There are so many things that make Shaftesbury Avenue such a special place. Not only does it share a rich history, but there are some fun facts about Shaftesbury Avenue that you may not know:
DID YOU KNOW?
Fun Fact 1
Shaftesbury Avenue was the birthplace of Cat Stevens.
Fun Fact 2
In the BBC’s TV show, Sherlock, the southern end of the Avenue near Piccadilly Circus appears onscreen. Sherlock and John bump into each other by the bus stop outside 19-23 Shaftesbury Avenue, before heading off into Chinatown to continue their investigation.
Fun Fact 3
There is one building that carries the famous Piccadilly Circus illuminated advertising hoardings. It is one in the northwestern corner between Shaftesbury Avenue and Glasshouse Street.
Fun Fact 4
American soldiers loved the area during World War II – Many servicemen’s clubs in the West End served American soldiers based in Britain.
Fun Fact 5
Hermione Granger refers to the famous street in the Harry Potter books, “Shaftesbury Avenue; I used to come to the theatre here with mum and dad. I don’t know why I thought of it, it just popped into my head.”