Cambridge Circus, WC2H

Road in/near Leicester Square, existing between 1887 and now

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Cambridge Circus is the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.

Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road were new streets, the former opening in 1886 and the latter, opened to the public by the Duke of Cambridge in February 1887. The intersection of the two streets at Cambridge Circus was named after him.

The Palace Theatre is located on the west side of the junction, while The Ivy and a number of private clubs are accessible from the south of Cambridge Circus.

Cambridge Circus was the location of Marks & Co. booksellers, located at 84 Charing Cross Road, which featured in Helene Hanff’s 1970 book.

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Leicester Square

Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.

Leicester Square tube station, on the Northern and Piccadilly lines, is located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square itself.

On early Tube plans, the station was listed as Cranbourn Street, but the present name was used when the station was first opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway on 15 December 1906. Offices above the red terracotta station building on the east side of Charing Cross Road - designed by Leslie Green - was in its early years also occupied by the publishers of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and an image of cricket stumps appears above a doorway. On all four platforms, film sprockets are painted down the entire length and on the top and bottom of the display area (blue on the Piccadilly line platforms, and black on the Northern line platforms), due to the four premiere cinemas in Leicester Square. The station is featured briefly during the introductory video sequence of the sixth Harry Potter film.
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