During the 1960s Carnaby Street was at the centre of Swinging London. Since its heyday the pedestrianised street has become more down-market; catering more to tourists than the fashionable.
Recently there have been improvements to the area with new shops. Inderwicks, England’s oldest pipe marker ,founded in 1797, is at No. 45 Carnaby Street.
Cobbled Newburgh Street, running parallel to Carnaby Street, has some of London’s more genuine cutting-edge clothes shop, and nearby Foubert’s Place has hyper-tendy cosmetics and casual clothing shops.