Overhead view of Villiers Street in London as people rush to the train or underground stations.  I’m easily entertained.

There are few spots to get an overview of pedestrians in London.  Above Villiers Street is one of my favourites, especially during rush hour.  The fast-paced commuters are light in numbers in this video compared to peak times.

What is interesting is how there is little eye contact and people zig in, zag out and dodge one another with precision.  Are they innately trained not to bump into one another?  Very interesting.

As a side note, it is especially fun to watch when it rains and umbrellas are added to the zigzag mix for more visual gymnastics.

Villiers Street is a street in London connecting the Strand with the Embankment. It is largely pedestrianised and traffic runs northbound only up to John Adam Street where vehicles must turn right. It was built by Nicholas Barbon in the 1670s on the site of York House, the property of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, whom the street commemorates. A watergate in nearby Embankment Gardens is the only remnant of the mansion and shows the original position of the north bank of the River Thames.

John Evelyn lived here in the 17th century and the Irish writer Richard Steele, who founded The Spectator and The Tatler magazines, lodged here from 1712.  The Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, now a part of the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, was founded here in 1834.  Prior to 1865, Villiers street ran down the hill, directly to a wharf by the river, known as Villiers Wharf. This was swept away in 1865 by the construction of the Victoria Embankment, with its sewers, and the District line railway. The river was now moved back some 50 metres (164 ft) from the foot of Villiers Street.

Map Showing Villiers Street Location


Destination : London

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