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Fleet Street, London

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Fleet Street is a major street in the City of London. It runs west to east from Temple Bar at the boundary with the City of Westminster to Ludgate Circus at the site of the London Wall and the River Fleet from which the street was named.Having been an important through route since Roman times, businesses were established along the road during the Middle Ages. Senior clergy lived in Fleet Street during this period where there are several churches including Temple Church and St Bride's. Fleet Street became known for printing and publishing at the start of the 16th century and it became the dominant trade so that by the 20th century most British national newspapers operated from here. Much of the industry moved out in the 1980s after News International set up cheaper manufacturing premises in Wapping, but some former newspaper buildings are listed and have been preserved. The term Fleet Street remains a metonym for the British national press, and pubs on the street once frequented by journalists remain popular.Fleet Street has a significant number of monuments and statues along its length, including the dragon at Temple Bar and memorials to a number of figures from the British press, such as Samuel Pepys and Lord Northcliffe. The street is mentioned in several works by Charles Dickens and is where the legendary fictitious murderous barber Sweeney Todd lived.
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  • Fleet Street is a busy thoroughfare. Great buildings and lots of people. It's full of shops and the architecture is quite lovely and worth a look in. There are many streets like it around the world, b...  more »
  • The number of times you go to London and find something new. After St Paul’s I want to find Fleet Street to actually walk down such a historic part of the city not really in the tourist trail as such....  more »
  • We had no expectations other than walking up it from St Paul's along our travels. We loved the diversity of buildings and architecture. We appreciated the history and significance around us.  more »
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