Rupert Court was named for Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the First Lord of the Admiralty when the court was built in 1676.
Towards the southern end of Rupert Street
this narrow, partly covered Court reaches out to connect with Wardour Street
, at one time noted for its association with a thriving British film industry. The Court
was built, along with its namesake street, in 1677 and named as a tribute to the cavalier efforts of Prince Rupert in the Civil War. However, it seems that had the naming of streets been left to Samuel Pepys we would not have had Rupert Street
, Court, Road, or anything else. For on 29 September 1667 the old scribbler inscribed in his diary "This day or yesterday, I hear, Prince Rupert is come to Court; but welcome to nobody."
Nell Gwyn was a one-time nearby resident. In 1666 she took up residence in a house just to the north of the Court, in Wardour Street
. Charles I
I signed the lease.
Rupert Court is a pleasant welcoming place; it occasionally bustles with the to and fro of people passing between the streets, some pausing for a brief moment to glance in the little shop windows, others in too much of a hurry to notice. By night it seems to rest, which is a strange thing when we consider that this is only a stones throw from the late hour resorts of Piccadilly Circus
, Leicester Square
, and Shaftesbury Avenue
. Mingling with the variety of foliage-draped shops in the Court is the Blue Posts
public house, so named from an old time practice of referring to taverns by the colour in which the door posts were painted, rather than a hanging sign board. There used to be a licensed establishment of a different kind at the opposite end of the Court, but that ceased when the pawnbroker was driven into virtual extinction some years ago.