Esoteric London

No. 135: Robert Street, WC2

Posted in Architectural, London Types, Public Art by esotericlondon on September 3, 2010

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Adelphi Building, Robert Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London, Volume 5 – Edited by Charles Knight, 1843:

The Englishman cannot exist without his newspaper. Foreigners laugh sometimes at the Englishman and his tea-kettle. “They are inseparable,” they say. “If he goes to the top of Mont Blanc, to the North Pole, or to Central Africa, ’tis all the same: he must carry it with him.”

The newspaper is, however, a still more indispensable necessary of life. Give the working-man his pint of beer, and he will not ask for tea, but he must have his newspaper.

[ “Eeevnin’ Staaaaaaahdid!”, the cry that one so often heard upon exiting the Tube, seems almost to have died out since the Standard became a freebie. Many of the old-time newspaper vendors seem to have disappeared along with the cover price. R.D.]