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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 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 continues to be used as 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 murderous barber Sweeney Todd lived.
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  • The whole of London's financial district buttons up tight after 5 p.m. And is deadly quiet ona Saturday night. If you're looking for nightlife, or just life, go to Picadilly or Southwark. On the finan...  more »
  • if you are planning a visit to St Paul's spend some time in Fleet Street which is nearby as it has a lot of history and some of the buildings associated with the famous newspapers are still there and ...  more »
  • Fleet Street is pure history - and besides that, it's just as alive as ever! History meets the present on this wonderful street in the heart of London, and Law meets the Press; if you enter Fleet Stre...  more »
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  • I handed over a £20 note for a cup of coffee & they continually attempted to give me change of a £10 note !!! Eventually, when they realised it was affecting business when I kept asking for the right change, a member of staff took the till/cash tray to count it & check it. He came back & apologised & gave me the correct change even though the manager kept on trying to keep it ! Well dodgy, so be VERY careful if you go in this place.