Esoteric London

No. 855: Inverness Street, NW1

Posted in Entertainment, Lettering, London Music by esotericlondon on June 7, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8979 copy

Inverness Street, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Prostitution, Considered in its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspects, in London and Other Large Cities and Garrison Towns with Proposals for the Control and Prevention of its Attendant Evils, 2nd edition – William Acton, 1870:

The principal dancing-rooms of London are the two casinos known respectively as the Argyll Rooms and the Holborn. Formerly there was a striking difference between these two places, the one receiving the upper, the other the under, current of the fast life of London; now, however, there is little of this distinction noticeable, and the visitor in quest, not of amusement, but of information, may feel assured that a visit to one is for all practical purposes a visit to both. They are open for music and dancing every evening, except Sunday, from half-past eight o’clock to twelve. The visitor, on passing the doors, finds himself in a spacious room, the fittings of which are of the most costly description, while brilliant gas illuminations, reflected by numerous mirrors, impart a fairy-like aspect to the scene. The company is, of course, mixed. Many of the men resorting to such places seek no doubt the opportunity of indulging their vicious propensities; but the majority of the better class go merely to while away an idle hour, because, unblessed by home ties, and weary of the cold monotony of their club, they find it pleasant to consume the “post prandial weed” in some place where, while chatting with friends, they can hear good music and see pretty faces. The women are of course all prostitutes.

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