'Fleet Street! Fleet Street! Calling Fleet Street' Famed as home to the British National Press until the 1980’s, ‘Fleet Street’ still remains its conceptual home. It was well placed for reporting topical affairs, enclosed by London’s commercial political and legal centres and was also noted for its taverns and coffee houses; no doubt many a story sold in their dark corners! A few are still going strong,
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, for example, which was rebuilt shortly after the Fire of London in 1666. Fleet Street was also rumoured to be the home and work place of ‘The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, more familiarly known as Sweeney Tod.
With the departure of the press, law and commerce have moved in to take its place. There are numerous book shops, particularly those catering for legal specialists, and places to grab a coffee.