TRAVEL: 24HRS ON CARNABY STREET

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If you’re new to London, chances are you’ll head straight to the typical tourist hot spots — Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Trafalgar Square — but London has many more hidden treasures, especially for those with a love for fashion and food.

Nestled between Oxford Street and Regent Street — two of the city’s major shopping destinations — you’ll discover Carnaby.

Spread over 13 streets, Carnaby is home to 52 unique independent boutiques, 40 global fashion brands, 15 concept shops and 61 independent restaurants, cafes and bars.

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TRAVEL

The train from Doncaster to London Kings Cross takes less than two hours and typically costs between £30-£100 return if booked in advance. For cheaper fares, travel after 9am and return after 7pm (off-peak). The underground is located within Kings Cross Station — take the Victoria Line north to Oxford Circus then Carnaby is just a five minute walk on foot. A one day off-peak London underground travel card costs £7.30 and allows you unlimited tube travel for one day in zones one and two (central London). http://www.thetrainline. co.uk

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FOOD AND DRINK

Whether you’re stopping off for a light bite, afternoon tea or an indulgent dinner — here’s where we’d recommend:

Create your own bespoke tea at Camellia’s Tea House.

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Complete with a chocolate shop, café and chocolate boudoir, visit Choccywoccydoodah — three stories of pure indulgence.

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Flat Iron is a brand new steak concept restaurant. There’s only one dish on the menu — a little known butcher’s cut called ‘the flat iron’. The basement also houses the mouth-watering doughnut bar, with fillings including Yorkshire Rhubarb and
Tahitian Vanilla Custard.

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Good eggs, good chicken, good times!

A hidden gem in Carnaby is Whyte and Brown — a new chicken and egg concept restaurant serving dishes in more

ways than you thought possible. Set back from the busy shopping streets, the restaurant sits in a three-storey open air courtyard at Kingly Court.

From chicken soups and salads to burgers, pates, pies and an array of egg-based options and desserts — you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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We recommend… The Lemon Leek Risotto Scotch Egg — it’s not your average scotch egg! The giant but perfectly formed egg is perched on wilted spinach with chive and lemon butter sauce — a light, elegant dish with just the right balance of flavours. Be sure to tuck in to some artisan breads as an appetiser, and swill it all down with a cocktail or two. A customer favourite is the Sloe & Sour — orange-infused vodka shaken with slow gin, fresh lemon and a little cream for softness and zest.

SHOPPING

  • Shoppers will find rich pickings at urban street wear shops, vintage boutiques and one-off ‘concept’ shops on Carnaby
    Street. Browse luxury vintage pieces at Lily Allen’s store Lucy in Disguise.

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  • Shop Kate Moss’ choice of shoe at the only Terry de Havilland boutique.
  • Create your own bespoke jeans at the Paul Smith Soho store.
  • Founded in Sheffield, Drop Dead clothing has set up shop on Carnaby street. The brand is owned by Oliver Sykes, lead singer of British metal band Bring Me The Horizan.

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  • Follow in the ways of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss and create a bespoke piece of jewellery at the iconic Great Frog boutique.
  • Create a one-off pair of Dr.Marten’s in their flagship store.
  • Customise your converse at Size?, with everything from sequins to studs, and browse the widest range of trainers in London.

BEAUTY

  • Enjoy a traditional haircut and shave at barber shop Pankhurst London, with its Bentley Chairs and whisky lounge.
  • Update your makeup bag at beauty favourites MAC and Illamasqua.
  • Indulge yourself in two floors of bold and girlie gorgeous-ness brought to you by the iconic Benefit Cosmetics. This one-off global flagship beauty destination features a champagne bar, blow-dry’s and lash and nail treatments.

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We recommend… A Blowout by Benefit at the blow-dry bar. The 30 minute dry and style is a great way to get ready for a date, a trip to the theatre or just an excuse to be inspired. Pamper yourself pretty with a full service shampoo and blow-out from £26.50.

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