Ivy Lane

City, Paternoster Row (EC4) So called on account of the ivy which grew on the walls of the prebendal houses belonging to St. Paul's. These were afterwards converted into public offices, which were destroyed by the Great Fire. Ivy Lane is now, with Paternoster Row, part of the great hive of the booksellers. Here Dr. Johnson held one of his favourite literary clubs. (Reference: Smith's Streets of London, p. 321)