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Mr Monkey in London, April 5th

"It doesn't look like a nest of thieves any more"

Mr Monkey looking at the Seven Dials street junction Mr Monkey looking at a Seven Dials street bollard

Walking back to his hotel, Mr Monkey walked through Seven Dials. He admired the column with seven clocks which marks where seven streets meet. This is a replacement for the original column which was demolished in 1773 in the belief that someone had hidden a lot of money under it. In the nineteenth century, Seven Dials was notorious for the number of criminals that lived there, but this was solved by knocking a lot of it down to create Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.

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