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Bloomsbury

Langham Place and area

All Souls' Church was built in 1822-4 by John Nash. The circular portico, free standing columns and needle like spire, was designed to round off the vista when looking up Regent street.

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Marylebone

Portman Square and neighbourhood

The square was built in 1764-84, at the then edge of the town. There are still some fine old houses around the square, in particular Home House at number 20, built by Robert Adam in 1773-7. The northwestern part ot the square used to be the site uf Monatagu House. The owner, Elizabeth Monatagu, used to provide a Roast Beef diiner for all chimney-sweeps and their apprentices on May Day. One of them later became a builder and named Monatagu Square after her. The house was destroyed during the war. At number 21 is the Heinz Gallery the home of an Architecture Museum

In Gloucester Place there are still some old houses from about 1810, with old lamp brackets. Dickens wrote "Our Mutual Friend" at 57, Wilkie Collins lived at 65 and Elizabeth Barrett Browing at 99.

Baker Street runs north from Portman Square.

On the north side of Manchester Square in the Wallace collection. Welbeck street has many 18 century houses. Harley street is renowned for it's medical prectices. Cavendish Square still has some of it's original houses. Lord Nelson used to live at number 5.

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