West End District
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Although the name would suggest that the West End includes absolutely all of west London, it is actually a quite specific district lying to the west of The City. In its true definition, the area is quite small stretching from Tottenham Court Road in the east to Park Lane in the west.
However, just to confuse matters, the name 'West End' is commonly used in a broader sense to include several other districts such as Soho, Covent Garden, Mayfair, Bloomsbury, and even Westminster. So when people refer to the West End of London, they tend to mean the whole area from The City in the east all the way to Hyde Park in the west.
There are two main centres in the West End - Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square - and many Londoners regard these, and the whole of the West End, as the very heart of London.
And for many tourists the West End is London. It is here that you will find landmarks such as Nelson's column, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, tourist attractions such as Madame Tussaud's and the National Gallery and the shoppers' meccas of Oxford Street and Regents Street.
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