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Piccadilly to Covent Garden via Soho and Chinatown (1.9 Km)

Updated: Mar 28


'In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in' - Paddington Bear. This short Photo run takes you through the various entertainment areas of the West End of London.

Set in the heart of Theatre-land, this route begins with the neon lights of Piccadilly Circus, heads up Shaftesbury Avenue with its many theatres, and then diverts first to Chinatown and then into Soho. It then heads into Seven Dials and down towards Covent Garden via Garric street and King Street. The final section heads towards the Royal Opera House before ending at Covent Garden.

Young Dancer by Enzo Plazzotta bU the Royal opera House Covent Garden


Location of the Photorun

Start and Finish

Start at Piccadilly Circus Station and End at Covent Garden Station

The best time to do this photorun is at the weekends in the early morning when it is quiet and free from crowds and heavy traffic.



The Google map and the summary video are useful to have open when doing these Photoruns. They will help you remember what the route looks like and prevent you from getting lost.

The Plotaroute map is an alternative guide where you can download the route to a device.

Route at a Glance Video.

This short video gives a quick overview of the route and the sights and then shows you what the route would look like if you were running it at about 25 mph.



This section provides you with a virtual tour, a guide to the sights you can see, a brief history of the area and a gallery of some of the sights with a brief description of each.

Sights Tour Guide

These four short videos give you a quick guided tour of some sights on this route.

The first two parts go from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square and the third and fourth go from Leicester Square to Covent Garden.

Part 1 Piccadilly Circus to Chinatown (5.5 Mins)

Part 2 Soho to Leicester Square Station (5.3 Mins)

Part 3 Leicester Square Station to Bow Street (6.0 Mins)

Part 4 Royal Opera House and Bow Street Magistrates Court (5.3 Mins)


A Brief History of the Area

These three history videos provide you with a history of the area and a history of entertainment in the west end of London.

This video gives you an overview of the history of London's Entertainment District.


Gallery of Sights

This will gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights you will see along this photoroute. Double-click to see its full size.


Map and Virtual Tour - Sightseeing route

This map shows some of the sightseeing Photorun routes in the area. You can use the Plotaroute links whilst doing the photoruns.

There is also a link to an interactive 360 map that you can use to explore several locations in the broader area with 360 views so you can look around (with sound) and have a virtual tour to get familiar with the area before you visit it.


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