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  • Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square

    In days of yore, before Trafalgar Square adopted its present guise the area was used by the Monarchy for traditional outdoor pursuits, in the 1270s Edward I used the space to keep and train his falcons and falconers, by the 1530s Henry VIII used it to keep the royal stables and, in the last years before Trafalgar Square was developed, the area was a menagerie for a variety of exotic birds:...

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  • Uncovering Betterton Street

    Uncovering Betterton Street

    Situated between Endell Street and Drury Lane, Betterton Street is home to Brownlow House, a fine eighteenth-century building, pictured above. At one time, both the house and street took their names from Sir James Brownlow, owner of Lennox House in Drury Lane (demolished c.1682). Brownlow Street was re-named Betterton Street in 1877 in honour of the seventeenth-century Shakespearean actor...

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    Upper St Martin's Lane

    Originally part of the ancient bridleway between Charing Cross and the North, Upper St Martin’s Lane has been a feature of London’s maps for longer than anyone can remember. Indeed it is identified on the route of the mourning cavalcade that Edward I took in the 1290s in honour of his cherished Eleanor of Castile. The name of Upper St Martin’s Lane was only adopted in the 1860s, before then it...

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  • Villiers Street

    Villiers Street

    Well, thanks to his unfaltering obsequiousness, George Villiers was soon knighted and the titles of Baron, Viscount, Earl and Marquess followed before he was 25. In 1623, in recognition of his brave and loyal services to the Crown, King James had great pleasure in conferring upon him the title of Duke, thus making him the highest-ranking Englishman outside the Royal Family. The new Duke of...

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  • Wellington Street

    Wellington Street

    Originally the street only extended to where Tavistock Street now runs across and was known as Charles Street in obeisance to King Charles I’s son (the future Charles II). The initial section was constructed with the rest of the Piazza development in the 1630s. To the southern end of Charles Street were stables for beasts of burden and a scion called York Street jutted off towards Drury Lane...

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  • West Street

    West Street

    References to West Street date back to the 1680s when it was laid out by Nicholas Barbon on the Earl of Newport’s Estate. In its earliest days it was known as Hog Lane, an ancient medieval thoroughfare later incorporated into the Charing Cross Road. Some of the most intriguing details of its history lie behind the walls of No. 24 and No. 26, which are today owned by the St Giles-in-the-Fields...

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  • William IV Street

    William IV Street

    The street was laid out in 1831 and it was thought fitting to honour the reigning King with this eponym. During his reign much changed in Covent Garden: the market hall was constructed, The Garrick Club and Kings College opened their doors and London saw its first railways and fire service.

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Getting there

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