Tavistock Street

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Tavistock Street is a street in the Covent Garden area of London which runs parallel to the Strand between Drury Lane and Southampton Street just south of the market piazza.


In the early 19th century, the street was the location of many fashionable shops, such as are now to be found in Bond Street. The congregation of rich carriages there was said to be one of the great sights of London at this time.[1] It then became a centre of publishing of periodicals such as Country Life (no 8, designed in 1904 by Edwin Lutyens), The Stage and Vanity Fair.[2] The auction business Sotheby's started there as a bookseller.[2]

Famous residents[edit]

Thomas de Quincey lived at number 36 where he wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater.[2]

Casanova took rooms at the Star Tavern in 1763 but was unsuccessful in seducing English women there.[2]


Number 22 is the former headquarters of the Strand District Board of Works. The seal of the board is visible on the exterior of the building.

Museum software company System Simulation is based in Burleigh House at no 28.


  1. ^ Thomas Walker (1850), The original, p. 30 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tavistock Street Then & Now", Covent Garden: 4–5, January 2010 

Coordinates: 51°30′44″N 0°07′13″W / 51.5122°N 0.1202°W / 51.5122; -0.1202