district is now synomynous with the 'West End' - from Leicester
Square (buy your tickets here - see our Music and Theatre guide)
to Shaftsbury Avenue there are 40 theatres all hoping you'll pick
Charing Cross Road is London's book capital (secondhand and new)
and the area shades imperceptibly into Soho/Chinatown in the
northwest and Covent Garden in the east. It's also home to many
cheap eateries, but the whole area gets busy and quite rowdy at
the weekends full of drunks - but never explicitly violent. 'Tin
Pan Alley' (Denmark St) with its musical instrument shops and rock
heritage is off Charing Cross Road, Piccadilly Circus at the
Western tip with the famous statue of Eros is where latin students
hang out (very uncool) - Londoners have never done so, preferring
to be inside a club in Soho.
Chinatown, north of Leicester Square is the area to eat here
though going up into Soho might be a better, but more expensive
bet. Tubes: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross.