Back in the 15th century, Anthony Cotton gave most of his land to the King for a Royal Park, but retained a parcel of land that would become known as Piccadilly. The name comes from the word piccadill, which was a wide, decorated collar invented by Robert Baker who built a large house in the area.
An afternoon of adventure around Piccadilly.
On 18th June Treasure Hunts in London ran The Naughty or Nice Treasure Hunt, which explores Piccadilly, followed by a Naughty but Nice Cream tea at the Royal Academy.
Nestled in the corner of the RA’s Annenberg Courtyard is the Keeper’s House. It was created over 140 years ago as the grace and favour residence for the Academy’s Keeper. Award winning architects Long & Kentish have restored the Keeper’s House retaining many details from vaults to old ceiling beams and hearths originating from the 1660s.