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  Golden Square
by Mariajoy

Not far from Piccadilly Circus and squashed between Beak Street and Brewer Street in Soho, the sublimely named Golden Square (1688) is a place where you can sit and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the West End. During the day It's a lovely little quiet place to have lunch and meet friends. Of course during lunch times it will be full of business people eating their foccacia baguettes - so nab your bench early! By night there may be couples meeting for a lovers tryst - it's that kinda place. The gates will be locked at dusk by the gate keeper - but he will let you know when it's time to go.

The Portuguese Embassy was situated here in 18th century and was the residence of the Marquess of Pombal. He was the statesman responsible for the re-building of Lisbon after the earthquakes of 1775.

The Square was also the site of the first throat hospital to be opened in the country by physician Sir Morell Mackenzie (1837-1892).

A statue of George II stands in the centre of the square (he's just about visible in the photo and there is also another statue of a recumbent character with his knees up, but I'm not sure who it is - I shall check next time I'm there.)

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2006
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