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The map picks out the most beastly streets in London

By El Hunt

These days, the only unusual critter you’re likely to spot in London is the odd domesticated ferret and the famous tube parrot. However, you’ve probably missed a few other urban creatures – hiding in the city’s street names.

This map, rustled up by the Museum of London, picks out just a few places to take a walk on the wild side. There's a backstory for almost every street.

In the shadow of The Gherkin, Houndsditch follows the route of an old ditch which used to run alongside London's walls – it was a dumping ground for locals’ refuse and dead dogs. Birdcage Walk was the royal aviary during the reign of James I. And by Smithfield Market, Cowcross Street was a main thoroughfare for live cattle.

The Museum of London is taking over Smithfield this Bank Holiday Sunday for a free party celebrating Londoners’ relationship with fauna past and present. Look out for bee-inspired dance classes, interactive wild installations, a mini-beast area containing hissing cockroaches – and not a live cow or dead dog in sight, hopefully.

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