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  • Leicester Square Station

    Leicester Square Station

    The earliest planning for the Piccadilly Line mooted the name Cranbourn Street for the station but when it opened with the rest of the original section on 15 December 1907, the sign had the current name. Like most of the original stations, Leicester Square’s passengers were conveyed up and down by passenger lifts (as Covent Garden’s are still) but these were taken out of service and the...

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  • Lincoln's Inn Fields

    Lincoln's Inn Fields

    The Inn has an unmatched pedigree; no fewer than 16 Prime Ministers have been members here including Robert Walpole, William Pitt the younger, Benjamin Disraeli, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Aside from these politicians, the list of former members of Lincoln’s Inn reads like a Who’s Who of British history.

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  • Long Acre

    Long Acre

    In the 1640s Long Acre was a very salubrious street, home to some of London’s most influential people. Oliver Cromwell had residence here as did the sculptor Nicholas Stone and poet John Dryden, Thomas Chippendale also had a workshop on the street. Amongst the homes of the rich and famous were victuallers and coffee houses wherein persons of real quality would debate the issues of the day....

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  • Macklin Street

    Macklin Street

    It’s no secret that Covent Garden has had a chequered past. Such is its universal appeal that Covent Garden has welcomed all kinds of person from Lords and Ladies, to hardworking heroes, from poets and playwrights to wenches and wastrels which leads us to some of the characters once resident on the site of Macklin Street.

    The story goes that bright-eyed, naive girls with aspirations to...

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  • Maiden Lane

    However, before it was lain out as a street, the route was well-trodden; an ancient bridleway lay underfoot which marked the southern boundary of the convent garden and the leafy track would have echoed to cries of “Tally Ho” and the rural sounds of galloping hooves and whinnying chops but it was far from idyllic. At the time, Covent Garden was just that; a garden and the route of Maiden Lane...

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  • Monmouth Street

    Monmouth Street

    Over the years Monmouth Street has catered for the equestrian classes as well as plebeians. Saddlers and tack-merchants have resided here and the legacy of B. Flegg (est 1847) remains on the façade of number 67. There was also a considerable amount of miscreants lurking on the street. Monmouth Street in the Victorian era was almost synonymous with unsolved murders; largely unsolved because, as...

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  • Museum Street

    Museum Street

    Museum Street in Bloomsbury goes back to the 1300s and beyond, it remained largely rural until the late 17th century when the growth of London necessitated sprawl.

    Known as a thoroughfare since time immemorial, the pathway soon came to be known as Peter Street. Nobody knows why this name came to be widely recognised although scholars agree that it is unlikely to have been an eminent...

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  • Neal's Yard

    Neal's Yard

    In the 1970s the Yard still contained a firm of armourers called Robert White & Son. Owned by Charles Fox Ltd, theatrical costumiers (now specialists in theatrical make-up), Robert White made swords and armour for theatrical use. One of their most famous commissions was for replicas of the Crown Jewels - indeed they produced the replica used in the rehearsal for the Queen’s Coronation in...

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  • Neals Street

    Neals Street

    We must start with Neale himself (the last E has been lost to history). Little is known of his early life but he came to prominence at court as Groom to Charles II, James II and William III, in this capacity his duties included furnishing the Kings’ tables with cards, dice and stooges willing to lose money to His Majesty’s superior skill at games of chance. It was also the Groom’s...

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  • Odhams Walk

    Odhams Walk

    Odhams Walk is primarily a residential street. People live on the same site as the costermongers before them and the theatrical stars before them. Despite the street having a time-warp feeling, the services on offer cater for all ages of man; The Age Concern day centre on the street testifies to the older residents of Covent Garden, many of whom have lived and worked in the area for all of...

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