5 things you might not know about Villiers Street30.05.2022
Have you ever been walking down Villiers Street and stopped to think about all the history that’s there? Where does the name Villiers come from? Where does that footbridge go? Read on to learn some interesting facts about our fantastic street.
Charing Cross Hotel
The French Renaissance-style hotel front that faces The Strand was originally part of The Charing Cross Hotel and opened on 15 May 1865. Its 250 rooms across seven floors extended along Villiers Street as well as the front of the Strand, with some of them overlooking the main station concourse.
The footbridge above Villiers Street
Have you ever wondered where that mysterious overhead footbridge leads? The Charing Cross Hotel became so popular that an annexe was required to make room for more guests – 90 rooms in total. The bridge was built to connect the hotel to the annexe and is still used today!
The name Villiers
Have you ever stopped and thought about where Villiers Street gets its name? The street itself dates back to the 17th century and is named after the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers, an important friend of the king during the English Civil War.
Home to London’s oldest wine bar
47 Villiers Street is home to Gordon’s Wine Bar, established in 1890 and thought to be London’s oldest. Inside, it still retains its sense of old-world charm as the decor hasn’t been changed and the wine still served from wooden casks. A great atmosphere and dining experience.
The family-owned business since 1947
Did you know that the Blues & Royals coffee and juice bar at the end of Villiers Street was established all the way back in 1947 and still exists today? Grab yourself a pick-me-up if you’re ever heading between Embankment and Charing Cross.