Built circ. 1637 (Rate-books of St. Martin’s.) and so called after the White Hart Inn, referred to in the lease to Sir William Cecil, of Sept. 7th, 1570; and still standing when Strype, in 1720, drew up his additions to the survey of Stow. Eminent Inhabitants. – Joe Haines, the comedian, died in this street, 4th of April, 1701. Barton Booth, the original Cato in Addison’s play.
“ Mr. Booth, one of the most celebrated actors that has appeared on the English stage, lies at the point of death, at his house in Hart Street, Covent Garden.” – The Daily Courant, Jan. 2nd, 1732-3.
Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.