Shaftesbury Avenue is a major road in the West End of London, named after The 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. It runs north-easterly from Piccadilly Circus to New Oxford Street, crossing Charing Cross Road at Cambridge Circus. From Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus, it is in the City of Westminster, and from Cambridge Circus to New Oxford Street, it is in the London Borough of Camden.
The avenue is generally considered the heart of London’s West End theatre district, with the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud and Sondheim theatres clustered together on the west side of the road between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road. At the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road there is also the large Palace Theatre. Finally, the north-eastern end of the road has another large theatre, the Shaftesbury Theatre. Also on Shaftesbury Avenue is the former Saville Theatre, which became a cinema in 1970. It was first known as ABC1 and ABC2 but, since 2001, it has been the Odeon Covent Garden.
In addition to theaters, Shaftesbury Avenue is also home to a number of other businesses, including restaurants, bars, and shops. The street is also a popular tourist destination, and is often featured in films and television shows.
How to Get There:
Shaftesbury Avenue is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, and Tottenham Court Road. There are also a number of bus routes that stop nearby.