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Victoria was named after Queen Victoria, the last British monarch from the House of Hanover. Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and had nine children with her beloved husband, Albert. Stag Brewery was on the western side of Victoria Street. It was established in the 17th century and worked until the 19th century when it was demolished. Stag Place street and Stag pub are named after it.
The Devil’s Acre was one of the most well-known slums in Victorian England. It was demolished to make way for Victoria Street. London’s largest coach station Victoria Coach Station was opened in 1932. Little Ben is a 20 ft version of Big Ben and it can be found nearby Victoria Palace since 1891.
Footballer Gary Alexander, actor John Boyega, musician Andy Mackay, and Percy Edgar Lambert the first person to drive a car 100 miles per hour are some of the most notable former pupils of Westminster City School. Victoria Palace Theater was opened in 1911. Famous productions include Hamilton, Tonight’s the Night, and Grease.
Only a few Londoners use the official name ‘London Victoria’ with regard to the National Rail station, this name is more frequently used by those outside London.
During digging the Victoria line tunnel for the tube network, six fossil nautiluses were found, their age is about 50 million years.
The opening of Victoria station in 1969 was also a significant and outstanding event. Queen Elizabeth II attended the official opening ceremony, where she unveiled a commemorative plaque on the station concourse, after which she bought a ticket and took a subway to Green Park.
Opposite this one of the busiest railway terminus in London, there is the Victoria Palace Theatre. This West End theatre has been in its present site since 1832 when a hotel with a small concert room was built. By 1850, it was redeveloped and known as Moy’s Music Hall. After John Moy, the proprietor, sold it to Alfred Brown in 1863, the building was refurbished and renamed to the Royal Standard Music Hall.
The building of the said music hall was demolished several times in relation with Victoria station building and further modernization of the area. The current theatre was designed by a skilled architect Frank Matcham, built at a cost of £12,000 and opened in 1911. These days, Victoria Palace hosts musicals most of the year. Barnum was the longest showing musical.
Victoria is one of London’s busiest hubs. That’s why it is extremely easy to get around. Moreover, such great attractions as Buckingham Palace and Westminster are close to the area.
Asian food lovers can easily be spoilt in Victoria. There are so many places to choose from! Including the Michelin-starred Quilon.