London West End (Famous Streets)

During the summer of 2010, there was a great MAZE attraction put up for a week in Trafalgar Square. Throughout the maze were scattered street names of some of Londons most famous streets, all with interesting notes about each one.

The West End Partnership, which organised this event, has updated links to the West End Sales Watch.

The text below was taken directly from the information we found in their maze, we found it interesting and informative and helped us explore a little bit more. Hope you find the same.

Maiden Lane : Home to the oldest restaurant in London, Rules, which opened over 200 years ago, Maiden Lane also houses the Jewish breakaway congregation from the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, 'Maiden Lane Synagogue'.

Bond Street : At one time Bond Street was best known for high-end art dealers and antique shops, clustered around the London office of Sotheby's auction house, which has been in Bond Street for over 100 years. Bond Street is now home to some of the world's most prestigious retailers, including Armani, Chanel, Cartier, Hermes, Loius Vuitton, Prada and Tiffany & Co, to name a few. The street features an unusual statue by Laurence Holofcener of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt - called "Allies" - who are shown sitting on a park bench in conversation. The artist made it as a tribute to the bond shared by the British Prime Minister and the American President during World War Two. It has now become an irresistable photo opportunity for tourists.

Greek Street : Named after the Greeks who settled here when escaping persecution from the Turkish in the 18th century. The house of St Barnabas-in-Soho at number 1 is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Soho. It was built in 1780 by a West Indian planter, Richard Beckford and later served as a refuge for persons in distress: from Soho prostitutes to women waiting to emigrate to Australia. The building is now a member's club and hosts events from charities to party fundraisers .

Leicester Square : Home to London's most prestigious film premieres, Leicester Square is one of London's busiest tourist hotspots. Few know that a young Maurice Micklewhite, making a phone call in the square in the early 1960's, noticed a poster for a film called 'The Caine Mutiny' and promptly changed his name to Michael Caine.

Dean Street : Named after Henry Compton, Bishop of London and Dean of the Chapels, number 64 Dean Street was developed in 1680 and was the home of Karl Marx and family. Number 69 - The Gargoyle Club - was a celebrity haunt dating back to the pre-war era. Fred Astair was a member, the New Romantics took it over in the late 70's and David Bowie, Boy George and Depeche Mode all performed there. Robert Smith from the Cure's review of the club - "The people were really nice, but the music was awful." It later became the Comedy Store, a launchpad for a host of aspiring British comic acts.

Regent Street : Throughout the 1940s the world famous Hamleys toy store on Regent Street was bombed five times. The staff wore tin hats and served at the store entrance, rushing in to collect the toys then selling them at the door. Few structural or physical changes have been made to Regent Street since the 1920s, yet the street is now home to many famous fasion and department stores and exciting new international arrivals such as The Apple Store, Anthropologie and Lacoste.

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