Saturday, 4 February 2012
Saffron Hill: 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
Saffron Hill takes its named from the gardens of Ely Place, which once stood nearby. Ely Place was the residence of the bishops of Ely from around 1290. By the 18th Century Saffron Hill was the heart of one of London’s most notorious rookeries and as such was chosen by Charles Dickens as the location for Fagin’s den in Oliver Twist.