Renowned for being the home of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has a colourful past stretching back to the fourteenth century. Named after Sir Thomas Drury, who built a house here during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, it peaked as a select and fashionable neighbourhood in C16-17. However, one hundred years later, it had descended into a rowdy thoroughfare, replete with gin shops and prostitutes – and the focus of Hogarth’s ‘The Harlot’s Progress’. By C19 it comprised barely habitable slum housing before being cleared in the early C20 – and leaving us with today’s city-centre living two minutes from the heart of Covent Garden. Here are some images of the key sights, walking up this historic lane from south to north.