Esoteric London

No. 923: High Street Kensington, W8

Posted in Graffiti, Pubs by esotericlondon on September 11, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_3508 copy

High Street Kensington, London, W8. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places, Vol. V – Edward Walford, 1887:

[…] we may conclude that a century and a half ago, “Jenny’s Whim” was a favourite meeting-place for lovers in the happy courting seasons, and that a day’s pleasure near Ebury Bridge was considered by the fair damsels of Westminster and Knightsbridge one of the most attractive amusements that could be offered to them by their beaux; and many a heart which was obdurate elsewhere, gave way to gentle pressure beneath the influence of its attractions […].

[According to Walford in Old and New London “Jenny’s Whim” was a “tavern or place of public entertainment” that “occupied the site now covered by St. George’s Row, near to Ebury Bridge, which spanned the canal at the north end of the Commercial Road.” R.D.]

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