Esoteric London

No. 90: Great Eastern Street, EC2

Posted in Eating places by esotericlondon on July 2, 2010

The interior lights of the  Great Eastern Dinning Room photographed from outside on Great Eastern Street, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2006

The Criminal Prisons of London and Scenes of London Life (The Great World of London) – by Henry Mayhew and John Binny, 1862:

Those who have seen London only in the day-time, with its flood of life pouring through the arteries to its restless heart, know it not in all its grandeur. They have still, in order to comprehend the multiform sublimity of the great city, to contemplate it by night, afar off from an eminence. As noble a prospect as any in the world, it has been well said, is London viewed from the suburbs on a clear winter’s evening. Though the stars be shining in the heavens, there is another firmament spread out below with its millions of bright lights glittering at the feet. Line after line sparkles like the trails left by meteors, and cutting and crossing one another till they are lost in the haze of distance. Over the whole, too, there hangs a lurid cloud, bright as if the monster city were in flames, and looking from afar like the sea at dusk, made phosphorescent by the million creatures dwelling within it.

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