Piccadilly

The curious origin of the name of this fashionable street which contains Fortnum and Mason, Hatchards the booksellers and the Ritz Hotel, is given in LONDON: 'Gin Lane'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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