Esoteric London

No. 701: Rothbury Road, E9

Posted in Food, London Places by esotericlondon on November 5, 2012

Rothbury Road, London, E9. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon Esq. – Washington Irving, 1846:

Little Britain may truly be called the heart’s core of the city; the stronghold of true John Bullism. It is a fragment of London as it was in its better days, with its antiquated folks and fashions. Here flourish in great preservation many of the holiday games and customs of yore. The inhabitants most religiously eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, hot-cross-buns on Good Friday, and roast goose at Michaelmas; they send love-letters on Valentine’s Day, burn the pope on the fifth of November, and kiss all the girls under the mistletoe at Christmas. Roast beef and plum-pudding are also held in superstitious veneration, and port and sherry maintain their grounds as the only true English wines; all others being considered vile outlandish beverages.