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Shaftesbury Avenue - Theatreland
Following the upheaval and completion of building Regent Street it soon became obvious that another route was needed to connect Piccadilly to Charing Cross and this work (driving a road through the slums of Soho) was undertaken by the Metropolitan Board of Works whose general incompetence (they ripped apart Piccadilly Circus to name one blunder) was investigated by a Royal Commission. The road was completed in 1886 and between 1888 and 1907 six major theatres opened making it the centre of London's theatres or 'Theatreland' as it is know today.

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