Take a tour of the tube map to see the streets we’ve all heard of but don’t necessarily know why. Book flights and hotels with Expedia, and explore the rich historical streets of London. Here are some streets to watch out for:
Baker Street runs between Regent’s Park and Oxford Street and was home to the most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. From your arrival at the tube station you can feel the character of the place and the northern part of the street still retains some of its 18th century charm.
Visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at Number 239.
Have the obligatory photograph taken of you crossing the Abbey Road Zebra Crossing to replicate that of The Beatles 1969 album cover. The road became famous in the 60s as the location where all but one of their albums were recorded.
Horse Guards Parade
At the end of St James’s Park lies a large open space named Horse Guards Parade, leading onto Whitehall. The entrance at this end is guarded by two cavalrymen; have a picture with them and try to make them smile then wander among the numerous statues of military generals, including Lord Kitchener and Lord Mountbatten.
Every day at 10.28am you can witness the changing of the guard, a ceremonial changeover.
Guarded by 10 feet high Iron Gates off Horse Guards Parade is Downing Street. Wander past to have a peek at the homes of British Prime Ministers and Cabinet members since 1735 and chat with the policemen who stand guard.
The historical home of the British press; the first printer was set up here in the 15th century, the first newspaper was published here in 1702 and by the mid-twentieth century Fleet Street was home to almost all the major papers.
Although they have all moved to more modern locations, there remain historical reminders of the history. Visit memorials to journalists killed in action at St Bride’s Church then have a drink at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, famous for hosting famous writers such as Dickens, Mark Twain and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
We’ve all heard of Covent Garden but not necessarily for its past. It is now a beautiful area of shops, bars and street entertainers but in Victorian times it was London’s worst slum.
Prisoners were hanged, the Great Plague gained pace in the Leprosy hospital and crime and brothels were everywhere. Look around and think of that history as you enjoy your surroundings. It’s hard to believe!