Clare Market, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011
Dickens’s Dictionary of London – Charles Dickens (Jr.), 1879:
If all you care about is not to be stared at, you may now walk about most parts of London in any ordinary English costume. If, however, you wish to go into the park during parade hours in the season, to the “Zoo” on Sunday afternoons, the Horticultural Gardens, or any other fashionable resort, gloves, chimney-pot hat, orthodox morning coat, etc., are still essential.
[ The penguin sculpture above is a work by Yolanda Vandergaast which stands in Clare Market in the midst of the LSE complex. It is a replacement for the original which was wrenched from its base in 2009 in what has been described as a probable alcohol fueled student prank. R.D.]