West End
Location Details
Address: Central London, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: A - D, 1 - 6
Owner: The Royal Family
Type: Grid
Wealth: Comfortable to Opulent

The West End of London (more commonly referred to as simply the West End) is an area of Central London containing many of the city's major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings and entertainment venues (including the commercial West End theatres).

The use of the term 'West End' began in the early 19th century to describe fashionable areas to the west of Charing Cross. While the City of London or the Square Mile is the main business and financial district in Central London, the West End is the main commercial and entertainment centre of the city. It is the largest central business district in the United Kingdom comparable to Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the Shibuya district in Tokyo or the 8th arrondissement in Paris.

Locations by Coordinates

'A' Column

A,1 - St. John's Wood

Unlike much of London the St. John's Wood area has a large amount of 'villa housing', as opposed to the normal 'terraced housing'. So large homes with large yards and gardens dense with trees. It's one of the most 'green' of Central London's neighborhoods as much of the woods that the district was named for still remain and are rather cherished.

The neighborhood is also home of Lord's Cricket Grounds which is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club. It's also home to several churches and temples are spread throughout the expensive neighborhood. Roads such as Carlton Hill, Abbey Road, Abercorn Place, Hamilton Terrace, Ascot Court and of course St. John's Wood Road are only to name a select few streets that network the district.

@SJ@ St. John's Wood Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Saint John's Wood is a Wealth: Opulent Neighborhood.

A,2 - Paddington

Once home to the infamous Tyburn gallows "tree", Paddington has become a much nicer neighborhood since the gallows closed in 1759. Ancient Roman streets are still found in Paddington, the likes of Harrow Road. The Grand Union Canal also has a branch within Paddington. St. Mary's Hospital, where heroin was first synthesized and the first isolated penicillin was discovered stands proudly on Praed Street. The neighborhood is also rather heavily bent towards the Angelican faith, with churches including St. Mary Madgalene, St. Peter and St. James to name a few.

@PA@ Paddington Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Paddington is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

A,3 - Notting Hill

Notting Hill might not be the richest area of London but it definitely is one of the more affluent sections of the city and one of the more cosmopolitan as well. The area includes a little bit of everything from the upscale residences of Pembrige Gardens to the mercantile conglomerate that forms most of Portobello Road. Streets are busy and active during the day and late into the night as residents and visitors alike take advantage of the entertainment opportunities offered by the cinemas, restaurants and pub or return home to relax after a long day at work.

@LG@ Lancaster Gate in Notting Hill Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Notting Hill is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

A,4 - Kensington Garden

Once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens are 270 acres of lush green in the middle of London at the west end of Hyde Park. The park is full of green fields and enchanting groves, of formal hedges and flower beds. There are walking paths and fountains, statues erected in memorial of Queens and Princes and explorers and scientists. It is a delightful place for families to picnic, or for lovers to take a stroll. Children can often be seen searching for the fairies described in "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" or else to seek out the Elfin Oak, which is a 900-year-old tree stump elaborately carved with images of elves, gnomes, and small animals. It is a place particularly loved of the people, and seldom is the park empty when open between dawn and dusk.

A,5 - Earl's Court

Nestled between Kensington Park to the north and South Kensington in the opposite direction, the Earl's Court is a charming residential area comprised of several neighbourhoods. Many host gracious mansion blocks in late Victorian styles surrounded by lovely green spaces and small gardens, but all of them carry a definite air of 'swank'. There are historic churches and small private gardens; the newly built Earl's Court Exhibitition Centre is fashionable and exceedingly popular as a venue for conferences and events. It's a vibrant area in the heart of London, home to artists and intellectuals, world explorers and musicians.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Earl's Court is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

A,6 - South Kensington

South Kensington is a smaller district just a little under two and a half miles from Charing Cross, and is home of the Imperial College and many museums and cultural buildings including the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, and others. South Kensington is an affluent neighbourhood that brings in many wealthy visitors. It is also the centre of French culture in London, home to the French consulate as well as Lyce Franais Charles de Gaulle, a large French primary and secondary school, as well as several French businesses in the area.

Properties in this neighborhood:

South Kensington is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

'B' Column

B,1 - Regent's Park

The Regent's Park is mainly open parkland, reserved for pedestrian use. During the day the air is filled with the sound of music, laughter, and in general the sound of people enjoying a little slice of nature for the day. The park provides a wide range of facilities and amenities for people to enjoy including gardens, sports pitches, and children's playgrounds. One section of the park even boasts a lake with a heronry and a colony of waterfowl where people can take out rowboats for a spin, an especially popular activity with young couples.

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B,2 - Marylebone

The home of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, The Metropolitan Burough of St. Marylebone, of London County, is an affluent borough whose history goes as far back as the 11th century. Housing in this area is more accessibly priced than some other nearby boroughs, however, and many of the streets are crowded with buildings. Landmarks include St. Marylebone Parish Church, the recently opened Broadcasting House, Queen's Hall, and St George's Hall.

@MB@ Marylebone Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Marylebone is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

B,3 - Bayswater

The very cosmopolitan streets such as Queensway and Westbourne Grove are lined with Victorian Stucco Terrace Homes. Bayswater is one of the more culturally diverse neighborhoods. A strong Greek population is focused around London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Garden squares dot throughout the neighborhood and restaurants are very popular. The diversity of the population comes through in the multi-ethnic array of different restaurants.

@MA@ Marble Arch in Bayswater Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Bayswater is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

B,4 - Hyde Park

At 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London. Divided from Kensington Gardens by the body of water known as the Serpentine, Hyde Park is full of trees and grassy fields and walk ways, and is home to the world's first Speakers' Corner. There, people can give speeches about or debate any lawful subject, as long as they avoid profanity. The Grand Entrance to the park sits right near Apsley House (the home of the Duke of Wellington) at Hyde Park Corner.

B,5 - Knightsbridge

During the day the roads of Knightsbridge are full of expensive, late model vehicles, many of them being driven by chauffeurs. Its not uncommon to see Bentley, Rolls Royce, Essex, Buggatti and many other ultra-luxury brands on the street. But the night makes the vehicles filling the roads of Knightsbridge less impressive than when they can be properly appreciated in full daylight.

The area buildings are an eclectic combination of business, cultural and residential. Luxurious retails stores like Harrods, opulent tourists accommodations, historical performance venues like Royal Albert Hall, banks, and corporate offices mix with Queen Anne revival and Italian Renaissance inspired mansions and high-end apartment buildings. And for nature lovers Hyde Park is a short trip to the north of the area, making property here even more desirable.

@KB@ Knightsbridge Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Knightsbridge is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

B,6 - Brompton

Brompton is well known to be a home of artists and has been since the late 19th century. This is shown in the many book shops, art supply shops and art galleries in the area. Of course because of the wealth of the neighborhood this is not a site for Bohemian artists and so those here are far from being starving artists. There are two main churches in the area; Holy Trinity Brompton Church serves the Church of England while The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary serves the Catholic faith. Other landmarks of the area is the Natural History Museum.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Brompton is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

'C' Column

C,1 - London Zoo

The northern side of Regent's Park is the home of London Zoo and the headquarters of the Zoological Society of London. There are several public gardens with flowers and specimen plants, including Queen Mary's Gardens in the Inner Circle, in which the Open Air Theatre is located as well as the formal Italian Gardens and adjacent informal English Gardens in the south-east corner of the park.

C,2 - Bloomsbury

A beautiful place to live bordering on Regent Park to the North, Bloomsbury is a residential neighbourhood full of comfortable housing, and small garden squares. The district is also home to a number of educational institutions, like the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Birbeck, and medical centres like the famous Great Ormond Street Hospital.

@RP@ The Regent Park at Bloomsbury Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Bloomsbury is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

C,3 - Mayfair

Home of the Duke of Westminster among other wealthy individuals, Mayfair is the wealthiest neighbourhood in London, and it shows. Settled right North of Hyde Park, the neighbourhood is filled with the most exclusive shops and hotels as well as some of the most expensive residences in London. From the Embassy Cinema and the West London College, to the Royal Academy of the Arts and the Handel House Museum, a visitor to Mayfair is surrounded by wealth and culture. Also found here are the United States Embassy.

@BS@ Bond Street in Mayfair Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Mayfair is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

C,4 - South Mayfair

The area to the east of Hyde Park to the north of Green Park is considered the southern half of the large Mayfair area. The streets tucked in between the parks is mostly terraced housing and businesses. Though the occasional house with it's own yard can be found here. The property values of the area are quite high and it's reflected in both the housing and the people that reside and frequent around Green Park. Even those temporarily staying in the Green Park neighborhood need to be quite affluent to stay at the likes of the iconic Dorchester or May Fair Hotels.

@GP@ Green Park Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

South Mayfair is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

C,5 - Belgravia

Known as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world, Belgravia has some of the highest property values in the city. This despite the fact that it is mostly comprised of one estate, belonging to the Duke of Westminster. Belgravia is made up of large, sometimes palatial housing as well as a number of green garden squares, most prominently is Belgrave Square. Upon Belgrave Street is where many of the more decadent of housing can be found. Many who sit in the House of Parliament, as well as other great politicians and ambassadors come home to Belgravia.

@HP@ Hyde Park Corner in Belgravia Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Belgravia is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

C,6 - Sloan Square

The area around Sloan Square which is a small public square within the intersection 'round' of Symons Street, King's Road, and Sloan Street. It is a highly desirable location for both living and business. The streets immediately around the square are full of small but high end shops that either have an office or residential apartment above them. Further from the Square are terraced homes take over with very large multi-story homes that show off the wealth of their residents.

@SS@ Sloan Square Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Sloan Square is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

'D' Column

D,1 - Euston

An important central thoroughfare in London, connecting important areas of the city and allowing transport to important sites without traveling through the heart of London. It is almost always busy with people. The most important landmarks are Euston railway station, which gives access to both surface trains and the underground, St. Pancras New Church, and the large intersection with Tottenham Road.

@EU@ Euston Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Euston is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

D,2 - Clerkenwell

Known as London's 'Little Italy', Clerkenwell has been home to most of the Italian population of the city since the 1850s. It is not the richest neighbourhood, but there is a good selection of fine restaurants and pubs in the district. Clerkenwell is also full of industry, mostly printing and engineering companies but also some meat and food production. The heart of Clerkenwell is Clerkenwell Green, the former town centre which now provides housing, St. James' Church, and the now abandoned Middlesex Sessions House. Clerkwell Green is also noted as the centre of radical communism in London, and hosts the Marx Memorial Library. The old Clerkenwell Prison that was shut down and leveled left behind a network of underground cells that remained and became known as the Clerkenwell Catacombs. This network of tunnels and cells has become an air raid and bombing shelter and there are many signs plastered on walls all throughout Clerkenwell directing towards the shelter.

Since June of 1940, Clerkenwell was hit hard by the internment of British Italians since Italy joined the Axis. Many businesses are boarded up. Entire housing buildings are empty.

@GS@ Goodge Street in Clerkenwell Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Clerkenwell is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

D,3 - Soho

The heart of London's 'Theatre District', it's no wonder that Soho is known as a great place to be entertained. Most famously, the Palace Theatre can be found here, the huge red brick building looking almost more like a church than a theatre. Along with the many shops and theatres, another business runs rampant in the area, with prostitutes walking openly on the streets here, and even some shops cater to more adult interests. That isn't to say there aren't other reasons to visit the district than just various types of entertainment. Dr. John Snow's memorial can be found here as well, a replica of the famous water pump still standing near a pub named in John Snow's honour.

@OC@ Oxford Circus in Soho Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Soho is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

D,4 - Pall Mall

The area around Pall Mall, between Piccadilly Street and The Mall is, of course, one of the most well known in London. Picadilly Street runs a bit diagonal through the north part of the neighborhood with Pall Mall running through the center and The Mall along the southern part. Along The Mall and its side streets is a cluster of palaces and noble residences. St James's Palace, Clarence House, and the Lancaster House to name only a few. Piccadilly is home of the world renowned Ritz Hotel.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Pall Mall is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

D,5 - Victoria

The Palace Gardens, the largest private garden in Britain, are rarely open to the public, but they're still a notable landmark in the Northern end of this area. Close to the garden, and resultingly the palace, the streets are full of expensive multi-level terraced housing, but tenement houses and businesses can be found more often the further you get from the gardens. Of most note in this area is the Westminster Cathedral, the heart of the Catholic church in London.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Victoria is a Wealth: Opulent Neighborhood.

D,6 - Chelsea

Chelsea is a mostly upscale neighbourhood which is known for the high property prices. The Western end of Chelsea is known as a poorer district, but only by comparison to the upscale residences on the Eastern side. Chelsea has been and is home to many famous residents, including Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie, among many others, and is thought of as a Bohemian neighbourhood due to the number of artists and authors in residence. Chelsea is also home to the Holy Trinity Sloane Street, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

@VI@ Victoria in Chelsea Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Chelsea is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.


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