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Encyclopedia > George Street, Edinburgh

Situated to the north of Princes Street, George Street is a major street in the centre of Edinburgh. Laid out from 1767 as part of James Craig's plan for the New Town, George Street was named in honour of King George III. Princes Street, as viewed facing west from the Scott Monument Princes Street and the Castle at twilight Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh city centre, although it was originally designed to be a residential street. ... For other uses, see Edinburgh (disambiguation). ... James Craig (1744-1795) was a Scottish architect. ... The Edinburgh New Town is a neo-classical masterpiece. ... George III redirects here. ...

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Geography

George Street lies to the north of central Edinburgh's main thoroughfare Princes Street, and is one of the principal routes through the heart of the city, connecting Charlotte Square at its west end and St Andrews Square to the east. It is bisected by many important thoroughfares, such as Frederick Street, Hanover Street and Castle Street, that run in a north-south orientation between Princes Street to the south and Queen Street at the north of the heart of James Craig's New Town. George Street lies at a slightly higher elevation than Princes Street and Queen Street, to both of which it runs parallel. This is due to the fact that much of the New Town is underlain by uneven glacial deposition. Princes Street, as viewed facing west from the Scott Monument Princes Street and the Castle at twilight Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh city centre, although it was originally designed to be a residential street. ... Bute House in Charlotte Square, official residence of the First Minister of Scotland Charlotte Square is a street in Edinburgh, Scotland part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... St Andrew Square is a square in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... James Craig (1744-1795) was a Scottish architect. ... The Edinburgh New Town is a neo-classical masterpiece. ...


Functions

In recent years, George Street has seen a major transformation in its functions. The street functioned as the centre of Edinburgh's financial district housing the premises of banks, insurance brokers and investment companies. However increasing rents and the agglomeration of financial services at places like the large office development at Edinburgh Park on the western periphery of the city and the Exchange District on brownfield land immediately adjacent to the western edge of the city centre, have seen its role as Edinburgh's main financial district much diminished. However, Standard Life Investments retain office premises on the street, at its junction with St Andrews Square. Nowadays George Street is primarily a commercial zone, with buildings housing many shops, boutiques, cafes and bars along its length at street level. Offices still occupy many of the upper parts of the buildings that line the street. Offices in the new financial district to the west of Edinburgh city centre. ... Invest redirects here. ... In the study of human settlements, an agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place (usually a municipality) and any suburbs or adjacent satellite towns. ... BT building, designed by Bennetts Associates architects Edinburgh Park is a business park located in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... In town planning, brownfield land is an area of land previously used or built upon, as opposed to industry or mining and therefore may be contaminated by hazardous waste or pollution. ... Standard Life (LSE: SLET) is a major employer in Edinburgh, with 8,500 UK employees [2] and over 12,000 worldwide. ... St Andrew Square is a square in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...


Notable Buildings

The street is the site of several notable buildings including the Assembly Rooms (1787), St Andrew's and St George's Church (1784) and others by David Rhind (1808–83) and David Bryce (1803–76) which were previously the headquarters of banks, such as the grand melange of Greek and Roman styles which now houses the Dome bar and night-club (1847). The Northern Lighthouse Board is headquartered in the elegant Georgian townhouse at 84 George Street. From this location it remotely controls over 400 lighthouses, beacons, buoys and other shipping aids around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man. In Great Britain and Ireland, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, assembly rooms were gathering places for members of the higher social classes open to members of both sexes. ... St Andrews and St Georges Church serves Edinburghs New Town, in Scotland. ... David Bryce (1803-1876) was a Scottish architect. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Cape Wrath lighthouse The Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), previously known as the Commissioners of Northern Light Houses, is the organisation responsible for marine navigation aids around the coastal areas of Scotland and the Isle of Man. ... Eddystone Lighthouse, one of the first wavewashed lighthouses For other uses, see Lighthouse (disambiguation). ... This page discusses Beacons, fires designed to attract attention. ... A sea lion on navigational buoy #14 in San Diego Harbor Green can #11 near the mouth of the Saugatuck river. ... This article is about the country. ...


Night Life

George Street is home to many upmarket pubs, clubs and bars. Some of the attractions include:

  • Le Monde (Bar/Club/Hotel)
  • The Dome
  • Candy Bar
  • Bar 38
  • Opal Lounge (Hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards after-party).
  • Tigerlily

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See also

Offices in the new financial district to the west of Edinburgh city centre. ... The Old Town of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ... A street performer on the Royal Mile, with volunteer (2004). ...

External links

  • Northern Lighthouse Board
  • New Town Virtual Tour Take a virtual tour around part of Edinburgh's New Town.

 
 

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