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Quiz Walk : Theatreland, Covent Garden and Seven Dials

A delightful walk around London’s Theatreland.  About 1½ miles

Can you spot these theatres – Vaudeville, Adelphi, Savoy, Donmar, Cambridge, Arts, Wyndham, Noel Coward, The Duke of York’s, and  these opera houses –  Royal Opera House and London Coliseum,
Buggy friendly – no steps. Lots of cafes and restaurants on the route.You can combine this with our other Charing Cross walk to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus

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charing cross theatre 3Start in the forecourt by the front entrance of Charing Cross Mainline Station.  (1)

Turn right into The Strand and continue along The Strand until the entrance of The Savoy Hotel  (2)

1. When was the Royal Air Force founded at 80 The Strand?

Turn right and walk into the courtyard to The Savoy Theatre.

2. Which Princess unveiled a plaque for the refurbishment of the Savoy Theatre? 

Retrace your steps to The Strand and cross The Strand at the traffic lights.

Turn left and then immediately take the next street on the right – Southampton Street

3. What famous actor lived at number 27 Southampton Street?

Continue up Southampton Street to Convent Garden . (If you have time explore Covent Garden Market, Jubilee Market and London Transport Museum)

Walk to the front of St Pau’ls Church  – ‘The Actor’s Church’  (3)

4. Which famous man watched the Punch Puppet show in 1662?

5. Who owns the garden by the ‘actors church’ – St Paul’s Church

Walk across to ‘The Apple Market’ – the arcade directly opposite the church – and take the first passage way to the left. On the wall you will see the rules and regulations for Covent Garden Market (4)

Leave the market turn right and then left into the pedestrianised James Street. Walk towards Covent Garden Underground Station.

Cross Long Acre and walk along Neal Street until you reach Earlham Street (just past The Crown and Anchor Pub) (5)

Turn left into Earlham street and walk to the roundabout with The Seven Dials Monument  (6)

6. Which theatre is in a warehouse next to Thomas Neal’s?

7. Who unveiled The Seven Dials Monument? 

Walk along the first street on the left –Monmouth Street to the traffic lights (7)

Turn right into Cranbourne Street, walk towards Leicester Square Underground Station .

8. Which famous author has a memorial to her because she wrote world’s longest-running show? 

Turn left into the main road –  Charing Cross Road

9. What animals are on top of The Hippodrome?

Turn left into the third passage way – Cecil Court , (8)

10. When was Cecil Court known as Flicker Alley?                       

11. Who did Mozart lodge with in Cecil Court?

Walk to the end and turn right into St Martin’s Lane.

12. What can you see on top of the tower of The London Coliseum?

Turn left alongside The Coliseum and then right into Bedfordbury.

13.How many exit signs are on the side of The Coliseum? 

At Chandos Place turn left. Charles Dickens lived here. Walk to the blue plaque on his home (9)  then retrace your step and turn right into Agar Street.

Turn right into William IV Street

14. Charing Cross Police Station is the building with the blue police lamps. It used to be Charing Cross _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ?

Turn left into Adelaide Street (by the Post Office) (10) and continue to the pedestrianized section.

15. Which writer and poet can  you have a conversation with?

You will see the starting point at Charing Cross Mainline Station opposite.

 

Papa’s Facts
Did You Know That:

The Savoy Theatre was the first public building in the world, to be lit entirely by electricity

The actor David Garrick died in 1779 and is buried in Poet’s Corner

The Seven Dials Monument only has 6 faces, each with a sundial!

‘The Flicks’ is a slang name for The Movies’ because early films used to flicker

The London Coliseum has 2,359 seats and is the largest theatre in London

Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap had its 25,000th performance on the 18 November 2012

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Answers

1. 1918 2. Diana 3. Garrick 4. Samuel Pepys 5. City of Westminster

6. Donmar 7. Queen Beatrix 8. Agatha Christie 9. Horses 10. 1897-1915

11. John Couzin 12. Metal ball/globe 13. 3 14. Hospital 15. Oscar Wilde



Getting There Charing Cross Mainline Station, The Strand
 
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