Wander off the main thoroughfares in central London and you’ll often come across unexpected surprises. One to look out for near Euston station is Woburn Walk.
Dating from 1822 and designed by Thomas Cubitt (who was also responsible for the rather more grand Gordon and Tavistock Squares around the corner), Woburn Walk is a late Georgian pedestrian street which was built to cater to the needs of the local residents and their staff – a charming series of bow-fronted shops, many of which continue to serve this purpose today.
Ignoring the modern products in the shop windows, this little fragment of early 19th domesticity remains virtually unchanged – it’s a remarkable glimpse into London’s past.
For the blue plaque officionados you will also discover one dedicated to Irish poet and playwright WB Yeats, who lived on Woburn Walk from 1895 to 1919.