"she will open one of the best houses in Wimpole Street"
Map of Marylebone area of London (1741-5)
Public DomainMap of Marylebone area of London (1741-5) - Credit: John Rocque

 Wimpole Street is situated in London's Marylebone. It developed slowly as a residential area during the 18th century but had become a highly fashionable location by the early 19th century.

Today, many people will associate the name with the poet Elizabeth Barret Browning (1806-1861) who lived at 50 Wimpole Street, but this would not have been an assocation made by Jane Austen herself or by her contemporary readership.

In the mid 18th century map (right), Wimpole Street is not marked - it lies to the west of Cavendish Square, off Henrietta Street.