|The former Bow Street Magistrates Court|
|The Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden|
As early as 1632 the Drury Lane and Bow Street area became known as 'thieving alley' and, apparently, was increasingly "Troblinge the adjacent areas... by lewdest Blades and female Naughty-packs" I will draw a veil of modesty over that!
The bow-shaped street was set out in 1637 with high-class housing but after the English civil war many fine houses, formerly owned by Royalists lay empty and the area deteriorated once again. After the Battle of Naseby Oliver Cromwell himself moved to live in Bow Street. After the Restoration (of the Monarchy) it became an area where the literati and low-life criminals intermingled in the newly-established coffee-houses.