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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).HistoryWhat is now Charing Cross road was originally two narrow streets in the West End, Crown Street and Castle Street. Following the development of Regent Street in the mid-18th century, there was an increase in traffic between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross towards Tottenham Court Road and Bloomsbury, and the need for an improved road became obvious. Charing Cross Road was developed, in conjunction with Shaftesbury Avenue, by the Metropolitan Board of Works under an 1877 Act of Parliament. The total cost of building 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. The road required some of the worst slums in London to be demolished, which delayed progress in construction while they were rehoused.
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  • OMG Well this is what you get when you franchise out a leading brand. We visited as two couples @ 10:45 pm on Friday 16 March, everybody else had been served even people after me had been served howev...  more »
  • I used to visit here for the bookshops back in the day, when Foyles was an absolute mess which books just stacked without rhyme nor reason. Now it has lost that eclectic feel, although you have theate...  more »
  • After arriving at Charing Cross Station, it is great just to walk along this famous street and wander amongst the shops which are still great although not as good as in their heyday but unique in thei...  more »
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  • I have visited this shop on numerous occasions over many years. The staff are knowledgeable and really helpful. On one occasion when I had to purchase a lot of heavy items which ,my grandson needed for an art college interview the manager carried them to the station for me! It was an emergency situation for which I was incredibly grateful. Above all Cass Art gives excellent value on the best quality products. There is a varied selection crammed into a not too big a shop. Of course there is more in their lovely shop in Islington which stretches over different floors but Charing Cross is convenient for the art galleries as well. Just as well as I have spent hundreds of pounds in this shop buying for myself, my grandsons when they had A levels, their friends and supplies for a small art group. I love Cass Art.
  • A small art shop near Caring cross. They have both cheap and expensive materials that you can choose from. They seem to have discount most of the times.
  • The staff here are really helpful, and the range is very good.
  • The place for all things stationery. Nice helpful staff adds to the atmosphere
  • The staff here are excellent... I can tell they are all artists. They always make recommendations and share their personal insights on products they have tried. Also a big fan of how well the people who work there get along - makes it a fun atmosphere to shop in. Super friendly and knowledgeable about everything! I come here every year!
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