Adam and Eve Court, London W1
Approx 300m east of Oxford Circus, on the north side of Oxford Street.
(Photos/words © urban75, 29th August, 2007)
Now a fairly obscure and unremarkable central London thoroughfare, this was once the path to the Adam and Eve tavern, occupying a rural setting just to the north of Oxford Street (then known as 'Tyburn Way' or 'the way to Uxbridge').
The Adam and Eve tavern survived until about 1746, with the 'court' being a rough track providing access for drinkers.
Subsequent urbanisation has left this path dwarfed by office blocks on all sides, with the southern entrance from Oxford Street now leading through a dark shop passageway.
Street sign and ubiquitous CCTV camera.
Towards Oxford Street.
Ben Crouch's Tavern (which faces on to Wells Street) has ambitiously opened up an 'al fresco' area for drinkers in the thoroughfare.
I've got to say I've drunk in more pleasant surroundings...
The subway leading to Oxford Street.
It's not going to win any beauty awards, that's for sure.
A side entrance to the HMV record store opens out onto the Court, so there's often staff 'aving a faaaag hanging about.