Half Moon Street, London

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The Third Church Of Christ Scientist, viewed along Half Moon Street.

Half Moon Street is a street in the City of Westminster, London. The street runs from Curzon Street in the north to Piccadilly in the south.

History[edit]

The immediate vicinity of Half Moon Street

Half Moon Street was built from 1730. It takes its name from a public house that once stood on the corner with Piccadilly.[1]

Notable inhabitants[edit]

Portrait of James Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1785. Boswell once lived in Half Moon Street.

James Boswell, biographer of Dr Johnson, had lodgings in the street in 1768 at the home of Mr Russell, an upholsterer. Lola Montez, mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, lived in the street in 1849. The street was known for its genteel lodgings and apartments which was still the case when Somerset Maugham visited in 1930.[1]

In the twentieth century, Sax Rohmer (1883-1959) creator of Dr Fu Manchu, once lived in the street. A blue plaque marks the spot. Rohmer made repeated use of the street in his work. In other early 20th century fiction, Sapper's hero Bulldog Drummond, lived in the street.[1] It is also the setting for the first act of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, 'Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half Moon Street.'

Buildings[edit]

Among the listed buildings in the street are parts of Flemings Mayfair Hotel and Green Park Hotel. Other listed buildings include numbers 6,[2] 7 and 8,[3] 12a,[4] 14,[5] 15,[6] 24,[7] and 25.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Half Moon Street, W1." in Christopher Hibbert; Ben Weinreb; John Keay; Julia Keay. (2010). The London Encyclopaedia. London: Pan Macmillan. p. 370. ISBN 978-0-230-73878-2.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1066705)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1279404)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1228796)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1357086)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1228798)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1066910)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1066707)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

External links[edit]

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