Saturday, 11 February 2012

Piccadilly: The Saturday Street

The Saturday Street is our 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


Formerly known as Portugal Street, Piccadilly was renamed in the 17th Century.

Robert Baker made his fortune on The Strand selling piccadills (also called picadils or pickadils) – stiff collars with scalloped edges and a broad lace or perforated border. His grand mansion to the fashionable west of the metropolis was soon dubbed Piccadill (later Piccadilly) Hall.


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