Carnaby Street

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Carnaby Street is a street in London, England, in the district of Soho, near Oxford Street, and just to the east of Regent Street. It was first made popular by followers of the Mod style in the 1960s, and became closely associated with the Swinging Sixties, when many independent music shops, fashion boutiques, and designers such as Mary Quant were located there.

Today, Carnaby Street is more mainstream, with chain stores and restaurants, and few independent outlets, and is popular with young shoppers and tourists. The only two pubs on the street are the Firkin and the Shakespeare's Head, both near the Great Marlborough Street end at the north. From 1999 until its bankruptcy in May 2000, Carnaby Street was also the address of high-profile fashion retailer boo.com.

Nearby places of interest include Broadwick Street, where you can still see the water pump that John Snow famously sealed up to stop an outbreak of cholera in 1854; the toy shop Hamleys and the rest of Regent Street; and Golden Square just to the south, which during the summer is crammed with office workers trying to catch the sun. Only a few hundred years earlier Golden Square was used as a burial pit during the Black Death.

The Carnaby Estate is partly pedestrianised. It extends from Kingly Street in the west to Poland Street in the east, and is bordered by Great Marlborough Street and Beak Street.

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