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Why Carnaby? All About Carnaby Street in London

Forming a historic part of London's culture and nightlife scene, Carnaby Street (and its surrounding roads) has seen its share of London Town's mischief. Deriving its name from Karnaby House, which was built in 1683, it has since developed into a famous street crawling with food, nightlife and a world-class shopping experience.

Located in London's West End, it was the birthplace of the Swinging 60's in London, where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came to get their clothes at 'His Clothes', and was a regular spot for style icon Brigitte Bardot.

Legend suggests that Paul McCartney met his first wife, Linda Eastman, at Bag O'Nails Club at Kingly Street, adjacent to Carnaby Street. One of the most iconic music history photos taken was the Sex Pistols, photographed by Ray Stevenson, on Carnaby Street. 

By the end of the decade, John Stephen and his shop had become the ‘King of Carnaby Street'- after Buckingham Palace, it had become London's second most visited tourist attraction. Since then, plethora of British designer boutiques have opened in Carnaby Street, serving the stylish men and women of London and the world. In the early 2000s, hip-hop record store, Deal Real, opened, which fostered and encouraged the talents of now hugely successful artists, such as Kanye West. 

Carnaby Street is now still one of the world's trendiest locations, and is home to everything from global fashion and lifestyle institutions to individual boutiques and world-class dining. Last Christmas, it collaborated with the V&A Museum for its annual Christmas lights display, to the delight of the public.

Given its incredibly historic and famous background, it is no wonder that Carnaby plays host to some of London's biggest events of the year. In June, it will be the host of the Carnaby Street Eat, which showcases some of the best foodie-approved vendors and stalls for free entry.

Visit Carnaby Street to keep updated with the upcoming activities and events.

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