Tower Bridge Piazza, London, SE1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
The Great Metropolis, In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Second Series – James Grant, 1837:
Perhaps there is no instance on record in the history of the world, of such an assemblage of beauty as is exhibited at the most numerously attended balls at Almack’s. At drawing rooms and queen’s levees there may be more of the fair sex present; but then rank alone is the qualification for admission to these; while the resolution adopted by the ladies-patronesses of Almack’s, of not admitting more than three of a family to their balls, affords them an excuse for excluding any persons they think fit. And they generally do make a point of preferring beauties to “horrid creatures.” In fact, however much they may differ on other matters, they are quite unanimous in this, that “quizzes” – which translated into more intelligible English, means ugly girls—are by all means to be kept out of Almack’s.