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10 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5REShow on map
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66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5BXShow on map
"Tried and tested hotel in an ideal central location - recommended" The Kingsway Hall hotel is a four-star hotel, ideally located very close to the vibrant Covent Garden district, so called because it used to... Read More »
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61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3JWShow on map
"Outdoor terrace facing Lincoln's Inn Fields with dining and bar service" Situated by Lincoln's Inn Fields, the largest public square in London, this Club Quarters is in a great location for those doing... Read More »
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Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4DDShow on map
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10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HBShow on map
"Chic hotel with opulent rooms in the heart of London's entertainment district" Covent Garden Hotel is a 5-Star deluxe hotel in London’s theatre district. This is the place to stay if you want luxurious... Read More »
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20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HDShow on map
The quintessential Covent Garden rendezvous, the newly transformed Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street effortlessly blends with the boutique appeal of its neighbourhood. A landmark in Seven Dials village, this is... Read More »
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Bloomsbury Way, WC1A - New Oxford Street, WC1A 2SDShow on map
The Kingsley Hotel is located at the heart of intellectual, historic and fashion-conscious Bloomsbury This 4-Star hotel with 129 bedrooms is well located in the heart of London between Holborn and Tottenham... Read More »
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1 Aldwych, Strand, WC2B 4RHShow on map
One Aldwych is an award-winning, uber-chic, 5-star hotel in the heart of London's West End district. Housed in an ornate Georgian building, neighbouring the Lyceum Theatre, home of The Lion King musical; from... Read More »
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94 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 6LFShow on map
In the heart of Central London, Citadines Holborn Covent Garden Apartments are in a lovely historic part of the capital with numerous theatres, restaurants, bars, cafes, sightseeing attractions, shops and... Read More »
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Marking the eastern boundary of Covent Garden, Drury Lane, London is one of the citys most famous streets. It has been a London street for hundreds of years, since at least the reign of Elizabeth I, and has taken up a place in popular imagery, although it does not offer a huge amount that is of interest to the tourist apart form the Theatre Royal, it is easy to drink in an historic atmosphere there.
The nearest tube is Covent Garden, on the Piccadilly Line, but it is also just an easy walk from Temple, Holborn, or Charing Cross. Depending on which end of Drury Lane you want to get on to, you can get buses to Aldwych and the Strand in the south, or High Holborn in the north. The lane is also well within walking distance if you are on the north bank of the Thames, or have been exploring the West End, Covent Garden, or Bloomsbury.
Being so central, there are many exciting things to do and see near Drury Lane, even if very few of them are on the lane itself. Covent Garden market is just around the corner with its bustle, shops and bars, as is Covent Garden Opera House. Many West End theatres are just off Drury Lane, including the Fortune Theatre, the Aldwych Theatre, and the Theatre Royal. There are a huge number of pubs and bars nearby, and the area is also very well served in terms of places to eat. There are also nightspots like Brazilian nightclub, Guanabara.
Drury Lane is named after Sir William Drury, who was Knight of the Garter in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The lane led up to his house, Drury House. This house was the scene of the plotting that led to the downfall of the queens one-time favourite, the Earl of Essex. By the late seventeenth century the house had become a public house, under the sign of The Queen of Bohemia, reputed to be the mistress of Drury Houses owner, the Earl of Craven.
After the restoration and into the eighteenth century, Drury Lane became famed as a place where low culture flourished. It was characterised by gin palaces and prostitution and the disreputable actors who flocked there. It was one of Londons most notorious slums (in sharp contrast to its reputation and appearance today), and became enshrined in childrens popular culture as the dwelling place of the Muffin Man in the nursery rhyme.
The Theatre Royal is the streets main attraction, and it has been in different locations on Drury Lane for the last 350 years. It has a good claim on being the oldest theatre in London (or one of two at least). This enduring feature of Drury Lane has maintained the lanes theatrical reputation and still provides top-quality entertainment to this day.
If you are particularly interested in the history of Londons theatre and slums then Drury Lane may well be worth a visit, although it does not have any specific attractions to see. It is a historically important road, although it was completely redeveloped in the nineteenth century, and so very little of its original fabric still stands.