Goodge Street, London W1

From the Hidden London website:

“John Goodge obtained Crab Tree Field by marriage in 1718 and his sons Francis and William developed the land from around 1746 onwards.

When the Northern Line station opened in 1907 it was at first named Tottenham Court Road, while the stop to its south was called Oxford Street. Within a year the company changed its mind and gave the two stations their present names.

During the Second World War the government built a deep shelter linked to Goodge Street station (see image), part of which was made available to General Eisenhower as his operational headquarters for D‑Day. After the war the army used the shelter as a transit centre until it was damaged by fire in 1956…

(Wikipedia): “The fire coincided with Parliamentary consideration of a Government Bill seeking power to take over the shelters (The Underground Works [London] Bill) and the Minister of Works assured the Commons they would not again be used for human occupation in peacetime (although no one was killed, the fire had caused some alarm and proved difficult to put out). Another fire, on 21 June 1981, caused by burning rubbish, killed a man and injured 16 people, and resulted in a recommendation of a smoking ban on the Underground. There was a tardy response with London Transport finally introducing a one-year trial smoking ban on 9 July 1984. Almost halfway through the trial a major fire occurred at Oxford Circus, resulting in a full smoking ban on all subterranean stations and Underground trains.”

…In the mid-1960s some of Goodge Street’s cafes gained a reputation as hang-outs where illicit substances might be obtained. Donovan’s ‘Sunny Goodge Street’ was one of the first pop songs to explicitly mention drug-taking. Judy Collins, Marianne Faithfull and Paul McCartney later recorded cover versions. For a while, Goodge Street’s name became emblematic of the ‘stoned’ hippie lifestyle, even rating a mention on the American cop show Hawaii Five‑O.

On the southern corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road property developer Dukelease has renovated five existing buildings and an untouched void to create 13 apartments and penthouses. The Artisan development won the top prize at the Evening Standard’s New Homes Awards in 2016.

The surrounding area is now known for its electronics retailers, nearby academic institutions and the art galleries of Windmill Street. Scala Street boasts the delightful Pollock’s toy museum.”

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