North from Leicester Square Tube up Charing Cross Road


Exit from Leicester Square Tube station, on the Covent Garden side of Charing Cross Road, heading to the Cambridge Circus junction with Shaftesbury Avenue.


See also this semi-live BBC Jam cam traffic camera image (usually updated every few minutes, unless there is actually some interesting incident, when the feed is censored) from the Charing Cross Road / Cranbourne Street camera.

Charing Cross Road between Leicester SquareTube and Cambridge Circus - map via


If you are interested in punk / goth / rock / metal badges, bracelets, jewellery, piercings etc. Strange Stuff (?) at 68 Charing Cross Road is worth a look (occupies the shop under the "Health Centre" sign) -

Across the road is the Mocha Cafe Patisserie and Internet Café
62 Charing Cross Road, usually with a low paid (illegal ?) immigrant holding a sign advertising the Internet access on the pavement outside.

Chinatown and its restaurants, Mah Jong gambling dens is behind this row of shops.

This row of shops was the home to the Murder One crime thriller and (former) science fiction bookshop, but they were forced to move into the much smaller former Sliver Moon women's bookshop, due to the rapacious demands of the property developers, dropping their science fiction books in the process.

Murder One bookshop is now located at 76-78 Charing Cross Road, i.e. on the eastern (Covent Garden) side of the road.


Cambridge Circus is the cross roads of the Charing Cross Road (north south) with Shaftesbury Avenue (east west). It is also the fictional setting of "the Circus" - the headquarters buildings of "British Intelligence", as portrayed in the novels (and their resulting films and TV series) of John le Carré, such as the "KGB mole hunt" in Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy


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