Esoteric London

No. 127: Haymarket, SW1

Posted in London Types, Transport by esotericlondon on August 24, 2010

Haymarket, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London at the End of the Century:A Book of Gossip –  Arthur William a Beckett, 1900:

A few seasons ago the Two Pins Club was so frequently referred to in the columns of London Day by Day, in The Daily Telegraph, that its existence no longer remained a mere myth but appeared as an established fact. As I cannot claim to be a member myself, I betray no confidences when I reveal what I have heard about it. I fancy it consisted of about fourteen members-all of them good fellows, and many of them distinguished men. I believe it was necessary to ride and possess a horse. It was against the rule to follow the hunt for lunch on a bicycle or even a four wheeler.

But why the Two Pins? I asked, in the days of my ignorance.

From the surnames of a couple of British horsemen representing respectablity and daring-the final syllables of Gil-pin and Tur-pin. See?

I did see, and greatly appreciated the cleverness. I believe the title was chosen by the life and soul of the Club-a gentleman who has long figured as a humorist of the first water.

And what is the object of the Two Pins Club? I asked.

A good ride before luncheon, was the answer; the gallant horsemen prefer menus to foxes, and chasse cafes to hares. And as they are all good fellows, laughter attends upon appetite.


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