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  • Henrietta Street

    Henrietta Street

    According to contemporary accounts, Charles’s consort Queen Henrietta Maria was something of a meddling ratbag, she and Charles didn’t get along well and there were constant tensions arising from her refusal to dilute her fervent Catholicism. She also has the distinction of having been Queen Mother to two Kings of England; both Charles II and James II were her progeny. While the exact...

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  • High Holborn

    High Holborn

    Holeburnstreete was first recorded in literature in 1249 as an important trade route whereupon the luxuries of the day would be ferried by wealthy merchants to their wealthier customers in the City. The name Holborn is derived from a hamlet called Holebourne to the East which was established long before 1249, this name in turn is taken from the river Fleet, now subterraneous but it once flowed...

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  • Inigo Place & St Paul's Church

    Inigo Place & St Paul's Church

    Inigo Jones was born in 1573 and, in his youth, toured Italy extensively and developed a keen interest in the Renaissance theme. It is to him we owe the design of the Piazza, London’s only public piazza in the Continental style as well as this street and its church. The brass equestrian statue of Charles I which is now incumbent on a plinth in Trafalgar Square was originally resident in Inigo...

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  • James Street

    James Street

    With the Piazza development, surrounding streets were built to accommodate gentlemen of scholarship and their household staff. No original architecture survives on James Street but the first residences here would have been very grand and the people who lived here would have had at least two surnames each. An early resident noted the pleasant aspect in her diary of 1684 “After our 6 o’clock...

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  • John Adam Street

    John Adam Street

    A highly efficient ghost-town which goes about its business with aplomb untroubled by the gaudy displays of more glamorous locations to the North. It is also the site of the biggest mountain in the area, although not a patch on what Nepal has to offer, for London the incline of John Adam Street is remarkable.

    Once upon a time the sturdy brick and concrete of this street would have been...

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  • King Street

    King Street

    King Street was envisioned as the principal street in the vicinity, an adornment to the elegant new Italianate square. Eminent Covent Garden landlord of the 17th century, the Earl of Bedford, was granted a licence in 1633 by King Charles I to build on the land adjacent to the north of the Piazza. Completed In 1637, buildings were let to titled people, MPs and tradesmen, and the stylish street...

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  • Kingsway

    Kingsway

    Before Kingsway existed, the streetscape here was unplanned and sprawling, like much of London there were bordellos and gambling dens across the way from theatres and places of worship. There was a maze of slum courtyards which were obliterated when Kingsway was erected; several unsavoury alleys were razed including the principal street Clare Market and offshoots Duke Street, Little Queen...

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  • Langley Street

    Langley Street

    The name Langley, used in the naming of both streets, reflects the strong influence of landowner Sir Roger Langley of the Inner Temple who held a large proportion of land in the area during the 18th century. His property in fact stretched from Long Acre down to Shelton Street. Records indicate however that Langley Court was in existence even earlier and dates as far back as the 17th century...

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    Langley Street & Langley Court

    Straddling Long Acre to the West, The Langleys: Street and Court are not what one would call beautiful, there is an absence of architectural merit and no blue plaques commemorate the lives of citizens of repute. However, as an important thoroughfare serving the famous fruit, vegetable and flower market, Langley Street and Court have stood here in their present form for nigh on half a...

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  • Leicester Square

    Leicester Square

    The history of Leicester Square rises from the ashes of the Great Fire of London in 1633. Shortly afterwards in 1635, Robert Sidney, the second Earl of Leicester completed a mansion on the site of the Square. The estate stretched from present day Lisle Street to Whitehall. It was one of the most notable addresses in London, often the venue for grand parties attended by royals and dignitaries,...

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