Sicilian Avenue

Sicilian Avenue is a pedestrian shopping parade in Bloomsbury, London, resembling an open air arcade,[1] that diagonally runs in between Southampton Row and Bloomsbury Way.

Sicilian Avenue, London
Sicilian Avenue, seen from across Bloomsbury Way

The street was designed by the architect Robert Worley in 1906 (completed in 1910) in a monumental Edwardian style,[2] using Italian marble throughout, colonnades and turrets.[3]

The place is well-preserved, and has a number of shops, pavement cafés and restaurants.[citation needed]

Above the commercial activities located on the ground floor, five storeys buildings decorated with terracotta bands are occupied by offices (formerly flats). Ionic columns on plinths, carrying the street name in gold characters, have been placed at both the eastern and western entrances of the avenue.[4]

Several scenes of the 2018 film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society were filmed in Sicilian Avenue,[5] as was a scene from the 2017 film Wonder Woman.[6]

1–29, 6–20, 25–35 and 35A are listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.[4][7][8] The three lamp posts on Sicilian Avenue are also listed Grade II.[9]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sicilian Avenue". The Open Guide to London.
  2. ^ Laura Reynolds (11 January 2018). "London's Italian Street: Sicilian Avenue". Londonist.
  3. ^ Charley Bolding-Smith (30 March 2015). "Sicilian Avenue (London)". Times of Sicily. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Historic England, "1–29 Sicilian Avenue (1378665)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2020
  5. ^ "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society filmed in London and Bristol". The Location Guide.
  6. ^ "Sicilian Avenue - Wonder Woman (2017)". Sceenit.
  7. ^ Historic England, "6–20 Sicilian Avenue (1378666)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2020
  8. ^ Historic England, "25–35 and 35A (Odd) and attached screen to Sicilian Avenue (1378787)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2020
  9. ^ Historic England, "3 Lamp Posts, Sicilian Avenue (1378667)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 March 2020

Coordinates: 51°31′6.55″N 0°7′16.74″W / 51.5184861°N 0.1213167°W / 51.5184861; -0.1213167