Origins of London Street Names - Places beginning with S

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  • Saffron Hill

    Clerkenwell (EC1) Derives its name from the crops of saffron which it bore. This hill,... more »
  • St. Annes Lane

    Westminster, 30, Great Peter Street (SW1) Named from the Chapel of the Mother of Our... more »
  • St. George Street

    Stepney (E1) Formerly the notorious Ratcliffe Highway. The name of Ratcliffe was derived from a... more »
  • St. Helens Place

    City, 58, Bishopsgate (EC3) "In 1799 the old hall of the Priory of St. Helen's... more »
  • St. Jamess Court

    Buckingham Gate (SW1) Formerly James Street. At No. ii lived Richard Glover, author of Leonidas,... more »
  • St. Jamess Park

    Westminster (SW1) Was originally no more than a small field attached to the Hospital of... more »
  • St. Jamess Place

    Westminster (SW1) Built in 1694. The houses remain nearly the same as they were in... more »
  • St. Jamess Square

    Westminster (SW1) Dates from the days of Charles II. It was commenced about the year... more »
  • St. Jamess Street

    161, Piccadilly (SW1) This street is known all over Europe for its clubs. In 1670... more »
  • St. Johns Gate

    Clerkenwell (EC1) Formerly a gate of the ancient Priory of St. John of Jerusalem. Except... more »
  • St. Johns Lane

    Finsbury, Clerkenwell (EC1) Here are the remains of an Elizabethan house, with the sign of... more »
  • St. Johns Street

    Finsbury, West Smithfield (EC1) Here stood the ancient Hospital or Priory of the Knights of... more »
  • St. Martins Lane

    Trafalgar Square (WC2) Converted from a country lane into a street early in the seventeenth... more »
  • St. Martins Street

    Leicester Square (WC2) Sir Isaac Newton lived here in 1717. (Reference: Timbs's Curiosities of London,... more »
  • St. Mary Axe

    City, 116, Leadenhall Street (EC3) This street derived its particular designation of St. Mary Axe... more »
  • St. Michaels Alley

    City, 42, Cornhill (EC3) So called from St. Michael's Church, the tower of which is... more »
  • St. Pancras

    (NW1) Originally a solitary village in the fields north of London, and one mile from... more »
  • St. Pauls Cathedral

    City (EC4) A church has stood on this site since far back into Saxon times.... more »
  • Salisbury Court

    City, 81, Fleet Street (EC4) Here Samuel Richardson, the printer and novelist, spent the greater... more »
  • Sanctuary

    Westminster (SW1) When the monasteries were dissolved in 1540, Westminster retained the right of Sanctuary,... more »
  • Sardinia Street

    Kingsway (WC2) Formerly called Duke Street. It contains some very old houses, and a Roman... more »
  • Savile Row

    Burlington Gardens (W1) Famous for its upmarket tailors. Takes its name from Dorothy Savile, daughter... more »
  • Savoy Street

    125, Strand (WC2) Takes its name from Peter, Earl of Savoy,. who built a large... more »
  • Scotland Yard

    (Great, and New) Westminster (SW1) At one time an appendage to the royal palace of... more »
  • Seething Lane

    City, 53, Great Tower Street (EC3) . Anciently called Sidon Lane. Pepys was for many... more »
  • Serjeants Inn

    City, 49, Fleet Street (EC4) Was formerly an Inn of Court; the handsome offices were... more »
  • Serle Street

    Lincoln's Inn (WC2) Named from Henry Serle, who acquired this property in the time of... more »
  • Sermon Lane

    City, 13, Carter Lane (EC4) A corruption of Sheremoniers Lane. According to Stow, "Sheremonyars" were... more »
  • Seven Dials

    (WC2) Now mostly cleared away to make room for Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.... more »
  • Seven Sisters Road

    Holloway (N7) Said to have been named from seven trees which were planted by seven... more »
  • Shad Well

    Stepney (E1) Said to have derived its name from a fine spring (probably called shady... more »
  • Shaftesbury Avenue

    Piccadilly Circus (W1) Opened in 1885, has obliterated (amongst other ancient thoroughfares) Monmouth Street, named... more »
  • Shepherds Market

    Mayfair (W1) Named after its builder, Edward Shepherd. Duck-hunting was once one of the low... more »
  • Shepherdess Walk

    Hoxton (N1) In the early part of the nineteenth century the "Eagle" Tavern at the... more »
  • Shoe Lane

    City, 128, Fleet Street (EC4) Opposite the entrance to Shoe Lane formerly stood one of... more »
  • Shoreditch

    (E1) Anciently a retired village situated on the old Roman highway leading into London. It... more »
  • Shorts Gardens

    Holborn, 15, Drury Lane (WC2) So called from Dudley Short, who had a mansion here... more »
  • Sidney Place

    Leicester Square (W1) Formerly called Sydney Alley, and so named from the illustrious family of... more »
  • Sidney Street

    Chelsea (SW1) At St. Luke's Church in this street Dickens was married to Catherine Hogarth... more »
  • Silver Street

    City, 81, Wood Street (EC2) Stow says: "Is so called on account of silversmiths residing... more »
  • Sloane Street

    Chelsea, 125, Knightsbridge (SW1) Named after Sir Hans Sloane, Lord of the Manor of Chelsea... more »
  • Smith Street

    Chelsea, 69, King's Road (SW3) Named after its builder. The southern part was formerly known... more »
  • Smithfield

    City (EC1) The origin of this name is unknown; some have derived it from smooth... more »
  • Snow Hill

    City, Holborn Viaduct (EC1) On Snow Hill formerly stood one of the City conduits. Anciently... more »
  • Soho Square

    Soho Street (W1) "So-ho!" or "So-how! "-an old hunting or coursing cry in use to... more »
  • Somerset House

    Strand (WC2) According to Stow, the Bishops of Worcester had their town house here in... more »
  • South Street

    Park Lane (W1) At No. 39 lived the Minister Lord Melbourne; and at No. 23... more »
  • South Audley Street

    Grosvenor Square (W1) Takes its name from Hugh Audley, the owner of some land in... more »
  • South Moulton Street

    373, Oxford Street (W1) On the wall of No. 36 is an inscription: "This is... more »
  • Southampton Row

    121, High Holborn (WC1) The space between Southampton Row and Montague Street was formerly occupied... more »
  • Southampton Street

    379, Strand (WC2) So called in compliment to Lady Rachel Russell, daughter of Thomas Wriothesley,... more »
  • Southwark Cathedral

    John Gower, one of the earliest benefactors of the Church, lies buried here. Stow writes... more »
  • Spitalfields

    (E1) . Derives its name from the priory of St. Mary Spital, founded in 1197.... more »
  • Spring Gardens

    49, Charing Cross (SW1) For long the centre and mainspring of London civic business, Spring... more »
  • Stadium Street

    Chelsea (SW10) Named after Cremorne House when it was used as a national club, and... more »
  • Stafford Place

    Westminster, 13, Palace Street (SW1) Built on the site of the gardens of Tart Hall,... more »
  • Staple Inn

    2, Holborn Bars (WC1) Believed to derive its name from having been originally an inn... more »
  • Stationers Hall Court

    City, 28, Ludgate Hill (EC4) Stationers' Hall gives its name to the Court. The Stationers'... more »
  • Stepney

    (E1) Maitland says Stepney derives its name from the Saxon Manor of Stebenhythe.... more »
  • Stoke Newington

    (N) Said to mean the new town in the meadow by the wood. The word... more »
  • Stoney Street

    Borough, 20, Southwark Street (SE1) "Was probably the continuation of the Watling Street road. This... more »
  • Storeys Gate

    Westminster, I, Great George Street (SW1) Named from Edward Storey, who constructed the decoys in... more »
  • Strand

    Westminster (WC2) The name of the Strand is clearly of Saxon origin. It is recorded... more »
  • Stratton Street

    Piccadilly (W1) Name derived from John, Lord Berkeley of Stratton. No. 1, the large mansion... more »
  • Suffolk Place

    2, Haymarket (SW1) Stands on part of the site of Suffolk House, this, we presume,... more »
  • Suffolk Street

    4, Pall Mall East (SW1) Named from being built on the site of Suffolk Place,... more »
  • Surrey Street

    171, Strand (WC2) Stands on the site of Arundel House, the residence of the Earls... more »
  • Swallow Place and Passage

    255, Oxford Street (W1) Recalls Swallow Street, which was cleared away to make Regent Street... more »
  • Swan Walk

    Chelsea, 67, Royal Hospital Road (SW3) In which the name of the "Swan "Tavern is... more »