15: The Strand

The StrandThe Strand (or sometimes, just 'Strand') takes its name from the old English word for 'beach' or 'riverside' as this was once the muddy path which ran along the north bank of the river Thames to connect Westminster (the centre of power) with the City (the centre of commerce). In Victorian times, the river was brought under control with the construction of the Embankment and the water is now 200 yards away on the right. You can still get a sense of a sloping river bank if you look down some of the side streets off the Strand.

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Paddington Station | Paddington Basin | Edgware Road | Marble Arch | Oxford Street | Selfridges | John Lewis | Oxford Circus | Liberty | Carnaby | Piccadilly Circus | Shaftesbury Avenue | Leicester Square | Trafalgar Square | Strand | Covent Garden | Aldwych | Law Courts | Temple Bar | Ludgate Hill | St. Paul's Cathedral | Bank of England | London Stone | All Hallows Church | Tower of London | London Wall | Tower Bridge | Port of London Building | Monument | Tate Modern | Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese | Inns of Court | Dr. Johnson | Somerset House | Savoy Hotel | Charing Cross | Admiralty Arch | Texas Embassy | Eros Statue | Regent Street | Hamleys Toy Shop | BBC Broadcasting House | New Bond Street | Primark Store | Speakers' Corner | St. Mary's Hospital

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