Saturday, 12 November 2011
Lovat Lane: The Saturday Street
The Saturday Street is our NEW weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address
Lovat Lane EC3
Location: The City of London
Once known as Love Lane, believed to be a prettifying moniker for an old prostitution district. It has been Lovat Lane since 1939 to avoid confusion with Love Lane in EC2 and was named thus at the request of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers who were in business with Lord Lovat. Just along the road at The Tower in 1747, Simon Fraser the 11th Lord Lovat became the last man to be beheaded in England. It is perhaps the Fraser’s revenge that the family name is appended to the City’s only department store.