Carnaby holds a remarkable place in the history books, particularly during the Swinging 60s. For an entire decade, it was the go-to destination for those who wanted to revel alongside music legends like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and iconic figures and Elizabeth Taylor.
If you too want to immerse in the fun and eclectic culture of Carnaby, here’s the perfect guide for you!
Retail Therapy in Carnaby
For shopaholics, starting on Great Marlborough Street, the historic Tudor building of Liberty stands as a shopping haven. While global brands like Swatch, Sweaty Betty, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, The North Face, and Timberland have a presence, it’s Carnaby’s independent boutiques that truly shine.
Annie’s Ibiza is a one-of-a-kind boutique offering flamboyant and sparkling dresses, while Hayley Menzies showcases bold prints and luxurious natural fibers. The collection is described as a contemporary luxury brand that creates the vintage of the future.
Dive into Fashion
Carnaby is also home to IKKS Paris, boasting an urban style with a rock and roll attitude catering to all age groups. RS No.9 Carnaby, marked by a huge red tongue sculpture is a flagship store dedicated to all things, you guessed it, The Rolling Stones.
At Ksubi, you’ll find Australia’s hottest fashion label, ideal for teens and those in their early 20s. Their distressed denim and signature cross logo are worth exploring. The Great Frog on Ganton Street has been serving rock legends like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Motorhead for nearly 40 years. Their black diamond skull has become an emblem of London’s avant-garde design.
A Culinary Journey
Carnaby isn’t just about shopping; it’s a food lover’s paradise. Start your day with breakfast at Dishoom on Kingly Street, an Indian restaurant reminiscent of a traditional Iranian café—expect lines! For lunch, head to Ugly Dumpling on Newburgh Street, a quaint eatery with space for just 16 customers.
As evening falls, treat yourself to dinner at Inko Nito, offering top-notch unconventional Japanese food served tapas style. The lively ambiance and robata grill add to the dining experience. Explore the premium tasting menu for the chef’s recommendations.
For drinks and entertainment, venture to Cahoots, a subterranean establishment in a disused London train station at 5 Kingly Street. The 1940s-inspired theme, complete with staff dressed to match, creates a unique atmosphere.
Try their signature drinks and indulge in a selection of snacks. Opposite Cahoots, you’ll find another branch of this underground establishment where live music sets the mood.