In comparison to next door Oxford Street (also known as the closest thing to hell in London during rush hour), Regent Street is a dream filled with a whole host of impressive restaurants, from big names like Gordon Ramsay to less well-known chefs who are creating lots of noise for all the right reasons.

It’s becoming quite the unexpected central foodie spot, unfortunately that prize is never going to go to Leicester Square. With four days off this weekend there is plenty of time to work your way down the street. Swap chocolate eggs for steak tartare with truffle crisps and taleggio at Magpie; stop at the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy before heading for afternoon tea at Hotel Café Royal – they’ve teamed up with Diptyque to create an afternoon tea inspired by its most iconic scents including geranium rose, freesia, choisya orange blossom and baies rose and berries.

With the Beast from the East finally gone and spring looking like it might make an appearance, venture outside for alfresco dining at Heddon Street Kitchen or head for drinks on the terrace at Aqua. For a pit stop during shopping we suggest Thomas’s Café at Burberry or if you want to go to Paris but can’t this weekend then pretend like you’re there with dinner at Brasserie Zedel.

It’s easy to get caught up in the crowds of Oxford Street, but venture off it, look passed the shops and you’ve got Regent Street.