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Unique/Ancient/Unusual things along Fleet Street/The Strand

Unique/Ancient/Unusual things along Fleet Street/The Strand

Oct 10th, 2009, 05:17 AM
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Unique/Ancient/Unusual things along Fleet Street/The Strand

I was intrigued by crdtny's recent statement that this area is the most interesting in London.

As I am staying at the Chancery Court Marriott which is walking distance from there, I posted a query on another travel forum: what unique things do you like to visit within say 1-2 blocks of Fleet Street or the Strand?

I got some interesting replies and here is a list for your consideration.

The Hunterian Museum near Lincoln's Inn Fields
Sir John Soane Museum (I have visited here and can vouch for its wonderful craziness)
Courtauld Gallery/Somerset House (I can also vouch for this)
186 Fleet Street (next to St Dunstan's church) has a Sweeney Todd connection. (I've not seen the movie but I read a little about the history - yuck.)
Near Holborn Circus/Staple Inn are some sixteenth century houses.
Twinings Tea Shop at 216 The Strand - 300 yrs old.
Olde Chesire Cheese Pub - genuinely old, deserves its title "ye olde".
Nell Gwynn Pub (Strand)
Mitre Pub
St Clement Danes is the church of the RAF. Apparently ornate inside.
Fullers Pub (Old Bank of England) near the law courts on Fleet Street. Apparently very ornate inside. http://www.fullers.co.uk/rte.asp?id=...=192&task=View
St Bride's Church - a Wren church, and its spire is said to be the inspiration for tiered wedding cakes.
Dr. Johnson's House. 17 Gough Square.
The Guildhall: site of the trial of Lady Jane Grey, also an art gallery and museum.

What do you recommend? Thank you!
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Oct 10th, 2009, 05:24 AM
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Hi flygirl,

Prince Henry's Room is right on Fleet Street. Unfortunately, it appears that it's closed for an indeterminable time: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/corpo...nce_henrys.htm

I did a self-guided walk in the Fleet Street/Inns of Court area last year. Here's the section on it:

See if you can get into the Middle Temple Hall for lunch. i can't remember who had mentioned it here, but if you're dressed reasonably well (like lawyers; or barristers?), you can walk in and lunch there.
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Oct 10th, 2009, 06:02 AM
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Well, flygirl knows how to dress like a lawyer!!

Yes, St Brides na d St Clement Dane churches are both worth a visit. I wouldn't eat in the Cheshire Cheese but do stop in for a drink. My lunch was okay but David's was gruesome!
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Oct 10th, 2009, 06:15 AM
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I loved the Hunterian Museum. Kind of ghoulish but fascinating, both the displays and the history. I didn't expect I'd like it so much.

It's in the Royal College of Surgeons' buildings and you have to keep your eyes peeled for the sign on the gate. It's free- you walk in, tell the security guy you're there for the museum, and he'll give you an admission tag. The museum itself is up one or two flights of stairs.
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Oct 10th, 2009, 06:54 AM
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Visited Dr. Johnson's house where the Dictionary was prepared, and found it delightfulm with truly erudite keepers.
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Oct 10th, 2009, 11:02 AM
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You can take a peek at the Gothic Law Courts by St Clement Danes:

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Oct 10th, 2009, 12:40 PM
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We enjoyed seeing St. Bride's Church and had a good lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Samuel Johnson's chair is suspended from the ceiling.
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Oct 10th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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Middle Temple church founded in the 12th c. by the Knights Templar is off Fleet Street(yes, those guys, but the real ones not the Dan Brown version) http://www.templechurch.com/TC_History/default.html
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Oct 12th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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If you happen to be interested in either (a) stamp collecting or (b) British science fiction (esp. Doctor Who), then stop in the tiny, cluttered, and enjoyable shop at 79 Strand. I think the sign on the outside says The Stamp Center -- but at least last year, the giant Dalek by the front door was what you really noticed!
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Oct 12th, 2009, 07:52 AM
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oooh, great ideas everyone! I could spend the whole weekend in my neighborhood and not run out of things to do.
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Oct 12th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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And as you walk past number 53 Fleet Street you can think of my Mum who was brought up in the top floor 1 bedroom flat. She also worked in the Bank of England which isn't far away and has a very interesting museum. Mum was 18 on VE Day and remembers all the celebrations in Trafalgar Square and Fleet Street.
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