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Aldwych is a place and road in the City of Westminster in London. The road is a crescent, connecting to The Strand on the west side, and Fleet Street on the east. At its centre it meets the Kingsway. It is the site of The London School of Economics, Bush House, the Aldwych and Duchess theatres, the Waldorf Hotel, the Indian high commission and nearby in the Strand is the now-disused Aldwych tube station.
The name derives from the Old English eald and wic meaning 'old outlying farm', the name later being transferred to the street and district. It was recorded as Aldewich in 1211.
On February 18 1996 an improvised high explosive device detonated prematurely on a Number 171 bus travelling along Aldwych, killing Edward O'Brien, the IRA operative transporting the device and injuring eight others.
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