Saturday, 24 September 2011
Cheapside: The Saturday Street
The Saturday Street is our NEW weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address
Location: The City of London
From the old English word céap, meaning market – making this the district by the market. Eastcheap has similar roots. Known thus since the 1430s, it is from the same root that we get the modern word “cheap” to describe a bargain – such as £8 for a London Walk!
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