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Plaque: Tin Pan Alley

Erection date: 6/4/2013


This street was 'Tin Pan Alley', 1911 - 1992, home of the British publishers and songwriters and their meeting place, The Giaconda.
British Plaque Trust

The plaque carries a QR code that provides smartphone users with audio and visual information on the area’s history, and pictures of the unveiling ceremony, at which Donovan performed his new song 'Tin Pan Alley'.

Site: Tin Pan Alley (1 memorial)

WC2, Denmark Street, 9

The spelling of the cafe's name seems uncertain.  The plaque has "Giaconda" as does the shop fascia on Google Street View: "The Giaconda Dining Room".  But a splendid Great Wen article has a photo of the old café showing "La Gioconda" both on the fascia and on the projecting sign. The café was probably set up by Italians and in that language “La Gioconda” means “the happy one”, a good name for a café (and also a good, punning, name for an enigmatic portrait of the wife of a 16th century wealthy merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, but we digress).  We can find no meaning for “Giaconda” but it does appear on the web quite frequently when “Gioconda” is intended.  So we think this is a common mistake that has found its way onto the plaque and the shop fascia.

The Great Wen piece makes it clear that the street is, 2014, at risk. Crossrail arriving at Tottenham Court Road is regenerating the area, or destroying it, depending on your view. The Giaconda Dining Room aimed at a very upmarket clientele but had closed by early 2014, so the area is still in flux.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Tin Pan Alley

Information Subjects commemorated

La Gioconda / Giaconda

Back in the 1960s this was the place where would-be future pop icons hung out...

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Tin Pan Alley

‘Tin Pan Alley’ originally, 1885, referred to the section of New York City wh...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Tin Pan Alley

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British Plaque Trust

A charity with: "The key objective of the British Plaque Trust (BPT) is to re...

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