Esoteric London

No. 996: Bacon Street, E1

Posted in Drink, Graffiti, London Types, Pubs by esotericlondon on December 23, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_6075 copy

Bacon Street, London, E1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Street Life in London – J.Thomson and Adolphe Smith, 1877:

When Garibaldi came to Nine Elms, Day celebrated the occasion by getting even more drunk than usual; but on the morrow, while intent on resuming his libations, he chanced to obtain a glimpse of his own countenance reflected in a public-house mirror. His bleared eyes, his distorted features and ignominious, degraded appearance produced so sudden and forcible an impression, that he turned round to his friends, confessed that he had wasted his life, was but a miserable fool, called for a penny glass of beer, and swore that it should be the last. Of course they merely laughed and jeered, and thought he had not yet recovered from the excesses of the previous night. But, to his credit be it said, John Day was true to his word, and from that time he never again touched any intoxicating liquor, or even smoked a pipe of tobacco.