I worked in the City from 1962 til 1991 and I've never heard of Fleur de Lis! Where's that? As the City has now changed out of all recognition, I guess it's one of the new ones. Sounds a bit Yuppy/Wine bar-sh to me!
Used to live near Fleur de Lis Street, it's in E1 near Spitalfields and although it's a lovely little road, it gets a bit busy late at night as it is frequented by a few..err..ladies and their regulars. Fleur de Lys, the proper spelling in French I think, means 'flower of the bed' which is apparently a term for prostitutes.
My SE1 favourite is Ship and Mermaid Row which contains only one house which is appropriately a beautiful beach house....swoon......
Outside of SE1, got to be most little lanes in the City, Pudding Lane, Mincing Lane, St Mary Axe, etc.
I am sorry emmab but a bed in French is " un lit". "Un lis" or "lys" is a lilly, ie a plant.
"Fleur de lis" must mean the flower of the lilly.
I agree it is a pretty name but I like Ship and mermaid row better.
I'm wearing this particular anorak out, but enjoying it. Here we go again!
I used to work in 'Undershaft' in the City and the local church was called St. Andrew's Undershaft. Naturally my enquiring mind had to do a little delving and here's what I discovered. Hundreds of years ago there used to be a big May-day festival on the site where my office building was and one year they errected a very tall maypole, the biggest they'd ever had. It was known as the 'Great shaft.' Once it had been completed it was discovered that once errected it would be taller than the steeple of the nearby St. Andrew's church. No structure in those days was allowed to be taller than a church steeple and so they had to get a dispensation from the Pope to allow the maypole to stand. This was granted and the church was henceforth known as St Andrew's 'Undershaft.' If anyone would like to check it out it's on the left off Leadenhall St. by St. Mary Axe if your walking from Bank station.