Esoteric London

No. 1022: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2

Posted in Parks, Shops by esotericlondon on January 28, 2014

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Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2014

Twice Round the Clock; Or The Hours Of The Day And Night In London – George Augustus Sala, 1862:

Now, all over London, the shops start into new life. Butchers and bakers, and candlestick makers, grocers and cheesemongers, and pastrycooks, tailors, linendrapers, and milliners, crop up with mushroom-like rapidity. But I must leave them, to revisit them in all their glory a few hours later. Leave, too, the Park and its Mall, with the cows giving milk of a decidedly metropolitan flavour, and the children and the nursemaids, and the dilapidated dramatic authors reading the manuscripts of their five-act tragedies to themselves, and occasionally reciting favourite passages in deep diapason on the benches under the trees. Leave, too, the London sparrows, and – would that we could leave it altogether – the London smoke, which already begins to curl over and cover up the city like a blanket, and which will not keep clear of the Mall, even at eight o’clock in the morning.

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