Every shop on the main thoroughfare of Hatton Garden is involved in the jewellery business. That’s around 200 outlets selling gold, silver and diamond adornments. Private security guards linger on street corners, awake to the threat of heists or hold-ups. But passing among them are couples who come here to shop, liking the choice and opportunity to negotiate a little on the ticket price.
Named after Queen Elizabeth I’s chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton, the area was home to subsequent Bishops of Ely (Cambridge) – and their London digs when visiting the monarch. The jewellery business didn’t spring up until early in C19.