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  Flower seller, Berwick Street
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It is maybe surprising to come across this traditional little market on a street in the heart of London?s theatre and nightlife area, but then London is full of surprises! There has been a market in this street for centuries, dating back to the early 1700s. Today the majority of the stalls sell fruit and vegetables but there are others selling flowers, clothing and bric-a-brac. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 18.00, and the best time to visit is probably lunchtime. There are also some interesting shops in this street ? independent record sellers, sari fabrics and a couple of cafés.

Music fans will be interested to know that Berwick Street was the location for the cover photograph of Oasis? ?(What's the Story) Morning Glory? album.

And nearby in Broadwick Street with its old-fashioned cobbles, look for the water pump which commemorates the discovery of the link between contaminated water and cholera. The street was formerly known as Broad Street and was notorious as the centre of an 1854 outbreak of cholera. A Doctor John Snow traced the cause to a public water pump on the street and disabled it, bringing about the end of the outbreak. Until this time the disease was widely thought to be caused by air-borne miasma but Snow's findings showed it to be water-borne.

Directions Berwick Street runs north to south between Oxford Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, a few blocks west of Soho Square.

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  • Written May 7, 2009
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