finding europe in london - leg 10
From: French Place
To: Cyprus Street
DISTANCE: 1.6 miles
TOTAL DISTANCE: 8.4 miles
Follow French Place all the way round until you hit Shoreditch High Street. Turn right and run down Shoreditch High Street for a few minutes and then turn left onto Redchurch Street. At the end of Redchurch Street turn left onto Bethnal Green Road and run along it for a good few minutes until you get to Bethnal Green Tube Station.
Turn left onto Cambridge Heath Road and then right onto Old Ford Road and then after a few minutes you'll see Cypus Place. Turn left onto Cyprus Street.
What's it got to do with Cyprus?
This whole area of London was called Cyprus - to commemorate the UK's acquisition of Cyprus in 1878.
What else happened here?
At the end of the street you should see a memorial. The 26 names of those who lost their lives at war show that Cyprus Street represented the greatest loss to a single street in London.
Cyprus and the EU
Cyprus was a late-comer to the EU in 2004. Its population represents just 0.2% of the EU and it adopted the Euro in 2008. Since joining, the EU has worked with Cyrpus to try to quash the Greek/Turk divide in the island.