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View of Fleet Street from Ludgate Circus

Fleet Street Conservation Area [No. 2]

The ceremonial route linking the City and Westminster, incorporating narrow medieval plots, former newspaper buildings and an associated network of courtyards and alleys.​

Character Summary and Management Strategy (2016)

The Fleet Street Conservation Area SPD (4MB) was adopted on 23 February 2016. This document analyses the significance of the conservation area and sets out policies for its preservation and enhancement.

Use the 'Conservation' tab on the City of London interactive map to view the conservation area boundary.

History and character summary

  • An area originally outside the City wall, developed since the Great Fire of London (1666) on what was formerly a 'populous suburb' between the City and Westminster
  • An exceptional richness and variety in architectural styles and building ages
  • Contrasts between Fleet Street's bustling grandeur and the intimacy of its courts and alleys
  • Long-lived associations with the newspaper industry and nationally significant literary figures such as Dr Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith
  • An important relationship with St Paul's Cathedral.

There are special planning controls which need to be considered for development within the Conservation Area. In particular, the Conservation Area is subject to the St Paul's Heights policy protecting the views of St Paul's Cathedral, in this case from Ludgate Circus. The eastern half of the area also falls within the consultation area of St Paul's Strategic Views and much of the length of Fleet Street forms part of the setting of St Paul's Cathedral.​

For more information please visit the Protected Views page.

18 April 2012
Last Modified:
29 May 2019
Tom Nancollas