Coventry Street, W1D

Road in/near Leicester Square, existing between 1681 and now.

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Coventry Street is a short street connecting Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. On the London Monopoly board, it was named after the politician Henry Coventry, secretary of state to Charles II.

There is historical evidence of a road linking Haymarket with Wardour Street in 1585, roughly in the present location of Coventry Street. This pre-dated Leicester Square, and ran as far as St. Martin’s Field, stopping short of St. Martin’s Lane.

Coventry Street was constructed in 1681 as a thoroughfare between the two places. Henry Coventry had previously built a house in this location, and renamed it Coventry House in 1670. The house was described as "a capital messuage with divers outhouses, Gardens, Yards. … capable of being greatly improved." Coventry died in 1686 and the house was demolished four years later, to be replaced by a group of smaller houses. The land to the north of the street was partly owned by Colonel Thomas Panton, and partly by the Earl of St Albans. John Ogilby’s 1681 map of London shows Coventry Street built up on both sides.

The street had been designed for commercial and entertainment purposes, rather than a place of residence. For much of the 18th and early 19th century, there were a number of gambling houses along the street, contributing to a shady and downmarket character. The historian J.T.Smith remarked in 1846 that Coventry Street had "a considerable number of gaming-houses in the neighbourhood at the present time, so that the bad character of the place is at least two centuries old, or ever since it was built upon".

The Trocadero sits in the area between Coventry Street, Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, with the main entrance on Coventry Street. The origins of the site can be traced back to 1744, when John Cartwright gave a 99-year lease on this land to Thomas Higginson, in order to construct a real tennis court. Higginson retained ownership of the court until 1761, after which it had a number of owners through to the 19th century. From the 1820s onwards, it was used as a music and exhibition hall. After the lease expired in 1842, ownership passed to John Musgrove, who sublet it to Robert Bignel. Bignel redesigned the premises as a number of assembly rooms called the Argyll Rooms. It acquired a notorious reputation for prostitution, and consequently closed in 1878. It re-opened four years later as the Trocadero Palace, a music hall. A group of shops were established on the site in 1889, and the entire development was sold to J. Lyon’s & Co in 1895. Having been part of the Lyons restaurant complex and shops for much of the 20th century, it is now a shopping centre.

Wishart’s tobacco makers was established on Coventry Street in 1720. The family business survived through to the following century. The goldsmiths and jewellers Lamberts were established at Nos. 10–12 Coventry Street in 1803.

Coventry Street was mostly made up of retail properties by the 19th century. In 1835, an exhibition named the "Parisian infernal machine" was set up on Coventry Street, that depicted a murderer attempting to assassinate the French Royal Family. During 1851, a French wizard known as Robin performed in a building on Coventry Street. Coventry Street was widened between 1877 and 1881 by reducing the frontage to properties on the southern side, as part of general traffic improvements in the area that also saw widening of Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The London Pavilion was at the corner of Coventry Street with Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue. It was established in 1861 as an extension to the Black Horse Inn, hosting music hall events. It was demolished in 1885 and rebuilt and reopened by Edmund Villiers, becoming a theatre in 1918. It subsequently became a cinema, closing in 1982. The site is now part of the Trocadero Shopping Centre.

Charles Hirsch, a bookseller, sold French literature and pornography from his shop "Librairie Parisienne" in Coventry Street in the late 19th century. Hirsch was friends with Oscar Wilde and claimed to have sold him various items of homosexual pornography.

The Prince Of Wales Theatre opened in 1884 on Coventry Street. It was built for and financed by actor-manager Edgar Bruce from profits made at the Scala Theatre. The Private Secretary, written by Charles Hawtrey, was first performed here. Throughout the 20th century it mainly performed musicals and revues, with occasional ventures into farce. The theatre was rebuilt in 1937, and again between 2003–4 at a cost of £7.5 million. It can now accommodate 1,133 patrons.

The first J. Lyons and Co. Corner House was built on Coventry Street in 1907, on the west corner with Rupert Street. It was one of the first buildings in London to have a white-glazed terracotta exterior. In 1920, the former premises of Lamberts at Nos. 10–12 were demolished in order to accommodate an extension that could accommodate up to 3,000 diners.[3] Scott’s Restaurant first operated in Coventry Street. Originally opening as an oyster warehouse in 1872 at No. 18 as part of the London Pavilion, it moved to No. 19 in 1891, expanding as a full restaurant. The restaurant moved to Mount Street in Mayfair in 1967. In 1887, the Leicester, a public house, opened at the corner of Coventry Street and Wardour Street. It closed in 1927 so the neighbouring department store could expand.

In the 1920s, the street became a centre for nightclubs, attracting clientele such as Edward, Prince of Wales, Rudolph Valentino, Noël Coward, Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin. The Café de Paris opened in 1924 in the basement of the Rialto Cinema (which had opened in 1913) and became a popular club through the rest of the decade because of the owner Martin Poulsen’s friendship with the Prince of Wales.

On 8 March 1941, the Cafe and much of Coventry Street suffered significant damage from bombing as part of the Blitz, killing 84 people including Poulsen, though former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, visiting the cafe, survived. Owing to a lack of water, a leg wound had to be washed with champagne as it was the only suitable substance to hand. The restaurant was rebuilt after the war and became a private venue in 1957. The Flamingo Club, a jazz nightclub, started on Coventry Street in 1952. It moved in 1957 to Wardour Street, where it became a popular venue for British rhythm and blues.

The Swiss Centre, at the far eastern end of the street adjoining Leicester Square was constructed between 1963–66 and designed by David du R. Aberdeen and Partners. A Swiss clock was attached to the premises in 1985. The centre was demolished in 2008, with the clock moving to Leicester Square in 2011.

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Simon De Charmes, clockmaker
De Charmes (or Des Charmes), Simon, of French Huguenot extraction. Recorded 1688 and Free of the Clockmakers’ Company 1691-1730. In London until 1704 at least at ’his House, the Sign of the Clock, the Corner of Warwick St, Charing Cross’. See Brian Loomes The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.188

Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs


Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 07:17 GMT   

Smithy in Longacre
John Burris 1802-1848 Listed 1841 census as Burroughs was a blacksmith, address just given as Longacre.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

Lived here
Richard Roques   
Added: 21 Jan 2021 16:53 GMT   

Buckingham Street residents
Here in Buckingham Street lived Samuel Pepys the diarist, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

Lived here
Linda WEBB   
Added: 8 Jun 2023 23:16 GMT   

Craven Street, WC2N
James webb lived in Craven Street Westminster. He died in 1758 and his states he was of Craven Street.
FROM England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 for James Webb PROB 11: Will Registers
1773-1776 Piece 1004: Alexander, Quire Numbers 1-45 (1775)



Lived here
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Whitechapel (1980 - 1981)
Diana Lee-Gobbitt - Artist rented a room at No 1 Berner Street, Whitechapel, opposite Church Passage (Ripper territory) for one year, rent approx 3 pounds pw. Worked as Receptionist for n Indian import/export company in the Watney Markets. Owner of No 1 Berner Street was Sammy Ferrugia, Maltese Taxi company owner. The artist was shown the gambling den in Dutfield’s Yard behind the terrace houses. It was common local knowledge prostitution was high end income for those in the East End during the 1950s.


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Haycroft Gardens, NW10
My Grandfather bought No 45 Buchanan Gdns in I believe 1902 and died ther in the early 1950s

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Haycroft Gardens, NW10
I lived in No 7 from 1933 to 1938


Sylvia guiver   
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Grandparents 1937 lived 37 Blandford Square
Y mother and all her sisters and brother lived there, before this date , my parent wedding photographers were take in the square, I use to visit with my mother I remember the barge ballon in the square in the war.

Born here
Roy Mathieson   
Added: 27 Jun 2024 16:25 GMT   

St Saviours
My great grandmother was born in Bowling Green Lane in 1848. The family moved from there to Earl Terrace, Bermondsey in 1849. I have never been able to locate Earl Terrace on maps.


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Buckhurst Street, E1
Mt grandfather, Thomas Walton Ward had a musical instrument workshop in Buckhurst Street from 1934 until the street was bombed during the war. Grandfather was a partner in the musical instrument firm of R.J. Ward and Sons of Liverpool. He died in 1945 and is buried in a common grave at Abney Park Cemetery.

Lived here
Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

Evie Helen   
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Vickers Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.


Admiral Duncan The Admiral Duncan is well-known as one of Soho’s oldest gay pubs.
Café Royal The Café Royal - now a five-star hotel at 68 Regent Street - was, before its conversion to a hotel, a notable restaurant.
Charing Cross Charing Cross denotes the junction of the Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square
De Hems De Hems has become a base for London’s Dutch community, serving bitterballen and frikandellen.
Hungerford Stairs The Hungerford Stairs were the entrance point to Hungerford Market from the River Thames. They are now the site of Charing Cross railway Station.
Leicester Square Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.
L’Escargot L’Escargot is one of London’s oldest restaurants.
Nelson’s Column Nelson’s Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square built to commemorate Horatio Nelson’s decisive victory at the Battle of Trafalgar during which he lost his life.
Northumberland House Northumberland House was a large Jacobean townhouse in London, which was the London residence of the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland.
Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
Queen’s Theatre The Queen’s Theatre is located in Shaftesbury Avenue on the corner of Wardour Street.
Soho Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.
The Adelphi The Adelphi is a small district surrounding the streets of Adelphi Terrace, Robert Street and John Adam Street.
Trident Studios Trident Studios was located at 17 St Anne’s Court between 1968 and 1981.
Wyld’s Great Globe Wyld’s Great Globe was an attraction situated in Leicester Square between 1851 and 1862.

Adam Street, WC2N Adam Street is named after John and Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development in the 1760s (Charing Cross)
Adelaide Street, WC2R Adelaide Street was named for Queen Adelaide, Consort to King William IV (Charing Cross)
Adelphi Terrace, WC2N Adelphi Terrace is named after John and Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development in the 1760s (Embankment)
Agar Street, WC2N Agar Street is named after George Agar, who built the street in the 1830s with John Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough (Charing Cross)
Air Street, SW1Y Air Street was the most westerly street in London when newly built in 1658 (Piccadilly Circus)
Air Street, W1B Air Street’s name is believed to be a corruption of ‘Ayres’, after Thomas Ayre, a local brewer and resident in the 17th century (Soho)
Apple Tree Yard, SW1Y Apple Tree Yard is thought named after the apple trees formerly to be found here (St James’s)
Archer Street, W1D Archer Street was Arch Street in 1675, Orchard Street in 1720 and Archer Street by 1746 (Soho)
Arlette House, W1F Arlette House is a block on Meard Street (Soho)
Arne Street, WC2E Arne Street was named after the 18th century composer Thomas Arne, who was born near here (Covent Garden)
Artists House, W1D Artists House is a block on Manette Street (Soho)
Babmaes Street, SW1Y Babmaes Street was originally called Wells Street (St James’s)
Banbury Court, WC2E Banbury Court is named for Nicholas Knollys, 3rd Earl of Banbury, who owned a house here called Banbury House (Covent Garden)
Bateman Street, W1D Bateman Street was named for Sir James Bateman, local landowner and Lord Mayor of London in the 1670s (Soho)
Bateman’s Buildings, W1D Bateman’s Buildings runs north from Bateman Street (Soho)
Bear Street, WC2H Bear Street is a streetname with two possible derivations (Leicester Square)
Beaumont Buildings, WC2B Beaumont Buildings is located on Martlett Court (Covent Garden)
Bedford Chambers, WC2E Bedford Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Bedford Street, WC2E Bedford Street was named after local 18th century landowners the Russell family, earls/dukes of Bedford (Covent Garden)
Bedfordbury, WC2N Bedfordbury is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area (Covent Garden)
Berwick Road, W1F Berwick Road is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area (Soho)
Berwick Street, W1F Berwick Street commemorates the Duke of Berwick, an illegitimate son of James II (Soho)
Betterton House, WC2H Betterton House is located on Betterton Street (Covent Garden)
Betterton Street, WC2E Betterton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Blore Court, W1F Blore Court - situated at 3 Berwick Street - was built over after the Second World War (Soho)
Bourchier Street, W1D Bourchier Street was formerly, Hedge Lane, Milk Alley and Little Dean Street (Soho)
Bow Street, WC2E Bow Street was first developed by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford in 1633 (Covent Garden)
Brewer Street, W1D Brewer Street runs west to east from Glasshouse Street to Wardour Street (Soho)
Brewer Street, W1F Brewer Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area (Soho)
Bridle Lane, W1B Abraham Bridle, carpenter, was lessee in the 1680s (Soho)
Broad Court, WC2E Broad Court is an alleyway parallel with Long Acre (Covent Garden)
Broadwick Street, W1F Broadwick Street runs west-east between Marshall Street and Wardour Street, crossing Berwick Street (Soho)
Brydges Place, WC2N Brydges Place replaced Taylor’s Buildings in 1904 when the Colloseum was built (Charing Cross)
Buckingham Street, WC2N Buckingham Street is named after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (Charing Cross)
Burleigh Mansions, WC2H Burleigh Mansions dates from 1885 (Leicester Square)
Cambridge Circus, WC2H Cambridge Circus is the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road (Soho)
Canada House, SW1A Canada House is a Greek Revival building situated on Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross)
Cape Yard, W1D A street within the W1D postcode (Soho)
Carlisle Walk, W1D Carlisle Walk is a road in the E8 postcode area (Soho)
Carriage Hall, WC2E Carriage Hall is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Carting Lane, WC2R Carting Lane is thought to be named after the carts that brought goods to and from the wharf formerly located here. (Charing Cross)
Cecil Court, WC2N Cecil Court is a pedestrian street with Victorian shop-frontages (Leicester Square)
Cecil Street, WC2N Cecil Street was built on the site of Cecil House (Charing Cross)
Central Arcade, WC2E Central Arcade is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Chandos Place, WC2N Chandos Place replaced the northern section of Chandos Street in 1938 (Charing Cross)
Chandos Street, WC2N Chandos Street (called Chandos Place after 1938), was named after the third Lord Chandos, the father-in-law of the fourth Earl of Bedford. (Charing Cross)
Chapone Place, W1D Hester Chapone lived No 8 Dean Street in the 1770s (Soho)
Charing Cross Mansions, WC2H Charing Cross Mansions is one of the mid 1880s block built around a widened Cecil Court (Leicester Square)
Charing Cross Road, WC2H Charing Cross Road is a street running immediately north of St Martin-in-the-Fields to St Giles Circus (Leicester Square)
Charing Cross, WC2N Charing Cross, long regarded as London’s central point, as an address is an enigma (Charing Cross)
Charles Court, WC2N Charles Court ran between Villiers Street and Hungerford Market (Charing Cross)
Charles II Street, SW1Y Charles II Street is named for the ’Merry Monarch’ (St James’s)
Chatham House, SW1Y Chatham House is a building on St James’s Square (St James’s)
Ching Court, WC2H Ching Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Church Court, WC2N Church Court once led from Church Lane - now demolished - to Strand (Charing Cross)
Church Lane, WC2N Church Lane was once a small lane leading from the back of St-Martins-in-the-Fields church to the Strand (Charing Cross)
Church Place, SW1Y Church Place was named after the adjacent St James’s Church, Piccadilly (St James’s)
Cinema House, W1F Cinema House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Clare Market, WC2E This is a street in the WC2E postcode area (Covent Garden)
Clydesdale Bank House, W1J Clydesdale Bank House is a block on Piccadilly (Piccadilly Circus)
Cockspur Court, SW1A Cockspur Court runs west for a short section from Spring Gardens (Charing Cross)
Cockspur Street, SW1A Cockspur Street is possibly after the cock fighting that formerly occurred here, cocks often having spurs attached to their feet during fights (Charing Cross)
Covent Garden, WC2E Covent Garden, is the name of a district, but also the name of the central square which formerly hosted a fruit-and-vegetable market (Covent Garden)
Coventry Street, W1D Coventry Street is a short street connecting Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. On the London Monopoly board, it was named after the politician Henry Coventry, secretary of state to Charles II (Leicester Square)
Cranbourn Street, WC2H Cranbourne Street was named after local landowner the Earl of Salisbury, Viscount Cranbourn (Cranbourne) after the town in Dorset. (Leicester Square)
Craven Passage, WC2N Craven Passage is named after William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven, who owned the land when the street was built in the 1730s (Charing Cross)
Craven Street, WC2N Craven Street is named after William Craven, 3rd Baron Craven, who owned the land when the street was built in the 1730s (Charing Cross)
Creston House, W1F Creston House is a block on Great Pulteney Street (Soho)
Cross Court, WC2B Cross Court appears on maps between the 1750s and 1900 (Covent Garden)
Crown Court, WC2E Crown Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2B postal area (Covent Garden)
D’Arblay House, W1F D’Arblay House is located on D’Arblay Street (Soho)
D’Arblay Street, W1F D’Arblay Street is named after Fanny Burney’s married name, Madame D’Arblay (Soho)
Dansey Place, W1D Dansey Place was formerly named George Yard, after a pub adjacent called the George and Dragon (Soho)
Dansey Yard, W1D George Yard was renamed Dansey Yard after 1884 (Soho)
Dean Street, W1D Dean Street is a historically rich thoroughfare that extends from Oxford Street to Shaftesbury Avenue. (Soho)
Denman House, W1J Denman House is a block on Piccadilly (Piccadilly Circus)
Denman Street, W1J Denman Street - formerly Queen Street - was named after Dr Thomas Denman midwifery pioneer in 1862 (Piccadilly Circus)
Dryden Street, WC2B Dryden Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Duck Lane, W1F Duck Lane was possibly known for duck baiting (Soho)
Dudley Court, WC2H Dudley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Duke Of York Street, SW1Y Duke Of York Street runs between Jermyn Street and St James’s Square (St James’s)
Duke’s Court, WC2B Duke’s Court appears on maps made between 1750 and 1900 (Covent Garden)
Duncannon Street, WC2N Duncannon Street connects Trafalgar Square and Strand (Charing Cross)
Durham House Street, WC2N Durham House Street was the former site of a palace belonging to the bishops of Durham in medieval times. (Charing Cross)
Eagle Place, SW1Y Eagle Place lies off Piccadilly (Piccadilly Circus)
Earlham Street, WC2H Earlham Street is one of the spokes leading off of Seven Dials (Covent Garden)
Egmont House, WC2H Egmont House is a block on Shaftesbury Avenue (Soho)
Embankment Place, WC2N Embankment Place runs from Villiers Street, under a railway arch, on to Northumberland Avenue (Embankment)
Endell Street, WC2H Endell Street, originally known as Belton Street, is a street that runs from High Holborn in the north to Long Acre and Bow Street in the south (Covent Garden)
Excel Court, WC2H Excel Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (St Giles)
Film House, W1F Film House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Flaxman Court, W1D Flaxman Court was formerly Meard’s Passage and Swan Yard. (Soho)
Fletcher Buildings, WC2B Fletcher Buildings is sited on Martlett Court (Covent Garden)
Floral Court, WC2E Floral Court is a location in London (Covent Garden)
Floral Street, WC2E Floral Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Fox Under Hill Alley, WC2N Fox Under Hill Alley ran alongside Cecil House and later Salisbury Street (Charing Cross)
Frith Street, W1D Frith Street is named after Richard Frith, a local builder (Soho)
Garrick Street, WC2E Garrick Street is the northern extension of Bedford Street running up to Long Acre and Cranbourne Street (Covent Garden)
Garrick Yard, WC2E Garrick Yard, together with the more familiar Garrick Street to the northeast of here, both took their names from the Garrick Club which commemorates the famous 18th century actor, David Garrick. (Covent Garden)
George Court, WC2N George Court is named after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (Charing Cross)
Gerrard Place, W1D Gerrard Place was known as Nassau Street until 1910 (Soho)
Gerrard Street, W1D Gerrard Street is the main street of Chinatown (Soho)
Golden House, W1F Golden House is a block on Great Pulteney Street (Soho)
Goodwins Court, WC2N Goodwins Court connects Bedfordbury with St Martin’s Lane (Covent Garden)
Grand Buildings, SW1A Grand Buildings replaced the Grand Hotel in 1986 (Charing Cross)
Great Newport Street, WC2H Great Newport Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Leicester Square)
Great Pulteney Street, W1F Great Pulteney Street is named for Sir William Pulteney, estate owner in the 1670s (Soho)
Great Windmill Street, W1F Great Windmill Street has had a long association with music and entertainment, most notably the Windmill Theatre (Soho)
Greek Court, W1D Greek Court is a tiny sealed-off alleyway named after a former Greek church established in 1670s (Soho)
Greek Street, W1D Greek Street leads south from Soho Square to Shaftesbury Avenue. (Soho)
Greens Court, W1D Greens Court is probably called after Thomas Green, paviour, lessee in 1685 (Soho)
Half Moon Street, WC2N Half Moon Street was an old name for the lower portion of Bedford Street (Charing Cross)
Ham Yard, W1D Ham Yard was the yard behind a 17th century pub called ’The Ham’ (Soho)
Hammer House, W1F Hammer House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Hanover Place, WC2E Hanover Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Haymarket House, W1D Haymarket House is a block on Shaver’s Place (Piccadilly Circus)
Haymarket, SW1Y Haymarket – site of a former market selling hay until the 1830s (St James’s)
Heathcock Court, WC2E Heathcock Court runs north off Strand (Covent Garden)
Henrietta Street, WC2E Henrietta Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Hobhouse Court, WC2H Hobhouse Court is named after Sir John Cam Hobhouse, Victorian MP and arts patron (Leicester Square)
Hog Lane, WC2H Hog Lane was a lane that went from St Giles’ leper hospital (set up in the 12th century) to the monument to Eleanor at Charing Cross. (St Giles)
Holland Street, W1F Holland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1F postal area (Soho)
Hop Gardens, WC2N Hop Gardens is a small courtyard (Covent Garden)
Hopkins Street, W1F Hopkins Street was most likely named after Richard Hopkins, plasterer, a lessee in 1709 (Soho)
Horse and Dolphin Yard, W1D Horse and Dolphin Yard once lay behind the Horse and Dolphin Inn (Soho)
Hudson House, WC2R Hudson House is a block on Tavistock Street (Covent Garden)
Hudson’s Court, WC2N Hudson’s Court is one of the courtyards swept away by the building of Trafalgar Square and Duncannon Street during the 1830s (Charing Cross)
Huguenot House, WC2H Huguenot House is a block on Panton Street (Leicester Square)
Hungerford House, WC2N Residential block (Embankment)
Hungerford Lane, WC2N Hungerford Lane was a dark narrow alley that went alongside and then under Charing Cross Station (Charing Cross)
Husband Street, W1D Husband Street likely derived its name from Thomas Husbands, a painter (Soho)
Ingestre Court, W1F Ingestre Court is sited on Ingestre Place (Soho)
Ingestre Place, W1D In 1868, New Street and Husband Street were collectively renamed Ingestre Place. (Soho)
Irving Street, WC2H Irving Street is named after Henry Irving, the popular Victorian actor (Leicester Square)
Ivybridge Lane, WC2N Ivybridge Lane is named after a former ivy-covered bridge (Charing Cross)
James Street, WC2E James Street connects Covent Garden station with Covent Garden market (Covent Garden)
Jebsen House, WC2H Jebsen House is a block on Mercer Street (Covent Garden)
Jermyn Street, SW1Y Jermyn Street is the main east-west road of St James’s (St James’s)
John Adam House, WC2N John Adam House can be found on John Adam Street (Charing Cross)
John Adam Street, WC2N John Adam Street is named after John Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother Robert in the 1760s (Charing Cross)
Johnson’s Court, SW1A Johnson’s Court is a former courtyard next to Northumberland House (Charing Cross)
Jubilee Market, WC2E Jubilee Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Kemble House, W1D Kemble House is sited on Dean Street (Soho)
Kemp’s Court, W1F Kemp’s Court is situated in the heart of Berwick Street Market where a line of stalls stretch down both sides of the road. (Soho)
King Street, WC2E King Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Kings Head Yard, WC2H Kings Head Yard ran off Short’s Gardens (Covent Garden)
Kinnaird House, SW1Y Kinnaird House is a block on Pall Mall (St James’s)
Kipling House, WC2N Kipling House is a block on Villiers Street (Charing Cross)
Lancaster Court, WC2N Lancaster Court was an old Strand courtyard, swept away in the 1830s (Charing Cross)
Langley Court, WC2E Langley Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Langley House, WC2E Langley House is a building on Long Acre (Covent Garden)
Langley Street, WC2H Langley Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Leicester Court, WC2H Ryders Court was renamed to Leicester Court in 1936 (Leicester Square)
Leicester Place, WC2H Leicester Place leads north from Leicester Square (Soho)
Leicester Square, WC2H Leicester Square is a central tourist attraction of London (Leicester Square)
Leicester Street, SW1Y Leicester Street was named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, who purchased land in 1630 and erected a house (Leicester Square)
Lexington House, W1F Lexington House is a block on Lexington Street (Soho)
Lexington Street, W1D Lexington Street was named in 1885 after Robert Sutton Baron ’Lexinton’, the 17th century inheritor of the Pulteney estate (Soho)
Lisle Street, W1D Lisle Street leads east from Wardour Street (Soho)
Lison House, W1F Lison House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Litchfield Street, WC2H Litchfield Street is possibly named after Edward Lee, 1st Earl of Lichfield, who was brother-in-law of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton and son of Charles II (Leicester Square)
Little Compton Street, W1D Little Compton Street was a street in Soho (Soho)
Little Newport Street, WC2H Little Newport Street was renamed as Newport Place in 1939 (Leicester Square)
Livonia Street, W1F Livonia Street was originally Bentinck Street, family name of owner the Duke of Portland (Soho)
Long Acre, WC2E Long Acre is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Lower James Street, W1B Lower James Street leads southeast out of Golden Square (Soho)
Lower Regent Street, SW1Y Lower Regent Street is the name for the part of Regent Street which lies south of Piccadilly Circus (St James’s)
Macclesfield Street, W1D Macclesfield Street leads into Soho and Chinatown from the north (Soho)
Maiden Lane, WC2E Maiden Lane runs from Bedford Street in the west to Southampton Street in the east (Covent Garden)
Maidstone House, WC2H Maidstone House is sited on Mercer Street (Covent Garden)
Manette Street, W1D Manette Street in Soho is named after the character from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. (Soho)
Market Building, WC2E Market Building is a block on Covent Garden Piazza (Covent Garden)
Marlborough House, WC2H Marlborough House is a block on Earlham Street (Covent Garden)
Martlett Court, WC2B Martlett Court appears on maps from the 1750s onwards (Covent Garden)
May’s Court, WC2N May’s Court is a road in the WC2N postcode area (Covent Garden)
Meard Street, W1D John Meard, the younger was a carpenter, later a landowner, who developed the street (Soho)
Mercer Street, WC2H Mercer Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (St Giles)
Minden House, W1F Minden House is a building on D’Arblay Street (Soho)
Monmouth Street, WC2H Monmouth Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Moor Street, W1D Moor Street first appears by name in 1683 (Soho)
Nassau House, WC2H Nassau House is a block on Shaftesbury Avenue (Soho)
National House, W1D National House is located on Wardour Street (Soho)
National House, W1F National House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Neal Street, WC2H Neal Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Neal’s Yard, WC2H Neals Yard is one of the most photographed places of London (Covent Garden)
New Row, WC2E New Row is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area (Covent Garden)
New Street, W1D New Street existed until 1868 (Soho)
New Zealand House, SW1Y New Zealand House is a block on Haymarket (St James’s)
Newport Court, WC2H Newport Court was laid out approximately on the site of the courtyard of Newport House (Leicester Square)
Newport Place, WC2H Newport Place was named after Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport (Isle of Wight), who owned a house on Newport Street in the 17th century (Leicester Square)
Noland House, W1D Noland House is a block on Poland Street (Soho)
Norris Street, SW1Y Norris Street – after Godfrye Norris, local leaseholder in the 17th century (Piccadilly Circus)
Northumberland Avenue, WC2N Northumberland Avenue runs from Trafalgar Square in the west to the Thames Embankment. (Charing Cross)
Northumberland Court, SW1A Northumberland Court was a courtyard beside Northumberland House (Charing Cross)
Northumberland House, SW1A Northumberland House is a modern block on Northumberland Avenue sharing the same name as a notable house of Charing Cross (Charing Cross)
Northumberland Street, WC2N Northumberland Street commemorates the former Northumberland House, built originally in the 17th century for the earls of Northampton and later acquired by the earls of Northumberland. (Charing Cross)
Nottingham Court, WC2H Nottingham Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Oceanic House, SW1Y Oceanic House is a block on Pall Mall East (Charing Cross)
Odhams Walk, WC2H Odhams Walk is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Old Compton Street, W1D Old Compton Street is a road that runs east–west through Soho (Soho)
Orange Street, WC2H Orange Street gets its name from William III, Prince of Orange - the reigning king when the street was built. (Leicester Square)
Orion House, WC2H Orion House is a block on Upper St Martin’s Lane (Covent Garden)
Ormond Yard, SW1Y Ormond Yard was named after James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, who owned a house next to this yard in the 17th century (St James’s)
Oxendon Street, W1D Oxendon Street, after Sir Henry Oxendon, husband of Mary Baker, daughter of Robert Baker who built the former Piccadilly House nearby (Leicester Square)
Pall Mall East, SW1A Pall Mall East is an eastern extension of Pall Mall towards Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross)
Panton Street, SW1Y Panton Street was named after Colonel Thomas Panton, local property dealer of the 17th century (Leicester Square)
Pargiter Court, W1F Pargiter Court is a block on Silver Place (Soho)
Peter Street, W1D Peter Street likely originated as a passage to the saltpetre house built around 1656, situated between Peter Street and Brewer Street. (Soho)
Phoenix House, WC2H Phoenix House is sited on Phoenix Street (St Giles)
Phoenix Street, WC2H Phoenix Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (St Giles)
Piccadilly Circus, W1J Piccadilly Circus was laid out by John Nash in 1819 (Piccadilly Circus)
Portland Mews, W1F Portland Mews is so-named as it is part of the Portland Estate (Soho)
Quadrant Arcade, W1B Quadrant Arcade - part of a shopping centre - is named after the Quadrant to the south of Regent Street (Soho)
Rex House, SW1Y Rex House is a building on Regent Street (St James’s)
Richmond Buildings, W1D Richmond Buildings is a turning off Dean Street (Soho)
Richmond Mews, W1D Richmond Mews, like Richmond Buildings, is named for Thomas Richmond (Soho)
Robert Street, WC2N Robert Street is named after Robert Adam, who built the Adelphi development with his brother John in the 1760s (Embankment)
Romilly Street, W1D Romilly Street is a small street that runs behind Shaftesbury Avenue and takes its name from lawyer Samuel Romilly (Soho)
Rose Street, WC2N Rose Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Royal Opera Arcade, SW1Y Royal Opera Arcade was originally part of an opera house theatre, built by John Nash (St James’s)
Royal Opera House, WC2E Royal Opera House is a block on Bow Street (Covent Garden)
Royalty Mews, W1D Royalty Mews was named after the former Royalty Theatre (1840-1938) (Soho)
Rupert Court, W1D Rupert Court was named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the First Lord of the Admiralty when the court was built in 1676 (Soho)
Rupert Street, W1D Rupert Street – after Prince Rupert of the Rhine, noted 17th century general and son of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I (Soho)
Russell Chambers, WC2E Russell Chambers is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Russell Street, WC2E Russell Street is a road in the WC2E postcode area (Covent Garden)
Sabadell House, SW1Y Sabadell House is a block on Pall Mall (St James’s)
Salisbury Street, WC2N Salisbury Street was named after Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury (Charing Cross)
Salt House, W1F Salt House is a building on Peter Street (Soho)
Samuel House, SW1Y Samuel House is located on St Alban’s Street (St James’s)
Sandringham Court, W1F Sandringham Court can be found on Dufour’s Place (Soho)
Screen House, W1F Screen House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Seven Dials, WC2H Seven Dials was built on the site of the Cock-and-Pie Fields, named for a nearby inn (Covent Garden)
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D Shaftesbury Avenue is a major street in the West End of London, named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (Soho)
Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H Shaftesbury Avenue was named after Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Victorian politician and philanthropist (St Giles)
Shell Mex House, WC2N Shell Mex House is a grade II listed building located at 80 Strand (Charing Cross)
Shelton Street, WC2E Shelton Street is a road in the WC2B postcode area (Covent Garden)
Shelton Street, WC2H Shelton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Sheridan Buildings, WC2B Sheridan Buildings is a block on Martlett Court (Covent Garden)
Sherwood Street, W1B Sherwood Street is ultimately named for Francis Sherard, a Pulteney lessee (Piccadilly Circus)
Shorts Gardens, WC2H Shorts Gardens is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Silver Place, W1F Silver Place has an unknown name origin (Soho)
Slingsby Place, WC2E Slingsby Place is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
Smiths Court, W1D Smiths Court once hosted a blacksmith - hence the name (Soho)
Southampton Street, WC2E Southampton Street - named for Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton and landowner (Covent Garden)
Southampton Street, WC2E Southampton Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2R postal area (Covent Garden)
St Alban’s House, SW1Y St Alban’s House can be found on Haymarket (St James’s)
St Albans Street, SW1Y St Albans Street was named after Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of Saint Albans, 17th century politician and local landowner (Piccadilly Circus)
St Anne’s Court, W1D St Anne’s Court is an alleyway that connects Dean Street and Wardour Street (Soho)
St Giles Passage, WC2H St Giles Passage is named after St Giles Hospital, a leper hospital founded by Matilda of Scotland, wife of Henry I in 1117 (St Giles)
St James’s Market, SW1Y St James’s Market was part of the site of St James’s leper hospital in the Middle Ages, named after James, son of Zebedee (Piccadilly Circus)
St Martins Court, WC2H St Martins Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2N postal area (Leicester Square)
St Martins Lane, WC2N St Martins Lane runs up to Seven Dials from St Martin’s-in-the-Fields (Covent Garden)
St Martins Place, WC2N St Martin’s Place is a short stretch connecting Trafalgar Square to the bottom of Charing Cross Road (Charing Cross)
St Martins Street, WC2H St Martins Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Leicester Square)
Stacey Street, WC2H Stacey Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (St Giles)
Strand, WC2E Strand (or the Strand) runs just over 3⁄4 mile from Trafalgar Square eastwards to Temple Bar, where the road becomes Fleet Street inside the City of London (Charing Cross)
Suffolk Place, SW1Y The Earl of Suffolk (Thomas Howard) was the reason for the naming of Suffolk Place (St James’s)
Suffolk Street, SW1Y Suffolk Street was named after Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, who owned a stable yard attached to Northumberland House which lay on this site (St James’s)
Swan House, W1D Swan House is a block on Poland Street (Soho)
Swiss Court, SW1Y Swiss Court is named for the former Swiss Centre, once located here (Leicester Square)
The Arches, WC2N The Arches runs directly under Charing Cross station as a short cut from Villiers Street to Northumberland Avenue (Charing Cross)
The London Pavillion, SW1Y The London Pavilion is a building on Piccadilly Circus (Soho)
The Market Piazza, WC2E The Market Piazza is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
The Market, WC2E The Market is one of the streets of London in the WC2E postal area (Covent Garden)
The Piazza, WC2B The Piazza is the formal name for the central area of Covent Garden market (Covent Garden)
Thomas Neal Centre, WC2H Thomas Neal Centre is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Tisbury Court, W1D Tisbury Court lies off Wardour Street (Soho)
Tonbridge House, WC2H Tonbridge House is a block on Mercer Street (Covent Garden)
Tower Court, WC2H Tower Court is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Tower House, WC2E Tower House is a block on Southampton Street (Covent Garden)
Tower Street, WC2H Tower Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Townsend House, W1D Residential block (Soho)
Trafalgar Square, WC2N Trafalgar Square commemorates Horatio Nelson’s 1805 victory at the Battle of Trafalgar (Charing Cross)
Tyler’s Court, W1F A plot of land here was rented to Richard Tyler in 1682 when the area remained fields (Soho)
Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H This is a street in the WC2H postcode area (Covent Garden)
Urbanora House, W1F Urbanora House is a block on Wardour Street (Soho)
Vale Royal House, WC2H Vale Royal House is a block on Charing Cross Road (Leicester Square)
Victoria Embankment, WC2N Victoria Embankment was built as part of Joseph Bazalgette’s Embankment scheme (Embankment)
Villiers Street, WC2N Villiers Street was named after George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (Charing Cross)
Walker’s Court, W1D Walker’s Court is one of the many passageways which in past years was known as ’Paved Alley’. (Soho)
Wardour Mews, W1F Wardour Mews is a cul-de-sac off of Portland Street (Soho)
Wardour Street, W1D The W1D part of Wardour Street south of Shaftesbury Avenue runs through London’s Chinatown (Soho)
Wardour Street, W1F Wardour Street is a street that runs north from Leicester Square, through Chinatown, across Shaftesbury Avenue to Oxford Street (Soho)
Warwick House Street, SW1A Warwick House Street formerly approached Warwick House, built in the 17th century for Sir Philip Warwick (Charing Cross)
Watergate Walk, WC2N Watergate Walk is named after a former watergate built in 1626 for George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham as an entrance for the former York House (Embankment)
Waterloo Place, SW1Y Waterloo Place, an extension of Regent Street, is awash with statues and monuments that honour heroes of the British Empire (St James’s)
Wedgwood Mews, W1D Wedgwood Mews hosted Josiah Wedgwood’s showrooms between 1774 and 1795 (Soho)
Wellington Mews, W1B Wellington Mews was a new name for a stable yard without a name before the nineteenth century (Soho)
West Street, WC2H West Street is one of the streets of London in the WC2H postal area (Covent Garden)
Whitcomb Street, WC2H Whitcomb Street - named after William Whitcomb, 17th century brewer and property developer (Leicester Square)
White Bear Yard, WC2H White Bear Yard - named after a former pub - was off the north side of Lisle Street (Soho)
Wilder Walk, W1J Wilder Walk was named for Councillor Ian Wilder in 2012 (Piccadilly Circus)
William IV Street, WC2N William IV Street runs from Charing Cross Road to the Strand (Charing Cross)
Wingate House, WC2H Wingate House is a block on Shaftesbury Avenue (Soho)
Winnett Street, W1D Previously Upper Rupert Street, Winnett Street was ultimately named after local eigteenth-century glass merchant Thomas Winnet (Soho)
York Buildings, WC2N York Buildings marks a house was built on this site in the 14th century for the bishops of Norwich (Embankment)
York Place, WC2N York Place marks the location of a house on this site (Charing Cross)
Zimbabwe House, WC2N Charles Holden designed this building located on the corner of Agar Street and Strand for the British Medical Association. (Charing Cross)


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