Gerrard Street, London

Gerrard Street is highly decorated for special occasions, here for Chinese New Year 2004.

Gerrard Street (Chinese: 爵祿街)is a street in the West End of London, in the Chinatown area.

The street was built between 1677-85 and originally named Gerard Street after the military leader Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield who owned the land and used it as a training area. It was developed by the physician Nicholas Barbon. By the mid-18th century, it was known more for its coffee houses and taverns than as a place of residence.[1]


43 Gerrard Street

John Dryden (1631–1700) lived for a while at 43 Gerrard Street, which is commemorated by a blue plaque.[2] Another plaque, on number 9, marks the meeting of Samuel Johnson and Joshua Reynolds at the Turk's Head Tavern to found The Club, a dining club, in 1764.[3]

In fiction, Charles Dickens sets the home of Mr Jaggers, the lawyer in Great Expectations, in "a house on the south side of that street. Rather a stately house of its kind, but dolefully in want of painting, and with dirty windows [and with ...] a stone hall... a dark brown staircase ... dark brown rooms... panelled walls".[4] A Royal Society of Arts blue plaque commemorates Edmund Burke at 37 Gerrard Street.[5]

In 1953, No. 4 Gerrard Street was a small studio where the theatrical photographer George Harrison Marks and his partner Pamela Green, lived and worked. By the late 1950s, with the success of Kamera Publications, they had taken over No. 5 next door and had a much larger studio on the top floor. In the early 1960s the ground floor at No. 4 became a gallery. The director Michael Powell copied their sets for the classic film Peeping Tom, in which Green also starred.

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