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The WC1 and WC2 postcode districts were only established in 1917, but the areas included in these postcodes have a very rich history. Oxford Street in West Central London follows the route of via Trinobantina, a Roman road that linked Colchester and Hampshire. The road’s name has changed many times over the years and has been known as Tyburn Road, Uxbridge Road, Worcester Ro...Read more
West Central London is a very popular destination for tourists and London residents alike. With famous attractions including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Transport Museum it is a great place to go and be entertained.
In mid to late November every year, a celebrity turns on the spectacular lights on Oxford Street in front of thousands of people. Over the year celebrities who have had the honour of turning on the lights include Cliff Richard, the Spice Girls and Linford Christie.
West Central London is full of fantastic world famous attractions including the Covent Garden Market. From humble beginnings as a small fruit and vegetable market it had developed into a fashionable square by 1654. Although it fell into disrepute in the 18th century when it became a well known red light district, it was redeveloped and organised when Charles Fowler built a neo-...Read more
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The London Transport Museum was originally built in the Victorian era by William Rogers of William Cubitt and Company as a flower market. The iron and glass building was converted into the museum in 1980 and displays many examples of buses, trams, trolleybuses and trains from then 19th and 20th centuries. If retail therapy is more your kind of thing then you will love Oxford S...Read more
With its world famous attractions and excellent shopping, West Central London’s most important industries are retail and tourism. Thousands of people visit the area every day to shop, work or simply see the sights.
As a centrally located area in the capital, West Central London has excellent Underground and rail links. There are many London Underground stations in West Central London including Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden. They are several train stations nearby that offer services to the rest of the UK. All four London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted an...Read more
The Royal Opera House, which is often referred to as ‘Covent Garden’ was built in 1732 as the Theatre Royal. It was designed by Edward Shepherd and was primarily a playhouse when it first opened. Many of Handel’s operas and oratorios were written for Covent Garden and the Opera House is still committed to staging world class opera performances. The Theatre Royal on Drury...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
There are many famous landmarks in West Central London including the Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal and Covent Garden Market and Square. St Paul’s church in Covent Garden was designed by Inigo Jones in 1631. It is often referred to as the Actor’s Church because of its long association with the theatrical community.
10. Interesting Fact
Both Oxford Street and Drury Lane have been immortalised but in very different ways. Oxford Street is a square on the British monopoly board while Drury Lane is mentioned in the famous nursery rhyme about the Muffin Man: ‘Do you know the Muffin Man who lives on Drury Lane?’
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