Vine Street £200

Vine Street completes the orange properties on the Monopoly Board. It is one of the smallest roads on the board, a back street cul-de-sac which is located between Piccadilly and Regent Street. It is in Mayfair in Westminster.

Vine Street was developed in 1686-9 and by 1720 the majority of one side was a brewhouse and the other side was a carpenter’s yard. In 1816-1819 Regent Street was built and Vine Street was bisected as a result. The Northern part became known as Great Vine Street and the Southern part Little Vine Street.

The street name seems to derive from the Vine public house, which existed in the 18th century and possibly earlier.

In 1751 a court house was built on the West side of Vine Street, next to the house on the corner of Little Vine Street (now Piccadilly Place).

Peter Scheemakers, the Dutch sculptor, lived in a house on the west side of the street from 1741 or 1742 until his return to Antwerp in 1769.

In 1767 on the North side of Little Vine Street a house was altered into a watch house and school.

In 1786 a fire destroyed several houses in Vine Street and Little Vine Street including the watch house. This was rebuilt in 1786. The basement contained two cells. The ground floor was a watchman’s room for the ‘Beadle and Constable of the Night’ which had a small lock up room behind it and the whole of the upper storey was the school. Later in 1816 another storey was added for the schoolmaster.

In 1829 under the Act of Parliament when the Metropolitan Police was created the watch house became known as Vine Street Police Station.

Vine Street police station was said to have been the busiest in the world. The Marquess of Queensberry was taken here in March 1895 to be charged with criminal libel against Oscar Wilde, leading to a series of events that eventually culminated in Wilde’s imprisonment.

Vine Street police station remained until the opening of West End Central police station on Saville Row in 1940. Owing to a shortage of space at West End Central, the old police station reopened in 1971 and Westminster council agreed to resurrect the street’s original identity, so that the station could retain the Vine Street name. It closed again in 1997.

The section of road that remains today was originally Little Vine Street, it is short and narrow and at present consists of mainly the rear facades of buildings which face out onto other streets.

Listed Buildings

1 Vine Street has a listed retained façade.

Future

The nearby Bond Street station is currently undergoing a transformation as part of Crossrail.

Planned for 2018 is the £60 million Garden Bridge across the Thames received planning permission from Lambeth council recently. It will solely be a footbridge which will run from Temple Station on the north side of the Thames to the Southbank Centre.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will run through Westminster under the River Thames. Near Westminster will be the new Victoria Embankment Foreshore which will commence construction in 2016; and the Albert Embankment Foreshore which will commence in 2017.

Information

The average sold price of a Flat in 2014 was £1,022,500.00

If purchasing a property in Vine Street Conveyancing Data Services recommended searches are Groundsure Energy, Groundsure Underground Report, Groundsure Flood and a Groundsure HS2 report.

The average rent of a two bedroom flat in Westminster is £4174pcm

The nearest Underground is Piccadilly Circus.

The nearest Overground is Charing Cross.

Vine Street is in the Congestion Charge Zone. You have to pay an £11.50 daily charge if you drive between 07.00 and 18.00, Monday to Friday.

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