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King Street, Manchester
(3.3/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
King Street is one of the most important thoroughfares of Manchester city centre, England. Formerly the centre of the north-west banking industry it has become progressively dominated by expensive shops.HistoryKing Street began in the 18th century at the Spring Gardens end when the Jacobite party in the town created James's Square and to the west of it a fine street. Beyond what is now Cross Street it was much narrower and one 18th century building remains (a former District Bank). Further west beyond Deansgate is King Street West on a different alignment. By the 1970s there was a clear demarcation between the eastern section of mainly financial and office buildings and the narrower section to the west a mostly up market shopping street (later pedestrianised). Subsequently the eastern section had the monumental National Westminster Bank offices built at no. 55 and some years later further changes brought more and more retail outlets of the expensive sort. In 2008 the grand Midland Bank of Edwin Lutyens was vacated by the HSBC Bank.Old Town HallManchester's original civic administration was housed in the Police Office in King Street from 1772; it was near the junction with Deansgate and Police Street is so called because of it. It was replaced by the first Town Hall, to accommodate the growing local government and its civic assembly rooms. The Town Hall, also located in King Street at the corner of Cross Street, was designed by Francis Goodwin and constructed during 1822–25, much of it by David Bellhouse. The building was designed in the Grecian style and Goodwin was strongly influenced by his patron John Soane. As the size and wealth of the city grew, largely as a result of the textile industry, its administration outstripped the existing facilities and a new building was proposed. The King Street building was subsequently occupied by a public library and then Lloyds Bank. The facade was removed to Heaton Park in 1912, when the current Lloyds TSB building was erected on the site .
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  • A nice Street with plenty of shops and/or architecture to your not having bored, but at the same time not particularly enough to once home still in your memory.
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  • Nice area to shop if you have plentry of money .... all expensive shops here I wanted a Fred Perry Polo top .... £70 
  • Once Manchester's answer to Bond Street, the recession has had an impact here, as everywhere else and many of the classy outlets have gone. However, there are still some shops worth visiting and it re...  more »
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  • I booked 47 King Street West for our Christmas party and it was absolutely fantastic. There were about 35 people in total, all constantly ordering drinks and moving seats - not an easy task for waiting staff - but they handled it brilliantly. They made us feel that nothing was too much trouble and everyone had a great time. The food was also excellent. I went back in January for a cosy meal with my boyfriend on a Sunday and again couldn't fault the service or the food. There is a very personal feel to their approach and you can tell your eating in a family run restaurant but it also very high quality. Would highly recommend!
  • Lovely food and professional staff
  • Excellent service and food helped by a wine voucher owner greeted at the door
  • It was for a Christmas party and the menu was therefore limited. The quality of the food was still very good considering and they had a good selection of beers.
  • Amazing food for a reasonable price. Probably one of the nicest settings to eat in in Manchester. Always food service