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Carnaby Street, London

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Home to a slew of independent, local boutiques, Carnaby Street has offered leisurely shopping on a pedestrian-only thoroughfare since the 1940s. In 1967, the location was satirized in the film "Smashing Time" where fashionistas promenaded up and down the street in high style. Brand-name retailers of fashion and lifestyle products, local boutiques, cafes, and restaurants line the street. Add Carnaby Street and other attractions to your London trip itinerary using our London trip itinerary site .
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  • We visited London about 20 years ago and Carnaby Street was somewhere special, How dissappointed we were this time, this icon of the past has turned into just another street of brands names and all th...  more »
  • It was a few years back not to London, and found Carnaby Street completely revolutionized. Was not a place that I liked much and now is truly a neighborhood to visit. The whole area has become pedestrian precinct full of shops, pubs, restaurants and youth. Now I love it!!
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  • Worth visiting for variety of bars and shops. Lively atmosphere. Very touristy but worth exploring the individual shops and all that London has to offer.  more »

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