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Things you might not know about Soho’s Wardour Street
Perhaps the most important street in the neighborhood, Wardour Street in Soho was once called Colmanhedge Lane and changed its name in honor of Sir Edward Wardour who owned land in the area and who managed to obtain fresh water for the street’s houses from a spring not far away from`sw12 Wardour Street was called Prince’s Street until 1878 when the whole street became the current street.
In this street there was the church of St Anne dating back to 1600 which was seriously bombed during the Second World War, now it is used as a community centre. Mystery writer Dorothy L Sayers is buried here.
Wardour Street is one-way street. At number 33 was the famous Flamingo club in the 50s and 60s, which became an important venue for the mods of the time. Oddly enough, the Flamingo didn’t sell alcoholic beverages.
The history of Wardour Street in Soho
The street also existed in medieval times but was developed, like many parts of Soho in the late 1600s and became a centre for building and selling furniture and antiques and in the early 1800s there were also many used book shops. Many houses were rebuilt in the early 1800s.
After the Second World War, Wardour Street in Soho became an area for movie distributors, nightclubs and live music venues. In this street was the legendary Marquee which was the place that launched dozens and dozens of musicians from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols, almost all of them played here in their early days It was located until 1988 at 80 Wardour Street in Soho. Jimi Hendrix only played once in 1967 after the success at the Monterey festival, the queue for tickets went all the way to Cambridge Circus!
The best Fish & Chips shops in the UK
Many tourists would like to try real fish & chips when they come to the UK. Unfortunately, in central London and other tourist spots, decent fish & chips are not easy to find According to the ‘Fry Magazine’ these are the 50 best fish & chips in the UK.
As you can see there is only one in London and it is in Harrow, not exactly in the centre of town. But on the list ( not by ranking) there are some shops in fairly touristy places like Alnwick, Norwich, Dorchester, Weymouth, Kendal and Penzance.
Finn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, Reading, Berkshire
Fintans Fish & Chip Co, Llanishen, Cardiff
Fish ‘n’ Fritz, Weymouth, Dorset
Fisherman’s Bay, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
Fochabers Fish Bar, Fochabers, Moray
Fraser’s Fish and Chips, Penzance, Cornwall
Frydays of Kendal, Kendal, Cumbria
George’s Fish And Chips, Hanham, Bristol
Harlees Fish & Chips, Westbury, Wiltshire
Henley’s of Wivenhoe, Wivenhoe, Essex
Hiks, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, Glamorgan
Hooked On The Heath, Knutsford, Cheshire
Jason’s Fish And Chips, Rackheath , Norwich, Norfolk
Land & Sea, Sowerby, York, North Yorkshire
Linfords Traditional Fish and Chip Shop, Market Deeping, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Market Hill Fisheries, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
McLeod’s Fish and Chips, Inverness
Auckley Friery, Auckley, South Yorkshire
Callaways Fish & Chips, Dorchester, Dorset
Carlo’s, Alnwick, Northumberland
Castiglio’s Fried Fish & Chips, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire
Chippy Chippy, Holyhead, Anglesey
Chips @ No. 8, Prestwich, Manchester Chish & Fips, Norwich, Norfolk
Cox’s At The Lighthouse, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Croft Street Fisheries, Farsley, Leeds
Davenport’s Fish & Chips, Louth, Lincolnshire
David’s Fish And Chips, Brixham, Devon
Dhillons Fish Inn, Throckley, Newcastle
Dunkeld Fish Bar, Dunkeld, Musselburgh, East Lothian
My Plaice Fish and Chips, Gorleston-on- Sea, Norfolk
Newington Fish Bar, Ramsgate, Kent
Priory Plaice Fish and Chips, Ulverston, Cumbria
Sea Salt Sole, Dyce, Aberdeen
Seasmiths Fish Chips, Porthtowan, Truro, Cornwall
Shap Chippy, Penrith, Cumbria
Shaw’s Fish And Chips, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Smith’s Chippy, South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Sykes, Pendlebury, Salford, Greater Manchester
The Cafe Royal, Annan, Dumfriesshire
The Cottage by Haddocks, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire
The Crescent Fish & Chip Shop, Flint, Flintshire
The Esk Cafe, Carlisle, Cumbria
The Fish At Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire
The Fish Bar, Crewe, Cheshire The Fish Works, Largs, North Ayrshire
The Friary, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
The Golden Fry, Benllech, Isle of Anglesey
The Horseshoe Fish Bar, Pontnewynydd, Torfaen
The Little Chippy Tyldesley, Manchester The Plaice to Be, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
The Shire Fryer, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Tony’s, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Towngate Fisheries, Idle, Bradford , West Yorkshire
Valerio’s Fish And Chips, Lanark, South Lanarkshire
Yan’s Fish Bar, Cardiff Every Fish Bar, Harrow, London
Farnhams Fish And Chips, Boverton, Llantwit
Major Fiddlers Elbow Fish and Chips, Leintwardine, Herefordshire
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