Any day out begins with sustenance. Piccadilly boasts a Chinatown to rival the best of them – for lunch, follow your nose into any one of the duck-filled doorways. Alternatively, transport yourself back into a Mad Men world of fleeting encounters and stolen moments in the Dean Street Townhouse. Relax on plush red leather couches and imagine you’re there for a rendezvous with Fred Astaire (or just have brunch!)
Brave the Regent Street crowds for a bit of shopping – make sure you turn into Carnaby Street for quirky boutiques and unique brands. Sip some delicious tea at Yumchaa and try their carrot cake to tide you over ‘til dinner.
Enjoy a Michelin star restaurant at prices that won’t break the bank by booking a pre-theatre reservation at Arbutus or Gauthier Soho. Dessert at Gelupo or the Hummingbird Bakery. Then pick a show, any show (but plan ahead for Book of Mormon!)
As the sun goes down, the neon lights come on, and the emergence of Soho’s flamboyant night-dwellers is something to behold – if you’re feeling wild, grab some props from one of the many risqué shops and let the crowd sweep you into the night (or into the Experimental Cocktail Club.)
Catherine of London Lately is still enraptured by the capital’s Theatreland. “The Piccadilly/Soho area is one I keep coming back to – it’s funny because it’s at once super touristy and full of hidden gems. I guess this means there’s something for everyone – big spenders and penny pinchers, tourists and locals. Definitely worth a visit for those just passing through!”