The Carnaby Street, London houses some of the finest branded designer clothes, hip cafes and bars, cosmetic shops and boutiques. Diesel and Animal, some of the most famous contemporary clothing outlets are a must-see. Christened as the Swinging London in 1960s by the Time Magazine, the Carnaby Street is the place to go if you have an eye for rare and good quality stuff. Visit The Dispensary, which offers everything from John Smedley to Elspeth Gibson for girls. The Carnaby Street is also a perfect place to look for fine footwear. In all, the place has more than 140 shops, bars and restaurants. Towards the southern end of the Carnaby Street, there is now a new short-cut to Kingly Court with three floors housing the one-off concept shops, selling stuff which you might not find anywhere else in London.
Put together, the Carnaby Street is simply a heaven for the shopping tourists! The best time to visit the Carnaby Street is either at lunchtimes or on weekends. Thistle Piccadilly, Langhan Hotel and Radisson Edwardian Berkshire are the main hotels nearest to the Carnaby Street, while Pret a Manger, Masala Zone and Pure California are some of the eating joints around. Interestingly, Inderwicks, England's oldest pipe marker is located at No. 45, Carnaby Street. The nearest underground station is the Oxford Circus, about 6 minutes to the North West.