SOHO AND NOHO W1

Wander through famous Soho, at one time the King's personal hunting grounds. And Oxford Street, London's famous shopping district, which was also the traditional route for criminals headed to the gallows at Marble Arch.

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What to look out for on the way

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After The Dog and Duck(1) and The Three Greyhounds(2), head for The Tottenham(3) via Soho Square. The Square has been a central garden since 1681. Two of the original houses, Nos 10 and 15, still stand today. St. Patrick's, the large Roman Catholic church on the eastern side, is rumoured to have extensive catacombs reaching beneath the square and beyond. The Marquis of Granby W1(4) has been home to many famous names, including the artist John Constable who once lived at No 50.

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Further on, where Goodge Street turns into Wigmore Street, look out for Wigmore Hall, a well known concert venue and, on your right, the world-famous Harley Street, with its many clinics.

The Pontefract Castle(5) is your next fine watering hole, followed by a stroll along Oxford Street. During the 12th century, Oxford Street was probably known as "Tyburn Road", after the River Tyburn which still flows deep below the ground beneath your feet.

The Argyll Arms(6) is next door to Oxford Circus tube station, which was first built in 1900 and whose current exits were at one time the old station buildings.

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Near The Clachan(7) and The White Horse(8) is Carnaby Street, home to the Swinging Sixties. While you're here, check out Broadwick Street where you can see a replica of the water pump famously sealed by a British doctor called Jon Snow. He did it to stop a cholera outbreak in 1854.

Even if you've already stopped off several times along the way, it's worth stopping at the last pub on the trail, The Crown(9) to reflect on all that you've seen. Here, you can sit back and enjoy a fine pint of ale in a pub located on the aptly named Brewer Street.

Please check individual pub pages for opening times, as some of our City of London sites are closed over the weekend.