Esoteric London

No. 717: Diss Street, E2

Posted in Amusements, Graffiti, Theatrical London by esotericlondon on November 27, 2012

Diss Street, London, E2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Round London, Down East and Up West – Montagu Williams Q.C., 1893:

There is no more popular place of amusement in all London than the Limelight Theatre. It is the favourite haunt of the ‘Johnnies’ and ‘dear chappies’—those singular specimens of the rising generation of England. They are always to be seen there—in summer and in winter, at evening performances and at morning performances—even though the bill remains unchanged for months at a stretch. The front row of the stalls is almost sacred to them. If you drop in from time to time you will always see the same young gentlemen, in the same seats, with the same smiles on their faces, and wearing the same Malmaison carnations in their buttonholes. They seem to live in those stalls.