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) - Under Offer
Superbly located moments from Tottenham Court Road is this well-presented second floor apartment which has been recently refurbished throughout. Ideal for professionals looking to be in the heart of Fitzrovia.
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
Goodge Street (0.1M)
Tottenham Court Road (0.2M)
Oxford Circus (0.4M)
£355 pw* (£1,543 pcm) - Under Offer
A spacious studio with separate modern kitchen and stylish bathroom set on the fourth floor of a wonderful portered building moments from the green spaces of Royal St. James' Park and Green Park.
Studio
1 Bathroom
Green Park (0.2M)
Piccadilly Circus (0.4M)
St. James's Park (0.5M)
£345 pw* (£1,499 pcm)
Newly refurbished apartment on the top floor of an attractive Victorian building in the heart of Bloomsbury, offering sleek, modern decor throughout, hardwood flooring, furnished, integrated appliances and a stunning communal roof terrace.
Studio
1 Bathroom
Tottenham Court Road (0.2M)
Holborn (0.2M)
Covent Garden (0.3M)

Property For Sale near Archer Street, Bloomsbury

£1,190,000
A stunning two bedroom, two bathroom luxurious apartment now available in the exclusive 'The Lincolns' development. Located moments from Chancery Lane with easy access to both the City in 10 minutes by tube and all the entertainment of the West End only 10 minutes' walk away this portered building is ideally located to experience the best of London.
2 bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Chancery Lane (0.3M)
Farringdon (0.4M)
Farringdon (0.4M)
£660,250
This spacious one bedroom flat in the heart of Fitzrovia is a rare opportunity for any residential owner or investor to be able to add value and reinvent the space to make it their own via refurbishment. The property is located on Great Titchfield Street in an attractive brick building, at the quiet tree-lined end of this famous street which was once the centre of the rag trade. Nearby Charlotte Street boasts a plethora of contemporary restaurants and bars, Oxford Street and Marylebone village with boutique and high end shops are also within easy walking distance. This location is also due to be totally uplifted due to the incoming Cross Rail at Tottenham Court Road.
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
Great Portland Street (0.1M)
Regent's Park (0.2M)
Warren Street (0.2M)
£600,000
This wonderful apartment is set on the fourth floor of the popular Art Deco Building along Judd Street known as Clare Court, superbly located for the amenities and transport links of London King's Cross St. Pancras.
1 bedroom
1 Bathroom
Russell Square (0.2M)
King's Cross St. Pancras (0.3M)
London King's Cross (0.3M)
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