Archer Street, Bloomsbury, W1D

Properties to rent and for sale on Archer Street, Bloomsbury

Originally known as Arch Street and first mentioned in 1675, the reason for its present name is unknown.

Currently situated in the heart of Soho, it is also home to multiple drinks and entertainment venues including a cocktail lounge and low-lit, polo-themed downstairs bar with sofas and arched booths, viewed as one of the most sophisticated drinking dens in Soho. Archer Street has now also arrived at the Fifth Floor of the prestigious Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.

The image on the front cover of an issue of The Musician magazine from October 1951, titled “Street Scene” is one of Archer Street in London, a narrow back street in Soho which had become known as a meeting point for the West End musicians during the 1920s and the days of mass unemployment during the 1930s.

The reasons that Archer Street became the hub for musicians (rather than, for example, nearby Denmark Street which was the home of music shops and music publishers) wad down to its proximity to work places (nearby theatres and clubs) and places to drink and socialise. Gordon Thompson, the author of Please, Please Me describes the reasons for musicians congregating on Archer Street as being beyond simply “paychecks and contracts,” and as much to do with sharing “stories about gigs, owners, patrons, and, of course, other musicians”.

While the abundance of tea rooms, pubs and members’ clubs in the area undoubtedly contributed to its popularity with musicians, its popularity as a gathering point with musicians stemmed from the 1920s, when the number of musicians working in nearby theatres (The Apollo and The Lyric both had the stage doors which opened into Archer Street) made it an obvious congregation point.

On 27th May 1961, Melody Maker reported that the Police had stopped allowing musicians to gather on Archer Street on Mondays between 2pm and 5pm. It may be that this marked the beginning of the end of Archer Street as a meeting place for musicians. By the end of the decade, the Orchestral Association had closed its doors and the number of musicians employed in theatre orchestras declined as yet another sea-change in music employment and the music business took place in the sixties. And, though Archer Street survived as a musical hub through the musical changes of the twenties and thirties and the societal ones of World War II and its aftermath, the sixties were a change too far: musical and social changes combined to change the face of not just Archer Street, but Soho more generally.

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Property To Rent near Archer Street, Bloomsbury

£425 pw* (£1,847 pcm) - Let in Mar 22
One bedroom flat located on the third floor of this building in central Covent Garden.
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
London Charing Cross (0.2M)
Covent Garden (0.2M)
Embankment (0.2M)
£575 pw* (£2,499 pcm) - Under Offer
Video Viewing Available A well presented fourth floor flat situated moments away from the British Museum. The property comprises of reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, two double bedrooms and bathroom with both bath and shower. This flat is ideal for professionals.
2 bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Holborn (0.2M)
Tottenham Court Road (0.3M)
Russell Square (0.3M)
£550 pw* (£2,391 pcm) - Let in Jan 00
A well presented flat situated close to Goodge Street station. The property comprises of reception room, separate kitchen and two bedrooms, one double and one single, and a shower room.
2 bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Goodge Street (0.1M)
Tottenham Court Road (0.2M)
Oxford Circus (0.4M)

Property For Sale near Archer Street, Bloomsbury

£4,580,000
For ambitious individuals, well-heeled couples or growing families, Marylebone Square is the perfect home for those looking for high-quality living in a comfortable environment. Refined, elegant and intuitively designed, each apartment is generously spacious, yet warmly intimate. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass sliding doors invite an influx of natural light - giving each space a bright and capacious feel. Whether you are hosting dinner parties for friends or birthday parties for little ones, the airy, open-plan layout makes it the ideal place for a get together. At Marylebone Square you are perfectly placed. You can easily get to Paddington, Marylebone and Baker Street Stations, or Bond Street Underground where the Elizabeth Line will connect you to Heathrow Airport or Paris via the Eurostar. For entertainment, hail a cab to the Royal Opera House and London's West End, or take a stroll to Selfridges. For weekend walks and relaxing summer evenings, Paddington Street Gardens serves as your very own back garden, while Hyde Park is just down the road. Completion expected 2022 with a 999 year lease.
2 bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Bond Street (0.3M)
Baker Street (0.4M)
Regent's Park (0.4M)
£485,000 - Under Offer
A delightful one bedroom ground floor apartment located in a secluded spot within minutes of Holborn underground station (Central/Piccadilly). The property is in excellent condition with wood flooring throughout, brand new bathroom and bright living area which leads to a sleek fitted kitchen providing integrated appliances. The bedroom is bright and cosy with room for a large bed and table. The modern block is purpose built with a security entry system, the apartment also benefits from a private and secure storage unit. Fantastic investment opportunity with excellent transport links, moments from the new Cross Rail station at Tottenham Court Road station. Council Tax Band E
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
Holborn (0.1M)
Covent Garden (0.3M)
Tottenham Court Road (0.4M)
£650,000
A well presented, one bedroom property situated in a sought after building. The building is minutes walk from the British Museum and close to shops, bars and restaurants. The apartment is situated on the second floor of the building, and comprises of a spacious living and open plan kitchen area, large double bedroom with built in wardrobes and modern bathroom. The flat is neutrally decorated throughout, enhancing the light througout. Further benefits include gas heating, fitted appliances in the kitchen, secure entrance, lift and one site caretaker. Council Tax Band F
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
Holborn (0.2M)
Tottenham Court Road (0.3M)
Russell Square (0.3M)
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Rustiko (Bloomsbury)
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Jazz After Dark (Bloomsbury)
2 for 1 entrance Tuesday - Thursday / £5 discount on entrance Friday & Saturday
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