Esoteric London

No. 799: Lawrence Street, SW3

Posted in London Labour, London Places, London Types, Murals by esotericlondon on March 21, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8561 copy

Lawrence Street, London, SW3. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Walks in London, Volume I – Augustus J. C. Hare, 1878:

In all the changes of generations of men and manners in London, the truth of the proverb, “Birds of a feather flock together,” has been attested by the way in which the members of the same nationalities and those who have followed the same occupations have inhabited the same district. Thus, French live in the neighbourhood of Leicester Square and Soho, Italians in Hatton Garden, and Germans in  the east of London. Thus, Lawyers live in Lincoln’s Inn and the Temple; Surgeons and Dentists in George Street and Burlington Street; Doctors in Harley Street; and retired Indians in Cavendish Square and Portman Square, with their adjoining streets, which have obtained the name of Little Bengal. Thus, too, you would go to look for Booksellers in Paternoster Row, Clockmakers in Clerkenwell, Butchers in Newgate and Smithfield, Furniture Dealers in Tottenham Court Road, Hatmakers in Southwark, Tanners and Leather-dressers in Bermondsey, Bird and Bird-cage sellers near the Seven Dials, Statuaries in the Euston Road, and Artists at the Boltons.

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