Museum Street runs southwards from the entrance of the British Museum, hence its name. Here we see its west front between the Great Russell Street in front of the Museum and the Little Russell Street at the left edge. The street is populated by cafes, restaurants and bookshops for the international museum-going public and is part of the fashionable Bloomsbury area.
The street goes back to the 14th century and experienced several changes in style over the years. Its oldest known name is Peter Street, later it became Queen Street when the neighborhood improved and the British Museum opened in the 1750s. The street signs still place it in the Borough of Holborn which has been incorporated into the London Borough of Camden in 1965. In 2003 this area of the street has been largely pedestrianized.
Museum Street Shops
The street has become popular with its distinct colourful facade design and has attracted cafés, restaurants, galleries and book shops. In this street block we can see, from left to right, the pub “The Plough”, the restaurants Amarcord Museum and Seoul Mate, the galleries Abbott & Holder and Paul Stolper, the restaurant Fish Plaice, the Korean Art gallery MOKSPACE and the souvenir shop fancy that of London.
Museum Street is one of the street fronts we used for our video A London street Walk to the music of BachLondon Streetlines Archive