Coventry Street

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Coventry Street

Coventry Street is a short London street, within the City of Westminster, running from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. The street is the main conduit between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and at the weekend up to 150,000 people walk from one to another along the street. Buses travelling south from Regent Street or west along Shaftesbury Avenue inevitably pass along the top of the street, where it meets The Haymarket, with the consequence that the street can be heavily congested.

The street has been a centre for high-volume food outlets.[1] The first (1909) J. Lyons and Co. Corner House was on the west corner with Rupert Street. [2] Platinum Lace Gentlemen's Club & Bar, Trocadero shopping centre, the Café De Paris, and the Prince of Wales Theatre are all located on this street.

A Pret a Manger cafe between Coventry St and Whitcomb Street.

Charles Hirsch, a French bookseller, sold French literature and ran a clandestine trade in expensive pornography from his bookshop "Librairie Parisienne" in Coventry Street between 1890 and 1900.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Marc Jacobs, Peter Scholliers, "Eating out in Europe: picnics, gourmet dining, and snacks since the late eighteenth century", Berg Publishers, 2003, ISBN 1-85973-658-0, pp.306-307
  2. ^ Museum of London "London The Illustrated History" ISBN 978-0-141-01159-2 p243
  3. ^ Chris White, "Nineteenth-century writings on homosexuality: a sourcebook", CRC Press, 2002, ISBN 0-203-00240-7, p.285
  4. ^ Matt Cook, "London and the culture of homosexuality, 1885-1914", Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, Cambridge University Press, 2003 ISBN 0-521-82207-6, p.28
  5. ^ Joseph Bristow, "Remapping the Sites of Modern Gay History: Legal Reform, Medico‐Legal Thought, Homosexual Scandal, Erotic Geography", Journal of British Studies 46 (January 2007) 116–142. doi:10.1086/508401

Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°07′58″W / 51.5102°N 0.1328°W / 51.5102; -0.1328