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  Dean's Yard, Westminster
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  • Dean's Yard, Westminster - London
      Dean's Yard, Westminster
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  • Westminster Abbey from Dean's Yard - London
      Westminster Abbey from Dean's Yard
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      Archway, Dean's Yard
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  • Street off Great College Street - London
      Street off Great College Street
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I imagine that almost every visitor to London goes to see Westminster Abbey, at least from outside. But very few find their way to this tranquil spot, only metres away. I used to work in this area and this was one of my favourite short cuts, but if you're not familiar with the area you might not even spot it - or rather, spot that you're permitted to enter.

The entrance to Dean's Yard is on your right as you face the main west face of the Abbey - through a stone arch where a barrier prevents vehicle access but allows pedestrians to pass. Once inside you'll find a peaceful leafy square surrounded by beautiful old stone buildings. These include the famous Westminster School, one of the best "public" (i.e. private - yes, I know it's confusing!) schools in the country. On a school day you'll often find pupils here, walking to their lessons in the various buildings of the school. There is also the equally famous Westminster Abbey Choir School. The lawn in the centre is planted with a number of lovely old trees, including London planes and sycamore.

If you leave the Yard by the diagonally opposite corner (see my 3rd photo) you'll find yourself in Great College Street. This, with the surrounding streets, is another of London's undiscovered gems - if you like old houses you can spend a happy time here, imagining which one you would buy if you only had a fortune to spend ...

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  • Written Dec 1, 2007
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