The High Street

This page lists the businesses and significant landmarks we found in the High Street, taking each side, going southeast from the junction with Rickmansworth Road.

Which Side?

  The Right-Hand (Southwest) Side
The Left-Hand (Northeast) Side

The Right-Hand (Southwest Side)

Starting on Rickmansworth Road, going northeast, towards the High Street, you go round a wide, sweeping corner, passing:

  Bradford & Bingley Stimpsons, Estate Agents
Hintons Pharmacy
Sandwich Box Takeaway
S Leonard, tailor
Trimmers Instant Tanning, salon

You're now in the High Street, going southeast

  Sharps Bedrooms
Hanako, Japanese restaurant
Ansells, betting shop
entrance to Faircross House
Crown Personnel Recruitment Agency
Oliver's, restaurant
Hertfordshire Young Homeless Group, South Project
Artichoke, pub

The wall retreats southwest

Northwest Side
  side entrance to pub

Southwest Side

  metal gate in wall

Pavement dips, continuing southeast

  JSA House
Bang And Olufsen
Pizza et Pizza
Young Bride and Groom, clothes hire
Culverhouse, camping and outdoor
SRS Microsystems Ltd.
Moben/Dolphin, fitted kitchens and bathrooms
Nationwide Building Society

The wall retreats southwest into a recess with intermittent railings following the original line of the wall.

Continuing Southwest Side, Beyond Nationwide

  Jongleurs Comedy Club

The wall juts back, part way

  Lloyds No. 51 Bar
O'Neill's Music Room

There's an overhang from O'Neill's with 2 pillars in the pavement, the entrance to O'Neill's is between the pillars.
The wall juts back to the original line.

Inland Revenue, 2nd floor is Seetec
l'artista, restaurant
Chicken Gogo
access road to car park
Area, night club
Baraka, bar restaurant
The Chicago Rock Cafe
Walmsley's Suite Superstore
Multiyork, master furniture

There's a lamp post about 2 metres into the pavement, the wall angles away under the ring road flyover.

Continuing Southeast, Beyond the Ring Road

There's a fountain in the middle of the street, just southeast of the flyover.

Abbey National
Abbey House, 26 The Parade, containing:
  • Southwest Hertfordshire Community Health Council,
  • Stephen Stary, chartered accountants,
  • JHP Training

Reliance Care, recruitment, Parade View Orthodontics
Jackson Jeweller
access way to Marketplace Recruitment
Whitecross Dental Care
Chelsea Building Society
Connells, estate agent
Legends, men's clothes
access way to GB Employment
Klick Photopoint
Roosters Chicken
Quest Employment
Cheltenham & Gloucester
The Moon Under Water, pub
Next 2 Choice
Rat & Parrot, pub, wall retreats into entrance
Alliance & Leicester
Office Angels, recruitment
Candies, news agent
Dollond & Aitchison, opticians
Shoe Zone

Wall juts out

  Maximo Cafe

Wall retreats, several metres, phone box on southwest side in corner

  Bewise, clothes
The Woolwich
CMC, hair dressing
Reed, employment
access way
Moss Bros
Market Street
Nat West
76 High Street, Chac Southwest Hertfordshire, AAC and Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Course
Brookstreet Employment Bureau
New Street, on northwest side, Imperial Garden, Chinese restaurant

Continuing Southeast, Beyond New Street

Agora Amusements
Portman Building Society
Weston, opticians
Snappy Snaps
Lloyds TSB
access way to car park
The One Bell, pub
access way to Church Street

This access way has a large, decorative island beside the main High Street. We're opposite BHS. The square, to the southwest of the High Street is St Mary's Square.

The wall juts out several metres back into the High Street. Continuing southeast.

  Delifrance, restaurant
blank door
Ginger Group, hair and beauty
John Morley, jeweller
The House of Electronics
Kelly Services, recruitment
access way

This access way has bollards across the entrance, it leads to a seating and sculptured square in front of:

  Watford Council Advice Centre
Citizens Advice Bureau
Rights and Advice Centre
Pulvers, solicitors

Continuing Southeast, Beyond the Square

  MK One, clothes
The Halifax
Flight Centre, travel

The wall retreats southwest. Continuing southeast.

  Travel Choice
Thomas Cook
corner of King Street

There's a post with a wasp sculpture on the northwest (near) corner.

Continuing Southeast, beyond King Street

blank door
Taylor's, cafe bar
Maplin Electronics
Computer Exchange
blank door
Manpower Recruitment
Cafe Mezza
Oscar's Cafe and Bakery
Sweetimes, news agents
The Barbers Shop Group Ltd.
Artisan Hair Cutters
The One Crown, pub

The pavement slopes down

  Perfect Nailz
access way, Crown Passage
Headhunters, total grooming for men
Aroma's, cafe and restaurant
Potts and Bench, gift shop
Conveyancing Plus, solicitors, BNA, a caring concern
Best Computer Training
Chinese Medical Centre
Raw IT, computer recruitment
Lawton Prior & Mecklenburgh, surveyors and estate agents
OK Fish Bar
Weddings, bridal shop
The Peace Hospice Shop



The left-Hand (Northeast) Side of the High Street

Starting on the Corner of Beechen Grove and Rickmansworth Road, Going Southwest, towards the High Street

  Thong Thai, takeaway
SOL Estates Ltd., Spanish property agents
entrance to St Albans House
Eagle Cars, minicabs
Beneficial Finance Company
Domino's Pizza

We're now going round the sweeping corner into the northeast side of the High Street

Crossroads House
Choice Lettings

We're now in the High Street.

  Cafe India
Hot Stuff, kebab house
Tops Pizza, takeaway
Brown & Emery, solicitors
Bodega, wine bar
Maffey & Brentnall, solicitors
Watford Council for Voluntary Service and Watford Racial Equality Council
Robert Wildmore, estate agents
The Pond, post office and news agent
Pasta Bowl, restaurant
Conway and Cook, solicitors
Proffitt and Holt, estate agents
Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau
Colin Dean, estate agents
Watford Business Centre
Pane & Table, bar restaurant
blank door
Elliott & Partners, estate agent
Aitchisons, estate agent
Iain Andrews, estate agent
Destiny, night club
the road to Sainsbury's

Avoid trees and bollards on the corner, there's tactile paving on each side of this road. On the left (northwest) side, beyond the vacant shop, is Iceland Frozen Foods, whilst on the right is Yates's Wine Lodge, before the road curves round to the right, behind Yates's into Sainsbury's car park.

On the southeast corner of the junction is a notice board with a map of Watford.

Continuing Southeast, Beyond the Road to Sainsbury's

  Yates's Wine Lodge, seating area in front, bounded by metal railing
Maitlands, jewellers
Express Food, takeaway
pedestrian walkway to Sainsbury's

Blank wall juts southwest several metres.

  Your Move, estate agents
Lunn Poly, holiday shop
Hofmann, recruitment
Zinco, Italian restaurant
Monmouth House
Help the Aged, charity shop
Bar Me
Aura, restaurant
Hayes Staff, recruitment
Rileys, American Pool and Snooker
HFC Bank
Leeds and Holbeck Building Society
Holland & Barrett
Pancho's Villa, restaurant
Shipleys Amusements
Salvation Army
Situls, gift shop
Jessops, cameras
British Heart Foundation
Subway, sandwich bar
Barracuda, sandwich bar

We're under the flyover for the ring road, there's a fountain in the middle of the street.

Continuing Southeast, Beyond the Ring Road

  Clements, dept store
MVC, music and video
Pizza Hut
Bakers Oven
Randstad Recruitment
Barclays Bank
Ryman, stationers
CD Warehouse, records
Laura Ashley
Clarendon Road
The Halifax

The wall retreats northeast

Costa Coffee
Lifestyle of London
Greggs the Bakers
Blue Arrow Personnel Services
Bon Marche, women's clothing
access road to Charter Place
Linens Direct
Phones 4 U
Personnel Plus
Burger King
Charter Place ("leading to Harlequin Centre")
All Sports (juts out)

There's a sharp pillar outside the entrance to All Sports,which is on the corner of Charter Place. When the shop is closed, the shutters incorporate this pillar into the regular corner.

Continuing Southeast, Beyond All Sports

  Etam, women's clothes
Lloyds TSB
JJB Sports
Goldsmiths, jewellers
Charter Place, bollards across entrance
Post Office, including newsagents and stationers
Prime Time Recruitment, Sylvan Learning Centre and Pitman Training Centre
access way

The wall retreats northeast


The wall juts out again

  Essensuals, hairdressers
blank double door
Marks and Spencer

The wall juts out

Bradford & Bingley
access way, William Hill betting shop on right

There's a signpost marking a cycleway just opposite the start of the shop frontage on the southeast side of the access way.

  That Shop
gated access way, with bollard, to Flame, recruitment agency
Hair Express
Ocean, clothes

The Wall retreats

  Bristol and West Building Society
Westgate Dept Store
Gap, clothes

The wall juts out

Queens Road, pedestrian way, leading northeast. The main entrance to the Harlequin Centre is on the right (southeast) side.

The pavement slopes down.

Continuing Southeast, Beyond Queens Road

  Waterstone's Book Shop
closed entrance, Albert Street
The End, women's clothes
Heaven Woman
Kishimo-jin, women's clothes
access way, Carey Place
Pizza Express
Toni & Guy, hairdressers
Per Lui, men's clothes
Boots the Chemist
Electrabronze, tanning and beauty studios
access way, up stairs
Money Shop
road at southeast end of the Harlequin Centre
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