treasures. Dine al fresco here and enjoy the outdoor seating off the beaten track.
15. Shimmer Disc Union Jack
Look up and you will see the sparkling Union Jack on Carnaby Street. Maintaining our patriotic history, the flag arrives in bright red, blue and white. We love to see our local Londoners as well as our tourists taking photos of the Union Jack flying high in the blue skies of Summer.
16. John Lennon Statue
A world famous patron and icon has arrived on Carnaby Street. In order to pay homage to the musical cultural hertiage of the area (of which he was part of), a bronze statue of John Lennon by artist Lawrence Holofcener can be found next to Liberty. Pop by to get a snap with the famous Beatle.
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