Carnaby is the most Instagrammable area in London....
1. Rainbow Arches on Carnaby Street
We have revealed a brand new rainbow installation throughout the 14 streets of Carnaby with two bright shimmer disk rainbows arching over the world-famous Carnaby Street. Marking the start of new beginnings, the sequin rainbows symbolise positivity and hope and brings playful pops of colour to London’s West End. Made up of 40,000 shimmer sequins, the rainbows will stay in place throughout the summer to 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 the new ‘Welcome to Carnaby London’ words adorning the new arch. The sparkling pink shimmer disks arch is the heart 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, pink, building, adds a splash of colour to the Carnaby skyline. A rainbow of colours used to create the arch translates the personality of London’s most vibrant and buzzing shopping and dining destinations.
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. Outdoor Art Installation by Kristjana Williams
Located on the corner of Broadwick St and Marshall St and featuring a rainbow of hope is an outdoor art installation by Kristjana S Williams. The piece is part of an exclusive collection of prints dedicated to our key workers on the frontline, whose life-saving work has kept us all going during the COVID pandemic. In the style of a stamp, the artwork uses animals to depict those key workers. You can download your own free print here.
10. 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.
11. Mural Wall by Hunto
Our famous art wall on Little Marlborough Street (alongside Liberty) is back again and this time we have partnered with Ocean Conservation Organisation Project Zero to feature the ocean and its wonderful creatures in it thanks to artist James at Choots Art. James has been painting walls around the world and is heavily influenced by Japanese and American pop art, nature and film. This mural makes the perfect background for a selfie.
12. Blue building on Kingly Street
Carnaby is full of brightly coloured buildings and backdrops, including this blue beauty on Kingly Street.
13. 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. Find out more about picture-perfect alfresco dining in Carnaby here.
14. 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, 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.
15. Newburgh Benches
A new addition to the area these colourful 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.
16. Kingly Street
Running parallel with Carnaby Street itself Kingly Street is the back street that is home to some of the best restaurants in Carnaby. From Dishoom, Kolamba and Dehesa this street is certainly home to some treasures. Dine al fresco here and enough the outdoor seating off the beaten track.
17. Pink Building
This fuchsia pink building is unmissable on the streets of Carnaby, and of course, the ultimate Instagram opportunity.
18. 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.