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  • Covent Garden Station

    Covent Garden Station

    Currently plans are underway to expand the ticket hall and improve accessibility for the yearly flow of 16.9million users, the reinvigorated station is due to be unveiled in autumn next year, meanwhile visitors are ferried up and down by the four lifts or a claustrophobic spiral stairway with 193 of the blighters. Covent Garden is also one of very few central London Stations which doesn’t...

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  • Denmark Street

    Denmark Street

    In short, Denmark Street is forever associated with music. Earning the nickname of London’s Tin Pan Alley in the 1920s, musicians have flocked to this renowned corner of Soho since its origins as a sheet music supplier in Victorian times. Most of the buildings date from the 1800s when it was considered a fairly inferior area with its proximity to the theatres and pubs of Soho. Rents were cheap...

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  • Endell Street

    Endell Street

    To be poor in early Victorian London was to lead a life of want and dread but ‘Polite Society’ was content to let this squalor remain out of sight and out of mind for many decades. However, by 1845 London had come to encompass the principles of social welfare and, under the pioneering of Sir James Pennethorne, it was decided to build a street here to cater for the needs of the most...

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  • Exeter Street

    Exeter Street

    Exeter Street was built in stages over the years; the first stretch leading off Catherine Street was laid out in 1673 by Lord Burghley who had connections with the area. By 1708 the Bedford family had it extended westwards and in 1831 it was stretched out towards the Strand.

    The street name was taken from Exeter House which once stood on the junction with Wellington Street (the site of...

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  • Floral Street

    Floral Street

    Originally called Hart(e) Street, the present name was adopted in 1895 to bear allusion to the market trade of the age but the name Fructuous Street might have been more accurate because, rather than flowers, much of the street was given over to tradesmen associated with the fruit market. Originally the street was a cul-de-sac, abruptly truncated to the West where the expansive city garden of...

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  • Garrick Street

    Garrick Street

    David Garrick was born on 19 February 1717 in Hereford, he spent his boyhood in Lichfield, where, for a short while, he and his brother George attended the “select academy” run by Samuel Johnson. After riding to London at the age of 20, with 11/2 pence in his pocket, Garrick took a job as a wine merchant, but within five years he had become a darling of the stage, his debut performance having...

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  • Gate Street

    Gate Street

    Obviously in 982 there were no pavements or street signs but the entity which became Gate Street is first documented in a resource from the Viking tradition, it is recorded as part of the settlement Ældwic and was governed by Æilio Thorgilsson under the ordinance of Æthelred Unræd (Monarch between 978-1016). When the Danes ruled Britain, civilisation was a bloodthirsty affair with hordes of...

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  • Great Queen Street

    Great Queen Street I

    The present name honours James I’s bride Anne of Denmark who had residence in Somerset House on the Strand (although she insisted it be renamed Denmark House). Anne was known as something of a meddlesome ratbag at court however, her life was tainted with much sadness; of her thirteen pregnancies she miscarried four times, endured two stillbirths and four offspring died in infancy. Of her...

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    Great Queen Street II

    Long before Inigo Jones embarked on his Piazza development, a smart bridleway existed just to the north of Covent Garden; it would have echoed to the spirited snort of His Majesty’s steed as it carried such precious cargo between Whitehall and Theobald’s Mansion. Even since 1600 there has been a track here which soon became a popular dwelling for men of means. Within six years, the wealthy...

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  • Greek Street

    Greek Street

    Going back to the middle ages where Greek Street stands today would have been open farmland and was the see of the Abbot and convent of Abingdon as well as the care of the leper hospital at St Giles in the Fields, this was all to change when Henry VIII stepped in with his dissolution of the monastries and decreed that the area should be a royal park. In the park small deer and leverets were...

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