Tottenham Court Road is one of London’s main arteries, forming the western edge of Bloomsbury and the eastern edge of Fitzrovia. The tube station at the southern end of the street is also a busy crossroads, sandwiched between Holborn, Soho and Oxford Street. There are few busier places in London, but the area is quieter as soon as you come off the main road, and the huge number of great restaurants (particularly in Charlotte Street to the north and Soho to the south) makes it a great place to explore. Other places to visit in the vicinity are Oxford Street, which is London’s primary centre of retail, and the more refined academic delights of Bloomsbury, including the headquarters of a number of colleges and the magnificent Gower Street Waterstone’s, one of the world’s largest academic bookshops. A little further south of the station, tourists can also find the heart of the West End and Covent Garden.
One close, mid-price hotel near Tottenham Court Road is the three star Cheshire Hotel. The Cheshire is a modest little place with pretty small rooms, but doesn’t pretend to sell itself on anything other than its location, which is excellent, only minutes away from the British Museum.
Hazlitt’s is a stylishly anachronistic four star establishment, described by no less an authority than Antony Bourdain as being like staying in your mad uncle’s house while he’s away. While that’s true, it doesn’t quite capture the olde worlde splendour of the place. Its rich, gloomy furnishings make it a memorable stay for tourists and Englanders alike.
Also nearby is the five star Soho Hotel, comprised of 91 individually designed bedrooms plus a restaurant, gym and private cinema. Tatler described the Soho as “the most glamorous hotel in the world,” and while that may not be true, the hotel certainly has a style and verve that makes most other London hotels look complacent. Rates are pretty hefty, but this is really a hotel unlike any other.
Tottenham Court Road is on the Central and Northern Lines, and is a useful but busy nexus for most of the city.
Tottenham Court Road tube station is the most southern station serving Tottenham Court Road, the others being Goodge Street and Warren Street. The station serves as an interchange between the Central Line and the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line.
Tottenham Court Road station is located between Oxford Circus and Holborn on the Central Line, and on the Northern Line it is sandwiched between Leicester Square and Goodge Street. The station itself is on St Giles'
Circus, and is located within Travelcard Zone 1.
The station has been earmarked to be part of future developments, such as the proposed Crossrail lines one and two, the latter being an unofficial name for the mooted Chelsea-Hackney line.
Tottenham Court Road is a large road that runs north from St Giles' Circus to Euston Road, and the road is completely one-way, in that all three lanes run north.
One of the main attractions of Tottenham Court Road is its status as a major shopping street and especially it's profusion of electronic goods shops.
Also, there are many furniture shops on the road and there was some controversy when Spearmint Rhino opened a club on Tottenham Court Road.
One thing of great attraction on Tottenham Court Road is the Dominion Theatre, which is home to many great shows including the Queen-based musical We Will Rock You. The Odeon Tottenham Court also shows all the latest film releases.
Tottenham Court Road is a long road, and as such there is a wealth of options for eating and drinking. Some restaurants worthy of a mention include the provocatively named Opium restaurant, which serves Vietnamese fare. Also, Mr Jerk offers Caribbean themed cooking, and the Meza and the Palms of Goa are also excellent options for Spanish and Indian food respectively.
There are also more routine choices for eating, such as Nandos and Hamburger Union, the latter serving some of the finest burgers in London. There is also lots of sandwich and coffee shops along Tottenham Court Road.
The options for drinking are also numerous. Nightclubs such as the 100 Club and Sol Central are for those who wish to dance the night away, although there are other bars such as Akbar and The Asylum which offer a cool place to drink. Other bars of note include the Candy Bar and the Coach Bar. There are also the normal chain bars, such as All Bar One and Wetherspoons as well as more sedate pubs such as The Wheatsheaf and the Carlisle Arms.
In short, Tottenham Court Road has a huge amount of bars, clubs and pubs, and those named above are just a taste of the places you can go in this large area.
Even in London, with its staggering range of breakfast options, the most important meal of the day can be dominated by the Full English, too often a fatty, unenlightening prospect that varies little from place to place and can leave you feeling like you’ve swallowed a stone. Luckily, Lantana on Charlotte Place has a stated aim to revolutionise breakfast with the very best in Antipodean cuisine. Voted Time Out’s Best New Café 2009, Lantana’s breakfast menu includes such delights as brioche french toast with caramel chai poached pears and vanilla ricotta, and corn fritters stacked with crispy bacon, roast tomatoes, rocket, creme fraiche and tomato chilli jam. For the staunch traditionalists, there’s even a variation on the classic fry up, featuring chorizo sausage, baked eggs and spinach. A truly unique café that will nevertheless suit every taste, Lantana is one of Fitzrovia’s best-kept secrets.
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