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Charing Cross Road, London

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Charing Cross Road is a street in central London running immediately north of St Martin-in-the-Fields to St Giles Circus (the intersection with Oxford Street) and then becomes Tottenham Court Road. It is so called because it serves Charing Cross railway station (named for the nearby Charing Cross).HistoryCharing Cross Road was developed, in conjunction with Shaftesbury Avenue, by the Metropolitan Board of Works under an 1877 Act of Parliament at a cost of £778,238. The two streets and others such as the Thames Embankment, Northumberland Avenue, Kingsway and Aldwych were built to improve traffic flow through central London. It incorporated the routes of several older streets.
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  • Another thoroughfare that many will pass through on their way elsewhere. This street connects a lot of other major sites, but in itself isn't necessarily noteworthy except for the number of bookseller...  more »
  • Very exciting street in the middle of the West End with theaters, restaurants and shops. Lots of people around and lots happening.  more »
  • This is the road that runs from Tottenham Court Road towards Piccadilly Circus. Its a road of bookshops. I used to stay in the neighbourhood so walking down this road brings back nostalgic memories of...  more »
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  • Twice now the exchange rate shown was wrong and they tell you there is no commission when in fact there is. When I figured it out, the guy went quiet. I went up the road where there is the same (but honest) service.
  • Useful independent cash machine.

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