There are some addresses that are simply synonymous with a place – America has 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Paris has the Champs-Élysées for example. London’s rich culture and history means that it also hosts a number of world famous addresses. If you’re staying with us at The Piccadilly London, one of the top West End hotels, we offer the perfect starting point to explore these five famous locations.
10 Downing Street
Probably one of the most famous addresses in Britain, 10 Downing Street is home to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The address has been home to the UK’s head of government since the 18th century, and is also the official headquarters of the UK government. Originally gifted by King George II, the property was once three separate houses. It was quickly transformed into one impressive terraced property on the instruction of Walpole, and has undergone significant changes in the time since.
Located in the City of Westminster, Number 10 is in close proximity to both The Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. As the home of the UK’s Prime Minister iconic British faces such as Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and the current Prime Minister, Theresa May, have all stepped through its doors.
There’s no doubt you will have heard of the Great Fire of London. The disaster tore through London, destroying an estimated 70,000 homes. What you might not know is that the blazing inferno began in a small bakery on Pudding Lane. The small street is located in the Historic City of London, close to London Bridge. Now, Pudding Lane is home to offices and corporate buildings, with only a small plaque to commemorate the fire and mark the spot where it began.
Abbey Road plays a significant part in more recent British history. The road itself runs between Camden and the City of Westminster. It’s most notable for being home to Abbey Road Studios – one of the most famous recording studios in the world. The studio (and the zebra crossing outside) were made most famous by The Beatles in the late 1960s. Their 11th studio album was even named after the place it was recorded, simply titled Abbey Road. The album’s cover shows the band striding across the zebra crossing outside, an image that people from all corners of the globe travel to re-create.
221 B Baker Street
Home to one of TV’s most famous detectives, 221 B is arguably London’s most notorious address. Whether it’s through the original Arthur Conan Doyle works or the many film and TV adaptations made in the last century, most people will be familiar with this residence.
Unlike a lot of homes featured in fictional works –such as the Darling’s home in Peter Pan, and 17 Cherry Tree Lane in Mary Poppins – Baker Street is a real location. Technically, 221 B did not exist at the time Conan Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories, but in 1932 the road was extended and 221 was created. In Holmes’ time Baker Street would have been a high-end housing district, but now it’s a bustling road home to shops and restaurants, too.
A list of famous London addresses couldn’t be complete without mention of Buckingham Palace. Arguably the UK’s most famous address, there has been a house on the site of Buckingham Palace since 1624. Construction on the Palace as we know it began in around 1760 for King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte. The re-modelling took years, and it was finalised under the rule of King William IV. Since then, the Palace has been home to every Monarch of the United Kingdom.
The Palace is currently home to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, along with their sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and their extended family.
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