Half Moon Street, London

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Half Moon Street
Third Church of Christ Scientist, viewed along Half Moon Street.jpg
View along Half Moon Street, 2017
Half Moon Street, London is located in City of Westminster
Half Moon Street, London
Location within Central London
LocationWestminster, London, United Kingdom
Postal codeW1
Nearest train stationLondon Underground Green Park
Coordinates51°30′23″N 0°08′43″W / 51.5063°N 0.1452°W / 51.5063; -0.1452Coordinates: 51°30′23″N 0°08′43″W / 51.5063°N 0.1452°W / 51.5063; -0.1452
North endCurzon Street
South endPiccadilly
Construction
Construction start1730

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]

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]

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.

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]

In popular culture[edit]

Half Moon Street is the setting for the first act of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest and serves as the character Algernon's home.

Sax 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] The street is the London address of the fictional detective Paul Temple and his wife Steve and also frequently appears in the Georgian and Regency novels of Georgette Heyer.

In the 1986 film thriller Half Moon Street, the main character lives in a flat on the street.

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.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  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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