Great food and shopping in London’s Carnaby
Carnaby has long been one of the hottest destinations in London – and this is why.
Everyone is talking about Carnaby, with its fantastic ranges of places to shop, eat, drink and socialise. The famous pedestrianised shopping and dining area in London' s West End is home to 14 streets full of the coolest restaurants and shops.
It boasts more than 60 restaurants with over 30 different cuisines; eateries in the area include Dishoom, Bar Crispin, Imad’s Syrian Kitchen, Kolamba, JinJuu, Dehesa, Pastaio, and Ugly Dumpling. New additions to the area this autumn are Mamma Pastrama, Zahter and Kanada-Ya. Visitors are equally spoiled for choice with places to drink and socialise – popular spots include Cahoots, Antidote, Disrepute and The White Horse.
The area is home to an array of independent and unique shops including RS No.9 Carnaby, GANNI, Annies Ibiza, War Paint for Men, Mark Powell, and Mor London.
It’s an Insta dream too, with so many stunning sights to see. Here’s our guide to the very best Carnaby has to offer:
Nestled in the heart of Carnaby is the Newburgh Quarter, a unique shopping destination offering both renowned and independent brands and chic one-off concepts, as well as restaurants, and pubs.
Creativity runs through the Newburgh Quarter’s cobbled streets, where fashion-conscious shoppers can find unique and bespoke products. It’s home to some of the hottest independent labels around, including the London flagship stores of The Ragged Priest, Lazy Oaf, Billionaire Boys Club and Soho Scooters.
Carnaby is awash with foodie hotspots from every corner of the world. Iconic Kingly Court, a three-story alfresco dining destination in the heart of Carnaby, has 25 restaurants, bars and cafés situated in a vibrant courtyard. You’ll find a whole variety of covered yet open-air tables, with outdoor heaters, perfect for all weather.
Enjoy mouth-watering vegan Mexican food from Club Mexicana and gourmet kebabs at Le Bab. Other favourites include The Rum Kitchen, Pizza Pilgrims, Shoryu and Whyte & Brown – plus don’t miss a chance to check out 1940s cocktail bar Cahoots.
This boasts some of the most snappable spots the capital has to offer, starting with the pink shimmer disk ‘Welcome To Carnaby London’ arches which bookend Carnaby Street. Two bright shimmer disk rainbow installations grace Carnaby Street, while a giant 3D shimmer flag now stands over the junction between Carnaby Street and Ganton Street, the coolest Union Flag in London.
For a fab photo op, head to Kingly Street and grab a pic on the outdoor seating under the pink festoon lights. Or visit the west side of Ganton Street to be dazzled by 51 oversized light bulbs: at night they light up in a rainbow of colours.
All this and much more lies in store at Carnaby, with so many options for food and shopping, to visit, eat and explore what the area has to offer.
Discover more at Carnaby.co.uk