Some street name derivations

Abbey Orchard Street, SW1 – after a former orchard here attached to St Peter’s Abbey
Abbey Street, SE1 – after Bermondsey Abbey, formerly located here
Abchurch Lane, EC4N – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch
Abchurch Yard, EC4 – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch
Aberdeen Place, NW8 – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; this street was named for the Earl of Aberdeen, a governor of the school in the 1820s
Abingdon Street, SW1 – after James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon who owned a house on Dean’s Yard in the 17th century
Achilles Way, W1 – after the nearby Wellington as Achilles statue in Hyde Park
Acton Street, WC1 – after Acton Meadow which formerly occupied this site
Adam and Eve Court, W1 – from the former Adam and Eve tavern near here
Adam Street, WC2 – after John and Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development in the 1760s [Strand]
Adam’s Court, EC2 – thought to be for Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet, master of the Worshipful Company of Drapers and later Lord Mayor of London
Adam’s Row, W1 – believed to be after John Adams, local land agent in the 18th century
Addison Avenue, W11 Joseph Addison English essayist and poet
Addison Road, W14 Joseph Addison English essayist, poet, playwright and politician (1672–1719).
Addle Hill, EC4 – from an Old English word for prince (athling) although may be from an Old English word for filth/dung, presumably descriptive
Adelaide Street, WC2 – after Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of King William IV
Adeline Place, WC1 – after Adeline Marie Russell, Duchess of Bedford, wife of George Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford, local landowner
Adelphi Terrace, WC2. The area was developed by the brothers John and Robert Adam, in the 1760s, and was named after adelphos, the Greek for ‘brother’
Adler Street, E1. Named for Nathan Marcus Adler Chief Rabbi of Great Britain 1845–1890
Agar Street, WC2 – after George Agar, who built the street in the 1830s with John Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough
Agdon Street, EC1 – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who owned a property called Agdon in Warwickshire
Agnes Gardens, RM8. Agnes de Valence rented Valence House with her brother Aylmer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke in the fourteenth century
Ailsa Road, TW1. Thames Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa Bought a house called St Margaret’s near the site of the road, which later would give its name to the area.
Air Street, W1 – believed to be a corruption of ‘Ayres’, after Thomas Ayre, a local brewer and resident in the 17th century.
Albany Courtyard, W1– after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, who in 1791 purchased Melbourne House which stood on this site
Albany Street, NW1 – Frederick, Duke of York and Albany Younger brother of George IV, in whose reign the street was built
Albany Terrace, NW1 – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent
Albemarle Street, W1 – after Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, owner of Clarendon House which stood on this site in the late 17th century. The road was built in 1683-4.
Albermarle Way, EC1 – after Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of Albermarle, who lived at Newcastle House nearby in the 18th century
Albert Embankment, SE1 Prince Albert Consort of Queen Victoria. The Embankment was built between 1866 and 1869, under the direction of Joseph Bazalgette. over former marshlands.
Albert Gate – named for Albert, Prince Consort, husband of Queen Victoria [Belgravia]
Albion Place – thought to be simply a suitably patriotic name; formerly George Court [Farringdon]
Aldenham Road – Richard Platt, 16th century brewer and local landowner, who gave part of the land for the endowment of Aldenham School, Hertfordshire [Somers Town]
Alderman’s Walk – formerly Dashwood’s Walk, for Francis Dashwood, who lived here in the 18th century; it was changed when he became an alderman [City of London]
Aldermanbury – the site of a burgh (enclosed settlement) of a Saxon-era alderman [City of London]
Aldermanbury Square – the site of a burgh (enclosed settlement) of a Saxon-era alderman [City of London]
Alderney Street – this street was changed to ‘Alderley Street’ in 1879, in honour of the Stanley of Alderley family; however they were not pleased with this move and so the name was changed; prior to this it was Stanley Street, after George Stanley, local landowner [Victoria]
Aldersgate Court – The name Aldersgate is first recorded around 1000 in the form Ealdredesgate, i.e. gate associated with a man named Ealdrad. The gate, constructed by the Romans in the 2nd or 3rd centuries when London Wall was constructed, probably acquired its name in the late Saxon period [City of London]
Aldersgate EC1 – From the Roman gate for the Elders that led to the north and Scotland.
Aldersgate Street – The name Aldersgate is first recorded around 1000 in the form Ealdredesgate, i.e. gate associated with a man named Ealdrad. The gate, constructed by the Romans in the 2nd or 3rd centuries when London Wall was constructed, probably acquired its name in the late Saxon period [City of London]
Aldersgate Street – the name Aldersgate is first recorded around 1000 in the form Ealdredesgate, i.e. gate associated with a man named Ealdrad. The gate, constructed by the Romans in the 2nd or 3rd centuries when London Wall was constructed, probably acquired its name in the late Saxon period. [Farringdon]
Aldford Street – after Aldford, a property on the Grosvenor family’s Cheshire estates; it was formerly known as Chapel Street before 1886, as it led to the Grosvenor Chapel [Mayfair]
Aldgate Avenue – thought to be an alteration of ‘Old Gate’; others think it stems from ‘Ale Gate’ (after a local inn) or ‘All Gate’ (as it was open to all) [City of London]
Aldgate E1 – The Oldest Roman gate that lead to the East and Roman town of Colchester.
Aldgate High Street – thought to be an alteration of ‘Old Gate’; others think it stems from ‘Ale Gate’ (after a local inn) or ‘All Gate’ (as it was open to all) [City of London]
Aldwych WC2 – from Old English ‘Ealdwic’ or ‘Aldwic’, meaning ‘old settlement’, given by Anglo-Saxons referring to a Danish settlement here of the 9th century.
Alfred Mews – after Alfred Waddilove, son of John, who built this street in 1806 [Bloomsbury]
Alfred Place – after Alfred Waddilove, son of John, who built this street in 1806 [Bloomsbury]
Alleyn Park and Alleyn Road Southwark Edward Alleyn Actor and founder of Dulwich College, near the north end of the road, in whose chapel he is now buried.
Allhallows Lane – after the church of All-Hallows-the-Great and Less, both destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666; the Great was rebuilt by Christopher Wren, but was demolished in 1894 [City of London]
Allington Street – after Allington, Lincolnshire [Victoria]
Allsop Place – as this area was formerly Allsop’s farm, after Thomas Allsop [Regent’s Park]
Alpha Close – after the Greek letter, as this was at one point the first street to be developed in this area (in 1799) [Lisson Grove]
Amen Corner – by association with the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral [City of London]
Amen Court EC4 – Below the cross of Saint Paul’s, Where in medieval times were held processions, with rosaries calling Amen.
America Square – laid out in 1767-70 by George Dance the Younger and named in honour of the American colonies [City of London]
Ampton Place – after its builder the 3rd Lord Calthorpe, who owned land at Ampton, Suffolk [Clerkenwell]
Ampton Street – after its builder the 3rd Lord Calthorpe, who owned land at Ampton, Suffolk [Clerkenwell]
Amwell Street – after the nearby New River, which starts at Amwell, Hertfordshire [Clerkenwell]
Anchor Yard – after a former inn here of this name [Finsbury]
Andre Street E8 – After Major John Andre, hanged wrongfully as a spy in 1780 in the American war of Independance. He was born in Pond house, Clapton.
Andrew Borde Street WC2 – Named after Andrew Borde, Andrew Boorde, Doctor Boord, a physician and holy man who was no doubt a learned physician (quack) he was imprisoned in the Fleet, where he made his will on 9 April 1549. Andrew Borde was also the last Master of St Giles Lepers’ Hospital, which stood on the corner of this street from 11th to 16th century.
Andrewes Highwalk – presumably after Lancelot Andrewes, rector of the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate Church [City of London]
Andrews Crosse – after a former Tudor-era inn here of this name [Holborn]
Angel Court – named after a long demolished inn of this name [City of London]
Angel Court – thought to be after a former inn of this name [St James’s]
Angel Place – formerly Angel Alley, both after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Angel Street – after a demolished inn of this name; formerly Angle Alley [City of London]
Anna Neagle Close Newham Anna Neagle Actress and singer born in the local area.
Apothecary Street – after the nearby Worshipful Society of Apothecaries [City of London]
Apple Tree Yard – thought to be after the apple trees formerly to be found here; formerly Angier Street [St James’s]
Apsley Way – after the adjacent Apsley House, originally built for Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst (Lord Apsley), later the residence of the Dukes of Wellington [Westminster]
Archer Street – formerly Arch Street, presumed to be after a former archway on this site [Soho]
Archibald Mews – unknown; it was formerly John Court, after local landowner John, Lord Berkeley [Mayfair]
Argyle Square – named for Argyll in Scotland [Bloomsbury]
Argyle Walk – named for Argyll in Scotland [Bloomsbury]
Argyll Road Kensington and Chelsea George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll Lived at Argyll Lodge, a former house on Campden Hill nearby.
Argyll Street – after John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, owner of the land in the 18th century [Soho]
Argyll Street – named for Argyll in Scotland [Bloomsbury]
Arlington Street – after Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, 17th century statesman and local landowner [St James’s]
Arlington Way – unknown; before 1936 called Arlington Street [Clerkenwell]
Arne Street – after the 18th century composer Thomas Arne, who was born near here [Covent Garden]
Arneway Street – after Thomas Arneway, former benefactor to the local parish’s poor [Westminster]
Arnold Circus E1 – Named after Sir Arthur Arnold, an alderman in the late 19th century.
Artillery Lane – this formerly led to the Tasel Close Artillery Yard, which stood here in the 17th–18th centuries [City of London]
Artillery Place – after a former nearby artillery practice ground of the 19th century [Westminster]
Artillery Row – after a former nearby artillery practice ground of the 19th century [Westminster]
Arundel Street – after Arundel House which formerly stood on this site [Holborn]
Ashbridge Street – after Arthur Ashbridge, District Surveyor for Marylebone 1884–1918; formerly Exeter Street [Lisson Grove]
Ashby Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who had a seat at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire [Clerkenwell]
Ashentree Court – after the ashen trees formerly located here at the Whitefriars’ monastery [City of London]
Ashland Place – thought to be a Victorian-era alteration of its former name Burying Ground Passage, after the adjacent St Marylebone Parish Church [Marylebone]
Ashley Place – thought to be after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Victorian politician and philanthropist [Westminster]
Ashmill Street – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Ash Mill in Devon where they owned land; it was formerly Devonshire Street, but was later changed to avoid confusion with similarly named streets [Lisson Grove]
Ashmole Street – after Elias Ashmole, noted 17th century antiquarian, who lived near here [Vauxhall]
At a house on the corner of Great Peter Street and Tufton Street, once resided, the notorious Colonel Blood, who tried to steal the Crown Jewels and Regalia from the Tower of London. From Tufton Street to Millbank Great Peter Street was at one time called Wood Street, as our picture insert shows.
Atterbury Street – after Francis Atterbury, Dean of Westminster in 1713 [Westminster]
Attlee Road, Ayles Road, Bevin Road, Bondfield Avenue, Keir Hardie Way, Morrison Road and Webbs Road Hillingdon Clement Attlee, Walter Ayles, Ernest Bevin, Margaret Bondfield, Keir Hardie, Herbert Morrison, Cluster of short roads in Yeading originally formed of social housing named after Labour politicians.
Attlee: Labour Party leader (1935-1955) and Prime Minister (1945-1951). Ayles: Labour MP for Southall (1945-1950); then for Hayes and Harlington (1950-1953). Bevin: Foreign Secretary (1945-1951).
Attneave Street – thought to be named after A Attneave, local builder in the 1890s [Clerkenwell]
Audley Square – after Mary Davies, heiress to Hugh Audley, who married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, thereby letting the local land fall into the Grosvenors’ ownership [Mayfair]
Augustus Street – after Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Austin Friars – after Austin Friars, a medieval friary which stood here in the Medieval period [City of London]
Austin Friars Passage – after Austin Friars, a medieval friary which stood here in the Medieval period [City of London]
Austin Friars Square – after Austin Friars, a medieval friary which stood here in the Medieval period [City of London]
Austral Street – formerly South Street, both presumably simply descriptive [Lambeth]
Ave Maria Lane – after the Hail Mary (Ave Maria), by association with the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral [City of London]
Avery Farm Row – after a former farm here of this name; ‘Avery’ is a corruption of ‘Ebury’ [Belgravia]
Avery Row – after Henry Avery, 18th century bricklayer who built this street over the Tyburn Brook, or possibly after Ebury, the ancient manor here [Mayfair]
Avonmouth Street – unknown; formerly Devonshire Street [Southwark]
Aybrook Street – roughly follows the path of the former Aye (or Eye Brook) [Marylebone]
Aylesbury Street – after the earl of Aylesbury, who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Clerkenwell]
Aylesford Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family Estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Aylmer Road, RM8. Named for Aylmer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
Ayres Street – after Alice Ayres, local resident who died whilst saving the lives of three children in a house fire in 1885 [Southwark]
Babmaes Street Westminster Baptist May Courtier to King Charles II, who lived in nearby St James’s Palace
Back Hill – as it lies off (or to the ‘back’) of a main road [Clerkenwell]
Bainbridge Street – after Henry Bainbridge, local resident in the 17th century [Bloomsbury]
Baker Street W1 – A street in the City of Westminster, which is famous for its connection to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, of the late 19th and early 20th century, created by British author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes was said to have lived at 221B Baker Street (an upper-storey flat at 221 Baker Street; in early notes it was described as Upper Baker Street), where he spent many of his professional years with his friend and colleague Dr. Watson, who lived at 221B Baker Street. The street takes its name from the builder William/Edward Baker who laid the street out in the 18th century. He was a friend and business partner of the Portman family
Baker’s Row – after Richard Baker, a local 18th century carpenter [Clerkenwell]
Baker’s Yard – after Richard Baker, a local 18th century carpenter [Clerkenwell]
Bakers Hall Court – after the nearby hall of the Worshipful Company of Bakers [City of London]
Baker’s Mews – after Edward Baker, friend and business partner of the Portman family [Marylebone]
Balcombe Street – possibly a corruption of Batcombe, Dorset, in line with other Dorset-related street names near here [Lisson Grove]
Balderton Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors, who also owned land in Balderton, Cheshire; formerly George Street [Mayfair]
Baldwin Street – after Richard Baldwin, Treasurer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital when the street was built in 1811 [Finsbury]
Baldwins Gardens – from Richard Baldwin (or Baldwyn), gardener to Queen Elizabeth I and treasurer of the Middle Temple, who owned property in the area in the 16th century [Hatton Garden]
Balfour Mews – after Eustace Balfour, surveyor for the Grosvenor estate 1890 – 1910 [Mayfair]
Balfour Place – after Eustace Balfour, surveyor for the Grosvenor estate 1890 – 1910 [Mayfair]
Balls Pond Road N1 – At the end of the seventeenth centuary, on John Ball’s land , was a pond well stocked with fowl for the gentlemen visiting his tavern to shoot.
Baltic Street East – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Baltic refers to the Baltic softwood trade [Finsbury]
Baltic Street West – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Baltic refers to the Baltic softwood trade [Finsbury]
Banbury Court – after Nicholas Knollys, 3rd Earl of Banbury, who owned a house here called Banbury House [Covent Garden]
Bank End – both after former earthen banks built to protect against the Thames [Southwark]
Bankside – both after former earthen banks built to protect against the Thames [Southwark]
Banner Street – after the Banner family, late 18th century landowners in the area [Finsbury]
Barbon Close – after 17th century property developer Nicholas Barbon [Bloomsbury]
Barge House Street – as this was the former location of the royal barges during Tudor times and after [Waterloo]
Barkham Terrace – after Edward Barkham, 8th century benefactor of the Bethlem Royal Hospital [Lambeth]
Barley Mow Passage – after a former inn here of this name, possibly by reference to alcohol, or else a corruption of the nearby St Bartholomew’s church and hospital [City of London]
Barlow Place – after either Thomas Barlow, builder and surveyor for the Grosvenor estate in the early 18th century or Arthur Balfour, politician and later Prime Minister in the early 20th century [Mayfair]
Barnard’s Inn – named after Lionel Barnard, owner of a town house (or ‘inn’) here in the mid-15th century [City of London]
Barnardo Gardens Tower Hamlets Dr Thomas John Barnardo Founded a boy’s orphanage in Stepney Causeway adjoining in 1870.
Barnardo Street Tower Hamlets Dr Thomas John Barnardo Founded a boy’s orphanage in Stepney Causeway adjoining in 1870.
Baron’s Place – after the Baron family, local landowners in the 18th century [Waterloo]
Barrett Street – after Thomas Barret, local 18th century landowner [Marylebone]
Barry Road Southwark Charles Barry Architect who designed Dulwich Park, to which the road leads to
Barter Street – after the Bloomsbury Market, which stood here in the 17th – 19th centuries [Bloomsbury]
Bartholomew Close – after St Bartholomew’s Priory, which stood here and is remembered in the names of the local hospital and two churches [City of London]
Bartholomew Lane – after the former St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange church, demolished in 1840 [City of London]
Bartholomew Place – after St Bartholomew’s Priory, which stood here and is remembered in the names of the local hospital and two churches [City of London]
Bartholomew Square – as it was built in 1811 on land owned by St Bartholomew’s Hospital [Finsbury]
Bartholomew Street – after a former hospital located near here run by St Bartholomew’s Hospital [Southwark]
Bartlett Court – after Thomas Bartlett, court printer to Edward VI, who owned property here [City of London]
Bartlett Street – after Thomas Bartlett, court printer to Edward VI, who owned property here [City of London]
Bartletts Passage – after Thomas Bartlett, court printer to Edward VI, who owned property here [City of London]
Barton Street – after 18th century actor Barton Booth, who also attended Westminster School [Westminster]
Basinghall Avenue – thought to be after land owned here by the people of Basa or Basing (in Old Basing, Hampshire), or possibly after a mansion house of the Bassing (or Basing) family, who were prominent in the City beginning in the 13th century [City of London]
Basinghall Street – thought to be after land owned here by the people of Basa or Basing (in Old Basing, Hampshire), or possibly after a mansion house of the Bassing (or Basing) family, who were prominent in the City beginning in the 13th century [City of London]
Bassishaw Highwalk – after the Bassishaw ward in which it’s located [City of London]
Bastion Highwalk – presumably after the adjacent Roman bastion ruins [City of London]
Bastwick Street – unknown; possibly after Bastwick in Norfolk [Finsbury]
Bateman Street – after Sir James Bateman, who owned a house on this site in the 18th century [Soho]
Bateman’s Buildings – after Sir James Bateman, who owned a house on this site in the 18th century [Soho]
Bath Street – after the former Peerless Pool here, later turned into a bath; it was formerly Pest House Row, after a plague hospital built here in the Tudor era (demolished 1736) [Finsbury]
Battersea SW11 – Westminster monks from St Peters used the place for convalescent homes, the name was Patricsey Island, (St peter’s Island).
Battle Bridge Lane – after medieval landowners the abbots of Battle [Southwark]
Bayley Street – after Sir John Bayley, 1st Baronet, 18th – 19th century judge who lived nearby on Bedford Square [Bloomsbury]
Baylis Road Lambeth Lilian Baylis (1874–1937) Theatrical producer and manager of the Old Vic Theatre on the road. In the Waterloo part of Lambeth. Previously Oakley Street.
Bayswater W2 – The name is a corruption of Bayards Water, a former well that stood in Hyde Park.
Beak Street – after Thomas Beak, or Beake, who owned this land in the late 17th century; the section between Upper James Street and Lexington Street was originally called Silver Street until 1883 [Soho]
Bear Alley – thought to be after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Bear Gardens – after the sport of bear baiting formerly practised here [Southwark]
Bear Lane – after the sport of bear baiting formerly practised here [Southwark]
Bear Street – unknown, though possibly from a former pub on this street called The Bear, or possibly after Augustine Beare, a glazier who worked near here or perhaps the heraldic device of the Earls of Leicester [Soho]
Beauchamp Place Kensington and Chelsea Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp Beauchamp Place, on the site of the road, was also a 16th-century mansion of the Seymour family, whose titles included Viscount Beauchamp
Beauchamp Street – from Beauchamp Court, the Warwickshire birthplace of Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, local property owner [Hatton Garden]
Beaufoy Walk – after local businessmen and philanthropists the Beaufoys [Lambeth]
Beaumont Mews – after Sir Beaumont Hotham, local leaseholder in the late 18th century [Marylebone]
Beaumont Place – after Joseph Beaumont, who built this street in 1791 [Bloomsbury]
Beaumont Street – after Sir Beaumont Hotham, local leaseholder in the late 18th century [Marylebone]
Becket Street – after Thomas Becket, murdered Archbishop of Canterbury, by association with the pilgrims who went this way to Canterbury [Southwark]
Bedale Street – after Bedale, Yorkshire; it was formerly York Street after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany but was changed in 1891 to avoid confusion with similarly named streets; further back still it was Foul Lane, a descriptive epithet [Southwark]
Bedford Avenue – after local 18th century landowners the Russell family, earls/dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Bedford Court – after the 4th Earl of Bedford, who built much of the area in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Bedford Passage – after the Bedford family, local landowners [Fitzrovia]
Bedford Place – after local 18th century landowners the Russell family, earls/dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Bedford Row – from Peter Harpur of Bedford, a local landowner who laid this street out in the early 18th century [Holborn]
Bedford Square Camden Dukes of Bedford Named after the Dukes of Bedford on whose land it was built. Much of the area is still owned by the Bedford Estate.
Bedford Street Camden – after local 18th century landowners the Russell family, earls/dukes of Bedford
Bedford Way – after local 18th century landowners the Russell family, earls/dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Bedfordbury – presumably after the 4th Earl of Bedford, who built much of the area in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Bedlam Mews – after the Bethlem Royal Hospital, a notorious hospital once located here [Lambeth]
Bedser Close – for Alec Bedser, widely regarded as one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century, by association with the nearby Oval Cricket Ground [Vauxhall]
Beech Gardens – after beech trees which formerly stood here; the name is an old one, recorded as ‘Bechestrete’ in the 13th century [City of London]
Beech Street – after beech trees which formerly stood here; the name is an old one, recorded as ‘Bechestrete’ in the 13th century [City of London]
Beehive Passage – after a former tavern here of this name [City of London]
* Beeston Place, SW1 – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; the family owned land in Beeston, Cheshire [Victoria]
Belgrave Mews South – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire; the building of the this area started under the tutelage of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Belgrave Mews West – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire; the building of the this area started under the tutelage of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Belgrave Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire; the building of the this area started under the tutelage of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Belgrave Square – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire; the building of the this area started under the tutelage of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Belgrave Yard, – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire; the building of the this area started under the tutelage of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Belgrove Street – formerly Belgrave Street, thought to be for a Warwickshire locality of this name [Bloomsbury]
Bell Inn Yard – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Bell Street – formerly Bell Lane, it runs through the former Bell Field, possibly named for a former inn of this name on Edgware Road [Lisson Grove]
Bell Wharf Lane – unknown, possibly after a former tavern of this name; formerly Emperor’s Head Lane, after an inn here [City of London]
Bell Yard WC2 – A small lane off the Stand where once stood the Bell hostel that was owned by the Knights Templer. Nearby land being used for training for the defence of the holy lands of Palestine.
Bellot Street Greenwich Joseph René Bellot French sailor and Arctic explorer who disappeared, and has a memorial in Greenwich
Belvedere Road – after Belvedere House and gardens, opened in 1718 on the site of what is now the Royal Festival Hall [Waterloo]
Ben Jonson Place – after Ben Jonson, 17th century playwright and poet [City of London]
Bendall Mews – after Sir Talbot Hastings Bendall Baker, brother of Edward Baker, friend and business partner of the Portman family [Lisson Grove]
Bengal Court – presumably after the former British colony of Bengal [City of London]
Benjamin Street – unknown; thought to probably be for a local landowner/builder [Farringdon]
Bennet Street – after Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, 17th century statesman and local landowner [St James’s]
Bennet’s Hill – after the adjacent St Benet’s church [City of London]
Bennett’s Yard – after Thomas Bennett, 17th century local resident [Westminster]
Bentinck Mews – after William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, who inherited the local estate after marrying Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland in 1734 [Marylebone]
Bentinck Street – after William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, who inherited the local estate after marrying Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland in 1734 [Marylebone]
Berkeley Mews – after Henry William Berkeley, who inherited the local Portman estate via his mother [Marylebone]
Berkeley Square – Berkeley House formerly stood here, home of John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton in the late 17th century. The Square was made in 1698 from the gardens of Berkley House, the home of Lord Berkley of Stratton, whose name lives on also in Stratton Street off the Square. Berkley House survived until 1733 [Mayfair]
Berkeley Street – Berkeley House formerly stood here, home of John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton in the late 17th century [Mayfair]
Bermondsey Square – understood to mean ‘Beornmund’s island’; but, while Beornmund represents an Old English personal name, identifying an individual once associated with the place, the element -ey represents Old English eg, for island, piece of firm land in a fen, or simply a place by a stream or river. Thus Bermondsey need not have been an island as such in the Anglo-Saxon period, and is as likely to have been a higher, drier spot in an otherwise marshy area. [Southwark]
Bermondsey Street SE1 – Towards the southern end of the Street, once stood a Priory or Abbey of St. Saviours called Bermond’s Eye in Southwark, founded by Alwin Childe, in the year 1081. The Street as well as the area became known as Bermondsey.
Bernard Street – after Sir Thomas Bernard, 3rd Baronet, 18th – 19th century social reformer who held several high level positions at the nearby Foundling Hospital [Bloomsbury]
Berners Mews – after local 17th – 18th century landowners the Berners family [Fitzrovia]
Berners Place – after local 17th – 18th century landowners the Berners family [Fitzrovia]
Berners Street W1 – Josias Berners bought a small estate close to Hanway Street, his ancestor William Berners between 1750 – 1763 built what is today Berners Street.
Berry Place – after Thomas Berry, local early 19th century landowner [Clerkenwell]
Berry Street – after Thomas Berry, local early 19th century landowner [Clerkenwell]
Berwick Street – after James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, son of James II, as the local landowner James Pollett was a Roman Catholic [Soho]
Bessborough Gardens – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough [Westminster]
Bessborough Place – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough [Victoria]
Bessborough Street – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough [Victoria]
Betterton Street – after Thomas Betterton, prominent actor of the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Bevin Way – after prominent Labour politician Ernest Bevin [Clerkenwell]
Bevis Marks EC4 – Named after a large house and gardens belonging to the Abbots of Bury in Suffolk with the house being called Buries Markes, Corrupted to Bevis Marks. The site given to Bury St Edmunds Abbey in the 1100s; mark is thought to note a boundary here [City of London]
Bidborough Street – after Bidborough in Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Billiter Street EC3 – Once home to a medieval Bell Foundry, Billiter from the ancient French word for ‘Bell Founder.’
Bingham Place – after Bingham in Nottinghamshire, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Binney Street – after Reverend Thomas Binney, local 19th century minister; formerly called Bird Street [Mayfair]
Birchin Lane – though suggested to come from the Old English ‘beord-ceorfere’ (bear carver i.e. a barbers); it has had several variation on this name in the past, including Berchervere, Blomfield Street – after Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London 1828–1856 [City of London]
Bird Street – after Thomas Bird, local 18th century bricklayer [Marylebone]
Birdcage Walk – after the aviaries that were formerly part of St James’s Park [Westminster]
Birkenhead Street – after Birkenhead in Cheshire; formerly Liverpool Street [Bloomsbury]
Bishop’s Court – formerly led to the palace of the Bishop of Chichester, built in the 13th century [Holborn]
Bishopsgate – after one of the City gates that formerly stood here, thought to commemorate Saint Earconwald, Bishop of London in the 7th century [City of London]
Bishopsgate Arcade and Bishopsgate Churchyard – after one of the City gates that formerly stood here, thought to commemorate Saint Earconwald, Bishop of London in the 7th century [City of London]
Bishopsgate Churchyard – after one of the City gates that formerly stood here, thought to commemorate Saint Earconwald, Bishop of London in the 7th century [City of London]
Black Horse Court – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Black Prince Road SE1 – Edward III gave his son Edward the Black Prince 1330-76 the manor of Vauxhall and Kennington.
Black Swan Yard – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Blackburne’s Mews – after William Blackburne, local resident in the early 18th century [Mayfair]
Blackfriars Bridge – after the former Dominican (or Black friars, after their robes) friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Blackfriars Court – after the former Dominican (or Black friars, after their robes) friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Blackfriars Lane – after the former Dominican (or Black friars, after their robes) friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Blackfriars Passage – after the former Dominican (or Black friars, after their robes) friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Blackfriars Road – named after Blackfriars Bridge in 1769/70; it was formerly Great Surrey Street, reflecting the traditional county it is in [Waterloo]
Blackfriars Underpass – after the former Dominican (or Black friars, after their robes) friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Blandford Square – after Blandford Forum, Dorset, where the local Portman family had a seat [Lisson Grove]
Blandford Street – after Blandford Forum, Dorset, where the local Portman family had a seat [Marylebone]
Bleeding Heart Yard – thought to be from the sign of a former pub in this area called the Bleeding Heart [Hatton Garden]
Blenheim Street – after Blenheim Palace, owned by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 17th – 18th century general [Mayfair]
Blondin Avenue Ealing Charles Blondin Tightrope walker and acrobat, who lived and died at nearby Niagara House in Northfields. Commemorates Niagara Falls where Blondin performed his most famous tightrope walk in 1859.
Bloomberg Arcade – after its owners/developers Bloomberg L.P. [City of London]
Bloomburg Street – after Dr Blomberg, Domestic Chaplain to George IV [Westminster]
Bloomfield Place – John Newson, who built the adjacent Bloomfield Flats, named them for his wife’s maiden name [Mayfair]
Bloomfield Terrace – alteration of ‘Blomfield’, after Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London 1828 – 1856, who consecrated the nearby Church of St Barnabas, Pimlico [Belgravia]
Bloomsbury Court – the name is first noted in 1201, when William de Blemond, a Norman landowner, acquired the land. The name Bloomsbury is a development from Blemondisberi – the bury, or manor, of Blemond. [Bloomsbury]
Bloomsbury Place – the name is first noted in 1201, when William de Blemond, a Norman landowner, acquired the land. The name Bloomsbury is a development from Blemondisberi – the bury, or manor, of Blemond. [Bloomsbury]
Bloomsbury Square – the name is first noted in 1201, when William de Blemond, a Norman landowner, acquired the land. The name Bloomsbury is a development from Blemondisberi – the bury, or manor, of Blemond. [Bloomsbury]
Bloomsbury Street WC1 – The name Bloomsbury is derived from a William Blemund, who was Lord of the Manor at the time of Henry III. After passing through several hands it came into the possession of Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, the Patron of Shakespeare. It passed to his granddaughter, Lady Rachel, who by her marriage to William, Lord Russell, brought it into the Bedford Familly, who have supplied much of the nomenclature of the district.
Bloomsbury Way – the name is first noted in 1201, when William de Blemond, a Norman landowner, acquired the land. The name Bloomsbury is a development from Blemondisberi – the bury, or manor, of Blemond. [Bloomsbury]
Blore Court – unknown; possibly after 19th century architect Edward Blore, who built the nearby St Luke’s House (demolished 1936, now Kemp House) [Soho]
Blue Ball Yard – after the former 18th century Blew Ball tavern here [St James’s]Bob Marley Way, Brixton Bob Marley Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician, one of the most widely known performers of reggae music.
Boldero Place – as this area was formerly home to the warehouses of the firm Spencer, Turner & Boldero [Lisson Grove]
Bolingbroke Grove Wandsworth Henry St John, 1st Viscount St John (also known as Viscount Bolingbroke) Owner of the land on which the road was later built, and buried in St Mary’s Church, Battersea
Bolsover Street – after local landowners the dukes of Portland, Barons of Bolsover [Fitzrovia]
Bolt Court – thought to be after a former tavern called the Bolt-in-Tun [City of London]
Bolton Street – after Charles Powlett, Duke of Bolton, who owned this land when the street was built in 1699 [Mayfair]
Bond Court – after a 17th-century property developer of this name [City of London]
Bond Street Westminster Sir Thomas Bond Property developer of Bond Street, Dover Street and Albemarle Street, from 1683
Bondfield: MP, trades unionist and women’s rights activist. Hardie: First Labour MP Morrison: Transport Secretary (1929-1931), Home Secretary (1940-1945) and Deputy Prime Minister (1945-1951).
Bondway – after the late 18th century developers of this street John and Sarah Bond [Vauxhall]
Booth’s Place – after local 18th century landowner Joseph Booth [Fitzrovia]
Borough High Street – after the ancient Borough of Southwark [Southwark]
Borough Road – after the ancient Borough of Southwark [Southwark]
Borough Square – after the ancient Borough of Southwark [Southwark]
Boscobel Place – after a former pub here called the Royal Oak, by association with Charles II who hid from Parliamentary forces in the Royal Oak at Boscobel House [Belgravia]
Boscobel Street – after a former inn here called The Royal Oak, by association with Charles II who hid from Parliamentary forces in the Royal Oak at Boscobel House [Lisson Grove]
Boston Place – the land here was formerly called Boston Field [Lisson Grove]
Boswell Court – after local 17th bricklayer Edward Boswell [Bloomsbury]
Boswell Street – after local 17th bricklayer Edward Boswell [Bloomsbury]
Botolph Alley – after the St Botolph Billingsgate church which stood near here, destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 [City of London]
Botolph Lane – after the St Botolph Billingsgate church which stood near here, destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 [City of London]
Bourchier Street – after Rev. Basil Bourchier, rector of St Anne’s Church, Soho in the early 1930s; prior to renaming in 1937 it was Little Dean Street, and further back it has been known as Milk Alley and Hedge Lane [Soho]
Bourdon Place – after the former Bourdon House, home of the Bourdon/Burden family in the early 18th century [Mayfair]
Bourdon Street – after the former Bourdon House, home of the Bourdon/Burden family in the early 18th century [Mayfair]
Bourlet Close – after Bourlet’s, fine art agents formerly based here [Fitzrovia]
Bourne Street – as this used to run beside the river Westbourne [Belgravia]
Boutflower Road Wandsworth Henry Boutflower Verdon First vicar-designate of the then new St Mark’s Church, past which the road runs. He died, young, in 1879, seven years before the construction of the road.
Bouverie Street City of London Earls of Radnor The Pleydell-Bouveries, Earls of Radnor, were landlords of this area.
Bow Churchyard – after the adjacent St Mary-le-Bow church [City of London]
Bow Lane – after the adjacent St Mary-le-Bow church; it was formerly known as Hosier Lane (after the local stocking making trade), and prior to that Cordewanere Street (meaning ‘leather-workers’) [City of London]
Bow Street – after its curving bow-like shape [Covent Garden]
Bowden Street – after John Bowden, who bought this land from the Cleavers in 1815 [Lambeth]
Bowen Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of Harrow School: Edward Ernest Bowen was author of the Harrow school song.
Bowling Green Lane – after the former Bowling Green House on this site, demolished 1933. The house had been built over an old bowling green which dated back to the 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Bowling Green Place – after an 18th-century bowling green located here [Southwark]
Bowling Green Street – this land was formerly a bowling green leased to the owners of the nearby Horns Tavern [Vauxhall]
Boyfield Street – after Josiah Boyfield, local landowner and clothmaker [Southwark]
Boyle Street – after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, local landowner in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Brabant Court – thought to be after the Dutch/Belgian province of this name, though possibly a corruption of a personal name (prior to the 18th century it was known as Braben Court, and before that Brackley Street – after the Earls of Bridgewater, also called the Viscounts Brackley, who owned a house near here [City of London]
Braidwood Passage – presumably after 19th century fireman James Braidwood [City of London]
Braidwood Street – after 19th century fireman James Braidwood [Southwark]
Bread Street – after the bakery trade that formerly took place here [City of London]
Bream’s Buildings – thought to be named for its 18th century builder [City of London]
Bressenden Place – this street was built in 1962, replacing a small line of shops called Bressenden Row; the origins of the name is unknown [Westminster]
Breton Highwalk – presumably after the 16th–17th century poet Nicholas Breton [City of London]
Brewer Street – after the breweries that existed here in the 17th century; the eastern-most section was formerly known as Little Pulteney Street until 1937 [Soho]
Brewer’s Hall Gardens – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Brewers hall [City of London]
Brewer’s Green – after William Brewer, 17th century gardener here [Westminster]
Brewhouse Yard – after a former brewery on this site [Clerkenwell]
Brick Court – as this was home to the first set of brick buildings in the area [City of London]
Brick Street – this area was formerly a set of fields used for digging brick-earth [Mayfair]
Bricklayer’s Arms – after a former coaching inn here of this name [Southwark]
Bride Court – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church [City of London]
Bride Lane – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church [City of London]
Bridewell Place – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church and a well that was formerly located here in the early Middle Ages; the name was later given to Bridewell Palace (demolished in the 1860s [City of London]
Bridford Mews – after Bridford in Devon, by association with the nearby Devonshire Street [Marylebone]
Bridge Place – after the Eccleston Bridge that stood here [Victoria]
Bridge Street – presumably as it leads to Westminster Bridge [Westminster]
Bridgewater Highwalk – after the Earls of Bridgewater, also called the Viscounts Brackley, who owned a house near here [City of London]
Bridgewater Square – after the Earls of Bridgewater, also called the Viscounts Brackley, who owned a house near here [City of London]
Bridgewater Street – after the Earls of Bridgewater, also called the Viscounts Brackley, who owned a house near here [City of London]
Bridgeway Street – by connection with the Barons Ossulton peerage; formerly Bridgewater Street [Somers Town]
Bridle Lane – thought to be after Abraham Bridle, a carpenter who leased land here in the last 17th century [Soho]
Briset Street – after Jordan de Briset, local 12th century landowner who gave land to the Order of St John for their headquarters here [Farringdon]
Britannia Street – built in the 1760s and named to suggest patriotism [Clerkenwell]
Britton Street EC1 – Named after Thomas Britten a 17th century coal-man who had a great opera voice who performed with Mr Handel in nearby Jerusalem Passage and created the first musical concerts in England. A prominent patron of the arts, he lived nearby in the 17th – 18th century; it was formerly known as Red Lion Street, after a local inn [Farringdon]
Broad Court – a descriptive name [Covent Garden]
Broad Sanctuary, Little Sanctuary and The Sanctuary – after the former nearby St Peter’s Sanctuary which offered refuge for those accused of crime [Westminster]
Broadbent Street – after William Broadbent, physician to the royal family in the Victorian and Edwardian period, who lived nearby [Mayfair]
Broadgate – developed in the late 1980s, named for the former Broad Street station on this site and the adjacent Bishopsgate [City of London]
Broadgate Circle – developed in the late 1980s, named for the former Broad Street station on this site and the adjacent Bishopsgate [City of London]
Broadley Street – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Broadley Wood, Dorset where they owned land; it was formerly Earl Street [Lisson Grove]
Broadley Terrace – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Broadley Wood, Dorset where they owned land; it was formerly Earl Street [Lisson Grove]
Broadstone Place – after Broadstone, Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Broadwall – after a former earthen dyke located here, marking the western boundary of the parish of Paris Gardens/Christchurch [Waterloo]
Broadway – self-explanatory; it was formerly Broad Place [Westminster]
Broadwick Street – originally Broad Street, it was renamed in 1936 to avoid confusion with other Broad Streets; the eastern-most section between Berwick Street and Wardour Street was formerly called Edward Street, after Edward Wardour [Soho]
Brockham Street – unknown; formerly Church Street [Southwark]
Broken Wharf – this wharf fell into disrepair owing to a property dispute in the 14th century [City of London]
Brook Drive – after a former brook (stream) here that formed the boundary between local parishes [Lambeth]
Brook Gate – Brook Street marks the path of the former Tyburn Brook [Mayfair]
Brook Street – Brook Street marks the path of the former Tyburn Brook [Mayfair]
Brook’s Mews – Brook Street marks the path of the former Tyburn Brook [Mayfair]
Brooke Street – after Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Hatton Garden]
Brooke’s Court – after Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Hatton Garden]
Brooke’s Market – after Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Hatton Garden]
Brovens Court) [City of London]
Brown Hart Gardens – this was formerly two streets prior to 1936 – Brown Street, after 18th century local bricklayer John Brown, and Hart Street, probably after a local inn or resident [Mayfair]
Brown Street – named after Mr Brown, local 19th century builder [Marylebone]
Browning Close Westminster Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poets who lived in Little Venice, near the site of the road.
Browning Mews – after the poet Robert Browning, who married local resident Elizabeth Barret [Marylebone]
Brownlow Mews – after William Brownlow, local 17th century landowner (further to the south, hence Brownlow Street in Holborn); his daughter Elizabeth married into the Doughty family, who owned land in this area [Bloomsbury]
Brownlow Street – after William Brownlow, who built this street in the 17th century; his family had held land in the area since the 16th century [Holborn]
Brunel Road Southwark Marc Isambard Brunel The road is situated near the south end of Thames Tunnel, which the engineer Brunel built.
Brunswick Mews – after the Brunswick Chapel, formerly located near here on Upper Berkeley Street [Marylebone]
Brunswick Place – after Caroline of Brunswick, wife of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Brunswick Square – after the German city of Braunschweig (Brunswick), by connection with the reigning House of Hanover [Bloomsbury]
Brushfield Street – after Thomas Brushfield, Victorian-era representative for this area at the Metropolitan Board of Works; the western-most section, here forming the boundary with Tower Hamlets, was formerly called Union Street [City of London]
Bruton Lane – after Bruton, Somerset, where John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton owned land [Mayfair]
Bruton Place – after Bruton, Somerset, where John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton owned land [Mayfair]
Bruton Street – after Bruton, Somerset, where John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton owned land [Mayfair]
Bryanston Mews East – after Bryanston in Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Bryanston Mews West – after Bryanston in Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Bryanston Place – after Bryanston in Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Bryanston Square – after Bryanston in Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Bryanston Street – after Bryanston in Dorset, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Brydges Place – after Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos, father-in-law of the 4th Earl of Bedford who built much of the area in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Buckingham Arcade – after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, 17th century courtier, who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site; his son sold the area to developers on condition that his father and titles were commemorated on the new streets [Strand]
Buckingham Gate – named by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Westminster]
Buckingham Mews – named by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Westminster]
Buckingham Palace Road – by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Belgravia]
Buckingham Place – named by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Westminster]
Buckingham Street – after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, 17th century courtier, who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site; his son sold the area to developers on condition that his father and titles were commemorated on the new streets [Strand]
Bucklersbury – after the Buckerel/Bucherel family who owned land here in the 1100s [City of London]
Bucklersbury Passage – after the Buckerel/Bucherel family who owned land here in the 1100s [City of London]
Bucknall Street – after either Arabella Bucknall (or Bucknell), mother of John Hanmer, 1st Baron Hanmer who owned this land in the 19th century, or Ralph Bucknall, local 17th – 18th century vestryman [St Giles]
Budge Row – formerly home to the drapery trade; a ‘budge/boge’ was a type of lamb’s wool [City of London]
Bulinga Street – after Bulinga Fen, formerly here in Saxon times [Westminster]
Bull Inn Court – formerly led to the Bull Inn which stood on Strand [Covent Garden]
Bull’s Head Passage – thought to be after an inn or shop of this name [City of London]
Bulstrode Place – after local landowners the Bentinck family, who also owned land at Bulstrode Park in Buckinghamshire [Marylebone]
Bulstrode Street – after local landowners the Bentinck family, who also owned land at Bulstrode Park in Buckinghamshire [Marylebone]
Bunhill Row – from the adjacent Bunhill Fields cemetery, from ‘bone hill’ [Finsbury]
Bunhouse Place – after a former shop here selling Chelsea buns [Belgravia]
Bunyan Court – after the author John Bunyan, who attended the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate church [City of London]
Burbage Close – after Richard Burbage, noted Shakespearian actor [Southwark]
Burgon Street – after Dean Burgon of St Paul’s Cathedral; prior to 1885 it was called New Street [City of London]
Burleigh Street – site of a house belonging to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Secretary of State to Elizabeth I [Covent Garden]
Burlington Arcade – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
Burlington Gardens – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
Burlington Gardens Hounslow Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington Builder of Chiswick House, in its park adjacent to the road.
Burlington Lane Hounslow Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington Builder of Chiswick House, in its park adjacent to the road.
Burlington Road Hounslow Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington Builder of Chiswick House, in its park adjacent to the road.
Burne Street – after one Mr Burne, who purchased land here in 1792 [Lisson Grove]
Burrows Mews – after the nearby Burrows Buildings, built 1770 [Waterloo]
Bursar Street – after William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester in the 15th century; he left an endowment of local property to the College [Southwark]
Burton Place – after the 18th century architect James Burton, who worked on the nearby Foundling Hospital and Bedford estate [Bloomsbury]
Burton Street – after the 18th century architect James Burton, who worked on the nearby Foundling Hospital and Bedford estate [Bloomsbury]
Bury Court – after a former house on this site given to Bury St Edmunds Abbey in the 1100s [City of London]
Bury Place – a shortening of ‘Bloomsbury’ [Bloomsbury]
Bury Street – after a former house on this site given to Bury St Edmunds Abbey in the 1100s [City of London]
Bury Street – after Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of Saint Albans and Baron Jermyn of St Edmunsbury (Bury St Edmunds), 17th century politician and local landowner [St James’s]
Butler Place – after Nicholas Butler, who built (now demolished) almshouses here in 1675 [Westminster]
Butler Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of school: Montagu Butler was at Harrow between 1859 and 1885.
Byng Place – after George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington, father-in-law to local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Byward Street EC3 – From a byword, password spoken to Beefeaters from the nearby Tower of London.
Cabbell Street – after George Cabbell, local landowner in the 1790s [Marylebone]
Cade Road Greenwich Jack Cade Leader of a popular revolt against the government in 1450, which took place on Blackheath, near where the road now stands.
Cadogan Lane Kensington and Chelsea Earl Cadogan The road is built on land acquired by Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan on his marriage to Sir Hans Sloane’s daughter. He started building on this land in the 1750s.
Cadogan Place Kensington and Chelsea Earl Cadogan The road is built on land acquired by Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan on his marriage to Sir Hans Sloane’s daughter. He started building on this land in the 1750s.
Cadogan Square Kensington and Chelsea Earl Cadogan The road is built on land acquired by Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan on his marriage to Sir Hans Sloane’s daughter.
Cahill Street – thought to be named after a trustee of the Peabody Donation Fund, who redeveloped this former slum area in the 1880s [Finsbury]
Calthorpe Street – after Henry Gough-Calthorpe, 1st Baron Calthorpe, local 18th century landowner, and his descendants who developed the local street plan [Clerkenwell]
Calvert’s Buildings – after Felix Calvert, 18th century brewer here [Southwark]
Cambridge Circus – after Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, who formally opened the new development of Charing Cross Road in 1887 [St Gile’s]
Cambridge Gate – after Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Cambridge Gate Mews – after Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Cambridge Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Cambridge Terrace – after Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Cambridge Terrace Mews – after Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Camden High Street Camden Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden Owner of the land on which the road and much of the surviving development was built in 1791.
Camden Road Camden Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden Owner of the land on which the road and much of the surviving development was built in 1791. The forerunner districts, e.g. St Pancras are little-used.
Camden Street Camden Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden Owner of the land on which the road and much of the surviving development was built in 1791. The forerunner districts, e.g. St Pancras are little-used.
Camden Town Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden Owner of the land on which the road and much of the surviving development was built in 1791. The forerunner districts, e.g. St Pancras are little-used.
Camomile Street – after the camomile formerly grown here for medicine [City of London]
Candover Street – after Candover in Hampshire, where local landowners dukes of Portland owned land [Fitzrovia]
Canning Road, Croydon Group of five roads built on the site of the East India Company Military Seminary by the British Land Company, and named after prominent figures in the history of British India. Canning: statesman and Governor-General of India during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Cannon Street – a contraction of the 14th century ‘Candlewick Street’, meaning a street where candle-makers were based [City of London]
Canon Alley – presumably in reference to the adjacent St Paul’s Cathedral [City of London]
Canon Row – after the canons of St Stephen’s, the chapel in the former Palace of Westminster, founded in the 12th century [Westminster]
Canvey Street – after Canvey Island in Essex; it was formerly Essex Street [Southwark]
Capel Court – after William Capel, Lord Mayor of London in the early 16th century [City of London]
Capener’s Close – after John Capener,19th century builder who owned a carpentry/undertakers business here [Belgravia]
Capland Street – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Capland, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Capper Street – after the Capper farmer, tenant farmers on this land in the 17th – 18th centuries [Bloomsbury]
Carburton Street – after Carburton, Nottinghamshire, where local landowners dukes of Portland owned land [Fitzrovia]
Cardinal Bourne Street – after Francis Bourne, Bishop of Southwark in the late 19th century [Southwark]
Cardinal Cap Alley – after a former inn or brothel here, called either the Cardinal’s Cap or Hat [Southwark]
Cardinal Walk – presumably by association with the adjacent Westminster Cathedral [Westminster]
Cardington Street – after the Dukes of Bedford, who also owned land at Cardington, Bedfordshire [Regent’s Park]
Carey Place – after William Carey, headmaster of Westminster School 1803-14 [Westminster]
Carey Street – after Nicholas Carey, who lived in this area [14] or Sir George Carey [Holborn]
Carlisle Place – after George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, Viscount Morpeth, who was chiefly responsible for local development in the 1850s [Westminster]
Carlisle Street – after Carlisle House on Soho Square, owned by the earls of Carlisle [Soho]
Carlos Place – after Carlos I of Portugal; it was formerly Charles Street but was renamed in 1886 to avoid confusion with other streets of this name [Mayfair]
Carlton Gardens SW1 – Designed by John Nash and built in 1830. at Number 2 Lord Kitchener would turn up for work each day in full field marshal’s uniform. It was here one day that he devised his First World War poster, with the famous slogan, ‘Your Country Needs You.’
Carlton House Terrace – after the former Carlton House, built here in 1709 for Henry Boyle, 1st Baron Carleton [St James’s]
Carlton Street – after the former Carlton House, built here in 1709 for Henry Boyle, 1st Baron Carleton [St James’s]
Carmelite Street – after the Carmelite order (known as the White friars), who were granted land here by Edward I [City of London]
Carnaby Street – after Karnaby House, owned by 17th century property developer Richard Tyler; the meaning of the ‘Karnaby’ is unknown [Soho]
Carrington Street – after 18th century local landowner Nathan Carrington [Mayfair]
Carroun Road – after the former Carroun, or Caron, House which stood here [Vauxhall]
Carter Court – after the cartering trade that formerly took place here, or possibly also after someone with this name [City of London]
Carter Lane – after the cartering trade that formerly took place here, or possibly also after someone with this name [City of London]
Carteret Street – after Sir Edward de Carteret, local 17th century landowner [Westminster]
* Carting Lane – thought to be from the carts that brought good to and from the wharf formerly located here; until the 1830s it was called Dirty Lane [Strand]
Carthusian Street – after the Carthusian monks who lived near here in the Middle Ages [City of London]
Cartwright Gardens Camden Major John Cartwright Formerly Burton Crescent after its developer, James Burton. Renamed after social reformer who campaigned for universal suffrage, vote by ballot, annual parliaments and the abolition of slavery. He lived and died at No. 37, and a 21st-century erected sculpture nearby
Castle Baynard Street – after Castle Baynard which formerly stood here [City of London]
Castle Court – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Castle Lane – after a former inn of this name that stood here [Westminster]
Castle Yard – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Castlereagh Street – after Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry, Lord Castlereagh, prominent politician of the 17th – 18th centuries [Marylebone]
Cathedral Street – after the adjacent Southwark Cathedral [Southwark]
Catherine Griffiths Court – after Catherine Griffiths (1885-1988), a suffragette, founder of the Finsbury Women’s Committee in the 1920s, and mayor of Finsbury in 1960 [Clerkenwell]
Catherine Street – after Catherine of Braganza, queen of Charles II, reigning monarch when the street was laid out [Covent Garden]
Catherine Wheel Alley – after a former inn of this name, which was named for the Catherine wheel on the coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Turners [City of London]
Catherine Wheel Yard – from the name of an inn that stood on this site until it burnt down in 1895 [St James’s]
Cato Street – named by landowner John Harcourt, in allusion to the Roman Cato; it was changed for a period to Horace Street (after the Roman poet) owing to the notoriety of the Cato Street conspiracy, but the original name was restored [Marylebone]
Catton Street – after the 18th century painter Charles Catton who lived nearby [Holborn]
Causton Street – after Thomas Causton, Canon at Westminster [Westminster]
Cavendish Court – after the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire, who owed a house near here in the 1600s [City of London]
Cavendish Mews North – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
Cavendish Mews South – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
Cavendish Place – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
Cavendish Road, Hounslow Dukes of Devonshire Owners of Chiswick House, on whose large estate the roads were built. Re-built in 1811 by the 6th Duke)
Cavendish Square Westminster Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Mortimer née Henrietta Cavendish Holles The square and adjoining streets were named after the various relatives of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, and of his son, Edward. Henrietta was Edward’s wife
Cavendish Street – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
Caxton Street Westminster William Caxton English merchant, diplomat, writer and responsible for the introduction of the printing press to England; the first such press was established in 1476 in Westminster, close to the present road.
Cayton Place – renamed, after the village in Yorkshire, from New Street in 1805, to avoid confusion with other streets of this name [Finsbury]
Cayton Street – renamed, after the village in Yorkshire, from New Street in 1805, to avoid confusion with other streets of this name [Finsbury]
Cecil Court – after the Cecil family, earls of Salisbury, who owned this land from the 17th century on [Covent Garden]
Centaur Street – after the mythical creatures, by association with nearby Hercules Street [Lambeth]
Central Street – named thus in 1861, as it lay in the centre of St Luke’s Parish [Finsbury]
Chadwell Street – after Chadwell Spring in Amwell, Hertfordshire, source of the nearby New River, or possibly William Chadwell Mylne [Clerkenwell]
Chadwick Street – after Hannah Chadwick, who left money to local schools in her will [Westminster]
Chagford Street – after the stannary town Chagford, Devon; this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate and Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman was Lord Warden of the Stannaries 1865–88 [Lisson Grove]
Chancery Lane – the former site of Edward III’s office of the Master of the Rolls of Chancery [Holborn]
Chancery Lane EC1 – Called New Street and running down from the north of Holborn, with the residence of important officers of state, renamed Chancellor’s Lane, becoming known as Chancery Lane. The former site of Edward III’s office of the Master of the Rolls of Chancery [City of London]
Chandos Crescent Harrow James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos Lived at Canons Park, to the north of the road buried in the parish at St Lawrence’s church, Whitchurch, Little Stanmore.
Chandos Place – after Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos, father-in-law of the 4th Earl of Bedford who built much of the area in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Chandos Street – after the Duke of Chandos, who built a mansion nearby in the 1710s [Marylebone]
Change Alley – after the nearby Royal Exchange [City of London]
Chapel Place – after the nearby St Peter, Vere Street church, formerly a chapel of ease [Marylebone]
Chapel Street – after a former chapel on this site, opened 1772, closed in the 1850s [Marylebone]
Chapel Street – after a former Lock chapel here adjacent to a hospital, both now demolished [Belgravia]
Chapone Place – after famed Georgian essayist Hester Chapone, who lived nearby on Dean Street; formerly Dean’s Yard [Soho]
Chapter Street – as the land belonged to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey [Westminster]
Charing Cross – after the Eleanor cross at Charing, from the Old English word cierring, referring to a bend in the River Thames [Westminster]
Charing Cross Road – built 1887, and named as it led to the cross at Charing, from the Old English word cierring, referring to a bend in the River Thames [Charing Cross]
Charles II Street – named after Charles II, king when this street was built [St James’s]
Charles Street – after a Charles in the family of John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton [Mayfair]
Charlie Chaplin Walk – after Charlie Chaplin, famous 20th century comedian and actor, who was born in South London [Waterloo]
Charlotte Mews, Charlotte Place and Charlotte Street – after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III [Fitzrovia]
Charlotte of Wales [Clerkenwell]
Charlotte Street Camden Queen Charlotte Married to King George III in 1761; the street was formed in 1763
Charlwood Place – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land in Charlwood, Surrey [Victoria]
Charlwood Street – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land in Charlwood, Surrey [Victoria]
Charrington Street – as this land was formerly owned by the Worshipful Company of Brewers, and named for the Charrington Brewery [Somers Town]
Charterhouse Buildings – Anglicisation of Chartreuse, from Grande Chartreuse, head monastery of the Carthusians in France; a nearby abbey was founded by monks of this order in 1371 [Farringdon]
Charterhouse Mews – Anglicisation of Chartreuse, from Grande Chartreuse, head monastery of the Carthusians in France; a nearby abbey was founded by monks of this order in 1371 [Farringdon]
Charterhouse Square – Anglicisation of Chartreuse, from Grande Chartreuse, head monastery of the Carthusians in France; a nearby abbey was founded by monks of this order in 1371 [City of London]
Charterhouse Street – Anglicisation of Chartreuse, from Grande Chartreuse, head monastery of the Carthusians in France; a nearby abbey was founded by monks of this order in 1371 [City of London]
Chatham Avenue Bromley William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham Lived and died at Hayes Place, a former house on whose estate the road was built
Cheapside – from ‘chepe’, an Old English word meaning ‘market’; this was the western end of a market that stretched over the Eastcheap [City of London]
Cheapside Passage – from ‘chepe’, an Old English word meaning ‘market’; this was the western end of a market that stretched over the Eastcheap [City of London]
Chelsea Bridge Road – as it leads to Chelsea Bridge opened 1858 [Belgravia]
Chenies Mews – after local landowners the dukes of Bedford, also titled Barons Russell, of Chenies [Bloomsbury]
Chenies Place – after local landowners the dukes of Bedford, also titled Barons Russell, of Chenies [Somers Town]
Chenies Street WC1 – Takes its name from the Buckinghamshire village where since 1556, the Russell family have been buried.
Chequer Street – after the former Chequers tavern here [Finsbury]
Chesham Close – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners, whose seat was at Chesham, Buckinghamshire [Belgravia]
Chesham Place – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners, whose seat was at Chesham, Buckinghamshire [Belgravia]
Chesham Street – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners, whose seat was at Chesham, Buckinghamshire [Belgravia]
Cheshire Court – after the adjacent Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub [City of London]
Chester Close – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Chester Close North – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Close South – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Cottages – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Chester Court – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Gate – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Mews – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Chester Place – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Road – after the Prince Regent (George IV), also Earl of Chester [Regent’s Park]
Chester Row – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Chester Square Mews – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
* Chester Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Chester Terrace Camden Earl of Chester One of the titles of George IV before he became king in 1820. The terrace was constructed in 1825.
Chester Way – as it formed part of the manor of Kennington, which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall (the Prince of Wales also being Earl of Chester) [Lambeth]
Chesterfield Gardens – after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who owned a mansion nearby in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Chesterfield Hill – after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who owned a mansion nearby in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Chesterfield Street – after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who owned a mansion nearby in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Chesterfield Walk Greenwich Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Named after a house called Chesterfield House, where the author lived.
Chesterfield Walk Westminster Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Named after a house called Chesterfield House, where the author lived.
Cheyne Walk Kensington and Chelsea William Cheyne, 2nd Viscount Newhaven Owned the manor of Chelsea until 1712.
Chichele Road, Willesden Henry Chichele 15th-century Archbishop of Canterbury who founded All Souls College, Oxford who owned much of Willesden.
Chichele Street, Lambeth Henry Chichele 15th-century Archbishop of Canterbury who founded All Souls College, Oxford. Lambeth Palace adjoins the street, the arch-episcopal palace in London.
Chichester Rents – formerly a street of rented houses leading to the palace of Ralph Harris, Bishop of Chichester in the 13th century [Holborn]
Chichester Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Chiltern Street – after the nearby Marylebone station, from where train to the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire depart [Marylebone]
Ching Court – after the Comyn Ching Co., a former ironmongers near here [Covent Garden]
Chiswell Street – either for old term meaning ‘stony/gravelly earth’, or a corruption of ‘Choice Well’, denoting a source of clean water [City of London]
Chitty Street – after the Victorian-era local resident and law writer Joseph Chitty [Fitzrovia]
Church Cloisters – after the adjacent St Mary-at-Hill church; Church Passage till 1938 [City of London]
Church Court – after the adjacent Temple Church [City of London]
Church Entry – after the former St Ann Blackfriars church which burned down in the 1666 fire [City of London]
Church Place – after the adjacent St James’s Church, Piccadilly; formerly Church Passage [St James’s]
Church Street – after the nearby St Mary on Paddington Green Church [Lisson Grove]
Churchill Gardens Road – this post-war estate was named in honour of Prime Minister Winston Churchill [Victoria]
Churchway – as this formed part of old pathway to St Pancras Old Church [Somers Town]
Churchyard Row – after the former St Mary’s church located here, destroyed in the Blitz [Lambeth]
Churton Place – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family Estate; they owned land in Churton, Cheshire [Victoria]
Churton Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family Estate; they owned land in Churton, Cheshire [Victoria]
Circus Mews – the street to which it adjoins, Enford Street, was formerly supposed to lead to a circus (Junction), however it was never built [Marylebone]
Circus Place – after the adjacent Finsbury Circus [City of London]
City Road – as it connects Islington to the City of London [Finsbury]
Clapham Road – as it leads to the south-west London area of this name [Vauxhall]
Clare Market – former site of a butcher’s market on land owned by the John Holles, Earl of Clare who lived nearby [Holborn]
Claremont Close – after the nearby Claremont Chapel on Pentonville Road (now the Crafts Council), which was named after Claremont, Surrey, the country house of the recently deceased Princess Clarges Mews – after William (or Thomas) Clarges, local landowner in the 17th century [Mayfair]
Claremont Square – after the nearby Claremont Chapel on Pentonville Road (now the Crafts Council), which was named after Claremont, Surrey, the country house of the recently deceased Princess Charlotte of Wales [Clerkenwell]
Clarence Street Kingston upon Thames Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen Opened the street in 1828, when she was Duchess of Clarence [25]
Clarendon Grove – by connection with the Barons Ossulton peerage [Somers Town]
Clarendon Road Kensington and Chelsea George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon Lord Privy Seal at the time the road was built. [26]
Clarendon Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family Estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Clarges Street – after William (or Thomas) Clarges, local landowner in the 17th century [Mayfair]
Clarges Street W1 – Sir Thomas Clarges, an important politician who built this street that was named after him.
Clarke’s Mews – after William Clarke, local 18th century landowner [Marylebone]
Claverton Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; they owned land in Claverton, Cheshire [Victoria]
Claylands Place – after the former brick clay fields located here prior to 1800 [Vauxhall]
Claylands Road – after the former brick clay fields located here prior to 1800 [Vauxhall]
Clayton Street – after the Clayton family, who leased much of this land from the Duchy of Cornwall from the 1660s on [Vauxhall]
Cleaver Square – after Mary Cleaver, who developed this area in the 1700s [Lambeth]
Cleaver Street – after Mary Cleaver, who developed this area in the 1700s [Lambeth]
Clement’s Inn, Clement’s Inn Passage and Clement’s Lane – after the nearby St Clement Danes church [Holborn]
Clements Lane – after the adjacent St Clement’s, Eastcheap church [City of London]
Clenston Mews – after Winterborne Clenston in Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land [Marylebone]
Clerkenwell Close – from a local well (‘the clerk’s well), which gave its name to the area [Clerkenwell]
Clerkenwell Green – from a local well (‘the clerk’s well), which gave its name to the area [Clerkenwell]
Clerkenwell Road – from a local well (‘the clerk’s well), which gave its name to the area [Clerkenwell]
Clerkenwell Road – from a local well (‘the clerk’s well), which gave its name to the area to this district [Hatton Garden]
Clerkenwell Road – from a local well (‘the clerk’s well’), which gave its name to the area and to this district [Holborn]
Cleveland Mews – after Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, founder of the house of the Fitzroy family, local landowners [Fitzrovia]
Cleveland Place and Cleveland Row – after Cleveland House (now Bridgwater House), named for Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland who lived there in the late 17th century [St James’s]
Cleveland Street – after Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, founder of the house of the Fitzroy family, local landowners [Fitzrovia]
Clifford Street – after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington]], also Baron Clifford, after his ancestor Elizabeth Clifford [Mayfair]
Clifford’s Inn Passage – after an inn (townhouse) given to Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford by Edward II [City of London]
Clifton Court – possibly after Clifton, Bristol [Lisson Grove]
Clink Street – after The Clink prison formerly located here [Southwark]
Clipstone Mews – after Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, where local landowners dukes of Portland owned land [Fitzrovia]
Clipstone Street – after Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, where local landowners dukes of Portland owned land [Fitzrovia]
Cliveden Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire in the late 19th century [Belgravia]
Cloak Lane – unknown, though possibly from ‘cloaca’, an old word for a sewer; prior to the mid-17th century it was Horseshoebridge Street, after a bridge that stood here over the Walbrook [City of London]
Cloth Court – after a long-running cloth fair that was formerly held here [City of London]
Cloth Fair EC1 – The narrow street named Cloth Fair, stands where the original Bartholomew Fair was held in medieval times, and runs by the side of the ancient church of St Bartholomew the Great, where some of the buildings have survived the Great Fire of London 1666, numbers 41 and 42, was built between 1597 and 1614.
Cloth Street – after a long-running cloth fair that was formerly held here [City of London]
Clothier Street – after the former clothes market that operated here [City of London]
Cluny Place – after Bermondsey Abbey, initially established as a Cluniac order [Southwark]
Clyde Road, Croydon Group of five roads built on the site of the East India Company Military Seminary by the British Land Company, and named after prominent figures in the history of British India.
Coach and Horses Yard – after the Burlington Arms pub here, formerly the Coach and Horses [Mayfair]
Cobourg Street – after Leopold I of Belgium off Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, husband of Princess Charlotte of Wales, George IV’s daughter [Regent’s Park]
Cock Hill – unknown, possibly from an old inn of this name [City of London]
Cock Lane – thought to be after either cock rearing or cock fighting that formerly occurred here [City of London]
Cockpit Steps – after a former cock fighting ring on this site [Westminster]
Cockpit Yard – site of a cock fighting yard in the 18th century [Bloomsbury]
Cockspur Court – unknown, though possibly after the cock fighting that formerly occurred here, cocks often having spurs attached to their feet during fights [St James’s]
Cockspur Street – unknown, though possibly after the cock fighting that formerly occurred here, cocks often having spurs attached to their feet during fights [Soho]
Coin Street – thought possibly after a former mint located here in the time of Henry VIII; it was formerly Prince’s Street until 1893, after the Prince Regent (later George IV) [Waterloo]
Cold Bath Square EC1 – So called from a well of cold water that stood here in fields. In 1794 a house of correction was built on these fields.
Coleman Street – possibly after a church of this name or a personal name, [136] [137] or literally after the coalmen who formerly lived in this area in the Middle Ages [City of London]
Coleman Street Buildings – possibly after a church of this name or a personal name, [136] [137] or literally after the coalmen who formerly lived in this area in the Middle Ages [City of London]
College Hill – after the adjacent St Michael Paternoster Royal, which was created as a collegiate church by Richard Whittington in 1419; College Street was formerly Paternoster Street (meaning rosary makers]] and College Hill was Royal Street (a corruption of La Réole, France, where local wine merchants hailed from) [City of London]
College Street – after the adjacent St Michael Paternoster Royal, which was created as a collegiate church by Richard Whittington in 1419; College Street was formerly Paternoster Street (meaning rosary makers]] and College Hill was Royal Street (a corruption of La Réole, France, where local wine merchants hailed from) [City of London]
Collinson Street – after the Collinson family, noted for their active interest in local and church affairs in the 19th century [Southwark]
Collinson Walk – after the Collinson family, noted for their active interest in local and church affairs in the 19th century [Southwark]
Colombo Street – after Alexander Colombo, 19th century bailiff of the local manor of Paris Gardens [Waterloo]
Colonnade – this was formerly a Georgian-era colonnade of shops [Bloomsbury]
Colville Place – after its 18th century builder John Colvill (or Colville) [Fitzrovia]
Compter Passage – presumably after the former Wood Street Compter [City of London]
Compton Passage – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton [Clerkenwell]
Compton Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton [Clerkenwell]
Concert Hall Approach – as it leads to the Royal Festival Hall, built 1951 [Waterloo]
Conduit Court – thought to be named after Leonard Cunditt/Conduit, an innholder in Long Acre in the 1600s [Covent Garden]
Conduit Street – after a former water conduit here leading to the City and owned by the Corporation of London from the 15th century [Mayfair]
Connaught Square Westminster Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh Also known as the Earl of Connaught, built up in his lifetime.
Cons Street SE1 – Emma Cons was the founder of the Royal Victoria Coffee Music Hall in the 1880s, that later became known as the Old Vic.
Constitution Hill – obtained its name in the 17th century from King Charles II’s habit of taking constitutional walks there. In Strype’s Map, 1720, it is marked Road to Kensington. In John Smith’s map of 1724, it is called Constitution Hill [Westminster]
Conway Mews and Conway Street – after Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, Baroness Conway, part of the local landowning Fitzroy family [Fitzrovia]
Cooper’s Row – after an 18th-century property owner of this name; prior to this it was Woodruffe Lane, also thought to be after a property owner [City of London]
Copperfield Street – after the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Copthall Avenue – after a former ‘copt hall’ (crested hall) that stood here [City of London]
Copthall Buildings – after a former ‘copt hall’ (crested hall) that stood here [City of London]
Copthall Close – after a former ‘copt hall’ (crested hall) that stood here [City of London]
Coptic Street – named in 1894 after a recent acquisition of Coptic manuscripts by the British Museum; before this it was Duke Street, after the dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Coram Street – after Thomas Coram, 18th century founder of the Foundling Hospital which was formerly near here [Bloomsbury]
Corbet Court – after a local 17th century property developer [City of London]
Cork Street – after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington]], also 4th Earl of Cork [Mayfair]
Cork Street Mews – after Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington]], also 4th Earl of Cork [Mayfair]
Corlett Street – probably after Hubert C Corlette, Victorian-era artist and local resident [Lisson Grove]
Cornhill – thought to be after the corn formerly grown or sold here [City of London]
Cornwall Road – as it formed part of the manor of Kennington, which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall; it was Green Lane prior to 1815 [Waterloo]
Corporation Row – after the former New Corporation Work House, built here in the 1660s; prior to this it was known as Cut Throat Lane [Clerkenwell]
Cosmo Place – after Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon, grandfather of Lady Georgiana, wife of local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Cosser Street – after Cosser & Sons, a 19th-century family timber business located near here [Lambeth]
Cosway Street – after Richard Cosway, Regency-era painter [Lisson Grove]
Cottington Street – after Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington, 17th century diplomat and politician, who leased land near here; formerly Mansion House Row [Lambeth]
Counter Street – corruption of compter (small prison), as the borough’s compter formerly stood here [Southwark]
Cousin Lane – after either Joanna or William Cousin, the first a local landowner, the latter a 14th-century sheriff [City of London]
Covent Garden – corruption of ‘Convent Garden’, after the gardens belonging to Abbey of St Peter, Westminster in the 1200s [Covent Garden]
Coventry Street WC2 – Henry Coventry, King Charles the II ‘s secretary of state brought a house (Shaver’s Hall) in 1672 that he named Coventry house, the street was later named after him
Cowcross Street – this street was path for cattle being taken to nearby Smithfield market [Farringdon]
Cowley Street – after 18th century actor Barton Booth, who also owned land at Cowley in Middlesex [Westminster]
Cowper’s Court – after the Cowper family, local landowners [City of London]
Craig’s Court – after Joseph Craig, who built this Court in the 1600s [Westminster]
Cramer Street – after the violinist Wilhelm Cramer, who lived near here [Marylebone]
Cranbourn Alley – built in the 1670s and named after local landowner the Earl of Salisbury, Viscount Cranbourn (or Cranbourne) after the town in Dorset [Soho]
Cranbourn Street – built in the 1670s and named after local landowner the Earl of Salisbury, Viscount Cranbourn (or Cranbourne) after the town in Dorset [Covent Garden]
Crane Court – formerly Two Crane Court, possibly after a coat of arms of one of the local landowning families [City of London]
Crane Court, Fleet Street EC4 – At the entrance to this court stood the Two Crane Inn Tavern.
Cranleigh Street – by connection with the Barons Ossulton peerage; formerly Johnson Street [Somers Town]
Craven Hill Westminster Earls of Craven Owned the land on which the road was later built.
Craven Passage and Craven Street – after William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven, who owned the land when the street was built in the 1730s [Strand]
Craven Road Westminster Earls of Craven Owned the land on which the road was later built.
Crawford Mews, Crawford Place and Crawford Street – after Tarrant Crawford in Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land [Marylebone]
Crawford Passage – after Peter Crawford, landlord of a former pub here called the Pickled Egg; the passage was formerly Pickled Egg Walk [Clerkenwell]
Creechurch Lane – after the former Holy Trinity Priory, Aldgate near here; it was also named Christ Church, later corrupted to ‘Creechurch’, and later also given to St Katharine Cree church [City of London]
Creechurch Place – after the former Holy Trinity Priory, Aldgate near here; it was also named Christ Church, later corrupted to ‘Creechurch’, and later also given to St Katharine Cree church [City of London]
Creed Court – by association with the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral [City of London]
Creed Lane – by association with the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral [City of London]
Crescent – thought to be first crescent-shaped street in London [City of London]
Crescent Row – descriptive, after its shape [Finsbury]
Crestfield Street – unknown, formerly Chesterfield Street [Bloomsbury]
Cricketers Court – presumably by connection with the nearby Oval Cricket Ground [Lambeth]
Cripplegate Street – after the former Cripplegate that stood here, referring either to a crepel (Latin for ‘covered way’) or the association with the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate church (St Giles is the patron saint of cripples) [City of London]
Cromer Street – formerly Lucas Street, which had gained notoriety due to the landlord of a local inn (the Lucas Arms) being involved with the Gordon Riots; it was changed to the neutral Cromer, for the town in Norfolk [Bloomsbury]
Cromwell Highwalk – presumably after Oliver Cromwell, who was married in the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate Church in 1620 [City of London]
Cromwell Place – presumably after Oliver Cromwell, who was married in the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate Church in 1620 [City of London]
Cromwell Road SW7 Richard Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland who once owned a house there, son of English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell. Once known as Cromwell Lane.
Crosby Square – after Crosby House, built for Sir John Crosby, 15th century merchant and politician [City of London]
Cross Keys Close – after the former Cross Keys tavern here, named for local 18th century street developer Philip Keys [Marylebone]
Cross Keys Square – after a house or inn called Cross Keys that stood here in Tudor times [City of London]
Cross Lane – descriptive; it was formerly Fowle Lane (literally ‘foul’) [City of London]
Crosswall – descriptive, as it crosses the boundary of the city wall [City of London]
Crown Court – from the former Crown Inn, which stood on the corner with Russell Street [Covent Garden]
Crown Office Row – after the Clerks of the Crown Office formerly located here [City of London]
Crown Passage – thought to be after a former tavern of this name [St James’s]
Crowndale Road – as this land was formerly owned by Dukes of Bedford, who also owned land in Crowndale, Devon [Somers Town]
Crucifix Lane – after the former Cross of Bermondsey located here; it was destroyed in 1559 [Southwark]
Cruickshank Street – after George Cruikshank, 19th century illustrator who lived on nearby Amwell Street [Clerkenwell]
Crutched Friars – after the Crutched Friars, a religious order who had a friary here in the early Middle Ages which was dissolved by Henry VIII [City of London]
Cubitt Street – after the prominent 19th century builder Thomas Cubitt, who built this street; it was formerly called Arthur Street [Clerkenwell]
Cubitt’s Yard – presumably after either William Cubitt, Lord Mayor of London (1860–1862) or Thomas Cubitt, 19th century street developer [Covent Garden]
Cullum Street – after either Sir John Cullum, 17th century sheriff who owned land here, or Thomas Cullum [City of London]
Culross Street – thought to be after Culross in Fife; prior to 1899 it was Northrop Street, after a Welsh property owned by the Grosvenor family [Mayfair]
Cumberland Gardens – unknown; prior to 1929 this was Cumberland Terrace [Clerkenwell]
Cumberland Gate – after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, brother of George III; it was formerly Tyburn Gate, after the Tyburn Brook [Mayfair]
Cumberland Market Camden Duke of Cumberland Younger brother of King George IV at the time of the terrace’s construction, 1826.
Cumberland Place – after Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Cumberland Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family state; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Cumberland Terrace Camden Duke of Cumberland Younger brother of King George IV at the time of the terrace’s construction, 1826.
Cumberland Terrace Mews – after Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Duke of Cumberland, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Cunard Place – after the Cunard Line headquarters, formerly located here [City of London]
Cundy Street – after Thomas Cundy and his son, surveyors to local landowners the Grosvenors in the 19th century [Belgravia]
Cunningham Place – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; this street was named for Reverend John William Cunningham, a governor of the school in the 1810s [Lisson Grove]
Cureton Street – after William Cureton, noted Orientalist and canon of Westminster 1849-64 [Westminster]
Cursitor Street – after the Cursitors’ office, established here in the 16th century [City of London]
Curzon Gate – after Nathaniel Curzon (and his family), local landowner in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Curzon Square – after Nathaniel Curzon (and his family), local landowner in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Curzon Street Westminster George Howe, 3rd Viscount Howe Curzon was a family name; George Howe was the ground landlord
Custom House Walk – after the adjacent Custom House [City of London]
Cutler Street – after the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, who owned land here [City of London]
Cutlers Gardens Arcade – after the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, who owned land here [City of London]
Cypress Place – by association with the nearby Maple Street [Fitzrovia]
Cyrus Street – possibly after the Persian King of this name; prior to 1880 it was called King Street [Clerkenwell]
Czar Street Lewisham Czar Peter the Great of Russia Lived at Sayes Court, a former house nearby, in 1698 while studying shipbuilding at Deptford.
Dacre Street Westminster Lady Anne Dacre Endowed (to charitable trust) Emmanuel Almshouses near-adjoining. Although now demolished, their legacy continues in the three schools, Westminster City School, Grey Coat Hospital and Emanuel School. Or after Joan Dacre, 7th Baroness Dacre, who lived in a house on this site in the 15th century [Westminster]
Dallington Street – after Robert Dallington, master of the Charterhouse in the 1620s [Clerkenwell]
Dane Street – from the St Clement Danes church on Aldwych, who own land in the area [Holborn]
Dansey Place – unknown; formerly named George Yard, after a pub adjacent called the George and Dragon [Chinatown]
Dante Place – after the Italian poet Dante Alighieri [Lambeth]
Dante Road – after the Italian poet Dante Alighieri [Lambeth]
Danvers Street SW3 – Sir John Danvers, who died in 1655 and first taught us the way of Italian gardens, had his mansion Danvers House which spread from the river to the Kings Road. Sir John served at the Court of Charles I, although afterwards fought for Parliament and signed King Charles’s death warrant in 1649. Danvers Street was built on the site of his garden.
D’Arblay Street – after the author Frances Burney, Madame D’Arblay, who lived on Poland Street as a girl [Soho]
Dark House Walk – after a former inn here called the Darkhouse; it was formerly Dark House Lane, and prior to that Dark Lane [City of London]
Dartmouth Street – after William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth, Lord Privy Seal in the 1710s and local resident [Westminster]
David Mews – after David Porter, builder of the nearby Montagu Square [Marylebone]
Davies Mews – after Mary Davies, heiress to Hugh Audley, who married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, thereby letting the local land fall into the Grosvenors’ ownership [Mayfair]
Davies Street – after Mary Davies, heiress to Hugh Audley, who married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, thereby letting the local land fall into the Grosvenors’ ownership [Mayfair]
Dawes Street Southwark James Arthur Dawes First Mayor of Metropolitan Borough of Southwark.
De Walden Street – after Baroness Howard de Walden, local landowner [Marylebone]
Dean Bradley Street Westminster George Granville Bradley Dean of Westminster Abbey from 1881 to 1902.
Dean Farrar Street – after Frederick William Farrar, rector of St Margaret’s, Westminster and a canon at Westminster in the late 19th century [Westminster]
Dean Ryle Street – after Sir Herbert Edward Ryle, Dean of Westminster 1911-25 [Westminster]
Dean Stanley Street – after Richard Chenevix Trench, Dean of Westminster 1856-64 [Westminster]
Dean Street – unknown; possibly by connection with Old Compton Street, named for Henry Compton, Bishop of London in the 1670s, who was also Dean of the Chapel Royal [Soho]
Dean Trench Street – after Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Dean of Westminster 1864-81 [Westminster]
Dean’s Court – after the Dean of St Paul’s [City of London]
Dean’s Mews – thought to be for a Catholic college formerly located here [Marylebone]
Dean’s Yard – location of the Dean of Westminster’s house [Westminster]
Deanery Mews – this land was owned by Westminster Abbey in the 18th century; it was formerly known as Dean and Chapter Street [Mayfair]
Deanery Street – this land was owned by Westminster Abbey in the 18th century; it was formerly known as Dean and Chapter Street [Mayfair]
Defoe Place – after the author Daniel Defoe [City of London]
Defoe Road Hackney Daniel Defoe Well-known author of Robinson Crusoe, who lived in a house at the north end of the road near its junction with Stoke Newington Church Street
Denbigh Place – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Denbigh Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Denman Road Southwark Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman Lord Chief Justice between 1832 and 1850. One of several streets on the estate named after lawyers.
Denman Street – after Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman, 19th century attorney general, who was born here; it was formerly known Queen Street, in honour of Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II [Soho]
Denmark Place – after Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne [St Gile’s]
Denmark Street – after Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne [St Gile’s]
Denny Crescent – after Rev. Edward Denny, former vicar of St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall [Lambeth]
Denny Street – after Rev. Edward Denny, former vicar of St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall [Lambeth]
Derby Gate – after William, Lord Derby, who built a mansion on this site in the early 17th century [Westminster]
Derby Street – after Derbyshire, home county of local landowners the Curzon family [Mayfair]
Derry Street Kensington and Chelsea Charles Derry With Joseph Toms, founded the former shop of Derry & Toms, near the north end of the street.
Devereux Court – from the Devereaux family, earls of Essex, who occupied Essex House on this site in Tudor times [Holborn]
Devonshire Close – after local landowner the Cavendish family, who had a branch which became the dukes of Devonshire [Marylebone]
Devonshire Gardens, Hounslow Dukes of Devonshire Owners of Chiswick House, on whose large estate the roads were built. Re-built in 1811 by the 6th Duke)
Devonshire Mews North, Devonshire Mews South, Devonshire Mews West, Devonshire Place, Devonshire Place Mews, Devonshire Row Mews and Devonshire Street – after local landowner the Cavendish family, who had a branch which became the dukes of Devonshire [Marylebone]
Devonshire Road, Devonshire Place, Devonshire Street, Hounslow Dukes of Devonshire Owners of Chiswick House, on whose large estate the roads were built. Re-built in 1811 by the 6th Duke)
Devonshire Row – after the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire, who owed a house near here in the 1600s [City of London]
Devonshire Square – after the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire, who owed a house near here in the 1600s [City of London]
Diadem Court – unknown, though possibly from a former inn; formerly Crown Court [Soho]
Dickens Mews – presumably after Victorian author Charles Dickens [Farringdon]
Dickens Square – after Charles Dickens, who spent part of his childhood here [Southwark]
Dingley Place – after Charles Dingley, who instigated the construction of City Road in 1756 [Finsbury]
Dingley Road – after Charles Dingley, who instigated the construction of City Road in 1756 [Finsbury]
Distaff Lane – formerly Little Distaff Lane, as it lay off the main Distaff Lane (now absorbed into Cannon Street); in Medieval times the area was home to a distaff industry [City of London]
Doby Court – thought to be after a local landowner; prior to 1800 called Maidenhead Court [City of London]
Doctor Johnson Avenue Wandsworth Samuel Johnson Johnson lived at Streatham Place, the villa of Henry and Hester Thrale in Streatham Park, immediately south-east of the Avenue, from 1766 to 1782.
Dolben Street – after John Dolben, 17th century archbishop; it was formerly George Street [Southwark]
Dollis Hill Road NW2 – Named after the Dollis Brook that runs from Arkley and joins up with the Mutton Brook to form the River Brent. The name Dollis is likely derived from the English word ‘dole’, meaning the shares of land in the common field.
Dolphin Square – after the ‘dolphin’ formerly located here; it was a pump for drawing out river water [Victoria]
Dombey Street – named in 1936 after local resident Charles Dickens’s book Dombey and Son; it was formerly East Street, in relation to the nearby New North Street [Bloomsbury]
Domingo Street – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Domingo is an alternative name for Hispaniola, a source of mahogany [Finsbury]
Dorando Close Hammersmith and Fulham Dorando Pietri Famed for finishing first in the marathon 1908 London summer Olympics, but being disqualified for receiving assistance.
Doric Way – after the Euston Doric Arch, demolished in 1961 [Somers Town]
Dorrington Street – corruption of ‘Doddington’, from Anne Doddington, wife of Robert Grenville who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Hatton Garden]
Dorrit Street – after the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Dorset Buildings – Salisbury Court, London home of the bishops of Salisbury, formerly stood near here; after the Dissolution of the Monasteries it passed to Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset [City of London]
Dorset Close and Dorset Square – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Dorset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Dorset Mews – presumably after the Dorset landholding of the Grosvenor family [Belgravia]
Dorset Rise – Salisbury Court, London home of the bishops of Salisbury, formerly stood near here; after the Dissolution of the Monasteries it passed to Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset [City of London]
Dorset Street – after Dorset, where the local Portman family owned much land [Marylebone]
Doughty Mews – after the Doughty family, local landowners in the 18th century [Bloomsbury]
Doughty Street Camden Henry Doughty Landlord of the area when the street was built in 1792-1810
Douglas Street – after William Douglas, Canon at Westminster [Westminster]
Dover Street – after Henry Jermyn, 1st Baron Dover, local leaseholder in the late 17th century [Mayfair]
Dover Yard – after Henry Jermyn, 1st Baron Dover, local leaseholder in the late 17th century [Mayfair]
Dowding Road, Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Hugh Dowding was leader of the RAF during the Battle of Britain
Dowgate Hill – after a former watergate leading to the Thames here; it was formerly Duuegate, Old English for ‘dove’ (possibly a personal name), or possibly simply from the word ‘down’ [City of London]
Down Street – after John Downes, local bricklayer in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Down Street Mews – after John Downes, local bricklayer in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Downing Street Westminster Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet Built by and named after Downing
D’Oyley Street – after Sarah D’Oyley, who inherited land here from her grandfather Hans Sloane [Belgravia]
Drake Street – thought to be after an early 18th century builder of this name [Holborn]
Drapers Gardens – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Drapers building [City of London]
Druid Street – possibly after a former inn here with ‘Druid’ in its name [Southwark]
Drummond Crescent – part of the Duke of Grafton’s FitzRoy Estate, named after Lady Caroline Drummond, great grand-daughter of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton [Somers Town]
Drummond Street – after Lady Caroline Drummond, a member of the Duke of Grafton’s family [Regent’s Park]
Drury Lane – and old street, renamed in honour of Sir William (or Robert) Drury in the 16th century who owned a house at the southern end of the street [Covent Garden]
Drury Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of Harrow School: Joseph Drury (1785–1805).
Dryden Street – after the 17th century poet John Dryden, who lives nearby and whose poem-dramas were often performed in the theatres nearby [Covent Garden]
Du Cane Road, East Acton – Edmund Du Cane, designed the Wormwood Scrubs Prison in the fields of Wormholt Scrubs, ‘holt’ meaning woods. The road leading to the prison takes Edmund’s name.
Duchess Mews – by association with the dukes and duchesses of Portland, local landowners, possibly specifically Dorothy Duchess of Portland [Marylebone]
Duchess of Bedford’s Walk Kensington and Chelsea Lady Georgiana Russell, wife of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford Lived at Argyll Lodge, a former house on Campden Hill, near the location of the road.
Duchess Street – by association with the dukes and duchesses of Portland, local landowners, possibly specifically Dorothy Duchess of Portland [Marylebone]
Duchy Place – as it formed part of the manor of Kennington, which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall [Waterloo]
Duchy Street – as it formed part of the manor of Kennington, which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall [Waterloo]
Dufferin Avenue – thought to be named after a trustee of the Peabody Donation Fund, who redeveloped this former slum area in the 1880s [Finsbury]
Dufferin Court – thought to be named after a trustee of the Peabody Donation Fund, who redeveloped this former slum area in the 1880s [Finsbury]
Dufour’s Place – from the early 18th century street builder Paul Dufour [Soho]
Duke Humphrey Road Greenwich / Lewisham Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester The duke enclosed nearby Greenwich Park. A continuation of the road northwards leads to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich built on the site of Duke Humphrey’s Tower
Duke of Wellington Place – after the adjacent Apsley House, originally built for Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst (Lord Apsley), later the residence of the Dukes of Wellington [Westminster]
Duke Road Hounslow Dukes of Devonshire Owners of Chiswick House, on whose large estate the roads were built. Re-built in 1811 by the 6th Duke)
Duke Street – it is unknown precisely which duke, if any, this street commemorates [Marylebone]
Duke Street – it is unknown precisely which duke, if any, this street commemorates [Mayfair]
Duke Street Hill – named for Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 19th century military figure [Southwark]
Duke Street, St James’s and Duke of York Street – named after James II, Duke of York when the street was built and brother to Charles II, king at the time [St James’s]
Duke Yard – it is unknown precisely which duke, if any, this street commemorates [Mayfair]
Duke’s Mews – it is unknown precisely which duke, if any, this street commemorates [Marylebone]
Duke’s Avenue Harrow James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos Lived at Canons Park, to the north of the road buried in the parish at St Lawrence’s church, Whitchurch, Little Stanmore.
Duke’s Avenue Hounslow Dukes of Devonshire Owners of Chiswick House, on whose large estate the roads were built. Re-built in 1811 by the 6th Duke)
Dukes Place – after Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, who inherited a house near here from his uncle Thomas Audley, who had gained the land following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He was beheaded in 1572. [City of London]
Dukes Road – after the dukes of Bedford, local landowners [Bloomsbury]
Duncannon Street – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough, who built the street with George Agar in the 1830s [Covent Garden]
Dunraven Street – after Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, politician and soldier who lived near here [Mayfair]
Dunstable Mews – unknown; prior to 1935 it was Upper Wimpole Mews [Marylebone]
Dunster Court – corruption of St Dunstan’s Court, as it lay in the parish of St Dunstan-in-the-East [City of London]
Durham House Street – this was the former site of a palace belonging to the bishops of Durham in Medieval times [Strand]
Durweston Street – after Durweston, Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land [Marylebone]
Dyer’s Buildings – after almshouses owned by the Worshipful Company of Dyers formerly located here [City of London]
Dyott Street – after either Simon Dyott, local resident in the 17th century or Jane Dyott, granddaughter or local landowner Henry Bainbridge [Bloomsbury]
Eagle Court – after Eagle, Lincolnshire; the Order of Knights of St John owned land in this village and the Bailiff of Eagle owned a house near here [Farringdon]
Eagle Street – named after a local inn here in the 18th century [Holborn]
Earlham Street – formerly two streets – Great and Little Earl Street, later renamed to avoid confusion with various other Earl Streets; which earl it commemorated is unknown [Covent Garden]
Earlstoke Street – corruption of Erlestoke: local landowner Charles Compton, 1st Marquess of Northampton married in 1787 Maria Smith, daughter of Joshua Smith MP, of Erlestoke Park, Wiltshire [Clerkenwell]
Earnshaw Street – after Thomas Earnshaw, noted watchmaker of the 18th-19th century, who worked near here [St Gile’s]
Easleys Mews – after Abraham Easley, 18th century landowner [Marylebone]
East Harding Street – after local 16th century property owner Agnes Harding, who bequeathed the surrounding area to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for the upkeep of widows [City of London]
East Poultry Avenue – after the meat trade here at Smithfield Market [City of London]
Eastcastle Street – after the former nearby pub The Castle; it was formerly Little Castle Street [Fitzrovia]
Eastcheap – as it was the eastern end of the former Cheapside market [City of London]
Easton Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who owned property in Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire [Clerkenwell]
Eaton Close – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Lane – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; the family owned land in Eaton, Cheshire [Victoria]
Eaton Mews North – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Mews South – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Mews West – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Place SW1 – Eaton Hall in Cheshire is the principal seat of the Duke of Westminster, owner of these streets and land in Westminster.
Eaton Row – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Square SW1 – Eaton Hall in Cheshire is the principal seat of the Duke of Westminster, owner of these streets and land in Westminster.
Eaton Terrace – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eaton Terrace Mews, South Eaton Place and West Eaton Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Ebury Bridge – as this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury, thought to have originated as a Latinisation of the Anglo-Saxon toponym ‘eyai’, which means ‘island’ [19] in reference to a marsh that once dominated the area; the bridge here formerly stood over a small stream [Victoria]
Ebury Bridge Road – this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury [Belgravia]
Ebury Mews – this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury [Belgravia]
Ebury Mews East – this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury [Belgravia]
Ebury Square – this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury [Belgravia]
Ebury Street – this area was formerly part of the manor of Ebury [Belgravia]
Eccleston Mews – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Eccleston, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eccleston Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Eccleston, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Eccleston Square Mews – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; they owned land in Eccleston, Cheshire [Victoria]
Eccleston Square SW1 – Derives its name from Eccleston in Cheshire, where the Grosvenor family own property.
Eccleston Street SW1 – Derives its name from Eccleston in Cheshire, where the Grosvenor family own property.
Edgware Road – as it leads to Edgware, Middlesex [Lisson Grove]
Edgware Road NW2/ N,W9/ W2 – This is the old Roman Road of Watling Street that ran from Dover to Chester.
Edward Mews – after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Edwardes Square W8 – Derived its name from William Edwardes, 2nd Lord Kensington that was on part of his Holland House Estate.
Edwards Mews – after Edward Gray, local 18th century leaseholder [Marylebone]
Eldon Street – after John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, Lord Chancellor in the early 19th century, or a tavern named after him [City of London]
Elephant and Castle – derived from a coaching inn of this name [Lambeth]
Elgin Road, Croydon Group of five roads built on the site of the East India Company Military Seminary by the British Land Company, and named after prominent figures in the history of British India. Elgin was Governor-General of India 1862-3.
Elizabeth Bridge – after Lady Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, wife of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Victoria]
Elizabeth Close Westminster Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poet who lived in Little Venice, near the site of the road. Elizabeth was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era.
Elizabeth Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave); Elizabeth Leveson-Gower was the wife of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Elizabeth Way Hounslow Elizabeth I of England. Elizabeth spent part of her childhood at Hanworth Manor close nearby and sometimes stayed there during her reign.
Ellis Street – after Anne Ellis, who inherited land here from her grandfather Hans Sloane [Belgravia]
Elm Court – after the elm trees in the Temple Gardens [City of London]
Elm Street – possibly for the former elm tress located here [Clerkenwell]
Ely Court – after the Bishops of Ely, Cambridgeshire who owned much of this area prior to 1659 [Hatton Garden]
Ely Place – after the Bishops of Ely, Cambridgeshire who owned much of this area prior to 1659 [Hatton Garden]
Embankment Place – after the Thames Embankment, built in the Victorian era [Strand]
Emerald Court – Named in connection with nearby Emerald Street [Bloomsbury]
Emerald Street – Green Street prior to 1885, changed to avoid confusion with numerous other streets of that name [Bloomsbury]
Emerson Street – after Thomas Emerson, 15th century local benefactor [Southwark]
Emery Hill Street – after Emery Hill, benefactor to local charities [Westminster]
Emery Street – after the nearby Wellington Mills, which manufactured emery paper in the 19th century; prior to 1893 it was Short Street [Waterloo]
Empress Drive Bromley Empress Eugénie of France Lived in exile at nearby Camden Place from 1871 to 1881.
Endell Street – named after the rector of St Giles, James Endell Tyler in 1846 [Covent Garden]
Endsleigh Gardens – after Endsleigh, a property in Tavistock, Devon owned by the dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Endsleigh Place – after Endsleigh, a property in Tavistock, Devon owned by the dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Endsleigh Street – after Endsleigh, a property in Tavistock, Devon owned by the dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Enford Street – after Enford, Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land; the street was formerly known as Circus Street [Marylebone]
English Grounds – thought to be after the English workers here during the railway boom, who were kept separate from the Irish ones nearby at Irish Grounds [Southwark]
Erasmus Street – after Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus, who moved to London in 1498 [Westminster]
Errol Street – thought to be named after a trustee of the Peabody Donation Fund, who redeveloped this former slum area in the 1880s [Finsbury]
Essex Court – presumably after the earls of Essex, who owned a townhouse near here (hence the nearby Essex Street) [City of London]
Essex Road N1 – Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, had a country house here in the sixteenth century where he often entertained Queen Elizabeth I. The Old Queens Head pub was built on the site of his old house.
Essex Street and Little Essex Street – former site of a townhouse belonging to the earls of Essex [Holborn]
Euston Grove – after the earl of Euston, son of the duke of Grafton, local landowners when the road was built in the 1760s [Regent’s Park]
Euston Road – developed in 1756 by the 2nd Duke of Grafton on land belonging to the FitzRoy Estate, named after Euston Hall, the Graftons’ family home [Somers Town]
Euston Square – after the earl of Euston, son of the duke of Grafton, local landowners when the road was built in the 1760s [Regent’s Park]
Euston Station Colonnade – after the earl of Euston, son of the duke of Grafton, local landowners when the road was built in the 1760s [Regent’s Park]
Euston Street – after the earl of Euston, son of the duke of Grafton, local landowners when the road was built in the 1760s [Regent’s Park]
Euston Underpass – after the earl of Euston, son of the duke of Grafton, local landowners when the road was built in the 1760s [Regent’s Park]
Evelyn Street Lewisham John Evelyn English writer and essayist who lived at Sayes Court, a former house in Deptford near the street.
Evelyn Yard – built by the local Evelyn family in the 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Everard Avenue Bromley Everard Hambro Banker who lived at Hayes Place, a former house on whose estate the road was later built.
Eversholt Street –after the Dukes of Bedford, whose seat was at Woburn Abbey near Eversholt, Bedfordshire [Regent’s Park]
Excel Court – after Excel House, 1930s office block located here [Soho]
Exchange Court – opened in the mid-17th century opposite the New Exchange (covered row of shops) [Covent Garden]
Exchange Street – after the former Clerkenwell Telephone Exchange [Finsbury]
Exeter Street – site of a house belonging to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, whose son later became earl of Exeter; laid out in 1676 following the demolition of the house [Covent Garden]
Exmouth Market EC1 – Built on land formerly known as Spa Fields. The name celebrates Admiral Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, (1757-1833) who distinguished himself at the battle of Lake Champlain.
Exmouth Mews – presumably by relation to Exmouth Street, now Starcross Street [Regent’s Park]
Eyre Street Hill – unknown; formerly called Little Bath Street [Clerkenwell]
Fair Street – after the former Horselydown Fair held here [Southwark]
Falcon Court – after a former inn or shop of this name [City of London]
Falconberg Mews – after Falconberg House (demolished 1924) the former home of Thomas Belasyse, 1st Viscount Fauconberg in the 17th century [Soho]
Fann Street – thought to be named after a local property owner or tradesman of this name [City of London]
Fareham Street – built in the early 18th century as Titchfield Street, after the Duke of Portland, Marquis of Titchfield (in Hampshire); the street was renamed in 1950 after the neighbouring town of Fareham [Soho]
Farm Street – this street was formerly part of Hay Hill farm [Mayfair]
Farringdon Lane – from Sir William or Nicholas de Farnedon/Faringdon, local sheriffs or aldermen in the 13th century [Clerkenwell]
Farringdon Road – from Sir William or Nicholas de Farnedon/Faringdon, local sheriffs or aldermen in the 13th century [Clerkenwell]
Farringdon Road – from Sir William or Nicholas de Farnedon/Faringdon, local sheriffs or aldermen in the 13th century [Farringdon]
Farringdon Road – from Sir William or Nicholas de Farnedon/Faringdon, local sheriffs or aldermen in the 13th century [Hatton Garden]
Farringdon Street – from Sir William or Nicholas de Farnedon/Faringdon, local sheriffs or aldermen in the 13th century [City of London]
Fauconberg Road Hounslow Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl of Fauconberg Lived at Sutton Court, a former house that stood at the east end of the road. Chiswick.
Featherstone Street – after the Featherstone family, local landowners after Matthew Featherstone bought land here in 1732 [Finsbury]
Fen Court – after a fen which was formerly located near here, and possibly the former St Gabriel Fenchurch [City of London]
Fenchurch Avenue – after a fen which was formerly located near here, and possibly the former St Gabriel Fenchurch [City of London]
Fenchurch Buildings – after a fen which was formerly located near here, and possibly the former St Gabriel Fenchurch [City of London]
Fenchurch Place – after a fen which was formerly located near here, and possibly the former St Gabriel Fenchurch [City of London]
Fenchurch Street – after a fen (peat marsh) which was formerly located near here, and possibly the former St Gabriel Fenchurch [City of London]
Fentiman Road – after local mid-19th century developer John Fentiman [Vauxhall]
Fernsbury Street – named in 1912 after an early variant of ‘Finsbury’, former name for this area [Clerkenwell]
Fetter Lane – formerly Fewter Lane, a Medieval term for an idler, [196] [201] stemming originally from the Old French ‘faitour’ (lawyer) [City of London]
Fetter Lane EC1 – Corrupted from Fewtar’s or Fautre that was the name for a spear rest, that was made here or closes by.
Field Street – built over Battle Bridge Field, or possibly after Peter Field, early 19th century builder [Clerkenwell]
Finch Lane – after Robert Fink (some sources: Aelfwin Finnk), who paid for the rebuilding of the former St Benet Fink Church in the 13th century; the church was destroyed in the 1666 Fire, and its replacement demolished in the 1840s [City of London]
Finsbury Avenue – after a Saxon burgh (settlement) owned by someone called Finn [City of London]
Finsbury Avenue Square – after a Saxon burgh (settlement) owned by someone called Finn [City of London]
Finsbury Circus – after a Saxon burgh (settlement) owned by someone called Finn [City of London]
Finsbury Pavement EC2 – Named after the first pavement of firm ground in the marshy Moorfields.
Finsbury Square – after a Saxon burgh (settlement) owned by someone called Finn [Finsbury]
Finsbury Street – after a Saxon burgh (settlement) owned by someone called Finn [Finsbury]
Fish Street Hill – after the former local fish trade here, centred on Billingsgate Fish Market [City of London]
Fish Wharf – after the former local fish trade here, centred on Billingsgate Fish Market [City of London]
Fisher Street – after Thomas Fisher, a local 16th century landowner [Holborn]
Fisherton Street – Broadley Street near here was formerly Earl Street, and the surrounding streets were given earldom-related names in the early 19th century; this was named after Fisherton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, by association with the Earls of Salisbury [Lisson Grove]
Fishmongers Hall Wharf – after the adjacent Fishmongers’ Hall [City of London]
Fitzalan Street – after Thomas Arundel (FitzAlan), Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 15th century, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Lambeth]
Fitzhardinge Street – after Viscount Fitzhardinge, relative of Henry William Berkeley, local landowner [Marylebone]
Fitzmaurice Place – after John FitzMaurice, father of William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne who lived near here in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Fitzroy Court, Fitzroy Mews, Fitzroy Square and Fitzroy Street – after the Fitzroy family, dukes of Grafton, who owned much of this land [Fitzrovia]
Fitzroy Square Camden Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton The square takes its name from the family name of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, into whose ownership the land passed through his marriage. His descendant Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton developed the area during the late 18th and early 19th century.
Flaxman Court – after the John Flaxman, 18th – 19th century sculptor who lived on Wardour Street [Soho]
Flaxman Terrace – after the John Flaxman, 18th–19th century sculptor who is buried at the nearby St Pancras Old Church [Bloomsbury]
Fleet Place – after the now covered river Fleet which flowed near here [City of London]
Fleet Square – presumably as the river Fleet flowed near here [Clerkenwell]
Fleet Street – after the now covered river Fleet which flowed near here [City of London]
Flitcroft Street – after Henry Flitcroft, architect of St Giles in the Fields church [St Gile’s]
Floral Street – renamed after the Floral Hall in 1895, both in reference to Covent Garden’s flower markets. The street was formerly Hart Street, from the 16th century White Hart Inn [Covent Garden]
Flowers Close Brent Tommy Flowers Flowers was the designer of the Colossus computer and worked at the Post Office Research Station adjacent to the road.
Foley Street – after Lord Foley, local resident of the 18th-19th centuries [Fitzrovia]
Fore Street – named after its location in front of the City walls [City of London]
Fore Street Avenue – named after its location in front of the City walls [City of London]
Forset Street – after Edward Forset (or Forsett), surveyor with the department of works, who owned land here in the 16th – 17th century [Marylebone]
Fort Street – after the former armoury and artillery grounds located near here [City of London]
Fortune Street – after the Fortune Playhouse, which formerly stood here on the junction with Golden Lane; it was closed in 1648 [Finsbury]
Foster Lane – corruption of Vedast, after the adjacent St Vedast Church [City of London]
Foubert’s Place – after Major Henry Foubert, who established a military riding school nearby in the 18th century [Soho]
Founders’ Court – after the Worshipful Company of Founders, who were formerly based here [City of London]
Fountain Court – after the 17th century fountain located here [City of London]
Fournier Street Tower Hamlets George Fournier One of the Huguenot refugees who settled in the area near the street in the 18th century.
Fox and Knot Street – after the Fox and Knot tavern of the 18th century [Farringdon]
Frampton Street – after the sculptor and local resident George Frampton [Lisson Grove]
Francis Street – after Francis Wilcox, local 19th century landowner; formerly Francis Place [Westminster]
Frederick Street – after local landowners the Barons Calthorpe, the 4th and 5th of whom were called Frederick [Clerkenwell]
Frederick’s Place – after John Frederick, Lord Mayor of London in 1661 [City of London]
French Ordinary Court – former site of an ‘ordinary’ (cheap eating place) for the local French community in the 17th century [City of London]
Freston Road, W11 Edward Latymer Clerk at the Court of Wards and Liveries who bequeathed the land on which Latimer Road was later built to help fund Latymer Upper School, which he founded. Originally Latimer Road ran past the tube station of the same name; but after it was split by the Westway flyover, the south part was renamed Freston Road after the village in Suffolk associated with Latymer.
Friar Street – after the former Dominican friary that stood here 1276–1538 [City of London]
Friday Street – after the former local fish trade here, with reference to the popularity of fish on this day owing to the Catholic Friday Fast; the street formerly extended all the way to Cheapside [City of London]
Friend Street – after George Friend, local scarlet-dyer who founded a free clinic nearby in 1780 [Clerkenwell]
Frith Street – after Robert Frith, late 17th century property developer in the area who built the street [Soho]
Frobisher Crescent – after the explorer Martin Frobisher, who is buried in the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate [City of London]
Fruiterers Passage – after the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, formerly based here [City of London]
Fulwood Place – after Sir George Fulwood, 16th century member of Gray’s Inn [Holborn]
Furnival Street – after the nearby Furnival’s Inn, owned by Sir Richard Furnival in the late 1500s [City of London]
Furnival’s Inn EC1 – Furnival’s Inn, where Dickens later wrote Pickwick Papers, took its name from Sir Richard Furnival, who possessed two Messuages and 13 shops there during the reign of Richard II. The Prudential Assurance Company the red brick building at Holborn Bars is sprawled over what was once Furnival’s Inn, the name only survives in the little street opposite.
Fye Foot Lane – corruption of ‘five foot’, after its original breadth; formerly Finamour Lane, after an individual with this surname [City of London]
Fynes Street – after Charles John Fynes Clinton, who was educated at Westminster School [Westminster]
Gainsborough Road Richmond upon Thames Thomas Gainsborough Painter, buried in St Anne’s Church, Kew.
Galen Place – after Ancient Greek physician Galen, by connection with the Pharmaceutical Society whose examination hall formerly stood here [Bloomsbury]
Galway Street – after Henri de Massue, Earl of Galway, first governor of the French Hospital that was formerly here [Finsbury]
Gambia Street – unknown; formerly William Street [Southwark]
Ganton Street – unknown, though possibly after Ganton, North Yorkshire; prior to 1886 this was three separate streets – Cross Street, Cross Court and South Row [Soho]
Garbutt Place – named in 1894 after William Garbutt, local vestry clerk and later borough town clerk [Marylebone]
Gard Street – after a member of the nearby Orphan Working School [Finsbury]
Garden Court – after the adjacent Temple Gardens [City of London]
Gardner’s Lane – unknown, though thought to be after a local property owner; formerly called Dunghill Lane in the 18th century [City of London]
Garlick Hill – as it led to the former Garlick Hythe, a wharf where garlic was unloaded from ships [City of London]
Garnault Mews and Garnault Street – after Samuel Garnault, 18th century treasurer of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Garrett Street – after a person of this name who was a member of the local parish vestry Works Committee [Finsbury]
Garrick Street and Garrick Yard – after David Garrick, successful actor of the 18th century [Covent Garden]
Garth Road Merton A Sir Richard Garth became the owner and Lord of the Manor of Morden just after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and maintained their connection with the parish for the next four centuries, until the manor was sold by another Sir Richard Garth in 1872.
Gateforth Street – possibly for Gateforth in Yorkshire, though why this named was chosen (in 1914) in unknown [Lisson Grove]
Gatliff Road – after John (or Charles) Gatliff, secretary of the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes [Belgravia]
Gayfere Street – after Thomas Gayfere, mason, who worked on Westminster Abbey in the early 19th century [Westminster]
Gee Street – after its 1784 builder, Osgood Gee [Finsbury]
General Gordon Square Greenwich Charles George Gordon General born in Woolwich, who trained at the nearby Royal Military Academy. The road was originally called General Gordon Place until 2011, when it was redeveloped and renamed.
General Wolfe Road Greenwich James Wolfe General and conqueror of Quebec, who is buried in St Alfege’s Church, Greenwich and has a memorial in Greenwich Park. He lived in a house called Macartney House near the road.
George Court – after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, 17th century courtier, who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site; his son sold the area to developers on condition that his father and titles were commemorated on the new streets [Strand]
George Gillett Court – for George Gillett, local politician in the early 20th century [Finsbury]
George Inn Yard – after the adjacent George Inn [Southwark]
George Mews – presumably for the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
George Peabody Court – after George Peabody, American philanthropist [Lisson Grove]
George Street – after king George III, reigning king when the street was built [Marylebone]
George Street Croydon Saint George Took its name from a former pub called the George and Dragon which stood in Croydon, and named after the saint (not from a former church dedicated to the saint). The present George pub in Croydon is its successor
George Street Richmond upon Thames King George III Main street of Richmond. Took current name in king’s honour 1769. Formerly known as Richmond High Street.
George V Avenue Harrow King George V The road was built shortly before the Second World War and named in memory of the monarch, who died in 1936. Between Hatch End and Harrow.
George Yard – after the adjacent George and Vulture pub, [231] or another pub of this name formerly located here [City of London]
George Yard EC3 – Now the courtyard of Barclay’s banks H.Q. Was first an ordinary house that was converted into a public house called ‘The George’. Destroyed in the great fire of 1666, becoming a George Yard – probably after John George, local 18th century glazier and builder [Mayfair]
Geraldine Street – after the nearby Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, named for the mother of 20th century newspaper proprietor Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere [Lambeth]
Gerrard Place – after Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, who owned this land when the street as built in the 1680s; the form ‘Gerrard’ developed in the 19th century [Chinatown]
Gerrard Street – after Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, who owned this land when the street as built in the 1680s; the form ‘Gerrard’ developed in the 19th century [Chinatown]
Gilbert Street – unknown; formerly James Street [Mayfair]
Gillingham Mews – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Gillingham Row – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Gillingham Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Giltspur Street – thought to be the former location of a spurriers [City of London]
Gladstone Street – after William Ewart Gladstone, Victorian-era Prime Minister [Lambeth]
Glasshill Street – after the former glassworks located here; formerly just Hill Street [Southwark]
Glasshouse Street – after a former glass factory on this site [Soho]
Glasshouse Walk – after the former Vauxhall Glassworks here, which thrived in the 1700s [Vauxhall]
Glasshouse Yard – after a 17th-century glass factory on this site [Farringdon]
Glentworth Street – after Edmund Pery, 1st Earl of Limerick (Lord Glentworth), 18th – 19th century politician and local resident [Lisson Grove]
Globe Street – after the former inn here of this name, possibly named for the Globe Theatre [Southwark]
Gloucester Gate – after Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, sister of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Gloucester Gate Bridge – after Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, sister of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Gloucester Gate Mews – after Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, sister of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Gloucester Place – after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, Duke of Gloucester, son of King George II [Marylebone]
Gloucester Place Mews – after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, Duke of Gloucester, son of King George II [Marylebone]
Gloucester Road Kensington Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh Formerly called Hogmore Lane; renamed in 1826 after the duchess who built a house in the road in 1805, and now demolished
Gloucester Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Gloucester Way – after Thomas Lloyd Baker, local landowner, who also owned Hardwicke Court in Gloucester [Clerkenwell]
Godliman Street – thought to be after Godalming, Surrey, a family bearing this name, or the selling of godalmins (a type of skin/leather); it was formerly Paul’s Chain, after the chain placed here to prevent access to St Paul’s churchyard [City of London]
Golborne Road Kensington and Chelsea Dean Golbourne One time vicar of St. John’s Church in Paddington.
Golden Lane – formerly Goldynglane, thought to be after a local property owner of the name Golding/Golda [City of London]
Golden Square – believed to be a corruption of ‘gelding’, after Gelding’s Close, a field in the site prior to the square’s creation in 1670 [Soho]
Goldington Crescent – formerly part of the Duke of Bedford’s Figs Mead Estate (later Bedford New Town), who also owned land in Goldington, Bedfordshire [Somers Town]
Goldington Street – formerly part of the Duke of Bedford’s Figs Mead Estate (later Bedford New Town), who also owned land in Goldington, Bedfordshire [Somers Town]
Goldsmith Street – after the nearby Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths [City of London]
Goodge Place – after John Goodge, local landowner in the 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Goodge Street W1- Named after John Goodge a carpenter. He was a speculative builder of the houses which form the street in the late 18th century. His two nephews developed Crab Tree Fields forming Goodge Street in 1740.
Goodman’s Court and Goodman’s Yard – thought to be after the Goodman family, local farmers in the 16th century [City of London]
Gophir Lane – formerly Gofaire Lane, thought to be for Elias Gofaire, 14th century property owner [City of London]
Gordon Square – after Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon, grandfather of Lady Georgiana, wife of local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Gordon Street – after Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon, grandfather of Lady Georgiana, wife of local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Goring Street – unknown; prior to 1885 known as Castle Court, after a former inn [City of London]
Goslett Yard – named after A Goslett & Co, builders’ merchants, who occupied a building nearby on Charing Cross Road; formerly George Yard [Soho]
Gossage Road, Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Leslie Gossage was Inspector-General of the RAF and Air Member for Personnel.
Goswell Place – there is dispute over the origins of the name, with some sources claiming the road was named after a nearby garden called ‘Goswelle’ or ‘Goderell’ which belonged to Robert de Ufford, 1st Earl of Suffolk, [69] whilst others state it derives from God’s Well, and the traditional pagan practice of well-worship, or else a former ‘Gode Well’ located here [Clerkenwell]
Goswell Road – there is dispute over the origins of the name, with some sources claiming the road was named after a nearby garden called ‘Goswelle’ or ‘Goderell’ which belonged to Robert de Ufford, 1st Earl of Suffolk, whilst others state it derives from God’s Well, and the traditional pagan practice of well-worship, or a former ‘Gode Well’ located here [Finsbury]
Gough Square – after Richard Gough, wool merchant, local landowners in the early 1700s [City of London]
Gough Street – after Richard Gough, wool merchant and local landowner in the early 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Gower Court – after Gertrude Leveson-Gower, wife of local landowner John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Gower Mews – after Gertrude Leveson-Gower, wife of local landowner John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Gower Place – after Gertrude Leveson-Gower, wife of local landowner John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Gower Street Camden Gertrude Leveson-Gower Wife of the 4th Duke of Bedford, who supervised the laying of the street.
Gracechurch Street – formerly Garscherch Street, Grass Church Street and Gracious Street, presumably after a local church (mostly likely St Benet Gracechurch and/or grassy area [City of London]
Grafton Mews – after local landowners the dukes of Grafton [Fitzrovia]
Grafton Place – originally part of the Duke of Grafton’s FitzRoy Estate [Somers Town]
Grafton Street – after the Dukes of Grafton, who owned a town house near here in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Grafton Way W1 – The second Duke of Grafton wanted a short cut transporting his cattle from Paddington to Islington. With a few farmers and friends he won a petition from parliament to build a turnpike along which is present day Grafton Way.
Graham Terrace – after its 19th century lessee/builder William Graham [Belgravia]
Grahame Park Way Barnet Claude Grahame-White Founded the Grahame-White Aviation Company near the site of the road in 1911
Granby Terrace – after John Manners, Marquess of Granby, noted Georgian-era military commander [Regent’s Park]
Grange Court – thought to a descriptive name dating from the Middle Ages when this was farmland [Holborn]
Grantham Place – after John (or Thomas) Grantham, local builder in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Granville Place – probably after Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, prominent Victorian politician [Marylebone]
Granville Square and Granville Street – after Granville Sharp, notable opponent of the slave trade; he was the uncle of Mary Sharp, who married local landowner Thomas Lloyd Baker [Clerkenwell]
Grape Street – formerly ‘Vine Street’, both in reference to a former vineyard on this site probably belonging to the former St Giles hospital [Covent Garden]
Gravel Lane – descriptive, after its gravelly texture [City of London]
Gray’s Inn Place, Gray’s Inn Road and Gray’s Inn Square – from Lord Gray of Wilton, owner of a local inn or town house which was later leased to lawyers in the 16th century [Holborn]
Gray’s Inn Road – from Lord Gray of Wilton, owner of a local inn or town house which was later leased to lawyers in the 16th century [Hatton Garden]
Gray’s Yard – after Edward Gray, local leaseholder of the 18th century [Marylebone]
Gray’s Inn Road WC1 – John de Gray gave this land now covered by the Gray’s Inn law chambers to St Bartholemew’s Priory in the year 1314, and it was given that masses would be said for his soul.
Great Bell Alley – formerly just Bell Alley, it was named for a former inn [City of London]
Great Castle Street – after the former nearby pub The Castle [Fitzrovia]
Great Central Street – after the adjacent Marylebone railway station, originally the terminus of the Great Central Railway [Lisson Grove]
Great Chapel Street – this formerly approached a Huguenot chapel on the corner with Sheraton Street (then called Little Chapel Street) [Soho]
Great College Street, College Mews and Little College Street – after Westminster School, formerly known as St Peter’s College, Westminster [Westminster]
Great Cumberland Mews and Great Cumberland Place – after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II; it was formerly Tyburn Gate, after the brook that ran here [Marylebone]
Great Dover Street – as this formed part of the traditional London to Dover road [Southwark]
Great George Street and Little George Street – after either George II, reigning king when the street was built in 1750 or a former inn here called The George [Westminster]
Great Guildford Street – after Suffolk House, owned by Lady Jane Guildford in the early Tudor period; possibly also in allusion to Guildford, county town of Surrey [Southwark]
Great James Street – after James Burgess, assistant to local landowners the Brownlow family [Bloomsbury]
Great Marlborough Street – after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 17th – 18th century general [Soho]
Great Maze Pond – after the Medieval Maze Manor here, named for a prominent maze in its grounds [Southwark]
Great New Street – built in the mid-1600s, and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
Great Newport Street – after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on what is now Chinatown’s Little Newport Street (then just Newport Street) in the 17th century. Following the construction of Charing Cross Road Newport Street was split in two and the two sections renamed as they are today [Covent Garden]
Great Ormond Street – thought to commemorate James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, prominent 17th century soldier [Bloomsbury]
Great Percy Street – after Robert Percy Smith, 19th century MP who was a director of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Great Percy Street Islington Robert Percy Smith A director of the New River Company, who developed the area, including the circus.
Great Peter Street SW1 – Great Peter Street bears the name of the patron saint of Westminster Abbey. St Peter at Westminster is the formal name of Westminster Abbey.
Great Portland Street – after the Dukes of Portland, who owned much of this land following the marriage of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland to heiress Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland in 1734 [Fitzrovia]
Great Queen Street – laid out in the 16th century and named in honour of the contemporary royal family; the ‘Great’ prefix was added to contrast with Little Queen Street which formerly adjoined [Covent Garden]
Great Russell Street – after local landowner the Russells, Dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Great Scotland Yard – site of a house used by visiting monarchs of Scotland until the 13th century [Westminster]
Great Smith Street and Little Smith Street – after John Smith, circa 1700 builder of these streets [Westminster]
Great St Helen’s – after the adjacent St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate and former priory here of the same name [City of London]
Great St Thomas Apostle – after the St Thomas the Apostle church, destroyed in the Great Fire [City of London]
Great Suffolk Street – after Suffolk House, home to Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the Tudor period [Southwark]
Great Sutton Street and Sutton Lane – after Thomas Sutton, who founded the nearby Charterhouse School in 1611 [Clerkenwell]
Great Swan Alley – after a former inn here called The White Swan [City of London]
Great Titchfield Street and Little Titchfield Street – after Titchfield, Hampshire, where local landowners dukes of Portland owned land [Fitzrovia]
Great Tower Street – after the adjacent Tower of London [City of London]
Great Trinity Lane, Little Trinity Lane and Trinity Lane – after the former Holy Trinity the Less church, demolished 1871 [City of London]
Great Turnstile WC1 – In the 17th century, there stood a revolving barrier that did allow pedestrians to pass from Holborn into Lincolns Inn Fields.
Great Turnstile, Little Turnstile Street and New Turnstile Gate – after turnstiles that stood here in the 17th century [Holborn]
Great Winchester Street – following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the nearby Austin Friars was acquired by Sir William Powlet, Lord Treasurer; his son Lord Winchester renamed it for himself [City of London]
Great Windmill Street – after a windmill that formerly stood near here in Ham Yard n the 17th century; the ‘great’ prefix was to distinguish it from Little Windmill Street, now Lexington Street [Soho]
Greek Court – after the Greek refugees, and the church they built nearby, who came here fleeing Ottoman rule in the 17th century [Soho]
Greek Street – after the Greek refugees, and the church they built nearby, who came here fleeing Ottoman rule in the 17th century [Soho]
Green Arbour Court – thought to be from a 17th-century inn [City of London]
Green Dragon Court – after a Tudor-era inn here of this name [Southwark]
Green Street – after John Green, local builder of the 18th century [Mayfair]
Green Terrace and Green Yard – possibly after the adjacent Spa Green, or instead John Grene, Clerk to the New River Company in the late 1600s [Clerkenwell]
Green’s Court – after the paviour Thomas Green, who leased land here from Edward Wardour in 1685 [Soho]
Greencoat Place – after the Green Coat School which formerly stood here, named for the colour of the school’s uniform, demolished 1877 [Westminster]
Greencoat Row – after the Green Coat School which formerly stood here, named for the colour of the school’s uniform, demolished 1877 [Westminster]
Greenhill’s Rents – after John Greenhill, local 18th century property owner [Farringdon]
Greenwell Street – after the locally prominent Greenwell family [Fitzrovia]
Grendon Street – this land was in Medieval times owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem; the street is named for Walter Grendon, Grand Prior 1400–16 [Lisson Grove]
Grenville Street – after William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, prominent 19th century politician [Bloomsbury]
Gresham Street – after Thomas Gresham (1519–1579), merchant and founder the Royal Exchange; the western part of this street was formerly known as Lad Lane, and the eastern part Cat Eaton Street (named literally after the cats here); they were amalgamated and the street created in 1845 [City of London]
Gresse Street – built by the Swiss local resident Peter Gaspard Gresse in the 1760s [Fitzrovia]
Greville Street – from Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, who owned a house near here in the 17th century [Hatton Garden]
Greycoat Place – after the Grey Coat School for Children which moved here in 1701 [Westminster]
Greycoat Street – after the Grey Coat School for Children which moved here in 1701 [Westminster]
Greyfriars Passage – after the Franciscan order, also known as the Grey friars, who owned land here in the Middle Ages [City of London]
Greyhound Court – thought to be after a former inn of this name [Holborn]
Greystoke Place – after a local 18th century property owner of this name; prior to this it was Black Raven Alley, after a local inn [City of London]
Grindal Street – for Edmund Grindal, 16th century archbishop, by association with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Waterloo]
Grocer’s Hall Court – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Grocers [City of London]
Grocer’s Hall Gardens – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Grocers [City of London]
Groom Place – after a former pub here called the Horse and Groom [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Cottages – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Crescent – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Crescent Mews – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Gardens – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Gardens Mews North – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Gardens Mews South – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Gate – after the Grosvenors, former local landowners [Mayfair]
Grosvenor Hill Westminster The Grosvenor Family – Dukes of Westminster.
Grosvenor Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Road – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Grosvenor Square Westminster The Grosvenor Family – Dukes of Westminster. Owners of the land on which the Square is built.
Grosvenor Street Westminster The Grosvenor Family – Dukes of Westminster.
Grotto Court – after Thomas Finch’s Grotto Grounds, 18th century pleasure grounds located near here [Southwark]
Grotto Passage – site of a former shell grotto owned by John Castle, closed circa 1760 [Marylebone]
Guildable Bridge Street – the term ‘Guildable’ is first recorded in 1377, refers to the collection of taxes there and was adopted to distinguish this from the other manors of the Southwark area [Southwark]
Guildhall Buildings – after the adjacent Guildhall [City of London]
Guildhall Yard – after the adjacent Guildhall [City of London]
Guildhouse Street – after the Guild House, which formerly stood near here on Eccleston Square from 1922-46 [24] [Victoria]
Guilford Place – after Prime Minister Lord North, 2nd Earl of Guildford, who was also President of the nearby Foundling Hospital from 1771 until his death [Bloomsbury]
Guilford Street – after Prime Minister Lord North, 2nd Earl of Guildford, who was also President of the nearby Foundling Hospital from 1771 until his death [Bloomsbury]
Gun Street E1 – Gunners at the Tower made their weekly repairs here on the former artillery ground.
Gutter Lane – corruption of Guthrun/Godrun, thought to be after an early Danish landowner [City of London]
Guy Street – after Thomas Guy, founder of Guy’s Hospital [Southwark]
Gwynne Place – after Nell Gwynne, mistress of Charles II, who lived near here [Clerkenwell]
Haddon Hall Street – after Haddon Hall, local religious mission named for Charles Haddon Spurgeon, noted Victorian-era preacher [Southwark]
Half Moon Court – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Half Moon Sreet W1 – Deriving its name from a long lost tavern, renown for its considerable repute.
Halkin Arcade – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned Halkyn Castle in Wales [Belgravia]
Halkin Street W1 – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned Halkyn Castle in Flintshire.
Hall Street – after James and Joseph Hall who built the street in 1822 [Finsbury]
Hallam Mews – after Henry Hallam, 19th century historian who lived nearby [Marylebone]
Hallam Street W1 – Takes its name from the historian Henry Hallam who lived close by at No. 67 Wimpole Street.
Ham Yard – after the Ham tavern, now the Lyric, on the corner with Great Windmill Street [Soho]
Hambro Avenue Bromley Everard Hambro Banker who lived at Hayes Place, a former house on whose estate the road was later built.
Hamilton Mews – built on land belonging to Mr Hamilton, ranger of Hyde Park during the reign King Charles II [Mayfair]
Hamilton Place – built on land belonging to Mr Hamilton, ranger of Hyde Park during the reign King Charles II [Mayfair]
Hamilton Road, Hardy Road and Nelson Road Merton Nearby streets commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson and those most famously connected to him. Emma Hamilton – his mistress and prominent society model and courtier.
Hammett Street – after its 18th century builder Benjamin Hammett, also Lord Mayor of London in 1797 [City of London]
Hampden Gurney Street – after Reverend John Hampden Gurney, rector of St Mary’s, Bryanston Square in the mid-19th century [Marylebone]
Hampstead Road – as it leads to the north London district of this name [Regent’s Park]
Hand Court – thought to be from a former shop sign advertising gloves or a tailors [Holborn]
Handel Close Harrow George Frideric Handel Well-known German composer who was employed by the Duke of Chandos at Canons Park and reputedly played on the organ of St Lawrence’s church nearby. The road was built on part of the estate
Handel Street – after the 18th century composter George Frederick Handel, a benefactor of the nearby Foundling Hospital and organist at its chapel [Bloomsbury]
Hanging Sword Alley EC4 – John Stow says, ‘Then is Water Lane, running down, by the west side of a house called the Hanging Sword, to the Thames.’ Stow remarks can certainly be traced back to the 1560s and the Alley was probably here long before that, when it was known as Ouldwood Alley and formed part of the Bishop of Salisbury’s estate.
Hankey Place – after Donald Hankey, prominent member of the local Edwardian-era charitable organisation the Oxford and Bermondsey Club [Southwark]
Hanover Gate – after the House of Hanover, reigning dynasty when the square and street were built in 1713 [Regent’s Park]
Hanover Place – after the Royal House of Hanover; formerly Phoenix Place [Covent Garden]
Hanover Square – after the House of Hanover, reigning dynasty when the square and street were built in 1713 [Mayfair]
Hanover Street – after the House of Hanover, reigning dynasty when the square and street were built in 1713 [Mayfair]
Hanover Terrace – after the House of Hanover, reigning dynasty when the square and street were built in 1713 [Regent’s Park]
Hanover Terrace Mews – after the House of Hanover, reigning dynasty when the square and street were built in 1713 [Regent’s Park]
Hanseatic Walk – presumably in reference to Hanseatic League [City of London]
Hanson Street – after a nearby hospital, opening by Lord Mayor Sir Reginald Hanson in 1887 [Fitzrovia]
Hanway Place and Hanway Street – after Thomas Hanway, commissioner with the navy, who owned this land in the early 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Hanway Place W1 – Major John Hanway appears in the rate-books from 1710 and the street itself appearers in the rate-books in 1725.
Hanway Street W1 – Major John Hanway appears in the rate-books from 1710 and the street itself appearers in the rate-books in 1725.
Harcourt Street – after John Harcourt, local landowner and resident in the 18th century [Marylebone]
Hardwick Mews – after Thomas Lloyd Baker, local landowner, who also owned Hardwicke Court in Gloucester [Clerkenwell]
Hardwick Street – after Thomas Lloyd Baker, local landowner, who also owned Hardwicke Court in Gloucester [Clerkenwell]
Hardwidge Street – after James Hardwidge, local 18th century needlemaker and church benefactor [Southwark]
Hardy Road Merton Nearby streets commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson and those most famously connected to him. Thomas Hardy under his command as Flag Captain of HMS Victory.
Hare Place – after Hare House which formerly stood here; formerly Ram Alley, a noted criminal area, prompting the name change [City of London]
Harewood Avenue and Harewood Row – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Emma Portman, Viscountess Portman, daughter of Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood, wife of Edward Portman, 1st Viscount Portman [Lisson Grove]
Harewood Place – after Ahrwood House, residence of the Earls of Harewood in the 19th century [Mayfair]
Harley Place – after Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, Lady Margaret Harley, wife of the duke of Portman, landowner [Marylebone]
Harley Street Westminster Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Was the 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer and had one son, Edward Harley
Harleyford Road – after local leaseholders the Claytons, whose country house was Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire [Vauxhall]
Harp Alley – thought to be after a former 17th century inn of this name [City of London]
Harp Lane – after the Harp brewhouse which formerly stood here [City of London]
Harper Road – unknown; it was changed from Union Road to avoid confusion with similarly named streets, and before that it was Horsemonger Lane, after the local horse dealers [Southwark]
Harpur Mews – after either local 18th century landowner Peter Harpur [82] or Sir William Harpur, founder of the Bedford School [Bloomsbury]
Harpur Street – after either local 18th century landowner Peter Harpur [82] or Sir William Harpur, founder of the Bedford School [Bloomsbury]
Harriet Street – after Harriet Lowndes of the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Harriet Walk – after Harriet Lowndes of the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Harrington Road, Harrington Gardens, Stanhope Gardens, Petersham Lane, Petersham Mews and Petersham Place Kensington and Chelsea Earls of Harrington Owned the area on which the road was later built. The family continued to own it until 1957.
Harrington Street – as this land was formerly owned by Dukes of Bedford; Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford was married to Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, daughter of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington [Regent’s Park]
Harrison Street – after local 18th – 19th century landowners and brickmakers the Harrison family [Bloomsbury]
Harrow Place – thought to be named for a harrow-making shop formerly located here after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Harrow Street – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School [Lisson Grove]
Harrowby Street W1 – after Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby, early 19th century politician, by association with the Cato Street conspiracy at which he would have been killed had it succeeded [Marylebone]
Hart Street – unknown, formerly Herthstrete and Hertstrete, possibly after the hearthstone trade here [City of London]
Hartshorn Alley – after the Hart’s Horn inn which formerly stood here [City of London]
Hastings Street – after Hastings in Sussex, near to Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Hat and Mitre Court – after an 18th-century tavern of this name [Farringdon]
Hatfields – as fur hats were formerly made here [Waterloo]
Hatherley Street – after William Page Wood, 1st Baron Hatherley, Victorian era politician and local resident [Westminster]
Hatton Garden Camden Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor Most of estate leased to Hatton by Elizabeth I in 1581, following a vacancy in the position of Bishop of Ely, whom she appointed. Holborn.
Hatton Place – from Sir Christopher Hatton, who was ceded much of this area from the Bishops of Ely by Elizabeth I in 1577-1580 [Hatton Garden]
Hatton Row – thought to be after a local builder of this name [Lisson Grove]
Hatton Street – thought to be after a local builder of this name [Lisson Grove]
Hatton Wall – from Sir Christopher Hatton, who was ceded much of this area from the Bishops of Ely by Elizabeth I in 1577-1580 [Hatton Garden]
Haunch of Venison Yard – after a former 18th century inn near here [Mayfair]
Havelock Road, Croydon Group of five roads built on the site of the East India Company Military Seminary by the British Land Company, and named after prominent figures in the history of British India. Havelock was a general in India during the 1851 rebellion.
Hay Hill – after the Hay Hill farm which formerly stood here; the farm was originally ‘Aye farm’, after the nearby Aye Brook [Mayfair]
Hay’s Lane – after the Hays family, who owned nearby Hay’s Wharf [Southwark]
Hay’s Mews – after the Hay Hill farm which formerly stood here; the farm was originally ‘Aye farm’, after the nearby Aye Brook [Mayfair]
Haydon Street and Haydon Walk – after John Heydon, Master of the Ordnance 1627-42, who lived near here [City of London]
Hayes Place – after the developer of this street Francis Hay, who lived in Hayes, Middlesex [Lisson Grove]
Hayles Buildings – after the Hayles family, former local landowner [Lambeth]
Hayles Street – after the Hayles family, former local landowner [Lambeth]
Haymarket – site of a former market selling hay until the 1830s [Soho]
Haymarket – site of a former market selling hay until the 1830s [St James’s]
Hayne Street – after Haynes timber merchants and carpenters, who owned a shop here after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Hayward’s Place – after James Hayward, local 19th century landowner and ironmonger [Clerkenwell]
Headfort Place – after Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort, who lived nearby on Belgrave Square [Belgravia]
Heath Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of Harrow School: Benjamin Heath (1771–1785).
Heathcock Court – thought to be after a former inn of this name [Covent Garden]
Heathcote Street – after Michael Heathcote, governor of the nearby Foundling Hospital in the early 19th century [Bloomsbury]
Heddon Street – after William Pulteney (later also Baron Heddon), local 18th century landowner [Mayfair]
Helmet Row – after the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, who owned this land; their arms incorporates a helmet motif [Finsbury]
Hen and Chicken Court – after a former inn(s) here of this name [City of London]
Heneage Lane – after Thomas Heneage, who acquired a house here after the dissolution of the nearby abbey [City of London]
Heneage Place – after Thomas Heneage, who acquired a house here after the dissolution of the nearby abbey [City of London]
Henrietta Mews – named after Foundling Hospital vice-president (mid-19th century) Sir Stephen Gaselee’s wife Henrietta [Bloomsbury]
Henrietta Place – after Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, daughter of Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne [Marylebone]
Henrietta Street – named after Henrietta Maria, consort of Charles I, reigning king when the street was built in 1631 [Covent Garden]
Henriques Street E1 Basil Henriques 1890–1961 Location of a social club run by philanthropist Henriques. Once named Berner Street with the name changed after Jack the Rippers third victim, and subsequently named after Sir Basil Henriques.
Herbal Hill and Herbal Place – after a former herb garden near here belonging to the Bishops of Ely, former local landowners [Clerkenwell]
Herbrand Street – after local landowner Herbrand Arthur Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Hercules Road – after Hercules House, built by late 18th century circus owner Philip Astley after one of his favourite circus acts [Lambeth]
Hermit Street – after a hermitage established here in 1511 by the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem [Clerkenwell]
Herrick Street – after Robert Herrick, 17th century poet [Westminster]
Hertford Place – after Isabella FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, Marchioness of Hertford, part of the local landowning Fitzroy family [Fitzrovia]
Hertford Street – after a former local inn named after the Seymours, Marquesses of Hertford [Mayfair]
High Holborn – thought to be from ‘hollow bourne’ i.e. the river Fleet which formerly flowed in a valley near here. The ‘High’ stems from the fact that the road led away from the river to higher ground. [Bloomsbury]
High Timber Street – after a former timber hythe (wharf), recorded here from the late 13th century [City of London]
Hill Street – after the Hay Hill farm which formerly stood here; the farm was originally ‘Aye farm’, after the nearby Aye Brook [Mayfair]
Hills Place – thought to be after local resident in the 1860s TH Hills; formerly Queen Street [Soho]
Hinde Mews – after Jacob Hinde, husband of Anne Thayer, who inherited this land from her father Thomas Thayer [Marylebone]
Hinde Street – after Jacob Hinde, husband of Anne Thayer, who inherited this land from her father Thomas Thayer [Marylebone]
Hobart Place – named after Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire, who lived nearby on Grosvenor Place [Belgravia]
Hobhouse Court – after Sir John Cam Hobhouse, Victorian MP and arts patron [Soho]
Hogarth Court – the artist William Hogarth formerly lodged here at a local tavern [City of London]
Hogarth Lane Hounslow William Hogarth Painter, who is buried in the parish church, and whose house, now a museum, is in the road. Chiswick.
Holbein Mews – after Hans Holbein the Younger, who painted local families for a period in the 1520s. [Belgravia]
Holbein Place – after Hans Holbein the Younger, who painted local families for a period in the 1520s; its former name was The Ditch, as it lay next to the river Westbourne [Belgravia]
Holborn – thought to be from ‘hollow bourne’ i.e. the river Fleet which formerly flowed in a valley near here [Hatton Garden]
Holborn Circus – thought to be from ‘hollow bourne’ i.e. the river Fleet which formerly flowed in a valley near here. The ‘High’ stems from the fact that rode led away from the river to higher ground. Circus is a British term for a road junction. [Holborn]
Holborn Place – thought to be from ‘hollow bourne’ i.e. the river Fleet which formerly flowed in a valley near here. The ‘High’ stems from the fact that rode led away from the river to higher ground. [Holborn]
Holford Mews, Holdford Place and Holford Street – after the Holford family, who worked on the New River) scheme in the 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Holland Park Avenue and Villas Road Kensington and Chelsea Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland First owner of Holland House and Holland Park, to the east of the road.
Holland Road Kensington and Chelsea Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland First owner of Holland House and Holland Park, to the east of the road.
Holland Street SE1 – In 1630 Elizabeth Holland (Madam Holland) opened her first-class brothel establishment Hollands Leaguer, on the site now covered by Hopton Street and Holland Street. The brothel was surrounded by a moat, gatehouse and drawbridge with plesant walks alongside trees and shrubberies in what was once Paris Gardens House; covering the area now known as Paris Gardens.
Holland Villas Road Kensington and Chelsea Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland First owner of Holland House and Holland Park, to the east of the road.
Hollen Street – after its builder Allen Hollen, in the 18th century [Soho]
Holles Street – after John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who bought the local estate in 1708 [Marylebone]
Holyrood Street – after the former Rood (cross) of Bermondsey located here; it was destroyed in 1559 [Southwark]
Homer Row – named by local landowner John Harcourt, either in honour of the ancient Greek poet Homer or his neighbour Edward Homer, possibly both [Marylebone]
Homer Street – named by local landowner John Harcourt, either in honour of the ancient Greek poet Homer or his neighbour Edward Homer, possibly both [Marylebone]
Honduras Street – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Honduras was a source of mahogany [Finsbury]
Honey Lane – after honey that was formerly sold here as art of the Cheapside market [City of London]
Honor Oak SE5 – At the summit of this road there was a tree known as the Oak of Honour, where Queen Elizabeth 1 on one of her excursions on horse back from Greenwich, dined beneath its shade. Many years later the oak was struck by lightning, and was replaced by a successor.
Hop Gardens – the abbey of St Peter used gardens near here to grow hops in the early Middle Ages [Covent Garden]
Hopkins Street – after Richard Hopkins, who owned a lease here in the early 18th century [Soho]
Hopton Street – after Charles Hopton, who funded the local almshouses here in the 18th century [Southwark]
Hopton’s Gardens – after Charles Hopton, who funded the local almshouses here in the 18th century [Southwark]
Horse and Dolphin Yard – after the Horse and Dolphin inn which stood here in the 17th – 19th centuries [Chinatown]
Horse Guards Avenue – after the quarters of the Horse Guards, established on Whitehall in 1663 [Westminster]
Horse Guards Road – after the quarters of the Horse Guards, established on Whitehall in 1663 [Westminster]
Horseferry Road SW1 – The point where an ancient horse ferry took passengers from Thorney Island (Westminster) to Lamb Hythe (Lambeth) Where Lambeth bridge now stands. King James the II fleeing London threw the Great seal into the Thames at this point and was picked up by the Horse ferryman in 1688.
Horsemongers Mews – probably by association with the nearby Horsemongers Lane (now Harper Road) [Southwark]
Hosier Lane – after the former hosiery trade based here [291] [City of London]
Houghton Street – after John Holles, Second Baron Houghton, who built the street in the 1650s [Holborn]
Houndsditch – generally thought to be literally after a local ditch where dead dogs were dumped; however, others think it may refer to a nearby kennels [City of London]
Howick Place – thought to be named for Howick Cross, Lancashire [Westminster]
Howland Mews East and Howland Street – after Elizabeth Howland, who married Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford, local landowner [Fitzrovia]
Hudson’s Place – after the Hudson’s furniture depository formerly located here, founded by William Hudson [Victoria]
Huggin Court and Huggin Hill – formerly Hoggen Lane, as hogs were kept here [City of London]
Hugh Mews – after Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, whose family owned much of the surrounding land (though Hugh was a common name in the family and another individual may have been intended) [Victoria]
Hugh Street – after Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, whose family owned much of the surrounding land (though Hugh was a common name in the family and another individual may have been intended) [Victoria]
Hull Street – after its 18th century builder, William Hulls [Finsbury]
Hungerford Lane – after the Hungerford family, who owned a house on this site in the 15th century, later sold due to debts to create Hungerford Market, before the building of Charing Cross station [Strand]
Hungerford Road Camden Edward Hungerford Founder and owner of market. Co-source of Hungerford Bridge, arguably a street.
Hunt’s Court – after Samuel Hunt, local carpenter and leaseholder in the 17th century [Soho]
Hunter Street – after prominent 18th century surgeon John Hunter, by association with adjacent School of Medicine [Bloomsbury]
Huntley Street – after Cosmo George Gordon, 3rd Duke of Gordon, Marquess of Huntly grandfather of Lady Georgiana, wife of local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Huntsworth Mews – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Huntsworth, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Idol Lane – formerly Idle Lane, it may be a personal name or denote local idlers [City of London]
India Place – after the adjacent Indian High Commission [Holborn]
India Street – after the former warehouses here of the East India Company; prior to 1913 it was George Street [City of London]
Ingestre Place – after Lord Ingestre, who financed the building of an artisans’ block here in 1852; before this it was two streets – New Street and Husband Street, after Thomas Husbands, 18th century local building owner [Soho]
Ingle Mews – after William Inglebert, 17th century engineer who worked on the New River scheme [Clerkenwell]
Inglebert Street – after William Inglebert, 17th century engineer who worked on the New River scheme [Clerkenwell]
Inigo Jones Road Greenwich Inigo Jones The road in Charlton within former estate of Charlton House with features by or in the style of Jones.
Inigo Place – after Inigo Jones, who designed much of the Covent Garden area in the 1630s [Covent Garden]
Inner Temple Lane – after the adjacent Inner Temple [City of London]
Ireland Yard – after haberdasher William Ireland, who owned a house here in the 1500s [City of London]
Ironmonger Lane – an ancient name, after the former ironmongery trade here [City of London]
Ironmonger Passage – after the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, who owned this land [Finsbury]
Ironmonger Row – after the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, who owned this land [Finsbury]
Irving Street – after Henry Irving, popular Victorian actor; the street was originally named Green Street, as it led to a bowling green near Leicester Square [181] [182]
Irving Street Westminster Henry Irving In London’s Theatreland. Named after the first actor to be knighted
Ivor Place – unknown; formerly Upper Park Place [Lisson Grove]
Ivybridge Lane – named after a former ivy-covered bridge that crossed an old watercourse on this spot; the bridge was demolished sometime before 1600 [Strand]
Jack Cornwell Street Newham Jack Cornwell First World War sailor boy and recipient of the Victoria Cross, who grew up here: Little Ilford, East Ham.
Jacob’s Well Mews – after Jacob Hinde, husband of Anne Thayer, who inherited this land from her father Thomas Thayer [Marylebone]
James Street – named after Prince James, later James II, son of Charles I who was reigning king when this street was built in the 1630s [Covent Garden]
Jermyn Street Westminster Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans Developed much of St. James’s around the year 1667
Jerusalem Passage – after the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem [Clerkenwell]
Jewry Street – after the former Jewish community which was based here; formerly Poor Jewry Street [City of London]
Jockey’s Fields – thoguht to date from the old custom of the Lord Mayor and retainers on horseback inspecting the nearby conduit on the river Tyburn [Holborn]
Johanna Street – possibly after local resident and subscriber to the Old Vic Johanna Serres [Waterloo]
John Adam Street – after John Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother Robert in the 1760s [Strand]
John Archer Way Wandsworth John Archer First black mayor of a London council – Battersea Borough Council, in 1913/4
John Bradshaw Road Enfield John Bradshaw Benefactor of Southgate, who lived nearby in The Bourne
John Carpenter Street City of London John Carpenter Town clerk of the City of London in the fifteenth century, and founder of the City of London School
John Islip Street Westminster John Islip Abbot of the monastery of Westminster at the time of Henry VIII
John Milton Passage – after the author John Milton [City of London]
John Prince’s Street – after John Prince, surveyor to the Cavendish-Harley estate in the 1710s [Marylebone]
John Street – after local 18th century carpenter John Blagrave [Bloomsbury]
John Trundle Highwalk – after John Trundle, 16th–17th century author and book seller [City of London]
John Wesley Highwalk – after John Wesley, founder of Methodism [City of London]
John Wilson Street Greenwich John Wilson Minister of Woolwich Baptist Tabernacle, now Woolwich Central Baptist Church, who gave generously to the local poor
John’s Mews – after local 18th century carpenter John Blagrave [Bloomsbury]
Johnson’s Place – after John Johnson, Victorian-era local paviour/owner [Victoria]
Johnsons Court – after a local 16th century property owning family of this name; the connection with Samuel Johnson is coincidental [City of London]
Jonathan Street – for Jonathan Tyers and his son, owner/managers of the nearby Vauxhall Gardens for much of the 18th century [Vauxhall]
Jones Street – after William Jones, yeoman, who leased a large plot here in 1723 [Mayfair]
Jubilee Walkway – named in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II [Southwark]
Judd Street WC1 – Takes its name from Sir Andrew Judd, Lord Mayor, 1551-2, erected one notable free schoole at Tonbridge in Kent he was a land owner of St Pancras. Thus Kentish names like Tonbridge Street in the area. Judd developed the local area via the Skinners’ Company in the 1570s [Bloomsbury]
Juxon Street – after William Juxon, Archbishop of Canterbury 1660-63, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Lambeth]
Kean Street – after Edmund Kean, successful Shakespearian actor of the 19th century, and his actor son Charles Kean [Covent Garden]
Keats Grove Camden John Keats Writer who lived in the road, and whose house is now a museum. The road was formerly called John Street
Keeley Street – after Robert Keeley, successful actor and comedian of the 19th century [Covent Garden]
Keith Park Road, Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Keith Park was leader of No. 11 Group RAF, which was coordinated nearby, in what is now the Battle of Britain Bunker.
Kemble Street – after the Kemble family, who were active in the local theatre community in the 18th and 19th centuries [Covent Garden]
Kendall Place – after William Kendall, local builder and timber merchant in the 18th century [Marylebone]
Kennett Wharf Lane – after its late 18th century owner [City of London]
Kennings Way – unknown; formerly White Hart Row [23]
Kennington Gardens – after the Old English Chenintune (‘settlement of Chenna’a people’); another explanation is that it means place of the King, or town of the King. [Kennington]
Kennington Lane – after the Old English Chenintune (‘settlement of Chenna’a people’); another explanation is that it means place of the King, or town of the King. [Kennington]
Kennington Oval – after the Old English Chenintune (‘settlement of Chenna’a people’); another explanation is that it means place of the King, or town of the King. [Kennington]
Kennington Park Road – after the Old English Chenintune (‘settlement of Chenna’a people’); another explanation is that it means place of the King, or town of the King. [Kennington]
Kennington Road – after the Old English Chenintune (‘settlement of Chenna’a people’); another explanation is that it means place of the King, or town of the King. [Kennington]
Kenrick Place – after William Kenrick, local lecturer and writer in the 18th century [Marylebone]
Kent Passage – after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Kent Terrace – after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Kentish Buildings – after 17th century property owner Thomas Kentish; formerly it was Christopher Alley [Southwark]
Kenton Street – after the 18th century vintner Benjamin Kenton, benefactor of the nearby Foundling Hospital [Bloomsbury]
Keppel Row – after Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, 18th century naval figure [Southwark]
Keppel Street – after Elizabeth Keppel, wife of local landowner Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock [Bloomsbury]
Keyworth Place – after Leonard James Keyworth, recipient of a Victoria Cross in the First World War [Southwark]
Keyworth Street – after Leonard James Keyworth, recipient of a Victoria Cross in the First World War [Southwark]
Kilmorey Gardens Richmond upon Thames Francis Needham, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey Earl buried with his mistress in the Kilmorey Mausoleum, near the road.
Kilmorey Road Richmond upon Thames Francis Needham, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey Earl buried with his mistress in the Kilmorey Mausoleum, near the road.
King Charles Street – after Charles II reigning monarch when the street was built in 1682 [Westminster]
King Edward Street – named for Edward VI, who turned the adjacent Greyfriars monastery into a hospital; it was formerly known as Stinking Lane [City of London]
King Edward Walk – after Edward VI, who granted land near here to the City of London [Lambeth]
King Edward’s Road Barking and Dagenham King Edward VII Originally called Creeksmouth Lane; renamed in 1902 to commemorate the king’s coronation.
King George VI Avenue Merton King George VI The avenue was made to commemorate the king’s coronation in 1937
King Square – built 1820, and named for George IV [Finsbury]
King Street – built after the Great Fire and named for Charles II [City of London]
King Street – named after Charles I, king when this street was built in the 1600s [St James’s]
King Street – named after Charles I, king when this street was built in the 1630s [Covent Garden]
King Street Hammersmith and Fulham John King Bishop of London who gave generously to the poor of Fulham in 1620 [60]
King William Street – named for William IV, reigning monarch when the street was built in 1829-35 [City of London]
King William Street Greenwich King William IV His memorial is in the street near the National Maritime Museum.
King William Walk City of London King William IV. The City example is one of many — merely built in his reign.
King’s Arms Yard – named after a former inn of this name [City of London]
King’s Bench Street – after the King’s Bench Prison formerly located here [Southwark]
King’s Bench Walk – named for the adjacent housing for lawyers of the King’s Bench [City of London]
King’s Cross Bridge – after a former statue of George IV that formerly stood near where the train station is now; the Road was formerly called Bagnigge Wells, after a tea garden of that name near here [Clerkenwell]
King’s Head Yard – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
King’s Mews – by association with Theobald’s Road, formerly King’s Way [Bloomsbury]
King’s Scholars’ Passage – after the King’s Scholars of Westminster School [Westminster]
Kinghorn Street – formerly King Street, renamed in 1885 to avoid confusion with many other streets of this name [City of London]
Kingly Court – originally off ‘King Street’, in honour either of the original owner of this land of Henry III, or James II, reigning monarch when built;
Kingly Street – originally ‘King Street’, in honour either of the original owner of this land of Henry III, or James II, reigning monarch when built; it was renamed in 1906 so as to avoid confusion with other King Streets [Soho]
Kings Cross N1 – The Station at Kings cross took it’s name from the statue of George the IV that was at the cross road with Pentonville Road and Grays Inn Road.
Kings Cross Road – after a former statue of George IV that formerly stood near where the train station is now; the Road was formerly called Bagnigge Wells, after a tea garden of that name near here [Clerkenwell]
Kings Road SW1 – Once an old footpath through fields taken over by Charles II, as his own private road leading him to Richmond and Kew Palace.
Kingscote Street – formerly King Edward Street (for Edward VI), renamed in 1885 to avoid confusion with the street of this name off Newgate Street [City of London]
Kingsway – named in honour of Edward VII, reigning king when this road was completed in 1906 [Holborn]
Kingsway Camden / Westminster King Edward VII Opened the street in 1905.
Kinnerton Place North – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Lower Kinnerton, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Kinnerton Place South – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Lower Kinnerton, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Kinnerton Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Lower Kinnerton, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Kinnerton Yard – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Lower Kinnerton, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Kirby Street – from Christopher Hatton’s Kirby House in Northamptonshire [Hatton Garden]
Kirkman Place – after local 18th century brewer and property developer Joseph Kirkman [Fitzrovia]
Kneller Road Richmond upon Thames Godfrey Kneller Lived at Kneller Hall in the road, now the Royal Military School of Music, Whitton, Twickenham.
Knightrider Court – thought to be literally a street where knights used to ride [City of London]
Knightrider Street – thought to be literally a street where knights used to ride [City of London]
Kossuth Street Greenwich Lajos Kossuth Hungarian national hero who lived in London in the 1850s.
Ladbroke Crescent Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Gardens Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Grove Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Road Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Square Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Terrace Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Ladbroke Walk Kensington and Chelsea James Weller Ladbroke Developed the North Kensington area around 1840.
Lamb Walk – after a 17th-century inn here of this nam [Southwark]
Lamb’s Buildings – after its early 19th century owner William (or Thomas) Lamb; it was formerly known as Great Swordbearers Alley [Finsbury]
Lamb’s Conduit Passage – after a conduit built by William Lambe in the 16th century to bring clean water from the countryside north of London [Holborn]
Lamb’s Passage – after its early 19th century owner William (or Thomas) Lamb; it was formerly known as Great Swordbearers Alley [Finsbury]
Lambert Jones Mews – after Lambert Jones, Victorian-era councilman [City of London]
Lambeth High Street, Lambeth Road and Lambeth Palace Road – refers to a harbour where lambs were either shipped from or to. It is formed from the Old English ‘lamb’ and ‘hythe’. Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury [Lambeth]
Lambeth Hill – corruption of Lambert/Lambart, local property owner [City of London]
Lambeth Road – refers to a harbour where lambs were either shipped from or to. It is formed from the Old English ‘lamb’ and ‘hythe’. [Vauxhall]
Lambeth SE1 – Original name was Lambhythe, Hythe being a Dock where lambs were transported.
Lamb’s Conduit Street WC1 – In Henry VIII’s time there was a Kentish man named William Lambe who built a faire conduit in Holborn where there was spring water as clear as crystal. The water was carried along in lead pipes from the north fields for more than two thousand yards at his own cost of more than fifteen hundred pounds. The conduit was removed in 1746, but Lamb’s name remains at the end of the street were his conduit once stood. Lamb’s Conduit Street – named after William Lambe, in recognition of the £1,500 he gave for the rebuilding of the Holborn Conduit in 1564. (According to The London Encyclopaedia, The conduit was an Elizabethan dam made in one of the tributaries of the Fleet River and restored in 1577 by William Lamb, who also provided 120 pails for poor women) [Bloomsbury]
Lancaster Place – former site of the Savoy Palace. It passed into the ownership of the earls of Lancaster in the 13th century, the most famous of which was John of Gaunt, who owned the palace at the times of its destruction in Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 [Strand]
Lancaster Street – unknown; formerly Union Street [Southwark]
Langham Place – after Sir James Langham, who owned a house near here in the early 19th century [Marylebone]
Langham Street – after Sir James Langham, who owned a house near here in the early 19th century [Marylebone]
Langley Court – after Sir Roger Langley, who owned land here in the early 18th century [Covent Garden]
Langley Street – after Sir Roger Langley, who owned land here in the early 18th century [Covent Garden]
Langthorn Court – named after a former property owner of this name [City of London]
Langton Close – after the Arthur Langton Nurses Home formerly located here [Clerkenwell]
Lansbury Gardens Tower Hamlets George Lansbury British politician (MP 1910-1912, 1922-1940) and social reformer who led the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935. Blackwall (ex.-Poplar)
Lansdowne Crescent Kensington and Chelsea Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne Home Secretary and later Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time the road was built.
Lansdowne Rise Kensington and Chelsea Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne Home Secretary and later Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time the road was built.
Lansdowne Road Kensington and Chelsea Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne Home Secretary and later Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time the road was built.
Lansdowne Row – former site of Lansdowne House, home of William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Lansdowne Terrace – after William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, Prime Minister 1782–83 [Bloomsbury]
Lant Street SE1 – Derives its name from the Lant family who inherited the estates known as Southwark Olace which was formerly in the possesion of Heath, Archbishop of York.
Latimer Road, Kensington Edward Latymer Clerk at the Court of Wards and Liveries who bequeathed the land on which Latimer Road was later built to help fund Latymer Upper School, which he founded. The school’s playing fields are situated west of the road.
Latymer Road, Edmonton Edward Latymer Clerk at the Court of Wards and Liveries. The roads in Edmonton are located near The Latymer School, founded by Edward Latymer
Latymer Way, Edmonton Edward Latymer Clerk at the Court of Wards and Liveries. The roads in Edmonton are located near The Latymer School, founded by Edward Latymer
Laud Street – after William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633-45, by association with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Vauxhall]
Laud Street Croydon William Laud Archbishop of Canterbury (1633-1645) who lived at Croydon Palace
Lauderdale Place – named for the Earls of Lauderdale, who owned a house here [City of London]
Launcelot Street – after Launcelot Holland, local developer in the 1820s [Waterloo]
Laurence Pountney Hill and Laurence Pountney Lane – after the former St Laurence Pountney church, built by Sir John de Pulteney but destroyed in the Great Fire [City of London]
Lavington Street – after Thomas Lant, local 18th century developer [Southwark]
Lawn Lane – after a former row of houses here called The Lawn, after their grass plots, demolished in 1889-90 [Vauxhall]
Lawrence Lane – after the nearby St Lawrence Jewry church [City of London]
Laxton Place – after its 1806 developer, the baker George Laxton [Regent’s Park]
Laystall Street – after a former nearby laystall, a term for a refuse heap [Clerkenwell]
Leadenhall Market – after the Leaden Hall, a house owned by Sir Hugh Neville in the 14th century [City of London]
Leadenhall Place – after the Leaden Hall, a house owned by Sir Hugh Neville in the 14th century [City of London]
Leadenhall Street – after the Leaden Hall, a house owned by Sir Hugh Neville in the 14th century [City of London]
Leake Court – after John Leake, founder of a local hospital in 1767 [Waterloo]
Leake Street – after John Leake, founder of a local hospital in 1767 [Waterloo]
Leather Lane – thought to come not from ‘leather’ but from Leofrun, a personal name in Old English; formerly known as Le Vrunelane (13th century), Loverone Lane (14th century) and Liver Lane [Hatton Garden]
Leathermarket Court – after the tanneries and leather market formerly located here [Southwark]
Leathermarket Street – after the tanneries and leather market formerly located here [Southwark]
Lees Place – after either Robert Lee (or Lees), owner of the Two Chairman pub which formerly stood here [107] or one Thomas Barrett of Lee, Kent, 19th century builder [Mayfair]
Leicester Court – Leicester Court was formerly Ryder Court, after local leaseholder Richard Ryder – it was renamed in 1936 [Chinatown]
Leicester Place – the square was home to Leicester House in the 17th century, home of Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester [Chinatown]
Leicester Square Westminster Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester Owner of the land on which the square is built, from 1630; ordered by the Privy Council to allow public access to the square.
Leicester Street – the square was home to Leicester House in the 17th century, home of Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester; [Chinatown]
Leigh Hunt Drive Enfield Leigh Hunt English writer born in Southgate
Leigh Hunt Street – after the author Leigh Hunt, who served a short sentence in a nearby prison [Southwark]
Leigh Place – from the Barons Leigh, who bought land in the area from the Baldwin family in 1689 [Hatton Garden]
Leigh Street – after Leigh in Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Lennox Gardens SW3 – Named after Lord William Lennox.
Leo Yard – from the Latin for lion, as it was formerly Red Lion Yard [Clerkenwell]
Lewisham Street – after William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth, Viscount Lewisham, Lord Privy Seal in the 1710s and local resident [Westminster]
Lexington Street – named in 1885 after the Baron Lexington, whose family – the Suttons – purchased this land in 1645; it was formerly known as Little Windmill Street [Soho]
Lilestone Street – after the former manor of Lilestone which covered this area [Lisson Grove]
Lillie Road Hammersmith and Fulham Sir John Scott Lillie Lillie first laid out the easternmost section of the road across his North End Hermitage estate in 1826.
Lillie Yard Hammersmith and Fulham Sir John Scott Lillie owned the North End Hermitage estate.
Lime Street – Medieval name denoting a place of lime kilns [City of London]
Limeburner Lane – after the lime burning trade formerly located here [City of London]
Lincoln’s Inn Fields – after Lincoln’s Inn, the townhouse of the Lacy family, earls of Lincoln, later leased to lawyers in the 14th century [Holborn]
Lind Road Sutton Jenny Lind Swedish singer, who entertained the people of Sutton in 1847 with her singing.
Lisle Street – after Philip, Viscount Lisle, who succeeded to the earldom of Leicester in 1677 [Chinatown]
Lisson Grove and Lisson Street – corruption of Lilestone, the former manor which covered this area, probably after a personal name (i.e. the Saxon Lille) [Lisson Grove]
Litchfield Street – possibly after Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield, who was brother-in-law of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton and son of Charles II [78], or Charlotte Lee, Countess of Lichfield, daughter of Charles II [Covent Garden]
Little Albany Street – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Little Argyll Street – after John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, owner of the land in the 18th century [Soho]
Little Britain – thought to be after Robert le Bretoun, 13th century local landowner, probably from Brittany [City of London]
Little Chester Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Chester [Belgravia]
Little College Lane – after the adjacent St Michael Paternoster Royal, which was created as a collegiate church by Richard Whittington in 1419; College Street was formerly Paternoster Street (meaning rosary makers]] and College Hill was Royal Street (a corruption of La Réole, France, where local wine merchants hailed from) [City of London]
Little Dean’s Yard – location of the Dean of Westminster’s house [Westminster]
Little Dorrit Court – after the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Little Edward Street – after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Little Marlborough Street – after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 17th – 18th century general [Soho]
Little New Street – built in the mid-1600s, and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
Little Newport Street – after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on this street (then just Newport Street) in the 17th century. Following the construction of Charing Cross Road, Newport Street was split in two and the two sections renamed as they are today [Chinatown]
Little Portland Street – after the Dukes of Portland, who owned much of this land following the marriage of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland to heiress Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland in 1734 [Marylebone]
Liverpool Street EC2 Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool The street was built in 1829 and named after the former Prime Minister, who had died the previous year. Also home to the Great Eastern Railway and one of London’s largest stations.
Livonia Street – thought to be after Livonia (roughly modern Latvia), in allusion to the nearby Poland Street. Prior to 1894 it was called Bentinck Street, from the family name of the Duke of Portland, local landowners [Soho]
Lizard Street – after the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, who owned this land; their arms incorporates a salamander motif [Finsbury]
Lloyd’s Avenue – as the headquarters of the Lloyd’s Register (named for Lloyd’s Coffee House) were located here [City of London]
Lloyd’s Row, Lloyd Square, Lloyd Street and Lloyd Baker Street – after the Lloyd Baker family, local 19th century landowners [Clerkenwell]
Lodge Road – as it leads to the Hanover Lodge in Regent’s Park [Lisson Grove]
Lollard Street – named to commemorate the persecution of the Lollards in the 14th century; it was formerly East Street, after a branch of the local landowning Clayton family [Lambeth]
Loman Street – after the former Loman’s Pond located here [Southwark]
Lombard Court – from Lombardy, as this area was home to a community from there; the name was altered from Lombard Street to avoid confusion with the other street of this name [City of London]
Lombard Lane – from Lombardy, as this area was home to a community from there; the name was altered from Lombard Street to avoid confusion with the other street of this name [City of London]
London Bridge Street – after the adjacent London Bridge [Southwark]
London Bridge Walk – after the adjacent London Bridge [Southwark]
London Road – the road that led to London [Lambeth]
London Street – named after local 18th century property owner John London, not the city; the ‘New’ section was a later extension [City of London]
London Wall – after the city wall which formerly ran along this route (though there are still some ruins visible) [City of London]
Long Acre – after the garden/field of the abbey of St Peter; the road was laid out in 1615 [Covent Garden]
Long Yard – simply a descriptive name for this former stable yard [Bloomsbury]
Longmoore Street – after the marshes formerly located here [Victoria]
Lonsdale Road Richmond upon Thames Earls of Lonsdale William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale bought the land in 1846, on which the roads were later built
Lord North Street – originally just North Street, as led north from Smith Square, however this was altered in 1936 to commemorate Lord North, Prime Minister 1770-82, so as to avoid confusion with similarly name streets [Westminster]
Lorenzo Street – unknown; formerly York Street [Clerkenwell]
Lorne Close – after the John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll (the Marquess of Lorne), husband of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria [Lisson Grove]
Lothbury – meaning ‘burgh’ of Lotha/Hlothere, a 7th-century name [City of London]
Lots Road SW3 – In 1544 it was recorded as lez lotte when the name discribed the lots of ground which were originally part of the manor over which the parishoners held Lammas rights. Thus bringing the words allotments into present day word.
Lovat Street – thought to be either a corruption of Lucas Lane, after a local landowner, or for Lord Lovat, local politician; it was formerly ‘Love Lane’, probably a euphemism for prostitution, and changed to avoid confusion with the other city lane of this name [City of London]
Love Lane – unknown, but possible with reference to the prostitution that occurred here in the 16th century; it was formerly Roper Lane, probably after the rope making trade, but possibly after a person with this surname [City of London]
Lower Belgrave Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Lower James Street – after James Axtell, co-owner of the land when Golden Square was developed in the 1670s [Soho]
Lower John Street – after John Emlyn, co-owner of the land when Golden Square was developed in the 1670s [Soho]
Lower Marsh – as this land was formerly a marsh prior to the 19th century [Waterloo]
Lower Robert Street – after Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother John in the 1760s [Strand]
Lower Sloane Street – after Hans Sloane, local landowner when this area was built up in the 18th century [Belgravia]
Lower Thames Street and Upper Thames Street – thought to mark the bank of the Thames in Roman/Saxon times [City of London]
Lowndes Close – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Lowndes Court – after William Lowndes, 16th-17th century financier and politician, who owned land here [Soho]
Lowndes Place – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Lowndes Square – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Lowndes Street – after the Lowndes family, former local landowners [Belgravia]
Lowther Road Richmond upon Thames Earls of Lonsdale William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale bought the land in 1846, on which the roads were later built
Loxham Street – possibly for directors of the East End Dwellings Company who developed these streets in the 1890s [Bloomsbury]
Ludgate Broadway, Ludgate Circus, Ludgate Hill and Ludgate Square – the former city gate of this name that formerly stood here, thought to an Old English term for ‘postern-gate’ [City of London]
Ludgate Circus – the former city gate of this name that formerly stood here, thought to an Old English term for ‘postern-gate’ [City of London]
Ludgate Hill – the former city gate of this name that formerly stood here, thought to an Old English term for ‘postern-gate’ [City of London]
Ludgate Square – the former city gate of this name that formerly stood here, thought to an Old English term for ‘postern-gate’ [City of London]
Lumley Street – after Sibell Lumley, wife of Victor, Earl Grosvenor, local landowner [Mayfair]
Lupus Street – after Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, whose family owned much of the surrounding land [Victoria]
Lyall Mews – after Charles Lyall, business partner with local landowners the Lowndes [Belgravia]
Lyall Mews West – after Charles Lyall, business partner with local landowners the Lowndes [Belgravia]
Lyall Street – after Charles Lyall, business partner with local landowners the Lowndes [Belgravia]
Lyndhurst Grove Southwark John Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst Lawyer and politician, three times Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
Lyndhurst Square Southwark John Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst Lawyer and politician, three times Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
Lyndhurst Way Southwark John Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst Lawyer and politician, three times Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.
Lyons Place – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; this street was named for the school’s founder John Lyon [Lisson Grove]
Mabledon Place – after Mabledone in Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Macclesfield Bridge – after George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield, chairman of the Regent’s Canal Company in the 17th century [Regent’s Park]
Macclesfield Road – after George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield, chairman of the canal company in the 17th century [Finsbury]
Macclesfield Street – after Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield, local landowner in the 17th century [Chinatown]
MacFarren Place – after George Alexander Macfarren, composer and principal at the nearby Royal Academy of Music [Regent’s Park]
Macklin Street – after Charles Macklin, 18th century actor [Covent Garden]
Mackworth Street – after Thomas Mackworth, local landowner who is buried nearby; it was formerly Rutland Street, after John Manners, Marquess of Granby (also Duke of Rutland), but was changed in 1938 to avoid confusion with several other similarly named streets [Regent’s Park]
Maddox Street – after the local Maddox estate, purchased by William Maddox in the 1620s [Mayfair]
Magdalen Street – after either William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester in the 15th century, who attended Magdalen College, Oxford, [28] or a 13th-century church here called St Mary Magdalen [Southwark]
Magpie Alley – after a former inn here of this name [City of London]
Maida Vale – took its name from a public house named after John Stuart, Count of Maida, which opened on the Edgware Road soon after the Battle of Maida in 1806 [Lisson Grove]
Maiden Lane – not known, but thought to be from a shop of inn containing the word ‘maiden’ that formerly stood here; the names dates to 1636 [72] [83], or perhaps after midden heaps [Covent Garden]
Malet Place – after Sir Edward Baldwin Malet, 4th Baronet, husband of Lady Ermyntrude Sackville Russell, daughter of local landowner Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Malet Street Camden Sir Edward Malet Married to Lady Ermyntrude Sackville Russell, daughter of Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford who owned much of the surrounding area.
Mallory Street – this land was in Medieval times owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem; the street is named Robert Mallory, Grand Prior 1433–40 [Lisson Grove]
Mallow Street – after the former mallow field located here [Finsbury]
Malta Street – unknown, though probably by association with the nearby Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem (also Knights of Malta); formerly Queen Street [Clerkenwell]
Maltraver’s Street – buily on the site of the former Arundel House; one of the 16th century earls of Arundel was Henry Fitzalan who was also Baron Maltravers [Holborn]
Manchester Mews, Manchester Square and Manchester Street – after Manchester House (now Hertford House) which stood here, home to the dukes of Manchester, built 1776 [Marylebone]
Manciple Street – after the character of the manciple in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, by reference to the adjacent Pilgrimage Street [Southwark]
Mandela Street Camden Nelson Mandela The street was originally called Selous Street, after Frederick Selous, a game hunter in South Africa who was born in the area. The street in the 1960s became the base of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and in 1985 it was renamed in honour of the then imprisoned ANC leader, who nine years later would become South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
Mandeville Place – after the duke of Manchester as above, also known as Viscount Mandeville [Marylebone]
Manette Street – after the Manette family in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, part of which is set on this street [Soho]
Manoel Road Richmond upon Thames King Manoel II of Portugal Last king of Portugal, home: nearby demolished Fulwell Park House from 1910 (the year of the Portuguese Revolution) until death, 1932. Manoel is the Portuguese spelling.
Mansell Street – named after either local landowner Sir William Leman, 2nd Baronet for his wife Mary Mansell [356] or Mansel Leman, also a local property owner in the 17th century [City of London]
Mansfield Mews – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Viscount Mansfield, father-in-law of local landowner Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Mansfield Street – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Viscount Mansfield, father-in-law of local landowner Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Mansion House Place and Mansion House Street – after the adjacent Mansion House [City of London]
Maple Place – after local Victorian-era councillor John Maple [Fitzrovia]
Maple Street – after local Victorian-era councillor John Maple [Fitzrovia]
Marble Arch – after the Marble Arch erected here in 1851 [Mayfair]
Marchmont Street – after Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont, governor of the nearby Foundling Hospital [Bloomsbury]
Margaret Court and Margaret Street – after Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, daughter of local landowner Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Fitzrovia]
Margaret Street – after Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, daughter of local landowner Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Margery Street – after a family member of local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton; it was formerly Margaret Street [Clerkenwell]
Marigold Alley – after a former 18th century inn here called the Marygold, possibly named for the flower, symbol of Mary I [Waterloo]
Mark Lane – unknown, though possibly a corruption of ‘Martha’; formerly known as Martlane and Marke Lane [City of London]
Market Court and Market Place – after the Oxford Market, opened here in 1732 [Fitzrovia]
Market Mews – after the former Shepherd Market near here [Mayfair]
Marlborough Court – after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 17th – 18th century general [Soho]
Marlborough Road – after the adjacent Marlborough House, built for Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in 1711 [St James’s]
Marshall Street – built in the 1730s by the Earl of Craven, whose seat was at Hampstead Marshall, Berkshire [Soho]
Marshalsea Road – after the former Marshalsea Prison here [Southwark]
Marsham Street – after Sir Robert Marsham, who inherited this land from Sir Richard Tufton in the 17th century [Westminster]
Martin Lane – after the former St Martin Orgar church, demolished (save for the tower) in 1820 [City of London]
Martlett Court – thought to be a corruption of St Martin’s, from St Martin-in-the-Fields church [Covent Garden]
Marylebone High Street – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church; the first church was built on the bank of a small stream called the Tyburn. [Marylebone]
Marylebone Lane – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church (1817); the original church was built on the bank of a small stream or bourne, called the Tybourne or Tyburn. This stream rose further north in what is now Swiss Cottage, eventually running along what is now Marylebone Lane, which preserves its curve within the grid pattern. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne which, over time, became shortened to its present form, Marylebone. [Marylebone]
Marylebone Mews – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church; the first church was built on the bank of a small stream called the Tyburn. [Marylebone]
Marylebone Passage – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church (1817); the original church was built on the bank of a small stream or bourne, called the Tybourne or Tyburn. This stream rose further north in what is now Swiss Cottage, eventually running along what is now Marylebone Lane, which preserves its curve within the grid pattern. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the Bourne which, over time, became shortened to its present form, Marylebone. [Fitzrovia]
Marylebone Road – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church; the first church was built on the bank of a small stream called the Tyburn. [Marylebone]
Marylebone Street – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church; the first church was built on the bank of a small stream called the Tyburn. [Marylebone]
Mason’s Arms Mews – after the nearby Mason’s Arms pub [Mayfair]
Mason’s Avenue – after the Worshipful Company of Masons, whose headquarters formerly stood here [City of London]
Mason’s Yard – after the local 18th century victualler Henry Mason; it was formerly known as West Stable Yard [42] [St James’s]
Matthew Parker Street – after Matthew Parker, archbishop of Canterbury 1559-75; it was formerly Bennett Street, as Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (nicknamed Bennett College) owned land here [Westminster]
Maunsel Street – after John Maunsel (or Mansell), local 13th century landowner and adviser to King Henry III [Westminster]
Mayfair Place – after the May Fair that was formerly held here in the 17th – 18th centuries [Mayfair]
Mays Court – after Henry May, local property owner in the 18th century, built by his family after his death [Covent Garden]
Maysoule Road Wandsworth Rev. Israel May Soule From 1838, Minister of the Baptist Chapel in Battersea; originally called May Soule Road.
Meadow Mews – after the former meadows here attached to Caron House [Vauxhall]
Meadow Road – after the former meadows here attached to Caron House [Vauxhall]
Meard Street Westminster John Meard, the younger Carpenter, later esquire, who developed it in the 1720s and 1730s.
Mecklenburgh Place – after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife George III, reigning monarch when the square was built [Bloomsbury]
Mecklenburgh Square – after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife George III, reigning monarch when the square was built [Bloomsbury]
Mecklenburgh Street – after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife George III, reigning monarch when the square was built [Bloomsbury]
Medburn Street – Richard Platt, 16th century brewer and local landowner, who gave part of his land at Medburn Farm, Hertfordshire for the endowment of Aldenham School [Somers Town]
Medway Street – after the Medway in the Diocese of Rochester, where the deans of Westminster were bishops from 1663 – 1802 [Westminster]
Melbourne Place – after Melbourne in Australia, as the Australian High Commission in on this site [Holborn]
Melcombe Place – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Melcombe, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Melcombe Street – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Melcombe, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Melior Place – after Melior May Weston, local 18th century property owner [Southwark]
Melior Street – after Melior May Weston, local 18th century property owner [Southwark]
Memel Court – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Memel was a timber exporting port in Germany (now Klaipeda in Lithuania) [Finsbury]
Memel Street – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities; Memel was a timber exporting port in Germany (now Klaipeda in Lithuania) [Finsbury]
Menelik Road Camden Menelik II of Ethiopia The road was built on the estate of the Powell-Cotton family, one of which, Major Percy Powell-Cotton, was given permission by Emperor Menelik to hunt in Ethiopia in 1900.
Mepham Street – after a 14th Century Archbishop of Canterbury Simon Mepeham [Waterloo]
Mercer Street – after the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who owned a field near here in the 14th century; it was formerly Little White Lion Street [Covent Garden]
Meredith Street – after John Meredith, local landowner and member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, who owned much of the surrounding land [Clerkenwell]
Merlin Street – after a former local pub, the New Merlin’s Cave after a local landowner of this name [Clerkenwell]
Mermaid Court – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Merrick Square – after local 17th century landowner Christopher Merrick [Southwark]
Meymott Street – after the Meymott family, several of whom were stewards of Paris Gardens manor in the 19th century [Waterloo]
Middle New Street – built in the mid-1600s, and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
Middle Temple Lane – after the adjacent Middle Temple [City of London]
Middlesex Passage – formerly Middlesex Court, thought to be after Middlesex House which formerly stood here [City of London]
Middlesex Street – as this street forms the boundary of the City with the county of Middlesex, with the alternative name Petticoat Lane stemming from the clothes market formerly held here; prior to 1602 it was known as Hog Lane after the animal [City of London]
Midhope Street – possibly for directors of the East End Dwellings Company who developed these streets in the 1890s [Bloomsbury]
Midland Road – after the adjacent railway line, built by the Midland Railway Company; part was formerly Skinner Street, on the Skinners’ Company’s Estate [Somers Town]
Mile End Road E1 – The first milestone from the Roman Wall at Aldgate stood near to Stepney Green and the Mile End Road.
Milford Lane – origin unknown, though possibly from a Thames mill located on this site in former times [Holborn]
Milk Street – after the milk and dairy trade that formerly occurred here in connection with the nearby Cheapside market [City of London]
Mill Street – after a windmill that formerly stood here next to the Tyburn brook [Mayfair]
Millbank SW1 – From the fourteenth centuary Westminster Abbey mill that stood at the junction of Great college street, and begun as a riverside walk from the Abbey to Chelsea.
Millennium Bridge – as it was built to commemoration the 2000 millennium [City of London]
Millman Mews – after local 17th century landowner William Millman [Bloomsbury]
Millman Place – after local 17th century landowner William Millman [Bloomsbury]
Millman Street – after local 17th century landowner William Millman [Bloomsbury]
Milner Square N1 – Thomas Milner (1806-84) an active politician and friend of Disraeli and Charles Dickens owned many acres of Islington.
Milton Court – after an early 19th century lease owner of this name, or possibly the poet John Milton; prior to this it was Grub/Grubbe Street, after the former owner, or perhaps to a ‘grube’ (drain) [City of London]
Milton Street Islington Mr. Milton Carpenter and builder who in 1830, at the time of the name change, owned the building lease of the street at the time. The street was previously known as Grub Street
Mincing Lane – after ‘minchins/mynecen’, a term for the nuns who formerly held property here prior to 1455 [City of London]
Minera Mews – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned land in Minera, Wales [Belgravia]
Miniver Place – after the type of fur fur, named by connection with the nearby Skinner’s Hall [City of London]
Minories – after a former church/convent here of the Little Sisters (Sorores Minores) nuns [City of London]
Mint Street – after a Tudor-era royal mint located here [Southwark]
Mitchell Street – after John Mitchell, who bequeathed this land to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers in 1527 [Finsbury]
Mitre Square – after the former Mitre Inn which stood near here [City of London]
Mitre Street – after the former Mitre Inn which stood near here [City of London]
Molyneux Street – presumably after Molyneux Shuldham, 18th century naval officer [Marylebone]
Monck Street – after Henry Monck, 18th century benefactor to the local parish [Westminster]
Monkwell Square – after the former street here also of this name, variously recorded as Mogwellestrate or Mukewellestrate, and thought to refer to a well owned by one Mucca [City of London]
Monmouth Street – after James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles II who owned a house on nearby Soho Square; it was formerly two street – Great and Little St Andrew’s Street [Covent Garden]
Montagu Mews North, Montagu Mews South, Montague Mews West, Montagu Place, Montagu Square, Montagu Street and Upper Montagu Street – after Montagu House which formerly stood near here and was home to prominent 18th century figure Elizabeth Montagu [Marylebone]
Montague Close – after Montague House formerly located here, named for Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu [Southwark]
Montague Place – after Montagu House, built in the 1670 for Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, which was formerly on the site of the British Museum [Bloomsbury]
Montague Street – after Montagu House, built in the 1670 for Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, which was formerly on the site of the British Museum [Bloomsbury]
Montreal Place – after Montreal in Canada [Holborn]
Montrose Place – as this lay near a house owned by the Dukes and Duchesses of Montrose [Belgravia]
Monument Street – after the nearby Monument to the Great Fire of London [City of London]
Moor Lane – after the marshy moorlands that formerly stood here [City of London]
Moor Place – after the marshy moorlands that formerly stood here [City of London]
Moorfield Highwalk – after the marshy moorlands that formerly stood here [City of London]
Moorfields – after the marshy moorlands that formerly stood here [City of London]
Moorgate – after the gate, leading to the marshy moorlands beyond, that formerly stood here [City of London]
Moorgate Place – after the gate, leading to the marshy moorlands beyond, that formerly stood here [City of London]
Mora Street – after the prebend of Moor/Mora, belonging to St Paul’s Cathedral, named for the local moors [Finsbury]
Moreland Street – after the Moreland family, prominent locally in the 19th century [Finsbury]
Moreton Place – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land near Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire [Victoria]
Moreton Street – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land near Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire [Victoria]
Moreton Terrace – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land near Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire [Victoria]
Morley Street – after Samuel Morley, benefactor of the Old Vic in the 1880s [Waterloo]
Mornington Crescent Camden Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington His daughter Anne married Henry Fitzroy, brother of the 1st Baron Southampton, on whose estate the road was built.
Mornington Place Camden Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington His daughter Anne married Henry Fitzroy, brother of the 1st Baron Southampton, on whose estate the road was built.
Mornington Street – after Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, noted 18th – 19th century statesman [Regent’s Park]
Mornington Terrace Camden Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington His daughter Anne married Henry Fitzroy, brother of the 1st Baron Southampton, on whose estate the road was built.
Morocco Street – named for the local Morocco leather industry [Southwark]
Morpeth Terrace – after George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, Viscount Morpeth, who was chiefly responsible for local development in the 1850s [Westminster]
Mortimer Market – after the market formerly on this site, founded by Hans Winthrop Mortimer in 1768 [Bloomsbury]
Mortimer Street – after Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, who inherited the estate via his marriage to Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer in 1713 [Fitzrovia]
Mortimer Street Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Developer of Cavendish Square in London, and the streets around it, from 1715. Amongst his titles were Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, and Baron Harley of Wigmore Castle. He inherited the estate via his marriage to Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer in 1713 [Marylebone]
Morton Place – after John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1486-1500, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Lambeth]
Morwell Street – after Morwell in Devon, where local landowners the dukes of Bedford held land [Bloomsbury]
Motcomb Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave); Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster owned land in Motcombe, Dorset [Belgravia]
Mount Mills – after a former mount here supporting a windmill, later a chapel, and then in the Civil War a raised battery; it was levelled in 1750 [Finsbury]
Mount Pleasant – ironically named after a former nearby refuse tip [Clerkenwell]
Mount Row – built over the former Mount Field, from the former Oliver’s Mount fortification built here by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War [Mayfair]
Mount Street – built over the former Mount Field, from the former Oliver’s Mount fortification built here by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War [Mayfair]
Mount Street Mews – built over the former Mount Field, from the former Oliver’s Mount fortification built here by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War [Mayfair]
Moxon Street – after the former Moxon apartment block on this street; prior to 1936 it was ‘Paradise Street’, after an old burial ground near here – it was changed to avoid confusion with other streets of this name [Marylebone]
Mulready Street – after 18th – 19th century artist William Mulready [Lisson Grove]
Munster Square – after the future William IV, Earl of Munster, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Muscovy Street – after the Muscovy Company of Elizabethan times, or the Russian merchants formerly based here [City of London]
Museum Street – after the British Museum to which it leads [Covent Garden]
Myddelton Passage, Myddelton Square and Myddelton Street – after Hugh Myddleton, who devised the New River scheme in the early 17th century [Clerkenwell]
Myddelton Square Islington Sir Hugh Myddelton Founder of the New River Company, who developed the square
Mylne Street – after Robert Mylne, who did much engineering work for the New River Company, as did his son William Chadwell Mylne [Clerkenwell]
Nag’s Head Court – after a former inn of this name [Finsbury]
Naoroji Street – after Dadabhai Naoroji, who was active in local politics in the late 19th century [Clerkenwell]
Nash Street – after John Nash, architect of the terraces around Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Nassau Street – after the House of Nassau, who had local connections and married into the Georgian royal family [Fitzrovia]
Neal Street and Neal’s Yard – after Thomas Neale, who laid out the Seven Dials development in 1693; Neal Street was formerly King Street, and Neal’s Yard formerly King’s Head Court [Covent Garden]
Neathouse Place – after either an early settlement here of small cottages dubbed ‘neat houses’, or the Neate, a medieval manor located in Pimlico, stemming from a word meaning ‘islet’ [Pimlico]
Nelson Passage – after Admiral Horatio Nelson [Finsbury]
Nelson Road Merton Nearby streets commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson and those most famously connected to him. Nelson owned the land on which road was later built.
Nelson Square – after Admiral Horatio Nelson [Southwark]
Netley Street – possibly after Netley in Hampshire [Regent’s Park]
New Bond Street – after Thomas Bond, member of the consortium that developed the local area in the late 17th century; ‘New’ comes from the extension of the then ‘Bond Street’ northwards in the early 18th century [Mayfair]
New Bridge Street – named in 1765 as it leads to the then new Blackfriars Bridge [City of London]
New Broad Street – simply a descriptive name, dating to the early Middle Ages; the northernmost section was formerly ‘New Broad Street’; however, this has now switched onto an adjacent sidestreet [City of London]
New Burlington Mews – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
New Burlington Place – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
New Burlington Street – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
New Cavendish Street – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
New Change Passage – formerly Old Change, and named for a former mint and gold exchange here [City of London]
New Change, New Change Passage and Old Change Court – formerly Old Change, and named for a former mint and gold exchange here [City of London]
New Charles Street – as this formerly led to a Charles Street, named for Charles II [Finsbury]
New Compton Street – as with Old Compton Street which extends to the west, it is believed to be named after Henry Compton, Bishop of London in the 1670s [St Gile’s]
New Court – built circa 1700 and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
New Fetter Lane – formerly Fewter Lane, a Medieval term for an idler, [stemming originally from the Old French ‘faitour’ (lawyer) [City of London]
New Globe Walk – after the Globe Theatre [Southwark]
New Inn Passage – as this formerly led to the New Inn, one of the Inns of Chancery [Holborn]
New Kent Road – as this formed the traditional route down to Kent; the ‘New’ section dates from 1751, and is an extension of the Old Kent Road [Southwark]
New London Street – named after local 18th century property owner John London, not the city; the ‘New’ section was a later extension [City of London]
New North Street – as it leads northwards from Red Lions Square, ‘New’ so as to contract with Old North Street which continues southwards [Bloomsbury]
New Oxford Street – built as an extension of Oxford Street in 1845-47 [Covent Garden]
New Oxford Street – built as an extension of Oxford Street in 1845-47 [St Gile’s]
New Row – formerly New Street, built in 1635-37 as a new replacement for an existing alley [Covent Garden]
New Spring Gardens Walk – after the former Vauxhall Gardens here [Vauxhall]
New Square – named simply as it was new when first built by Henry Serle [Holborn]
New Square Passage – named simply as it was new when first built by Henry Serle [Holborn]
New Street – named simply as it was new when first built [City of London]
New Street Court – built in the mid-1600s, and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
New Street Square – built in the mid-1600s, and named simply because it was then new [City of London]
New Union Street – named as it united Moor Lane and Moorfields; it was formerly Gunn Alley [City of London]
Newbury Street – formerly New Street, renamed 1890 to avoid confusion with other streets of this name [City of London]
Newcastle Close – either after a former inn called the Castle located here, [387] or after the city, with reference to the coal trade here [City of London]
Newcastle Row – after Newcastle House, which formerly stood here; the house was named after its 17th century owner William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle [Clerkenwell]
Newcomen Street – after the local Newcomen Charity, named for its 17th century founder; it was formerly King Street, after a local inn of this name [Southwark]
Newgate Street – after a new gate built here in the 1000s; the eastern part of this street was formerly Bladder Street, after the bladder selling trade here [City of London]
Newington Butts – Newington is now almost obsolete name for the Elephant and Castle area; it means ‘new village/farmstead’ and dates to the early Middle Ages. The ‘Butts’ refers either archery butts or just bits of land [Lambeth]
Newington Causeway – Newington is a now almost obsolete name for the Elephant and Castle area; it means ‘new village/farmstead’ and dates to the early Middle Ages [Southwark]
Newington Court – Newington is a now almost obsolete name for the Elephant and Castle area; it means ‘new village/farmstead’ and dates to the early Middle Ages [Southwark]
Newman Passage, Newman Street and Newman Yard – after Newman Hall in Quendon, Essex, owned by local property owner William Berners [Fitzrovia]
Newman’s Court – after Lawrence Newman, who lease land here from the [ []] in the 17th century [City of London]
Newman’s Row – after Arthur Newman, who built the street in the mid-1600s [Holborn]
Newport Court – after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on this street (then just Newport Street) in the 17th century. Following the construction of Charing Cross Road, Newport Street was split in two and the two sections renamed as they are today [Chinatown]
Newport Place – after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on this street (then just Newport Street) in the 17th century. Following the construction of Charing Cross Road, Newport Street was split in two and the two sections renamed as they are today [Chinatown]
Newton Street – after William Newton, who built the street and the nearby Lincoln’s inn Fields in the 1630s [Covent Garden]
Newton Street Camden Isaac Newton Scientist and mathematician
Niagara Avenue Ealing Charles Blondin Tightrope walker and acrobat, who lived and died at nearby Niagara House in Northfields. Commemorates Niagara Falls where Blondin performed his most famous tightrope walk in 1859.
Nicholas Lane and Nicholas Passage – after the former St Nicholas Acons church, destroyed in the Great Fire [City of London]
Nine Elms Lane – after a row of nine elm tress which formerly stood along this lane [Vauxhall]
Noble Street – after Thomas de Noble, local 14th century property developer [City of London]
Noel Street – after Lady Elizabeth Noel, who developed the estate on behalf of her son William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland [Soho]
Norman Street – after bricklayer William Norman, who leased land here in the 1750s [Finsbury]
Norris Street – after Godfrye Norris, local leaseholder in the 17th century [St James’s]
North Audley Street – after Mary Davies, heiress to Hugh Audley, who married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, thereby letting the local land fall into the Grosvenors’ ownership [Mayfair]
North Bank – after a former crescent of villas of this name, demolished to build the adjacent railway lines in the 1890s [Lisson Grove]
North Gower Street – after Gertrude Leveson-Gower, wife of local landowner John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford; it is the northern extension of Gower Street [Regent’s Park]
North Mews – after Lord North, Prime Minister [Bloomsbury]
North Row – after its location as the northern-most street on the Grosvenor estate [Mayfair]
Northampton Road, Northampton Row and Northampton Square – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton [Clerkenwell]
Northburgh Street – after Michael de Northburgh, a bishop who founded the nearby Charterhouse monastery in 1371 [Clerkenwell]
Northcourt – named in 1776 for the Prime Minister Lord North [Fitzrovia]
Northington Street – after Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington, Lord Chancellor 1761–66 [Bloomsbury]
Northumberland Alley – after Northumberland House, house of the Earls of Northumberland, which formerly stood here [City of London]
Northumberland Avenue Westminster Dukes of Northumberland The Avenue was built in the 1870s on the site of Northumberland House, the redundant, demolished home of the Duke of Northumberland
Northumberland Crescent Hounslow Duke of Northumberland’s River The so-called river, a surface level aqueduct, adjoins and is back-named after Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland and his successors who maintained the canal, his wife’s direct forebear re-inherited much of the land of the borough in 1594. The family continues to own Syon House.
Northumberland Street – site of the former Northumberland House, built originally in the early 17th century for the earls of Northampton and later acquired by the earls of Northumberland [Westminster]
Northwick Close – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; this street was named for John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick, a governor of the school in the 1800s [Lisson Grove]
Northwick Terrace – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; this street was named for John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick, a governor of the school in the 1800s [Lisson Grove]
Norton Folgate – the former word a corruption of ‘North Town’, and the latter after the local Folgate family [City of London]
Norwich Street – unknown; formerly Norwich Court, and prior to that Magpie Yard, probably from a local inn [City of London]
Notting Hill W11 – Known as Knottynghull in the 14th century, to Noding Hill in 1680. The manor which stood here in the 11th century was part of the estates of the De Veres. The only street name to survive is Notting Hill Gate, which passes over the site of an early turnpike gate.
Nottingham Court – after Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, who owned a house nearby in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Nottingham Place – after Nottinghamshire, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Nottingham Street – after Nottinghamshire, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Marylebone]
Nottingham Terrace – after Nottinghamshire, where local landowners the dukes of Portland owned property [Regent’s Park]
Nun Court – thought to be after a local builder/property owner [City of London]
Nutford Place – after Nutford in Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land [Marylebone]
O’Meara Street – after Daniel O’Meara, priest at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark [Southwark]
Oak Tree Road – after former land nearby called Oak Tree Field [Lisson Grove]
Oakey Lane – after J Oakey & Son, owner of a Victorian-era emery paper manufacturers near here [Lambeth]
Oakley Square – as this land was formerly owned by Dukes of Bedford, who also owned land in Oakley, Bedfordshire [Somers Town]
Oat Lane – as oats were formerly sold here in the Middle Ages [City of London]
Ogle Street – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Viscount Mansfield, Baron Ogle, father-in-law of local landowner Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Fitzrovia]
Old Bailey – after a bailey fortification that formerly stood here [City of London]
Old Barge House Alley – this was the former location of the royal barges during Tudor times and after [Waterloo]
Old Barrack Yard – as this approached a former barracks located on Wilton Place [Belgravia]
Old Billingsgate Walk – after the former watergate of this name, the derivation of ‘Billings’ in unknown [City of London]
Old Bond Street – after Thomas Bond, member of the consortium that developed the local area in the late 17th century; ‘New’ comes from the extension of the then ‘Bond Street’ northwards in the early 18th century [Mayfair]
Old Brewer’s Yard – presumably after an old brewery here [Covent Garden]
Old Broad Street – simply a descriptive name, dating to the early Middle Ages; the northernmost section was formerly ‘New Broad Street’; however, this has now switched onto an adjacent sidestreet [City of London]
Old Buildings and Old Square – gained this name after the building of New Square in 1682 [Holborn]
Old Burlington Street – after the local Burlington estate, property of the earls of Burlington [Mayfair]
Old Cavendish Street – after Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, father of Henrietta Harley, Countess of Oxford and Countess Mortimer, who married Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, landowner [Marylebone]
Old Change Court – formerly Old Change, and named for a former mint and gold exchange here [City of London]
Old Compton Street – as with New Compton Street which extends to the east, it is believed to be named after Henry Compton, Bishop of London in the 1670s [Soho]
Old Fish Street Hill – after the former local fish trade here, centred on Billingsgate Fish Market [City of London]
Old Fleet Lane – after the now covered river Fleet which flowed near here [City of London]
Old Gloucester Street – after Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, son of Queen Anne; the street was formerly just ‘Gloucester Street’ until 1873 [Bloomsbury]
Old Jewry – after a Saxon-era settlement of Jews here, thought to be termed ‘Old’ following the Edict of Expulsion of all Jews from England by Edward I [City of London]
Old Marylebone Road – from a church dedicated to St Mary, represented now by St Marylebone Parish Church; the first church was built on the bank of a small stream called the Tyburn. [Marylebone]
Old Mitre Court – after a former tavern of this name here [City of London]
Old North Street – as it leads northwards from Red Lions Square, ‘Old’ so as to contract with New North Street which continues northwards [Holborn]
Old Palace Yard – after the former Old Palace of Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament now stand [Westminster]
Old Paradise Street – after a former burial ground (‘paradise’) located here [Lambeth]
Old Pye Street – after Robert Pye, local MP in the mid-17th century [Westminster]
Old Queen Street – as it approaches Queen Anne’s Gate, or possibly after Elizabeth I; it was formerly just Queen Street [Westminster]
Old Seacole Lane – thought to be after the coal trade that came from the sea and up the river Fleet here [City of London]
Old Street – after its age, thought to have ultimately Roman origins [Finsbury]
Opal Street – unknown; formerly Pleasant Row [Lambeth]
Orange Street – after the William III, Prince of Orange, reigning king when thus street was built. The western section between Haymarket and St Martin’s Street was formerly called James Street, after James II [Soho]
Orchard Street – after Orchard Portman in Somerset, where the local Portman family owned property [Marylebone]
Orchardson Street – after Victorian era artist and local resident William Quiller Orchardson [Lisson Grove]
Orde Hall Street – after Orde Hall, 19th century chairman representing this area at the Metropolitan Board of Works [Bloomsbury]
Orient Street – presumably with reference to the other compass-point related streets here [Lambeth]
Orleans Road Richmond upon Thames Louis Philippe I, previously Duke of Orleans French royal, later king, who lived in exile at Orleans House near the road
Ormond Avenue Richmond upon Thames Earls of Ormond Owned the land on which the roads were later built.
Ormond Close – thought to commemorate James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, prominent 17th century soldier [Bloomsbury]
Ormond Mews – thought to commemorate James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, prominent 17th century soldier [Bloomsbury]
Ormond Road, Hampton Earls of Ormond Owned the land on which the roads were later built, the Richmond one first (1761-1778), the Hampton ones in the borough later.
Ormond Road, Richmond upon Thames Earls of Ormond Owned the land on which the roads were later built, the Richmond one first (1761-1778), the Hampton ones in the borough later.
Ormond Yard – after James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, who owned a house next to this yard in the 17th century [St James’s]
Ormonde Place – probably after the Dukes of Ormonde, who owned Ormonde House in Chelsea [Belgravia]
Osbert Street – after Osbert of Clare, Suffolk, prior of the abbey of St Peter’s, Westminster in the 1130s [Westminster]
Osnaburgh Street – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück (Osnaburgh in English), brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Osnaburgh Terrace – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück (Osnaburgh in English), brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Ossington Buildings – after Charlotte, Viscountess Ossington, local landowner and heiress to the Cavendish-Harley estate [Marylebone]
Ossulton Street – named in 1807 in memory of the Saxon-era hundred of Ossulton, thought to be named after a stone boundary marker at Tyburn (now Marble Arch) erected by one Oswulf/Oswald [Somers Town]
Outram Road Croydon Group of five roads built on the site of the East India Company Military Seminary by the British Land Company, and named after prominent figures in the history of British India. Outram was a general in India during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Outwich Street – after either Oteswich/Ottewich, meaning ‘Otho’s dwelling’, a name for this area of London in the early Middle Ages or the former St Martin Outwich church, named for the Outwich family, demolished 1874 [City of London]
Oval Way – after the adjacent Oval Cricket Ground [Vauxhall]
Owen Street and Owen’s Row – after Dame Alice Owen, who founded almshouses near here in 1609 [Clerkenwell]
Oxendon Street – after Sir Henry Oxendon, husband of Mary Baker, daughter of Robert Baker who built the former Piccadilly House nearby [Soho]
Oxford Circus – after Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer who owned much of the local estate; prior to this it was known as Tyburn Road, as it led to the Tyburn gibbet at what is now Marble Arch. Circus is a British term for a road junction; it was formerly Regent Circus, after Regent Street [Soho]
Oxford Court – after a former house here owned by the Earls of Oxford [City of London]
Oxford Street Westminster Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Developer of Cavendish Square in London, and the streets around it, from 1715; prior to this it was known as Tyburn Road, as it led to the Tyburn gibbet at what is now Marble Arch [Fitzrovia]
Oystergate Walk – after a watergate here, and the oyster trade [City of London]
Paddington Street – this was on old path leading to Paddington [Marylebone]
Page Street – after William Page, head of Westminster School 1814-19 [Westminster]
Paget Street – after Sir James Paget, 19th century surgeon, who had a clinic on nearby Friend Street [Clerkenwell]
Pakenham Street – after its builder the 3rd Lord Calthorpe, who owned land at Pakenham, Suffolk [Clerkenwell]
Palace Mews – probably by association with the nearby Buckingham Palace Road [Belgravia]
Palace Place – named by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Westminster]
Palace Street – named by association with Buckingham Palace, originally built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham [Westminster]
Pall Mall – laid out as a grounds for playing pall mall in the 17th century [St James’s]
Pall Mall East – laid out as a grounds for playing pall mall in the 17th century [Soho]
Pall Mall Place – laid out as a grounds for playing pall mall in the 17th century [St James’s]
Palmer Street – after the Reverend James Palmer, who founded (now demolished) almshouses near here in 1656 [Westminster]
Pancras Lane – after St Pancras, Soper Lane church which stood here until destroyed in the Great Fire; it was formerly Needlers Lane, after the needle making trade here [City of London]
Pancras Road – after the adjacent St Pancras Old Church, named for the Roman-era Christian matyr Pancras of Rome [Somers Town]
Panton Street – after Colonel Thomas Panton, local property dealer of the 17th century [Soho]
Panton Street WC2 – Colonel Thomas Panton, having made an enormous fortune out of gambling, decided never to gamble again. Instead he bought Shaver’s Hall (named not from a barbers but from Lord Dunbar who lost £3,000 there at one sitting, whereon it was said a nothern lord was shaved there) which stood on the north-east corner of the Haymarket and Coventry Street, all the way down to present day Panton Street. He demolished the gambling hall to build over.
Panyer Alley – after a Medieval brewery here called the ‘panyer’ (basket) [City of London]
Pardon Street – after the Pardon Chapel which stood near here in the Middle Ages [Clerkenwell]
Pardoner Street – after the character of the pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, by reference to the adjacent Pilgrimage Street [Southwark]
Paris Garden – the name of the former manor here, it may derive from ‘parish’ or the Old French ‘pareil’ (enclosure), or possibly after 15th century local family the de Parys [Waterloo]
Park Crescent – as they are adjacent to Regent’s Park [Marylebone]
Park Crescent Mews East – as they are adjacent to Regent’s Park [Marylebone]
Park Crescent Mews West – as they are adjacent to Regent’s Park [Marylebone]
Park Lane, Old Park Lane and Park Street – after the nearby Hyde Park; Park Lane was formerly Tyburn Lane, after the Tyburn gibbet and stream, and Park Street was formerly Hyde Park Street [Mayfair]
Park Place – after the nearby Green Park [St James’s]
Park Road – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Lisson Grove]
Park Road – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Square – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Square East – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Square Mews – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Square West – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Street – after a former park here attached to Winchester House [Southwark]
Park Village East – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Park Village West – after the adjacent Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Parker Mews and Parker Street – from Philip Parker, a local resident in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Parker Road Croydon Matthew Parker Archbishop of Canterbury (1559-1575) who lived at Croydon Palace
Parker Road Westminster Most Rev. Matthew Parker Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until 1575.
Parliament Square – after the Houses of Parliament [Westminster]
Parliament Street – after the Houses of Parliament [Westminster]
Parr Way Hounslow Catherine Parr. The sixth wife of King Henry VIII. Catherine inherited Hanworth Manor from 1544 until her death in 1548.
Parry Street – after Thomas Parry, 17th century statesman and owner of Copt Hall, a house near here [Vauxhall]
Passing Alley – altered from the descriptive Pissing Alley, renamed at some point prior to the 1790s [Farringdon]
Passmore Street – after its 1830s builder Richard Passmore [Belgravia]
Paternoster Lane, Paternoster Row and Paternoster Square – after the paternoster (rosary) makers who formerly worked here [City of London]
Paveley Street – this land was in Medieval times owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem; the street is named either for Richard de Paveley (Grand Prior 1315–21) or John de Paveley (Grand Prior 1358–71) [Lisson Grove]
Paxton Terrace – thought to be after Joseph Paxton, Victoria-era gardener and designer of The Crystal Palace [Victoria]
Peabody Avenue – after George Peabody, 19th century American philanthropist in London [Victoria]
Pear Tree Court – thought to be from a local pear tree [Clerkenwell]
Pear Tree Street – after the pear trees formerly grown here [Finsbury]
Peerless Street – site of the Peerless Pool, a bath used in the 18th century, thought to be a corruption of ‘perilous’ [Finsbury]
Pelham Crescent, Pelham Place and Pelham Street Kensington and Chelsea Henry Pelham, 3rd Earl of Chichester A former trustee of the Smith’s Charity Estate, on which the road was built.
Pemberton Row – after James Pemberton, Lord Mayor of London in 1611 [City of London]
Pemberton Row City of London Sir James Pemberton Lord Mayor of London in 1611, and a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, on whose estate the road was built
Penfold Place and Penfold Street – after Reverend George Penfold, vicar of several local churches in the early 1800s [Lisson Grove]
Penton Rise – after Henry Penton, who developed this area in the late 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Pentonville Road – after Henry Penton, who developed this area in the late 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Pepys Street – after 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys, who lived and worked here [City of London]
Pepys Street City of London Samuel Pepys 1923 renaming; Pepys lived there during the Great Fire of London.
Percival Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, one of whom was a cousin of Spencer Perceval [Clerkenwell]
Percy Circus – after Robert Percy Smith, 19th century MP who was a director of the New River Company who developed the area, including the circus.
Percy Passage – after either Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, changing his name from ‘Smithson’ to ‘Percy’ following his marriage to Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, landowner or the Percy Coffee House formerly located here in the 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Percy Street – after either Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, changing his name from ‘Smithson’ to ‘Percy’ following his marriage to Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, landowner or the Percy Coffee House formerly located here in the 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Percy Yard – after Robert Percy Smith, 19th century MP who was a director of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Perkin’s Rents – after a local landlord by the name of Perkin, recorded in the late 17th century [Westminster]
Peter Street – thought to be from a nearby saltpetre factory that stood here in the 17th century [Soho]
Peter’s Hill – after St Peter, Paul’s Wharf church, which formerly stood here until destroyed in the 1666 fire [City of London]
Peter’s Lane – after the former St Peter’s Key pub on this site [Farringdon]
Peterborough Court – after the abbots of Peterborough, who prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries had a house here [City of London]
Peter’s Hill EC4 – Named after the church of the same name, built in the twelfth century. Burnt in the great fire of 1666, and not rebuilt. The churchyard today is remembered by an inscription on a modern wall.Piccadilly W1 – The name is taken from the collar or neckerchief called a piccdil, that was made by a tailor close by in the Haymarket.
Peter’s Lane EC1 – Listed in Stow’s Survay as St Peter’s Lane, the church once stood close to the tavern called Cross Keys. Today a modern office block stands here but the sign lives on. Opposite the lane is the old site of Hicks Hall, the old Sessions house built by Sir Baptis Hicks in the seventeenth century.
Peto Place – after Samuel Morton Peto, MP, entrepreneur, civil engineer and railway developer, who paid for a Batist chapel to be built here in 1855 (since closed) [Regent’s Park]
Petticoat Square – the name Petticoat stems from the clothes market formerly held here [City of London]
Petty France – after a small French settlement that existed here in the 16th century [Westminster]
Petty Wales – unknown, but possibly after a Welsh community formerly based here [City of London]
Philpot Lane – commemorates prominent local family the Philpots; originally probably after John Philpot, 14th century grocer [City of London]
Phoenix Place and Phoenix Yard – after the former Phoenix Iron Foundry near here [Clerkenwell]
Phoenix Road – thought to be after a former tavern of this name; formerly Phoenix Street [Somers Town]
Phoenix Street – named after an inn that formerly stood near here [St Gile’s]
Piccadilly – after Piccadilly Hall, home of local tailor Robert Baker in the 17th century, believed to be named after the pickadils (collars/hem trimmings) which made his fortune. [St James’s]
Piccadilly Arcade – after Piccadilly Hall, home of local tailor Robert Baker in the 17th century, believed to be named after the pickadils (collars/hem trimmings) which made his fortune. [St James’s]
Piccadilly Circus – after Piccadilly Hall, home of local tailor Robert Baker in the 17th century, believed to be named after the pickadils (collars/hem trimmings) which made his fortune. Piccadilly Circus was laid out by John Nash in 1819 [St James’s]
Piccadilly Place – after Piccadilly Hall, home of local tailor Robert Baker in the 17th century, believed to be named after the pickadils (collars/hem trimmings) which made his fortune; it was laid out by John Nash in 1819 [Mayfair]
Pickard Street – after a clergyman of this name who founded the Orphan Working School here in 1754 [Finsbury]
Pickering Place SW1 – Hidden just behind Berry Brothers and Rudd is a quite and unspoilt Georgian corner of London. Built by William Pickering as a hide-a-way from his money making coffee company. William Pickering, local painter stainer and grocer, leased property here in the 1730s [St James’s]
Pickwick Street – after the novel The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Picton Place – after Thomas Picton, general who lived near here before his death at the Battle of Waterloo [Marylebone]
Pigott Street Tower Hamlets Francis Pigott Stainsby Conant Family owned the undeveloped estate. Limehouse.
Pilgrim Street – thought to be a former route for pilgrims to St Paul’s cathedral; formerly known as Stonecutters Alley and Little Bridge Street [City of London]
Pilgrimage Street – as this formed part of the ancient pilgrimage route to Canterbury [Southwark]
Pimlico Road – as it leads to Pimlico, possibly named after Ben Pimlico, 17th century brewer [Belgravia]
Pindar Street – after Paul Pindar, 14th–16th century diplomat, who had a house here [City of London]
Pine Apple Court – after a former inn here of this name [Westminster]
Pine Street – Wood Street prior to 1877, probably both names after an avenue of tree that formerly stood here, or possibly after Thomas Wood, 18th century leaseholder [Clerkenwell]
Pitt’s Head Mews – after a former pub on this site called the Pitt’s Head, thought to be name after William Pitt the Elder [Mayfair]
Plaisterers Highwalk – after the nearby Worshipful Company of Plaisterers [City of London]
Platt Street – after Richard Platt, 16th century brewer, who donated this land to the Worshipful Company of Brewers, who built this street in 1848-53 [Somers Town]
Playhouse Yard – after the Blackfriars Playhouse, which stood here in the 17th century [City of London]
Playhouse Yard EC4 – Named after the Blackfriars theatre which stood here in Shakespeare’s time and where his play’s were performed.
Plender Street Camden William Plender, 1st Baron Plender Accountant and public servant who served as Sheriff of the County of London in 1927
Pleydell Court and Pleydell Street – formerly Silver Street, it was renamed in 1848 by association with the neighbouring Bouverie Street; the Bouverie family were by this time known as the
Pleydell Street City of London Earls of Radnor The Pleydell-Bouveries, Earls of Radnor, were landlords of this area.
Plough Court EC3 – A tavern of the same name stood in it. The poet Alexander Pope was born here in 1688.
Plough Place – after the Plough/Plow, a 16th-century eating place located here [City of London]
Plumtree Court – thought to be after either literally a plumtree, or else an inn of this name [City of London]
Plympton Place and Plympton Street – unknown; formerly Little Grove Street [Lisson Grove]
Pocock Street – after the locally prominent Pocock family [Southwark]
Poland Street – from The King of Poland, former pub on this street named in honour of the Polish victory at the Battle of Vienna [Soho]
Pollen Street – after the Pollen family, who inherited the estate from the Maddox family [Mayfair]
Polperro Mews – probably after the Cornish town Polperro, as the Duchy of Cornwall formerly owned much of the land here [Lambeth]
Polygon Road – after the Polygon, a 17th century housing development here instigated by Jacob Leroux and Job Hoare [Somers Town]
Ponsonby Place – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough [Westminster]
Ponsonby Terrace – after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough and later Baron Duncannon of Bessborough [Westminster]
Pont Street – thought to be from the French ‘pont’ (bridge), over the river Westbourne [Belgravia]
Pope’s Head Alley – after the Pope’s Head Tavern which formerly stood here, thought to stem from the 14th century Florentine merchants who were in Papal service [City of London]
Pope’s Avenue Richmond upon Thames Alexander Pope Poet who had built the demolished Pope’s Villa and surviving Pope’s Grotto, and is buried in St Mary’s Church, Twickenham.
Pope’s Grove Richmond upon Thames Alexander Pope Poet who had built the demolished Pope’s Villa and surviving Pope’s Grotto, and is buried in St Mary’s Church, Twickenham.
Poppins Court – shortening of Popinjay Court, meaning a parrot; it is thought to stem from the crest of Cirencester Abbey (which featured the bird), who owned a town house here [City of London]
Portal Close, Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Charles Portal was Chief of the Air Staff.
Porter Street – after David Porter, builder of the nearby Montagu Square [Marylebone]
Portland Mews – after William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, built in the 1730s [Soho]
Portland Place Westminster William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland Margaret Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, the daughter of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer inherited his land and property and married into the Portland family
Portman Close, Portman Mews South, Portman Square and Portman Street – after the Portman family who owned this estate since William Portman acquired it in the 16th century; he was originally from Orchard Portman, Somerset [Marylebone]
Portman Gate – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate [Lisson Grove]
Portman Square Westminster Henry William Portman Built between 1674 and 1684 on land belonging to Portman
Portpool Lane – thought to be a corruption of ‘Purta’s Pool’, the local area is recorded as the manor of Purtepol in the early 13th century; written Purple Lane in Arlidge’s Survey [Hatton Garden]
Portsmouth Street – a house belonging to Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of Charles II, lay on this site [Holborn]
Portsoken Street – after ‘port-soke’, as it was a soke near a port (gate) of the City [City of London]
Portugal Street – named in honour of Charles II’s Portuguese queen Catherine of Braganza, [71] or possibly after the Portuguese embassy which was formerly located here [Holborn]
Post Office Court – after the General Post Office which formerly stood near here [City of London]
Potters Fields – after the Roman pottery found near here or a former pottery located here [Southwark]
Pottery Lane W11 – Takes its name from the brickfields at its northern end, where high-quality clay was dug from about 1818. The original kiln still stands and has been extended and converted into a three-bedroom house, and dates back to about 1820.Powys Lane Enfield Henry Philip Powys Rented nearby Broomfield House in 1816.
Poultry – after the poultry which was formerly sold at the market here [City of London]
Powis Place – former site of Powis House, built for William Herbert, 2nd Marquess of Powis, a prominent 17th – 18th century Jacobite [Bloomsbury]
Praed Street W2 – Named after Sir William Praed, first chairman and for many years manager of the Regent Canal company – its canal basin which lies just to the north.
Pratt Street Camden Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden Owner of the land on which the road and much of the surviving development was built in 1791.
Pratt Walk – named by its late 18th century builder Joseph Mawbey for his mother’s family [Lambeth]
Price’s Street – after a local builder of this name [Southwark]
Prideaux Place – after Arthur R Prideaux, 19th century director of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Priest’s Court – with allusion to the adjacent St Vedast Church [City of London]
Primrose Hill – thought to be named after a builder of this name, or possibly the primroses which formerly grew here; formerly called Salisbury Court, as it approaches Salisbury Square [City of London]
Primrose Street – thought to be named after a builder of this name, or possibly the primroses which formerly grew here [City of London]
Prince Albert Road – after Albert, Prince Consort; formerly Primrose Hill Road [Regent’s Park]
Prince Albert Road Camden / Westminster Prince Albert Originally called Albert Road; renamed after the Prince Consort of Queen Victoria in 1938
Prince Arthur Road Camden Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn Son of Queen Victoria who opened a home for sailor’s daughters in the area in 1869
Prince Consort Road Westminster Albert, Prince Consort Part of Albertopolis
Prince Henry Road Greenwich Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales The road was built on the estate of Charlton House, whose original owner, Adam Newton, was the Prince’s tutor.
Prince Imperial Road Bromley Napoléon, Prince Imperial Lived in exile at nearby Camden Place from 1871 until his death in 1879.
Prince of Wales Passage – after the Royal family [Regent’s Park]
Prince Regent Mews – after the Prince Regent, later George IV, by association with Regent’s Park [Regent’s Park]
Prince’s Street – named in reference to the adjacent King and Queen Streets [City of London]
Princes Arcade – built 1929-33, named after the former Prince’s Hotel, which stood here [St James’s]Bush Lane – thought to be after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Princes Street – named in a generic sense in honour of the then reigning House of Hanover [Mayfair]
Princeton Street – formerly ‘Prince Street’, though after which prince exactly is unknown. It was changed so as to avoid confusion with other Prince Streets. [Holborn]
Printer Street – after the printing industry which formerly flourished here [City of London]
Printers Inn Court – after the printing industry which formerly flourished here [City of London]
Prioress Street – after the character of the prioress in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, by reference to the adjacent Pilgrimage Street [Southwark]
Procter Street – after the 19th century poet Bryan Waller Procter, who lived at Red Lion Square [Holborn]
public square. In the twelfth century, standing on the corner of Lombard street, was the house of the Earl of Ferrers, where his brother was murdered, and his body thrown onto the street.
Pudding Lane – from the former term ‘pudding’ meaning animals’ entrails, which were dumped here in Medieval times by local butchers; it was formerly Rothersgate, after a watergate located here [City of London]
Puddle Dock – thought to be either descriptive (after the water here), or named for a local wharf owner of this name [City of London]
Pump Court – after a former pump located here [City of London]
Purchese Street – after Frederick Purchese, local resident, vestryman, county council member and Mayor of St Pancras [Somers Town]
Purser’s Cross SW6 – On the 7 August 1738, a highwayman having commited several robberies on Finchley Common, was pursued to London. He thought he was safe in a public house in Burlington Gardens, (near Piccadilly) though it was not long before he was pursued again. He escaped by horse and rode through Hyde Park where gentlemans’ servants who were airing their horses gave chase, and persued him to Fulham Fields, where the Highwayman having no escape, threw money to the peasants at work in the fields, and told them ‘they would soon witness the end of an unfortunate man’. He pulled out his pistol, clapped it to his ear, and shot himself. He was buried at the cross road with a stake through him, it was never discovered who he was.
Pye Street SW1 – Derives its name from Sir Robert Pye, member for Westminster in the time of Charles I.
Quality Court – a descriptive name, as it was superior when built compared with the surrounding streets [City of London]
Quebec Mews, New Quebec Street and Old Quebec Street – after the former Quebec Chapel on this site, named after the Battle of Quebec, built 1787 demolished in 1912 [Marylebone]
Queen Anne Mews and Queen Anne Street – after Queen Anne; it was originally meant to lead to a square called Queen Anne Square, however this was never completed [Marylebone]
Queen Anne’s Walk – after Queen Anne, reigning monarch when the square was laid out [Bloomsbury]
Queen Anne’s Gate Westminster Queen Anne Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702, and after the Act of Union, Queen of Great Britain until 1714
Queen Caroline Street Hammersmith and Fulham Caroline of Brunswick Wife of George IV, who lived and died in nearby Brandenburg House
Queen Elizabeth Road Kingston upon Thames Queen Elizabeth I The queen founded Kingston Grammar School at Lovekyn Chapel, which is at the south end of the street (the school’s main buildings are opposite)
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk Hackney Queen Elizabeth I The queen’s friend, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, lived in Stoke Newington.
Queen Square – after Queen Anne, reigning monarch when the square was laid out [Bloomsbury]
Queen Square Place – after Queen Anne, reigning monarch when the square was laid out [Bloomsbury]
Queen Street – named in honour of Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II [City of London]
Queen Street – when it was built in 1735 there was no reigning queen, so to which queen it refers, if any, is unknown [Mayfair]
Queen Street Place – named in honour of Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II [City of London]
Queen Victoria Street – built in 1871 and named for the then reigning monarch [City of London]
Queen’s Walk – after Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II, who took a strong interest in the Royal Parks [St James’s]
Queenhithe – formerly Ethelredshythe, after its founder King Æthelred the Unready, and hythe meaning a wharf/landing place; it was renamed after its later owner Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I [City of London]
Queens Avenue Hounslow Elizabeth I of England. Elizabeth spent part of her childhood at Hanworth Manor close nearby and sometimes stayed there during her reign.
Queens Head Passage – after a former house here called the Queens Head, demolished 1829 [City of London]
Queen’s Head Yard – after a former grammar school here named for Queen Elizabeth I [Southwark]
Queensway Westminster Queen Victoria named Queen’s Road in honour of Victoria, who had been born at nearby Kensington Palace. Later renamed.
Quick Street N1 – Recalls the favourite comedian of King George III John Quick.
Quilp Street – after Daniel Quilp, a character in the novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Radnor Street – after the Earls of Radnor, who governed the French Hospital that was formerly here [Finsbury]
Ramillies Place – after the British victory at the Battle of Ramillies in Ramillies, Belgium [Soho]
Ramillies Street – after the British victory at the Battle of Ramillies in Ramillies, Belgium [Soho]
Rampayne Street – after Charles Rampanyne, who in 1705 left funds in his will for the children of the nearby Grey Coat Hospital [Victoria]
Ranelagh Grove – after Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh who owned a house near here in the late 17th century [Belgravia]
Ranelagh Road – as it led to the former New Ranelagh Tea Gardens on the Thames, named in imitation of the popular Ranelagh Gardens in Chelsea, which were named for Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh [Victoria]
Rangoon Street – after the former warehouses here of the East India Company, Burma then been part of British India [City of London]
Ranston Street – for the Baker family, assistants of local landowners the Portmans, who owned land in Ranston, Dorset [Lisson Grove]
Rathbone Place and Rathbone Street – after Thomas Rathbone, local 18th century builder [Fitzrovia]
Rathbone Place Camden Captain Rathbone One Captain Rathbone was the builder of the road and properties thereon, from about 1718
Ravensdon Street – unknown; formerly Queen’s Row [Lambeth]
Rawstorne Place – after local 18th century bricklayer Thomas Rawstorne [Clerkenwell]
Rawstorne Street – after local 18th century bricklayer Thomas Rawstorne [Clerkenwell]
Ray Street – corruption of ‘Rag’, after the former local rag trade here; the streets was formerly two different streets – Hockley in the Hole and Town’s End Lane [Clerkenwell]
Ray Street Bridge – corruption of ‘Rag’, after the former local rag trade here; the streets was formerly two different streets – Hockley in the Hole and Town’s End Lane [Clerkenwell]
Raymond Buildings – after Lord Chief Justice Raymond, who was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn in 1697 [Holborn]
reat Pulteney Street – after Sir William Pulteney, who built the street in 1719-20; the ‘great’ prefix was to distinguish it from Little Pulteney Street, now the eastern end of Brewer Street [Soho]
Red Lion Court – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Red Lion Square WC1 – Formerly known as Red Lion Fields where in the early 17th century stood the Red Lion Inn, and it was here that Cromwell’s body was dragged and rested at the Inn. It is said his decapitated head was buried somewhere under the present day square.
Red Lion Street – from the 17th century Red Lion Inn, now demolished [Holborn]
Red Place – coined in Victorian times after the colour of the local buildings [Mayfair]
Redcross Way – after either the Redcross burial ground formerly located here or an inn of this name [Southwark]
Reeves Mews – after Spelsant Reeves, local leaseholder in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Regency Place – as it was opened by George, Prince Regent (later King George IV) in 1811 [Westminster]
Regency Street – as it was opened by George, Prince Regent (later King George IV) in 1811 [Westminster]
Regent Place – made in the 1810s by John Nash and named after the Prince Regent, later George IV [Soho]
Regent Square – after the Prince Regent, later George IV; the square dates to after the Regency ended, however the name has already been chosen years before [Bloomsbury]
Regent Street Westminster King George IV Named c. 1811, when George IV was Prince Regent. Made in the 1810s by John Nash.
Remnant Street – after James Farquharson Remnant, 1st Baron Remnant, lawyer at Lincoln’s Inn and latter MP for Holborn [Holborn]
Rennie Street – after John Rennie the Elder, prominent 18th century engineer, who designed Waterloo Bridge and Southwark Bridge [Waterloo]
Rex Place – formerly King’s Mews, it was renamed after the Latin term for ‘king’ [Mayfair]
Richbell Place – after its 18th century builder, John Richbell [Bloomsbury]
Richmond Buildings – after Thomas Richmond, local carpenter in the 18th century [Soho]
Richmond Mews – after Thomas Richmond, local carpenter in the 18th century [Soho]
Richmond Terrace – after a house owned by the dukes of Richmond which formerly stood on this site in the 17th and 18th centuries [Westminster]
Ridgmount Gardens – after Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, where the dukes of Bedford also owned land [Bloomsbury]
Ridgmount Place – after Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, where the dukes of Bedford also owned land [Bloomsbury]
Ridgmount Street – after Ridgmont, Bedfordshire, where the dukes of Bedford also owned land [Bloomsbury]
Riding House Street – for a local riding school; it was formerly Riding House Lane [Fitzrovia]
Riding House Street – unknown, presumably for a local riding school; it was formerly Riding House Lane [Marylebone]
Rising Sun Court – after the adjacent pub of this name [City of London]
River Passage – after the nearby New River [Clerkenwell]
River Street – after the nearby New River [Clerkenwell]
River Street Mews – after the nearby New River [Clerkenwell]
Robert Adam Street – after Robert Adam, 18th century architect; originally it was just Adams Street, after 18th century developer Samuel Adams [Marylebone]
Robert Close Westminster Robert Browning Poet who lived in Little Venice, near the site of the road.
Robert Street – after Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother John in the 1760s [Strand]
Roberts Mews – after Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster, of the local landowning family the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave) [Belgravia]
Robert’s Place – probably after Richard Roberts, who built much of the local area in the 1800s [Clerkenwell]
Robin Hood Court – thought to be after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Rochester Row SW1 – In 1666 the Bishop of Rochester had a house here.
Rochester Street – after the Diocese of Rochester, where the deans of Westminster were bishops from 1663 – 1802 [Westminster]
Rochester Walk – after a former house here owned by the bishops of Rochester [Southwark]
Roger Street – renamed in 1937 from ‘Henry Street’, after local landowner Henry Doughty [Bloomsbury]
Rolls Buildings and Rolls Passage – the former site of a house containing the rolls of Chancery [City of London]
Romilly Street W1 – A small side turning that runs behined Shaftesbury Avenue and takes its name from the lawyer Samuel Romilly, who was successful in campaigning to abolish the death penalty for petty crimes such as theft during 1810. He was born nearby [Soho]
Romney Road Greenwich Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney Built the road in about 1695, when Chief Ranger of Greenwich Park, to restore communication between Greenwich and Woolwich
Romney Street – after Robert, Baron Romney, son of local landowner Sir Robert Marsham [Westminster]
Rood Lane – after a former rood (cross) set up at St Margaret Pattens in the early 16th century; it became an object of veneration and offering, which helped pay for the repair of the church, but was torn down in 1558 as an item of excessive superstition [City of London]
Ropemaker Street – descriptive, after the rope making trade formerly located here [City of London]
Ropemaker Street – descriptive, after the rope making trade formerly located here [Finsbury]
Roscoe Street – thought to be named after a trustee of the Peabody Donation Fund, who redeveloped this former slum area in the 1880s [Finsbury]
Rose Alley – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Rose Alley – after the Tudor-era Rose Theatre [Southwark]
Rose and Crown Yard – unknown, probably after a former inn of this name [St James’s]
Rose Street – after a former tavern of this name here; it was formerly Dicer Lane, possibly after either a dice maker here, or a corruption of ‘ditcher’ [City of London]
Rosebery Avenue Islington Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, 19th century Prime Minister; First Chairman of the London County Council, who opened the road in 1892 [Clerkenwell]
Rosebery Square – after Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, 19th century Prime Minister; he was chairman of the London County Council when this street was built in 1889 [Clerkenwell]
Rosoman Place – after Thomas Rosoman, first manager of the nearby Sadler’s Wells Theatre in the 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Rossmore Close and Rossmore Road – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; they owned a property called Rossmore [Lisson Grove]
Rotten Row SW1 – A corruption of route du roi.
Roupell Street – after local 19th century property owner John Roupell [Waterloo]
Roy Grove and Cannon Close Richmond upon Thames Major-General William Roy One of Roy’s two cannons he used to map Middlesex is in the road in Hampton Hill.
Royal Arcade – after Queen Victoria, who visited this arcade [Mayfair]
Royal Exchange Avenue and Royal Exchange Buildings – after the adjacent Royal Exchange [City of London]
Royal Opera Arcade – originally part of an opera house theatre, built by John Nash [St James’s]
Royal Street – after the former Royal George pub here [Lambeth]
Royalty Mews – after the former New Royalty Theatre on this site, demolished in the 1950s [Soho]
Rugby Street – after Rugby School; its founder Lawrence Sheriff gave land here in 1567 as an endowment [Bloomsbury]
Rupert Court – after Prince Rupert of the Rhine, noted 17th century general and son of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I; he was First Lord of the Admiralty when this street was built in 1676 [Chinatown]
Rupert Street – after Prince Rupert of the Rhine, noted 17th century general and son of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I; he was First Lord of the Admiralty when this street was built in 1676 [Chinatown]
Rushworth Street – after 17th century politician John Rushworth, who was imprisoned for a period at the nearby King’s Bench Prison [Southwark]
Russell Court – after the Russell family, who lived here in the 1600s [St James’s]
Russell Square Camden Dukes of Bedford Family name of the Dukes of Bedford who owned the land
Russell Street – after Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford, local landowners in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Russia Row – possibly to commemorate Russia’s entry into the Napoleonic wars [City of London]
Rutherford Street – after Reverend William Rutherford, Headmaster of Westminster School 1883-1901 [Westminster]
Rutland Gate SW1 – Takes its name from the Duke of Rutland.
Rutland Place – after the Manners family, earls of Rutland, local property owners of the 17th century [Farringdon]
Ryder Court – after Richard Rider, Master Carpenter to Charles II [St James’s]
Ryder Street – after Richard Rider, Master Carpenter to Charles II [St James’s]
Ryder Yard – after Richard Rider, Master Carpenter to Charles II [St James’s]
Sackville Street – after Captain Edward Sackville, tenant of a house on the west side of the street in 1675; it was formerly known as Stone Conduit Close [Mayfair]
Saffron Hill – these used to be the gardens of the Bishops of Ely, where they grew saffron [Hatton Garden]
Saffron Street – these used to be the gardens of the Bishops of Ely, where they grew saffron [Hatton Garden]
Salisbury Court and Salisbury Square – after the London house of the bishops of Salisbury, located here prior to the Reformation [City of London]
Salisbury Place – after the Salisbury brothers (Isaac, John and Thomas), local 18th century builders [Marylebone]
Salisbury Street – Broadley Street near here was formerly Earl Street, and the surrounding streets were given earldom-related names in the early 19th century; this was named for the Earls of Salisbury [Lisson Grove]
Salter’s Hall Court – after the former hall of the Worshipful Company of Salters, destroyed in the Blitz [City of London]
Salters Court – after the former hall of the Worshipful Company of Salters, moved in 1600 [City of London]
Sancroft Street – after William Sancroft, 79th Archbishop of Canterbury, by association with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Vauxhall]
Sanctuary Street – as the local mint formerly here claimed the local area as a sanctuary for debtors [Southwark]
Sandell Street – after one Mr Sandell, who owned wharehouses here in the 1860s [Waterloo]
Sandwich Street – after Sandwich in Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Sandy’s Row – after a builder or property owner of this name [City of London]
Sans Walk – after Edward Sans, named in 1893 as he was then oldest member of the local parish vestry [Clerkenwell]
Saracens Head Yard – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Sardinia Street – after the embassy of the Kingdom of Sardinia and its associated chapel, formerly located on the site of a nearby demolished street of the same name [Holborn]
Saunders Road Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Hugh Saunders was Chief of Staff for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Savage Gardens – after Thomas Savage, who owned a house here in the 1620s [City of London]
Savile Row – after Dorothy Savile, Countess of Burlington and Countess of Cork, wife of Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, local landowner [Mayfair]
Savoy Buildings – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Court – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Hill – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Place Westminster Peter II, Count of Savoy Gave his name to the Savoy Palace, which stood on the site of the road
Savoy Row – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Steps – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Street – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Savoy Way – the former site of the Savoy Palace, built for Peter II, Count of Savoy in 1245 [Strand]
Sawyer Street – after Bob Sawyer, a character in the novel The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Scoresby Street – unknown; formerly York Street [Southwark]
Scotland Place – site of a house used by visiting monarchs of Scotland until the 13th century [Westminster]
Scovell Crescent – after the Scovells, local business family [Southwark]
Scovell Road – after the Scovells, local business family [Southwark]
Seaford Street – thought to be named for Seaford in Sussex [Bloomsbury]
Seaforth Place – after Seaforth in Scotland, by association with the London Scottish (regiment) formerly bases nearby [Westminster]
Sebastian Street – after Lewis Sebastian, former Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and chairman of the governors of Northampton Polytechnic (now City University) [Clerkenwell]
Secker Street – after Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Waterloo]
Sedding Street – after John Dando Sedding, designer of the nearby Holy Trinity, Sloane Street church [Belgravia]
Sedley Place – named after Angelo Sedley, local 19th century furniture salesman [Mayfair]
Seething Lane – formerly Shyvethenestrat and Sivethenelane, deriving from Old English sifetha, meaning chaff/siftings, after the local corn threshing [City of London]
Sekforde Street – after Thomas Seckford, Elizabethan court official, who left land nearby in his will for the building of an almshouse [Clerkenwell]
Selwyn Avenue Richmond upon Thames William Selwyn Owned, and lived near, the land on which the road was later built; contributed to the founding of nearby church St John the Divine, Richmond.
Semley Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned a property called Semley [Belgravia]
Serjeants Inn – after the former Serjeant’s Inn located here before the Blitz [City of London]
Serle Street – after Henry Serle, who built the street in the 1680s [Holborn]
Sermon Lane – thought to be after Adam la Sarmoner, 13th century landowner [City of London]
Serpentine Walk – as it leads to The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park [Belgravia]
Seven Dials and Seven Dials Court – after the seven dials on the sundial column, and the seven adjoining streets; laid out by Thomas Neal in 1693 [Covent Garden]
Seven Dials WC2 – The work of building Seven Dials had begun in 1693, on what was then called Cock-and-pie Fields taken from a nearby inn. Thomas Neale undertook the task of making a great junction, and, in the centre he erected a pillar with seven dials, one for each of the streets at the junction. In 1733 the pillar was taken down as there was believed to be a fortune lodged at the base, but no money was found, and the pillar was transported to Weybridge in Surrey. Good news it was returned to the original spot just a couple of years ago.
Seville Street – unknown; it was formerly Charles Street, after Charles Lowndes of the local landowning Lowndes family [Belgravia]
Seward Street – after Edward Seward, who owned a dyeworks here in the 18th century [Finsbury]
Seymour Gardens Hounslow Nearby streets have a Henry VIII/Elizabeth I connection. Elizabeth spent part of her childhood at Hanworth Manor nearby. The third wife of King Henry VIII.
Seymour Mews, Seymour Place and Seymour Street – after Anne Seymour, mother of Henry William Portman, and through whom he inherited the estate [Marylebone]
Shaftesbury Avenue Westminster Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury Shaftesbury was an active philanthropist, and as a Member of Parliament he was responsible for several reforming acts designed to alleviate the suffering of the poor. The new Avenue replaced slum housing, and was finished in the year of his death, 1886.
Shafts Court – named after a maypole (or ‘shaft’) that formerly stood nearby at the junction of Leadenhall Street and St Mary Axe [City of London]
Shand Street – after Augustus Shand, member of local Board of Works in the late 19th century; it was formerly College Street, by association with the nearby Magdalen Street [Southwark]
Shaver’s Place – after Simon Osbaldeston, who built a gaming house here in the early 17th century. As Osbaldeston was formerly barber to Lord Chamberlain, local wits coined this name in jest at the ‘shaving’ going on at the games house [Soho]
Sheldon Street Croydon Gilbert Sheldon Archbishop of Canterbury (1663-1677) who lived at Croydon Palace, and is buried in Croydon Minster
Shelton Street – after William Shelton, who provided money for a local charitable school for the poor on nearby Parker Street in his will in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Shepherd Close – after Edward Shepherd, local builder in the 18th century; Shepherd Place was built by his brother John Shepherd [Mayfair]
Shepherd Market W1 – Builder/architect, Edward Shepherd, who had a hand in the building of Grosvenor and Cavendish Squares. He obtained permission to build a cattle market in May Fair in 1738, where every May a large fair was held around the cattle market. The annual fair gave its name to the area of Mayfair.
Shepherd Place – after Edward Shepherd, local builder in the 18th century; Shepherd Place was built by his brother John Shepherd [Mayfair]
Shepherd Street – after Edward Shepherd, local builder in the 18th century; Shepherd Place was built by his brother John Shepherd [Mayfair]
Sheraton Street – after Thomas Sheraton, noted furniture maker of the 18th century, who lived nearby [Soho]
Sherborne Lane – earlier Shirebourne Lane, alteration of the Medieval Shitteborelane, in reference to a public privy here [City of London]
Sherlock Mews – after the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived on Baker Street [Marylebone]
Sherwood Street – corruption of ‘Sherard’; Francis Sherard was a local developer in the late 17th century [Soho]
Shillibeer Place – after George Shillibeer, owner of a local coaching business in the 19th century [Marylebone]
Ship Tavern Passage – after the nearby Ship tavern [City of London]
Shoe Lane – as this lane formerly led to a shoe-shaped landholding/field [City of London]
Short Street – after local early 19th century carpenter Samuel Short [Waterloo]
Shorts Gardens – after the Short family, who owned a house near here in the 17th century; it was formerly Queen Street [Covent Garden]
Shouldham Street – after Molyneux Shuldham, 18th century naval officer [Marylebone]
Shroton Street – for the Baker family, assistants of local landowners the Portmans, who owned land in Shroton, Dorset [Lisson Grove]
Sicilian Avenue – this Italianate arch is built from Sicilian marble [Bloomsbury]
Siddons Lane – after 19th century actress Sarah Siddons, who lived nearby at Clarence Gate [Lisson Grove]
Sidmouth Mews – either for Sidmouth in Devon, then a fashionable resort town or Prime Minister Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth [Bloomsbury]
Sidmouth Street – either for Sidmouth in Devon, then a fashionable resort town or Prime Minister Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth [Bloomsbury]
Silk Street – thought to be named for its late 18th century builder, or the silk trade formerly located here [City of London]
Silver Place – unknown, possibly by association with the nearby Golden Square [Soho]
Simon Milton Square – after Simon Milton, late 20th century/early 21st century Conservative politician [Victoria]
Sise Lane – as it formerly led to St Benet Sherehog church, which was dedicated to St Osyth (later corrupted to Sythe, then Sise) [City of London]
Skinner Street – after the Worshipful Company of Skinners, who owned much of the surrounding land when the street was built in the 1810s [Clerkenwell]
Skinners Lane – after the fur trade that was former prevalent here; it was formerly Maiden Lane, after a local inn or shop [City of London]
Slingsby Place – after Sir William Slingsby, who purchased this land in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Sloane Gardens – after Hans Sloane, local landowner when this area was built up in the 18th century [Belgravia]
Sloane Square Kensington and Chelsea Hans Sloane His heirs owned the land on which the square and nearby Sloane Street are built.
Sloane Street – after Hans Sloane, local landowner when this area was built up in the 18th century [Belgravia]
Sloane Terrace – after Hans Sloane, local landowner when this area was built up in the 18th century [Belgravia]
Smart’s Place – probably from William Smart, a carpenter who lived near here in the early 18th century [Covent Garden]
Smith Square Westminster Sir James Smith/the Smith Family Owners of the land on which the square was built, c. 1726
Smithfield Street and West Smithfield – derives from the Old English ‘smooth-field’, a series of fields outside the City walls [City of London]
Smokehouse Yard – after the bacon stoves formerly located here [Farringdon]
Snow Hill and Snow Hill Court – formerly Snore Hill or Snowrehill, exact meaning unknown [City of London]
Soho Square – Soho was in times past open hunting ground, and it thought to have gained its name from the hunting cry of ‘soho!’; the square was formerly King Square, thought to be in honour of Charles II [Soho]
Soho Street – Soho was in times past open hunting ground, and it thought to have gained its name from the hunting cry of ‘soho!’; the square was formerly King Square, thought to be in honour of Charles II [Soho]
Sopwith Way Kingston upon Thames Thomas Sopwith Aviation pioneer who set up a factory near the east end of the road, where his earliest aircraft were made.
South Audley Street – after Mary Davies, heiress to Hugh Audley, who married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, thereby letting the local land fall into the Grosvenors’ ownership [Mayfair]
South Carriage Drive – after the carriage which formerly used this path [Belgravia]
South Eaton Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
South Lambeth Place – refers to a harbour where lambs were either shipped from or to. It is formed from the Old English ‘lamb’ and ‘hythe’. [Vauxhall]
South Molton Lane – unknown; South Molton Lane was formerly Poverty Lane [Mayfair]
South Molton Street – unknown; South Molton Lane was formerly Poverty Lane [Mayfair]
South Place and South Place Mews – named as it is south of Moorfields [City of London]
South Square – from its location in the south of Gray’s Inn [Holborn]
South Street – after its location as the southern-most street on the Grosvenor estate [Mayfair]
Southampton Buildings – after Southampton House which formerly stood here, built for the bishops of Lincoln in the 12th century and later acquired by the earls of Southampton [City of London]
Southampton Buildings WC1 – Here once stood the house of the 4th Earl of Southampton son of Shakespeare’s patron. In 1638 he replaced the house with tenements on the land now known as Southampton Buildings, he moved to a new mansion in Bloomsbury named Southampton House, built where Southampton Place now stands.
Southampton Place – Southampton House, home of the earls of Southampton, formerly stood here in the 16th century [Bloomsbury]
Southampton Row – Southampton House, home of the earls of Southampton, formerly stood here in the 16th century [Holborn]
Southampton Row – Southampton House, home of the earls of Southampton, formerly stood here in the 16th century. Particularly after Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton Landowner. [Bloomsbury]
Southampton Street – after the earls of Southampton, who owned Southampton House in Bloomsbury in the 16th century; Edward Russell, 3rd Earl of Bedford and local landowner married a daughter and heiress of the Southamptons, and this street was named in her/their honour [Covent Garden]
Southampton Street Camden Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton Landowner.
Southwark Bridge – the name Suthriganaweorc or Suthringa geweorche is recorded for the area in the 10th-century Anglo-Saxon document known as the Burghal Hidage and means fort of the men of Surrey or the defensive work of the men of Surrey. Southwark is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Sudweca. The name means southern defensive work and is formed from the Old English suth and weorc. The southern location is in reference to the City of London to the north, Southwark being at the southern end of London Bridge [Southwark]
Southwark Bridge Road – the name Suthriganaweorc or Suthringa geweorche is recorded for the area in the 10th-century Anglo-Saxon document known as the Burghal Hidage and means fort of the men of Surrey or the defensive work of the men of Surrey. Southwark is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Sudweca. The name means southern defensive work and is formed from the Old English suth and weorc. The southern location is in reference to the City of London to the north, Southwark being at the southern end of London Bridge [Southwark]
Southwark Street – the name Suthriganaweorc or Suthringa geweorche is recorded for the area in the 10th-century Anglo-Saxon document known as the Burghal Hidage and means fort of the men of Surrey or the defensive work of the men of Surrey. Southwark is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Sudweca. The name means southern defensive work and is formed from the Old English suth and weorc. The southern location is in reference to the City of London to the north, Southwark being at the southern end of London Bridge [Southwark]
Spafield Street – after a former spa on this site which closed in 1776 [Clerkenwell]
Spanish Place – nearby Hertford House on Manchester Square was formerly home to the Spanish ambassador [Marylebone]
Speed Highwalk – after John Speed, Stuart-era mapmaker, who is buried in the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate [City of London]
Speedy Place – after the Speedy family, landlords of the former nearby pub the Golden Boot [Bloomsbury]
Spencer Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, one of whom was cousins with Spencer Perceval
Spenser Street – after the poet Edmund Spenser, who lived nearby [Westminster]
Spitalfields E1 – In 1197, Mr Walter Brune, a Londoner, founded in the fields just east of Bishopsgate a large hospital for poor brethren of the order of St. Austin; Spring Gardens Westminster After the 17th century pleasure grounds of this name which formerly lay on this site; they were closed in 1660
Spring Gardens – after the 17th century pleasure grounds of this name which formerly lay on this site; they were closed in 1660 [St James’s]
Spurgeon Street – after Charles Spurgeon, noted Victorian-era preacher [Southwark]
St Agnes Well – after an ancient well thought to have been located about 200 metres to the east, at the junction of Old Street and Great Eastern Street. Remnants of the well can be found within Old Street station. [Finsbury]

St Albans Court – after the adjacent St Alban, Wood Street church, of which only the tower now remains [City of London]
St Alban’s Street – after Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of Saint Albans, 17th century politician and local landowner [St James’s]
St Alphage Garden – after the adjacent St Alphege London Wall church, now surviving only in ruins [City of London]
St Alphage Highwalk – after the adjacent St Alphege London Wall church, now surviving only in ruins [City of London]
St Andrew Street – after the adjacent St Andrew’s Church [City of London]
St Andrew’s Hill – after the adjacent St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe church [City of London]
St Andrew’s Place – after the later William IV, Duke of St Andrews, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
St Ann’s Lane – after a former chapel dedicated to St Anne that formerly stood here [Westminster]
St Ann’s Street – after a former chapel dedicated to St Anne that formerly stood here [Westminster]
St Anne’s Court – after the surrounding parish of St Anne’s and the church, named after Saint Anne [Soho]
St Anselm’s Place – former site of St Anselm’s church, demolished 1938 [Mayfair]
St Barnabas Street – after the nearby Church of St Barnabas, Pimlico [Belgravia]
St Benet’s Place – after the former St Benet Gracechurch which stood near here; destroyed in the Great Fire, its replacement was then demolished in 1868 [City of London]
St Botolph Row – after the adjacent St Botolph’s Aldgate church [City of London]
St Botolph Street – after the adjacent St Botolph’s Aldgate church [City of London]
St Bride Street – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church [City of London]
St Bride’s Avenue – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church [City of London]
St Bride’s Passage – after the adjacent St Bride’s Church [City of London]
St Chad’s Place – after the nearby St Chad’s well, reputed to be a medieval holy well; St Chad was a 7th-century bishop [Clerkenwell]
St Chad’s Street – after the nearby St Chad’s well, reputed to be a medieval holy well; St Chad was a 7th-century bishop [Bloomsbury]
St Christopher’s Place – Octavia Hill, social reformer, cleared the slums of this area and named it in honour of St Christopher; formerly it was Barrett’s Court, after Thomas Barret, local 18th century landowner [Marylebone]
St Clare Street – after a former church/convent here of the Little Sisters of St Clare [City of London]
St Clement’s Court – after the adjacent St Clement’s, Eastcheap church [City of London]
St Cross Street – originally Cross Street, as it crossed land belonging to the Hatton family; the ‘St’ was added in 1937 to avoid confusion with numerous streets of the same name [Hatton Garden]
St Dunstan’s Alley – after the former St Dunstan-in-the-East church, largely destroyed in the Blitz and now a small garden [City of London]
St Dunstan’s Court – after the nearby St Dunstan-in-the-West church [City of London]
St Dunstan’s Hill – after the former St Dunstan-in-the-East church, largely destroyed in the Blitz and now a small garden [City of London]
St Dunstan’s Lane – after the former St Dunstan-in-the-East church, largely destroyed in the Blitz and now a small garden [City of London]
St Erkenwald Road Barking and Dagenham Saint Erkenwald Saint and Bishop of London who founded Barking Abbey to the west of the road
St Ermin’s Hill – thought to be a corruption of Hermit Hill, or possibly after St Ermin/Armel, 6th century monk [Westminster]
St George Street – originally George Street, after George I, reigning monarch when the street was built; the ‘St’ was later added to link it to the nearby St George’s church [Mayfair]
St George’s Circus – as this area was formerly called St George’s Fields, after St George the Martyr, Southwark church; the circus opened in 1770 [Southwark]
St George’s Drive, St George’s Square and St George’s Square Mews – after the manor of St George’s, Hanover Square which originally stretched to the Thames, and was named for George I [Victoria]
St George’s Mews – as this area was formerly called St George’s Fields, after St George the Martyr, Southwark church; the circus opened in 1770 [Lambeth]
St George’s Road – as this area was formerly called St George’s Fields, after St George the Martyr, Southwark church; the circus opened in 1770 [Lambeth]
St George’s Circus – as this area was formerly called St George’s Fields, after St George the Martyr, Southwark church; the circus opened in 1770 [Waterloo]
St Georges Court – after the former St George Botolph Lane church nearby, demolished in 1904 [City of London]
St Giles Circus – after St Giles Hospital, a leper hospital founded by Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I in 1117. St Giles was an 8th-century hermit in Provence who was crippled in a hunting accident and later became patron saint of cripples and lepers. Circus is a British term for a road junction [Fitzrovia]
St Giles High Street – after St Giles Hospital, a leper hospital founded by Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I in 1117. St Giles was an 8th-century hermit in Provence who was crippled in a hunting accident and later became patron saint of cripples and lepers. Circus is a British term for a road junction [Fitzrovia]
St Giles Passage – after St Giles Hospital, a leper hospital founded by Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I in 1117. St Giles was an 8th-century hermit in Provence who was crippled in a hunting accident and later became patron saint of cripples and lepers. Circus is a British term for a road junction [Fitzrovia]Scala Street – after the Scala theatre which formerly stood here [Fitzrovia]
St Giles Terrace – after the adjacent St Giles-without-Cripplegate church [City of London]
St Helen’s Place – after the adjacent St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate and former priory here of the same name [City of London]
St Helena Street – believed to be named after St Helena, in commemoration of Napoleon’s exile there in 1815 [Clerkenwell]
St James’s Market, St James’s Place, St James’s Square, St James’s Street and Little St James’s Street – the site of St James’s Palace was originally the site of St James’s leper hospital in the Middle Ages, named after James, son of Zebedee [St James’s]
St James’s Passage – after St James Duke’s Place church, demolished 1874 [City of London]
St James’s Walk – after the adjacent St James’s Church, Clerkenwell [Clerkenwell]
St John Square – after the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who set up their English headquarters here in the 12th century [Clerkenwell]
St John Street – after the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who set up their English headquarters here in the 12th century [Clerkenwell]
St John’s Lane, St John’s Path, St John’s Place, St John’s Square and St John Street – after the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, who set up their English headquarters here in the 12th century [Farringdon]
St John’s Wood Road – this land was in Medieval times owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem [Lisson Grove]
St John’s Wood NW8 – Part of the forest of Middlesex now known as St Johns Wood was in the manor of Lilestone (Lisson). It was in the reign of Edward I that a gift of the woods was made from Otho, son of William de Lileston to the Knights Templers, and later passed to the Knights Hospitallers of St Johns of Jerusalem, when it became St Johns Wood and has so remained ever since.
St Katherine’s Precinct – after the former Anglican chapel of St Katharine’s Hospital, which retains its original dedication to Saint Katharine, and was built in 1826-8 (now the Danish Church) [Regent’s Park]
St Katherine’s Row – after the St Katherine Coleman church, demolished in 1926 [City of London]
St Luke’s Close – after the adjacent St Luke Old Street church [Finsbury]
St Margaret Street – after the nearby St Margaret’s, Westminster [Westminster]
St Margaret’s Close – after the adjacent St Margaret Lothbury church [City of London]
St Margaret’s Court – named for the former St Margaret’s church here; it was for a period known as Fishmonger’s Alley, as it belonged to the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers [Southwark]
St Martin’s Court, St Martin’s Courtyard and Saint Martin’s Lane, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Path and St Martin’s Place – after St Martin-in-the-Fields church adjacent [Covent Garden]
St Martin’s le Grand – after a former church of this name here, demolished in 1538 [City of London]
St Martin’s Place – named after St Martin-in-the-Fields church [Soho]
St Martin’s Street – named after St Martin-in-the-Fields church [Soho]
St Mary at Hill – after the St Mary-at-Hill church here [City of London]
St Mary Axe – after the former Church of St Mary Axe here, demolished in the 1500s [City of London]
St Mary’s Gardens – after the parish of St Mary’s, Lambeth [Lambeth]
St Matthew Street – after St Matthew’s Church, Westminster; it was formerly Duck Lane, as ducks were reared here [Westminster]
St Michael’s Alley – after the adjacent St Michael, Cornhill church [City of London]
St Mildred’s Court – after the former St Mildred, Poultry church, demolished 1872 [City of London]
St Olaf Stairs – probably for the former St Olave’s grammar school located here [Southwark]
St Olave’s Court – after the former St Olave Old Jewry church here, of which only the tower remains [City of London]
St Olave’s Gardens – after the local parish of Southwark St Olave [Lambeth]
St Oswulf Street – as this areas was formerly part of the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex; Oswulf was Saxon-era chief here [Westminster]
St Paul’s Churchyard – after the adjacent St Paul’s Cathedral; the churchyard was formerly far more extensive, but has since been built over [City of London]
St Peter’s Alley – after the adjacent St Peter upon Cornhill church [City of London]
St Swithins Lane – after the former St Swithin, London Stone, largely destroyed in the Blitz and later demolished [City of London]
St Thomas Street – after St Thomas’ Hospital, formerly located here [Southwark]
St Vincent Street – after the nearby school founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul [Marylebone]
Stable Yard – as they leads to the stables of St James’s Palace [St James’s]
Stable Yard Road – as they leads to the stables of St James’s Palace [St James’s]
Stacey Street – after John Stacey, local landowner in the 16th century [St Gile’s]
Stafford Place – after Viscount Stafford, who lived in a house adjacent in the 17th century [Westminster]
Stafford Street W1 – Named after Margaret Stafford local leaseholder in the late 17th century and partner of developer Sir Thomas Bond who built on this site in the seventeenth century.
Stag Place SW1 – The old brewhouse of the Westminster Abbey moved here after the dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century. Later known as the Stag Brewery, was demolished in 1959,
Stainer Street – after John Stainer, prominent Victorian-era organist [Southwark]
Staining Lane – from Saxon-era ‘Staeninga haga’, meaning place owned by the people of Staines [City of London]
Stalbridge Street – for the Baker family, assistants of local landowners the Portmans, who owned land in Stalbridge, Dorset [Lisson Grove]
Stamford Street – after Stamford, Lincolnshire, hometown of John Marshall, local benefactor and churchman [Waterloo]
Stanhope Gate – after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who owned a mansion nearby in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Stanhope Row – after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who owned a mansion nearby in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Stanhope Street – as this land was formerly owned by Dukes of Bedford; Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford was married to Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, daughter of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington [Regent’s Park]
Stanley Crescent and Stanley Gardens Kensington and Chelsea Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley President of the Board of Trade at the time the road was built.
Stannary Place – as it formed part of the manor of Kennington, which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall, who also owned land around the stannary towns of Cornwall and Devon [Kennington];
Stannary Street was formerly Kennington Place [Kennington]
Staple Inn and Staple Inn Buildings – after the adjacent Staple Inn [City of London]
Star Alley – after a former inn here of this name [City of London]
Star Yard – after the former Starre Tavern here [Holborn]
Starcross Street – formerly Exmouth Street, it was renamed after the town of this name in Devon to avoid confusion with similarly named streets [Regent’s Park]
Station Approach Road – as it leads to Waterloo station [Waterloo]
Stationer’s Hall Court – after the adjacent hall of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers [City of London]
Stephen Mews and Stephen Street – after Stephen Lemaistre, business partner of local resident Peter Gaspard Gresse in the 1760s [Fitzrovia]
Stephenson Way – after Robert Stephenson, Victoria-era builder of the adjacent Euston station [Regent’s Park]
Sterry Street – after the Sterry family, local business owners in the 18th-19th centuries [Southwark]
Steve Biko Way Hounslow Steve Biko South African anti-apartheid activist
Stew Lane – after a former stew (hot bath) here [City of London]
Stillington Street – after Robert Stillington, Bishop of Bath in the 15th century [Westminster]
Stone House Court – after a former medieval building here called the Stone House [City of London]
Stonecutter Street – after the former stonecutting trade that took place here [City of London]
Stones End Street – as this marked the pointed where the paved surface of Borough High Street ended in former times [Southwark]
Stoney Lane – simply a descriptive name, streets typically being mud tracks in former times [City of London]
Stoney Street – formerly Stony Lane, both simply descriptive names [Southwark]
Storey’s Gate SW1 – Abraham Storey, one of Wren’s master-masons, built Storey’s gate that now remembers his name. After 17th century St James’s Park birdkeeper Edward Storey, who had a house near here
Strand – from Old English ‘stond’, meaning the edge of a river; the river Thames formerly reached here prior to the building of the Thames Embankment [Strand]
Strand Lane – from Old English ‘stond’, meaning the edge of a river; the river Thames formerly reached here prior to the building of the Embankment [Covent Garden]
Stratford Place – after Edward Stratford, who owned a house nearby and built this street in the 1770s [Marylebone]
Stratton Street – after John Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton, local resident in the late 17th century [Mayfair]
Streatham Street – after Streatham, where local landowners the dukes of Bedford also owned property [Bloomsbury]
Strutton Ground – corruption of ‘Stourton’, from Stourton House where the local Dacre family lived [Westminster]
Strype Street E1 – John Strype,the son of a Huguenot weaver, was born here in 1643. He became an antiquary, historian and a parson.
Studio Place – as this are was home to many artists’ studios in the early 20th century [Belgravia]
Stukeley Street – after William Stukeley, clergyman and archaeologist, who lived nearby in the 18th century [Covent Garden]
Suffolk Lane – after a former house here belonging to the dukes of Suffolk [City of London]
Suffolk Place – after Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, who owned a stable yard attached to Northumberland House which lay on this site [Soho]
Suffolk Street – after Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, who owned a stable yard attached to Northumberland House which lay on this site [Soho]
Sumner Buildings – after Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester in the 19th century [Southwark]
Sumner Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of Harrow School: Robert Carey Sumner (1760–1771).
Sumner Street – after Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester in the 19th century [Southwark]
Sun Street – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Sun Street Passage – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
Surrey Row – after the traditional county here of Surrey [Southwark]
Surrey Steps – built on the site of Arundel House, owned by the Howard family who had a branch holding the earldom of Surrey [Holborn]
Surrey Street – built on the site of Arundel House, owned by the Howard family who had a branch holding the earldom of Surrey [Holborn]
Sussex Place – after Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Sussex Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Victoria]
Sutherland Row – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate, several members of whom married into the Duke of Sutherland family [Victoria]
Sutherland Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate, several members of whom married into the Duke of Sutherland family [Victoria]
Sutton Row – Thomas Belasyse, 1st Viscount Fauconberg owned a house here in the 17th century – his country house was Sutton House in Chiswick [Soho]
Swallow Passage – after a field on this site owned by Thomas Swallow in the 1530s [Mayfair]
Swallow Place – after a field on this site owned by Thomas Swallow in the 1530s [Mayfair]
Swallow Street Westminster Thomas Swallow Lessee of the pastures on which the road was built in 1540.
Swan Lane – after a former inn here called the Olde Swanne; formerly Ebbgate, after a watergate here [City of London]
Swan Street – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
Swedeland Court – after the former Swedish community based here [City of London]
Swinton Place – after local 18th century landowner James Swinton [Clerkenwell]
Swinton Street – after local 18th century landowner James Swinton [Clerkenwell]
Swiss Court – after the Swiss Centre that formerly stood here [Soho]
Sycamore Street – by association with the nearby Timber Street, or possibly after an inn of this name [Finsbury]
Tabard Street SE1 – Name taken from the Tabard Inn, that was already an ancient tavern when the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and the Pilgrim Fathers left for their long journey to America. The name Tabard comes from a sleeveless coat, open on both sides, with a square collar, winged at the shoulders, commonly worn by noblemen in wars as their coat-of-arms. The sign of this tavern was this garment.
Tabernacle Street EC1 – In 1567 this Meadow was home to three windmills and known as Windmill Hill, and it is where George Whitefield’s Tabernacle was built by his supporters after he separated from Wesley in 1741.
Tachbrook Street – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land near Bishop’s Tachbrook, Warwickshire [Victoria]
Talbot Court – after a former inn of this name (or ‘Tabard’) [City of London]
Talbot Yard – a corruption of the Tabard Inn, as above [Southwark]
Talfourd Road Southwark Thomas Talfourd Judge and politician, buried in West Norwood Cemetery, south of the street.
Tallis Street City of London Thomas Tallis Composer and hymn-writer whose name is engraved on the façade of the nearby former building of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which stood here until 1977
Tankerton Street – possibly for directors of the East End Dwellings Company who developed these streets in the 1890s [Bloomsbury]
Tanner Street – after the tanneries formerly located here; it was formerly Five Foot Lane, after its narrow dimension [Southwark]
Tarrant Place – probably after Tarrant Crawford in Dorset, where the local Portman family owned land [Marylebone]
Taunton Mews – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Taunton, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Taunton Place – this land was formerly owned by the Portman estate; this street is named for Taunton, Somerset where they owned land [Lisson Grove]
Tavistock Court – from the Russell family, earls and later dukes of Bedford, local land owners in the 17th century whose estate was at Tavistock, Devon [Covent Garden]
Tavistock Place – after Tavistock, Devon, where the dukes of Bedford owned property [Bloomsbury]
Tavistock Square Camden Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock Family name of the Dukes of Bedford who owned the land
Tavistock Street – from the Russell family, earls and later dukes of Bedford, local land owners in the 17th century whose estate was at Tavistock, Devon [Covent Garden]
Taviton Street – after Taviton, Devon, where the dukes of Bedford owned property [Bloomsbury]
Tedder Close Uxbridge Street built near the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, and named after an air marshal in the Second World War. Arthur Tedder was Air Officer Commanding RAF Middle East Command.
Telegraph Street – renamed (from Bell Alley, after a former inn) when the General Post Office’s telegraph department opened there [City of London]
Telford Terrace – after the pioneering engineer Thomas Telford [Victoria]
Temple Avenue – after the adjacent Temple legal district [City of London]
Temple Lane – after the adjacent Temple legal district [City of London]
Temple Place – after the nearby Inner Temple and Middle Temple [Holborn]
Tenison Court – after the Tension Chapel, now St Thomas, on Kingly Street; it was named after Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury in the early 18th century [Soho]
Tenison Way – after Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury 1695-1715, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Waterloo]
Tennis Street – after tennis courts formerly located here [Southwark]
Terminus Place – descriptive, as it lies outside Victoria station terminus [Victoria]
Tetty Way Bromley Elizabeth Johnson (known as Tetty) Wife of Dr Johnson, who is buried in the nearby Bromley Parish Church
Thanet Street – after Thanet in Kent, home county of local 16th century landowner Andrew Judd [Bloomsbury]
Thavies Inn – after a house here owned by the armourer Thomas (or John) Thavie in the 14th century [City of London]
Thavie’s Inn EC1 – Named after an honest man, John Thavie who was an armourer, and lived there in the time of Edward III. It was sold in 1769 and now is hardly noticeable as it forms part of Holborn Circus.
Thayer Street – after Anne Thayer, who inherited this land from her father Thomas Thayer; the street was built in the 1770s by her husband Jacob Hinde [Marylebone]
The Cut – as when built it cut through what was then open country/marsh [Waterloo]
The Mall – built as a course for playing the game pall mall, fashionable in the 17th century [Westminster]
The Queen’s Walk – named in the 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II [Waterloo]
Theobald’s Road – this road formerly formed part of a route used by Stuart monarchs to their hunting grounds at Theobalds House, Hertfordshire [Bloomsbury]
Thirleby Road – after Thomas Thirlby, Bishop of Westminster 1540-50 [Westminster]
Thomas Doyle Street – after Thomas Doyle, a key figure in the building of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark [Southwark]
Thomas More Highwalk – after 16th century author and statesman Thomas More [City of London]
Thomas More Street Tower Hamlets Thomas More Lawyer, writer and statesman executed in the nearby Tower of London, who has a memorial plaque in the street
Thorney Street – after Thorney Island, a former eyot in the Thames [Westminster]
Thornhaugh Mews – after local landowners the dukes of Bedford, also titled Barons Russell of Thornhaugh [Bloomsbury]
Thornhaugh Street – after local landowners the dukes of Bedford, also titled Barons Russell of Thornhaugh [Bloomsbury]
Thornton Place – after Sophia Thornton, mother of Ronald Leslie-Melville, 11th Earl of Leven; the earl married Emma Selina Portman, whose brother Gerald Berkeley Portman, 7th Viscount Portman named this street in her honour [Marylebone]
Thrale Street – after the Thrale family, who owned a brewery here in the 17th century [Southwark]
Threadneedle Street – originally Three Needle Street, after the sign on a needle shop located here, later corrupted due to the obvious collocation of ‘thread’ and ‘needle’ [City of London]
Threadneedle Walk – originally Three Needle Street, after the sign on a needle shop located here, later corrupted due to the obvious collocation of ‘thread’ and ‘needle’ [City of London]
Three Cups Yard – named after a local inn of this name in the 18th century [Holborn]
Three Kings Yard – after a nearby inn, demolished 1879 [Mayfair]
Throgmorton Avenue – after 16th century diplomat Nicholas Throckmorton; the Avenue was built in 1876 [City of London]
Throgmorton Street EC2 – Corruption of the name of Chief banker of England Nicholas Throckmorton, Elizabeth I’s ambassador to France and Scotland.
Thurloe Square, Close, Place and Street Kensington and Chelsea John Thurloe Owned the land on which the square was later built, and was said to have been given it by Oliver Cromwell for services during the Commonwealth.
Tilney Street – after either John Tilney (or Tylney), who was granted this land in the 18th century [166] or Ann Tilney, 18th century property owner; it was formerly Tripe Yard, after the butchery trade here [Mayfair]
Timber Street – the streets here were built by a timber merchant circa 1810 who named them after trade-related activities
Tinworth Street – after George Tinworth, noted ceramic artist for the Royal Doulton ceramics company at Lambeth [Vauxhall]
Tokenhouse Yard EC2 – Before the reign of James I, stood on this site the manufacturer of tokens that were used as the copper coinage of England.
Tolmers Square – after the village of this name in Hertfordshire; the New River flowed from the county and this land was formerly a reservoir owned by the New River Company [Regent’s Park]
Tom Cribb Road Greenwich Tom Cribb World boxing champion of 1810, who lived and died in Woolwich, where the road is located
Tompion Street – after 17th century clockmaker Thomas Tompion; formerly called Smith Street [Clerkenwell]
Tonbridge Street – after Tonbridge in Kent, home town of Andrew Judd, local landowner of the 16th century [Bloomsbury]
Tonbridge Walk – after Tonbridge in Kent, home town of Andrew Judd, local landowner of the 16th century [Bloomsbury]
Took’s Court – after local 17th century builder/owner Thomas Tooke [City of London]
Tooley Street Southwark Saint Olaf King of Norway who fought with Æthelred the Unready against the Danes allegedly in what became the parish of St Olave’s, Southwark. He was canonised and the name was corrupted from St Olaf to Tooley. The church was demolished in 1926 and St Olaf House, with a stone relief of him stands on the site.
Topham Street – after local strongman Topham the Strong Man, who performed feats of strength here in the 18th century [Clerkenwell]
Torrington Place – after George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington, father-in-law to local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford
Torrington Square – after George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington, father-in-law to local landowner John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford
Tothill Street – uncertain; the street formerly led to Tothill Fields, thought to be from ‘tote hill’ meaning a look-out hill [Westminster]
Tottenham Court Road – after the former manor of Tottenham (Tottenhall) which stood here from the 13th century, possibly from one local William de Tottenall, or else meaning ‘Tota’s Hall’. The name later became confused with the unconnected Tottenham, Middlesex [Bloomsbury]
Tottenham Mews – after the former manor of Tottenham (Tottenhall) which stood here from the 13th century, possibly from one local William de Tottenall, or else meaning ‘Tota’s Hall’. The name later became confused with the unconnected Tottenham, Middlesex [Bloomsbury]
Tottenham Street – after the former manor of Tottenham (Tottenhall) which stood here from the 13th century, possibly from one local William de Tottenall, or else meaning ‘Tota’s Hall’. The name later became confused with the unconnected Tottenham, Middlesex [Bloomsbury]
Toulmin Street – after the Toulmin family, prominent figures in local business and church affairs [Southwark]
Tower Bridge Road – as it leads to Tower Bridge [Southwark]
Tower Court – named after a former inn on this site, closed 1848; Tower Court was formerly Lumber Court [Covent Garden]
Tower Hill Terrace – after the adjacent Tower Hill [City of London]
Tower Royal – after a former Medieval tower and later royal lodging house that stood here; ‘Royal’ is in fact a corruption of La Réole, France, where local wine merchants hailed from [City of London]
Tower Street – named after a former inn on this site, closed 1848; [Covent Garden]
Trafalgar Square – in commemoration of Horatio Nelson’s 1805 victory at the Battle of Trafalgar [Charing Cross]
Transept Street – after a former chapel on this site, opened 1772, closed in the 1850s, or possibly after the former cross shape created by this street crossing Chapel Street [Marylebone]
Trebeck Street – after Reverend Trebeck, former rector of St George’s on Hanover Square in the 18th century [Mayfair]
Tresham Crescent – this land was in Medieval times owned by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem; the street is named for Thomas Tresham, Grand Prior 1557–59 [Lisson Grove]
Trig Lane – after one of several people with the surname Trigge, recorded here in the Middle Ages [City of London]
Trinity Church Square – after Trinity Church here [Southwark]
Trinity Square – after the adjacent Trinity House [City of London]
Trinity Street – after Trinity Church here [Southwark]
Triton Square – after the Greek god of this name [Regent’s Park]
Triton Street – after the Greek god of this name [Regent’s Park]
Trump Street – thought to be after either a local builder or property owner or the local trumpet-making industry [City of London]
Tudor Street – after the Tudor dynasty, with reference to Henry VIII’s nearby Bridewell Palace [City of London]
Tufton Street – after its 17th century builder Sir Richard Tufton [Westminster]
Turk’s Head Yard – after an 18th-century tavern of this name here [Farringdon]
Turnagain Lane – descriptive, as it is a dead-end; recorded in the 13th century as Wendageyneslane [City of London]
Turnmill Street EC1 – Shakespeare’s Turnbull-Street, a well known street for harlots in his time. It was Trimullstrete in Edward III’s day, with three water-mills in a graceful River Fleet setting.
Turpentine Lane – as this lane was home to turpentine manufacturers in the 19th century [Victoria]
Tweezer’s Alley – a blacksmithing term [Holborn]
Twyford Place – after Twyford, Berkshire, home of James Farquharson Remnant, 1st Baron Remnant for whom Remnant Street is named [Holborn]
Tyburn Way – formerly the site of the Tyburn gallows, itself named after a deserted hamlet called Tiburne in the Domesday Book, meaning ‘boundary stream’ [Mayfair]
Tyers Street – for Jonathan Tyers and his son, managers of the nearby Vauxhall Gardens for much of the 18th century [Vauxhall]
Tyers Terrace – for Jonathan Tyers and his son, managers of the nearby Vauxhall Gardens for much of the 18th century [Vauxhall]
Tyler’s Court – after Richard Tyler, late-17th century local bricklayer [Soho]
Tylney Road Newham Richard Child, 1st Earl Tylney Builder of Wanstead Park, a former house whose estate extended southwards to the location of the road
Tysoe Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who owned land at Tysoe in Northamptonshire [Clerkenwell]
Udall Street – after Nicholas Udall, 16th century playwright and headmaster of Westminster School [Westminster]
Ulster Place – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, Earl of Ulster, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Ulster Terrace – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, Earl of Ulster, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Undershaft – named after a maypole (or ‘shaft’) that formerly stood nearby at the junction of Leadenhall Street and St Mary Axe [City of London]
Union Court – named as when built it connected Wormwood Street to Old Broad Street [City of London]
Union Street – thought to be as it linked two other streets [Southwark]
University Street – due to its location near London University [Bloomsbury]
Upper Belgrave Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), after their home estate of Belgrave, Cheshire [Belgravia]
Upper Berkeley Street – after Henry William Berkeley, who inherited the local Portman estate via his mother [Marylebone]
Upper Bond Street – after Thomas Bond, member of the consortium that developed the local area in the late 17th century; [Mayfair]
Upper Brook Street – marks the path of the former Tyburn Brook [Mayfair]
Upper Ground – this was formerly a raised earth ditch between the river and Surrey marshland; formerly Upper Ground Street [Waterloo]
Upper James Street – after James Axtell, co-owner of the land when Golden Square was developed in the 1670s [Soho]
Upper John Street – after John Emlyn, co-owner of the land when Golden Square was developed in the 1670s [Soho]
Upper Tachbrook Street – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land near Bishop’s Tachbrook, Warwickshire [Victoria]
Upper Wimpole Street – after Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, seat of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Vandon Passage – after Cornelius Vandon, 16th century yeoman of the guard who founded almshouses for the poor on adjacent Petty France [Westminster]
Vandon Street – after Cornelius Vandon, 16th century yeoman of the guard who founded almshouses for the poor on adjacent Petty France [Westminster]
Vane Street – after Sir Henry Vane the Younger, prominent ally of Cromwell in the Civil War period; Vane was a pupil at the nearby Westminster School [Westminster]
Varndell Street – after the architect CE Varndell, who took over as surveyor the Regent’s Park development from John Nash [Regent’s Park]
Vaughan Road, Harrow Part of a cluster of streets named after teachers and headmasters of Harrow School: Charles Vaughan: (1845–1859).
Vauxhall Bridge – from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John’s mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area, which was referred to as Faulke’s Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall; the Bridge opened in 1816 [Vauxhall]
Vauxhall Bridge Road – as it approaches Vauxhall Bridge [Westminster]
Vauxhall Grove – from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John’s mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area, which was referred to as Faulke’s Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall; [Vauxhall]
Vauxhall Street – from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John’s mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area, which was referred to as Faulke’s Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall; [Vauxhall]
Vauxhall Walk – from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John’s mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area, which was referred to as Faulke’s Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall; the Bridge opened in 1816 [Vauxhall]
Venables Street – named for Revered Edward Veneable, vicar of the nearby Christ Church, Bell Street [Lisson Grove]
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Vere Street – named by the Harley family, earls of Oxford in honour of the De Vere family, who had held the earldom from 1155 until 1703 when the 20th earl died without issue [Marylebone]
Vernon Place – after Elizabeth Wriothesley, Countess of Southampton, (née Vernon), ancestor to Rachel Russell, Lady Russell, wife of William Russell, Lord Russell of the local landowning Russell family [Bloomsbury]
Vernon Rise – after Robert Vernon, 1st Baron Lyveden, 19th century director of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Vernon Square – after Robert Vernon, 1st Baron Lyveden, 19th century director of the New River Company [Clerkenwell]
Verulam Street – from 16th-17th century lawyer, scientist and philosopher Francis Bacon, later created Baron Verulam, who had chambers at Gray’s Inn opposite [Hatton Garden]
Viaduct Buildings – after their position directly adjacent to Holborn Viaduct [Hatton Garden]
Victoria Avenue – named in 1901 in honour of Queen Victoria [City of London]
Victoria Embankment – after Queen Victoria, reigning queen at the time of the building of the Thames Embankment [Westminster]
Victoria Street – after Queen Victoria, reigning monarch when the street was built in 1850-51 [Westminster]
Vigo Street – after either the British victory at the Battle of Vigo Bay in 1702 [West End]
Villiers Street Westminster George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham The Street was built in the 1670s on the site of York House, Villiers’ Mansion. Villiers, a 17th century courtier, who acquired York House which formerly stood on this site; his son sold the area to developers on condition that his father and titles were commemorated on the new streets [Strand]
Vincent Square and Vincent Street – after William Vincent, Dean of Westminster 1803-15 and headmaster of Westminster School; the square was originally a recreation ground for the school [Westminster]
Vincent Square Westminster William Vincent Dean of Westminster Abbey who caused the square to be carved out for the use of Westminster School boys, when Tothill Fields was being developed
Vine Hill and Vine Street Bridge – after the vineyards owned by the Bishops of Ely formerly located here [Clerkenwell]
Vine Lane – thought to be after a former vineyard here [Southwark]
Vine Street – after The Vine, an 18th-century public house, [175] which in turn may have been named after a vineyard that existed at this location in Roman times [West End]
Vine Street – formerly Vine Yard, unknown but thought to be ether from a local inn or a vineyard [City of London]
Vine Yard – thought to be after a former inn here called the Bunch of Grapes [Southwark]
Vinegar Yard – after the vinegar distilleries formerly located here [Southwark]
Vineyard Walk – after a former 18th century vineyard on this site [Clerkenwell]
Vintners Court – after the adjacent Worshipful Company of Vintners building; the area has been associated with the wine trade as far back as the 10th century [City of London]
Virgil Place – named by landowner John Harcourt, in allusion to the Roman poet Virgil [Marylebone]
Viscount Street – formerly Charles Street, both names after the Charles Egerton, Viscount Brackley, of which there were three in the 17th–18th centuries [City of London]
Waithman Street – after Robert Waithman, Lord Mayor of London 1823-33 [City of London]
Wakefield Mews and Wakefield Street – after a former local pub, the Pindar of Wakefield [Bloomsbury]
Wakley Street – after 19th century surgeon and social reformer Thomas Wakley [Finsbury]
Walbrook and Walbrook Wharf – after the Walbrook stream which formerly flowed here, possibly with reference to the Anglo-Saxon ‘wealh’ meaning ‘foreigner’ (i.e. the native Britons, or ‘Welsh’) [City of London]
Walcot Square – after Edmund Walcot, 17th century owner of this land [Lambeth]
Walnut Tree Walk – after the walnut tress formerly prominent here [Kennington/Lambeth]
Wandsworth Road – as it led to the south-west London area of this name [Vauxhall]
Wardour Mews and Wardour Street – named after local 17th century landowners the Wardour family, and formerly called Colman Hedge Lane after a nearby field; the section south of Brewer Street was formerly Prince Street prior to 1878, in parallel with Rupert Street [Soho]
Wardrobe Place and Wardrobe Terrace – after the Royal Wardrobe which formerly stood here until destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 [City of London]
Warner Street and Warner Yard – after Robert Warner, local 18th century landowner [Clerkenwell]
Warren Mews and Warren Street – after Anne Warren, wife of local 18th century landowner Charles Fitzroy [Fitzrovia]
Warwick Court – site of the townhouse of Gray’s Inn lawyer Robert Rich, Baron Rich who was created Earl of Warwick in 1618 [Holborn]
Warwick House Street – formerly approached Warwick House, built in the 17th century for Sir Philip Warwick [St James]
Warwick Lane, Warwick Passage and Warwick Square – after the Neville family, earls of Warwick, who owned a house near here in the 1400s; formerly Old Dean’s Lane, after a house here resided in by the Dean of St Paul’s [City of London]
Warwick Place North, Warwick Row, Warwick Square, Warwick Square Mews, Warwick Way, West Warwick Place – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land in Warwickshire [Pimlico/Victoria]
Warwick Row – after Henry Wise, local 18th century landowner and gardener to William III, who owned land in Warwickshire [Westminster]
Warwick Street – unknown; formerly Dog Lane, later Marrowbone/Marylebone Street [Soho]
Water Lane – after a former watergate that stood here by the Thames; formerly Spurrier Lane [City of London]
Water Street – formerly ran to the waterline of the Thames, prior to the building of the Thames Embankment [Holborn]
Watergate – after a watergate which stood here on the Thames [City of London]
Watergate Walk – after a former watergate built in 1626 for George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham as an entrance for the former York House [Strand]
Waterhouse Square – after Alfred Waterhouse, architect of Holborn Bars, also known as the Prudential Assurance Building, which surrounds the square [Hatton Garden]
Waterloo Bridge and Waterloo Road – the road was built in 1817 shortly after the British victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo [Waterloo]
Waterloo Place – after the Battle of Waterloo which ended the Napoleonic Wars [St James]
Watling Court and Watling Street – corrupted from the old name of Athelingestrate (Saxon Prince Street), by association with the more famous Roman Watling Street [City of London]
Watson’s Mews – after John Watson, local 18th century leaseholder [Marylebone]
Waverton Street – after Waverton, Cheshire, where local landowners the Grosvenors also held land [Mayfair]
Weavers Lane – probably after weavers formerly working from here [Southwark]
Webbs Road Hillingdon Is one of a number of short roads in Yeading originally formed of social housing and named after Labour politicians. Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb were prominent social reformers.
Wedgewood Mews – after Josiah Wedgewood, Georgian-era manufacturer of high-quality pottery and a campaigner for social reform, who owned a pottery near here [Soho]
Weighhouse Street – after the King’s Weigh House Chapel, which moved here its site above the King’s Weight House in the City in 1891; before this it was known as Robert Street, after Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster, and before that as Chandler Street after the local chandler trade [Mayfair]
Welbeck Street – after Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, seat of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland [Marylebone]
Welbeck Way – after Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, seat of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland [Marylebone]
Well Court – after the numerous wells formerly located in this area [City of London]
Weller Street – after Sam Weller, a character in the novel The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, by association with Dickens Square [Southwark]
Wellington Road, St John’s Wood Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington The road was developed from about 1816, following Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
Wellington Street – after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington [Covent Garden]
Wells Mews – after Joseph (or George) Wells, local 17th century farmer [Fitzrovia]
Wells Street – after Joseph (or George) Wells, local 17th century farmer [Fitzrovia]
Werrington Street – after Werrington, Cornwall, where local landowners the dukes of Bedford held land; formerly Clarendon Street [Somers Town]
Wesley Street – after Charles Wesley, hymn author, who is buried nearby [Marylebone]
West Central Street – named in 1894, after the recent innovation of postcodes (this being the boundary between WC1 and WC1) [Covent Garden]
West Eaton Place – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), whose family seat is Eaton Hall, Cheshire [Belgravia]
West Halkin Street – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave), who owned Halkyn Castle in Wales [Belgravia]
West Halkin Street is named after Halkyn Castle, originally a Grosvenor family property in Flintshire. [Belgravia]
West Harding Street – after local 16th century property owner Agnes Harding, who bequeathed the surrounding area to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for the upkeep of widows [City of London]
West Mews – a shortening of its pre-1936 name Warwick Place Mews West [Pimlico/Victoria]
West Poultry Avenue – after the meat trade here at Smithfield Market [City of London]
West Square – after its late 18th century owners the West family [Kennington/Lambeth]
West Square – after its late 18th century owners the West family [Lambeth]
West Street – unknown, possibly it was on the western boundary of St Gile’s parish; formerly Hog Street [Covent Garden]
Westminster Bridge Road – as it leads to Westminster Bridge [Lambeth]
Westminster Bridge Road – as it leads to Westminster Bridge [Waterloo]
Westmoreland Place – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Pimlico/Victoria]
Westmoreland Terrace – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Pimlico/Victoria]
Weston Rise – after John Weston, who built this road in the 1790s [Clerkenwell]
Weston Street – after local 19th century property owner John Weston [Southwark]
Weymouth Mews and Weymouth Street – after Lady Elizabeth Bentinck, Viscountess Weymouth, daughter of William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, who owned this estate [Marylebone]
Wheatley Street – after Francis Wheatley, Victorian artist who lived in the area [Marylebone]
Whetstone Park – built by William Whetstone in 1636 [Holborn]
Whidborne Street – possibly for directors of the East End Dwellings Company who developed these streets in the 1890s [Bloomsbury]
Whiskin Way – after John Whiskin, local landowner/builder in the 19th century [Clerkenwell]
Whitcomb Court – after William Whitcomb, 17th century brewer and property developer [Leicester Square]
Whitcomb Street – after William Whitcomb, 17th century brewer and property developer [Leicester Square]
White Hart Court – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
White Hart Street – by connection with local landowner Edward the Black Prince, son of Edward III, whose crest was a white hart [Kennington/Lambeth]
White Hart Yard – after a former inn here of this name [Southwark]
White Horse Street – after a former inn of this name at this site, named for the Royal emblem of the House of Hanover [Mayfair]
White Horse Yard – after a former inn of this name [City of London]
White Kennett Street – after White Kennett, rector of St Botolph’s Aldgate in the early 1700s [City of London]
White Lion Court – after a former inn of this name, destroyed by fire in 1765 [City of London]
White Lion Hill – this formerly led to White Lion Wharf, which is thought to have been named after a local inn [City of London]
Whitecross Street – after a white cross which stood near here in the 1200s [Finsbury]
Whitefriars Street – after the Carmelite order (known as the White friars), who were granted land here by Edward I [City of London]
Whitehall, Whitehall Court, Whitehall Gardens and Whitehall Place – after the former Palace of Whitehall on this site, destroyed by fire in 1698 [Westminster]
Whitehaven Street – Broadley Street near here was formerly Earl Street, and the surrounding streets were given earldom-related names in the early 19th century; this was named for the Earls of Carlise and was originally Little Carlisle Street, later changed after Whitehaven, Cumberland [Lisson Grove]
Whitfield Place and Whitfield Street – after George Whitefield, prominent 18th century religious figure, who founded a tabernacle near here in 1756 [Fitzrovia]
Whitgift Street – after John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury 1583-1604, by connection with the nearby Lambeth Palace [Lambeth]
Whittaker Street – after its 1830 builder John Whittaker [Belgravia]
Whittington Avenue – after Richard Whittington, former Lord Mayor of London [City of London]
Wicklow Street – possibly from Wicklow in Ireland [Clerkenwell]
Widegate Street – thought to be after a gate that formerly stood on this street; formerly known as Whitegate Alley [City of London]
Wigmore Place – after Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, seat of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Wigmore Street – after Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, seat of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Wilcox Place – after Francis Wilcox, local 19th century landowner [Westminster]
Wild Court – corruption of ‘Weld’, after Henry Weld who lived in Weld House on this site in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Wild Street – corruption of ‘Weld’, after Henry Weld who lived in Weld House on this site in the 17th century [Covent Garden]
Wilfred Street – originally William Street, after Viscount Stafford, who lived in a house adjacent in the 17th century [Westminster]
William IV Street – named after William IV, reigning king when the street was laid out by John Nash in 1831 [Covent Garden]
William Mews and William Street – after William Lowndes of the local landowning Lowndes family [Belgravia]
William Road – after the later William IV, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
Willoughby Highwalk – presumably after Sir Francis Willoughby, who is buried in the nearby St Giles-without-Cripplegate Church [City of London]
Willoughby Street – after GP Willoughy, mayor of Holborn Borough in the 1910s [Bloomsbury]
Willow Place – after the willow trees that were formerly common here [Westminster]
Wilmington Square and Wilmington Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who also had the title Baron Wilmington [Clerkenwell]
Wilton Crescent Mews, Wilton Place, Wilton Row, Wilton Street and Wilton Terrace – after local landowners the Grosvenors (titled Viscounts Belgrave); Eleanor Egerton was the wife of Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster [Belgravia]
Wilton Road – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family Estate; Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster married Eleanor Egerton, daughter of Thomas Egerton, 1st Earl of Wilton [Pimlico/Victoria]
Wimpole Mews – after Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, seat of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Wimpole Street – after Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, seat of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer [Marylebone]
Winchester Square – after Winchester House, formerly the London house of the Bishop of Winchester [Southwark]
Winchester Street – this land was formerly part of the Grosvenor family estate; as the last of their lands to be developed they had seemingly run out of eponymous names from themselves, so they Winchester Walk – after Winchester House, formerly the London house of the Bishop of Winchester [Southwark]
chose various pleasant-sounding aristocratic titles, of which this is one [Pimlico/Victoria]
Windmill Street – after the windmill that formerly stood near here in the 18th century [Fitzrovia]
Windmill Walk – after the windmills formerly located here when it was countryside; formerly Windmill Street [Waterloo]
Windsor Place – after the Windsor Castle pub formerly located here [Westminster]
Wine Office Court – after an office here that granted licenses to sell wine in the 17th century [City of London]
Winnett Street – named after local business owner William Winnett in 1935; prior to this it was Upper Rupert Street [Soho]
Withers Place – after William Withers, 18th century property owner [Finsbury]
Woburn Place, Woburn Square, Woburn Walk and Upper Woburn Place – after Woburn Abbey, principal seat of local landowners the dukes of Bedford [Bloomsbury]
Wood Street – as wood and fire logs were sold here as part of the Cheapside market [City of London]
Woodbridge Street – after Thomas Seckford, Elizabethan court official, who left land nearby in his will for the building of an almshouse; Sekford was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk [Clerkenwell/Finsbury]
Wood’s Mews – after Richard Wood, who built this street in 1731 [Mayfair]
Woodstock Mews – after William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, Viscount Woodstock [Marylebone]
Woodstock Street – after either Woodstock, Oxfordshire, location of to Blenheim Palace, home of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, 17th – 18th century general [23] or Thomas Woodstock, 18th century builder [Mayfair]
Woolf Mews – presumably after the author and local resident Virginia Woolf [Bloomsbury]
Wormwood Street – after the wormwood formerly grown here for medicine [City of London]
Wren Street – after prominent architect Sir Christopher Wren [Clerkenwell/Finsbury]
Wrestler’s Court – after a former Tudor-era house here of this name [City of London]
Wyclif Street – after John Wycliffe, noted 14th century religious reformer; by association with the former nearby Smithfield Martyrs’ Memorial Church [Clerkenwell/Finsbury]
Wyndham Mews, Wyndham Street and Wyndham Yard – after Anne Wyndham, wife of local landowner Henry Portman [Marylebone]
Wynyatt Street – corruption of ‘Wynyates’; after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who owned land at Compton Wynyates in Northamptonshire [Clerkenwell/Finsbury]
Wythburn Place – after Wythburn Fells, Cumberland, by association with the nearby Great Cumberland Place [Marylebone]
Yardley Street – after local landowners (dating back to the 17th century) the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, one of whom was born at Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire [Clerkenwell/Finsbury]
Yarmouth Place – after Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford, Earl of Yarmouth who lived near here in the 19th century [Mayfair]
York Bridge – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
York Buildings – a house was built on this site in the 14th century for the bishops of Norwich – in the reign of Queen Mary it was acquired by the archbishops of York and named ‘York House’; York Place was formerly ‘Of Alley’, after George Villiers [Strand]
York Gate – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
York Place – a house was built on this site in the 14th century for the bishops of Norwich – in the reign of Queen Mary it was acquired by the archbishops of York and named ‘York House’; York Place was formerly ‘Of Alley’, after George Villiers [Strand]
York Terrace East – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
York Terrace West – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV) [Regent’s Park]
York Street – after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of King George IV [Marylebone]
Yorkshire Grey Yard – named after a local inn of this name in the 18th century, presumably referring to the breed of horse [Holborn]
Youngs Buildings – after Francis Young, local 18th century property owner [Finsbury]
Zoar Street – after the former Zoar Chapel here, named for the Biblical Zoara [Southwark]

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Walcott Street, SW1 – after Reverend MEC Walcott, curate of the St Margaret’s, Westminster in the 1840s
Waldegrave Road, Teddington (and the nearby park and gardens) were named after Frances Waldegrave, wife of the 7th Earl Waldegrave who lived at Strawberry Hill House in the 19th century on the road.
Walker Close, N11 The Walkers of Southgate were a prominent local family who owned Arnos Grove (now Southgate Beaumont) on nearby Cannon Hill. The street is located near the better known Arnos Grove tube station.
Wardour Street, W1 Archibald Wardour was the architect of several buildings on the street
Warren Street, W1 Anne Warren was the wife of Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton, the land owner responsible for the development of the area
Wat Tyler Road, SE10 Wat Tyler was the rebel who launched the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381
White Kennett Street, EC3 White Kennett Bishop of Peterborough (1707), was previously rector of the nearly St Botolph’s Aldgate
Whitfield Street, W1 George Whitefield Builder of Whitefield’s Tabernacle, in the vicinity, in 1756
Whitgift Street, Croydon John Whitgift Archbishop of Canterbury (1583-1604)  lived at Croydon Palace, and is buried in Croydon Minster.
Whittaker Avenue, Richmond John Whittaker Ellis was the first Mayor of Richmond, who bought a building adjacent to the road which became the town hall
Wilberforce Road William Wilberforce British politician, a philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade
William Barefoot Drive, SE9 Named for a prominent local politician, who was Mayor of Woolwich three times
William Morris Close, E17 William Morris spent his childhood at the nearby Water House, which is now the William Morris Gallery
Wilton Crescent, SW1 Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton Second son of Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster; the road forms part of the Grosvenor estate.
Woffington Close, KT1 Peg Woffington was ab 18th-century actress who performed in Teddington, near where the road is located.
Wren Road, SE5 The road was built on the grounds of a former house said to have been occupied by Sir Christopher Wren
Young Street, W8 Named for Thomas Young, developer of the area

 



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