Wigmore Street, London

Wigmore Street is a street in the City of Westminster, in the West End of London. The street runs for about 600 yards parallel and to the north of Oxford Street between Portman Square to the west and Cavendish Square to the east. It is named after the village of Wigmore and its castle in Herefordshire, a seat of the family of Robert Harley, politician around the time of Queen Anne, who owned land in the area.

The well-known Wigmore Hall concert hall is located on the north side of Wigmore Street, just to the east of the junction with Welbeck Street.

For about a hundred years beginning in the late 19th century, Wigmore Street had a great concentration of optometrists, dispensing opticians, makers of ophthalmic instruments, and related professions.[1] Harley Street and Wimpole Street, famous for their private medical practices, are nearby and have junctions with Wigmore Street. The veteran pharmacy John Bell & Croyden has been located in premises on the street since 1912.

Number 95 Wigmore Street was the location of the original offices of the Beatles' Apple Corps in 1968 prior to their move to Savile Row.[2]

The nearest tube stations are on Oxford Street, which runs south of and parallel to Wigmore Street: Marble Arch, located to the south-west; Bond Street to the south, and Oxford Circus to the south-east.

The corner of Wimpole and Wigmore Streets features in the famous legal case about causing a "nuisance" between neighbours - Sturges v. Bridgman (1879).


  1. ^ See, for instance, the preponderance of Wigmore Street addresses among the advertisers in the January 1958 British Journal of Ophthalmology at http://bjo.bmj.com/content/42/1/local/advertising.pdf
  2. ^ Harry, Bill (2000). The Beatles Encyclopaedia (2000 paperback edition; first published 1992). London: Virgin Publishing, London W6 9HA. p. 403. ISBN 0-7535-0481-2.

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Coordinates: 51°30′57″N 0°09′04″W / 51.51583°N 0.15111°W / 51.51583; -0.15111