A few doors down from the Adelphi is the pretty building which houses the Vaudeville Theatre.Built in 1870, Henry Irving acted on this stage for a while, as Ronald Bergan's book The Great Theatres of London tells us.
In 1996 a long-lost masque by Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones was rediscovered. It is called 'The Entertainment at Britain's Burse'. As Brian Vickers explains in the 'Times Literary Supplement' (17 Feb. 2012; p. 7): 'This was commissioned by Robert Cecil to celebrate the opening in 1609 of the New Exchange, Cecil's grand new shopping mall in the Strand, designed to draw customers to the West End, away from Gresham's Royal Exchange in the city'. Vickers goes on to say: 'Imagine Tom Stoppard and David Hockney collaborating on a show for the Westfield shopping centre'. Read more »
Shopping! This was a major activity on the Strand in the nineteenth-century, and West Strand was the site of the renowned Lowther Arcade (near where Coutts stands today):
This covered shopping area was a favoured destination for whiling away the time in bad weather. You could buy toys and other gifts here.