Royal College Street

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Houses on Royal College Street
Apartments on Royal College Street

Royal College Street is a major thoroughfare in London, England in the Borough of Camden. The street is home to the London headquarters of Parcel Force and the London campus of the Royal Veterinary College, a constituent college of the University of London.

Camden Road railway station is located at the junction of Royal College Street and Camden Road. The nearest underground station to Royal College Street is Camden Town which is about 5 minutes' walk to the south-west along Camden Road.

Notable residents[edit]

Charles Dickens[edit]

in 1824 Charles Dickens lived in what is now the upper part of College Place, Camden at No. 112 (the street was then known as Little College Street).[1]

Rimbaud and Verlaine[edit]

8 Royal College Street in 2007, before restoration

No 8 Royal College Street (then known as Great College Street) was occupied by the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine[2][3] during their celebrated and stormy sojourn in London in 1873.

The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation intends to create a "poetry house" at 8 Royal College Street.[3] The Foundation was initiated by Poet in the City, which inherited a campaign to create an Anglo-French cultural centre at Rimbaud and Verlaine's former home.[4] The campaign to save the house was run over many years by Gerry Harrison,[5] a Camden councillor, during the process of which many celebrities have rallied to the cause, including the actor Simon Callow,[6] the writers Julian Barnes,[5][7] Lisa Appignanesi[5] and Tracy Chevalier and the rock star Patti Smith. In 2007 the house was bought and fully restored by a new owner who has agreed to give the house for use as an Anglo-French cultural centre. Poet in the City, and now the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, with the support of the Fondation L-A Finances pour la Poésie in Paris and the law firm Herbert Smith, are seeking to raise money for a maintenance fund, allowing for the creation of a "poetry house" at 8 Royal College Street.

Royal College Street in film[edit]

Royal College Street also features in the background of 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much, where actor James Stewart walks from here down Plender Street to 61 College Place.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jolly, Emma. "Charles Dickens in Camden". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  2. ^ "About Us". Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Poetry house". Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Chasing Rimbaud". 3:AM Magazine. Paris. January 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Patterson, Christina (8 February 2006). "Verlaine and Rimbaud: Poets from hell". The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ Osley, Richard (2 September 2006). "French are urged to buy poets' home". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. ^ Barnes, Anthony (19 March 2006). "Dylan called in to help save poets' love nest on London's Desolation Row". The Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  8. ^ "The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)". Movie Tourist. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°32′25.5″N 0°8′14″W / 51.540417°N 0.13722°W / 51.540417; -0.13722