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§ Assembly Rooms

— Almack's (1) (2) (a.k.a. Willis's Rooms - see also here)

— concerts, balls and assemblies in 1844

§ Ballooning

— experiences of

§ Clubs

— 'a ballot at a Pall Mall Club'

— Albemarle Club

— Alexandra Club

— Alfred Club 1808

— Army and Navy Club

— Arthur's Club

— Arts Club 1863

— Athenaeum 1823

— Badminton Club

— Beaconsfield Club

— Beefsteak Club

— Berkeley Club

— Boodle’s Club

— Brooks’s Club 1764-5

— Burlington Fine Arts Club

— Carlton Club 1832

— Cavendish Club

— Chandos Club

— character and dangers of clubs

— City Carlton Club

— City Liberal Club

— City of London Club 1833

— Civil Club

— Civil Service Club

— Cobden Club

— Cocoa Tree Club

— Conservative Club

— The Constitutional Club

— Cosmopolite

— County Club

— Crichton Club

— Crockford's

— Devonshire Club

— drinking clubs

— Doric Club

— East India United Service Club

— Empress

— Erectheum Club

— Eton and Harrow Club

— Excelsior Working Men's Club

— Farmers' Club 

— Free Trade Club

— Garrick 1831

— German Athenaeum 1869

— Grafton Club

— Green Park Club

— Green Room Club

— Gresham Club 1843

— Grillion's Club

— Grosvenor Crescent Club

— Guards' Club

— Hanover Square Club

— Hogarth Club

— Hurlingham Club

— Isthmian Club 1882

— Junior Army and Navy Club

— Junior Athenaeum Club

— Junior Carlton

— Junior Conservative Club 1889

— Junior Constitutional Club 1887

— Junior Garrick Club

— Junior Oxford and Cambridge Club

— Junior United Services Club

— Marlborough Club

— Miltary, Naval and County Service Club

— National Club

— National Liberal Club 1887

— National Sporting Club 1891

— Naval and Military Club

— New City Club

— New University Club

— New Vagabond Club

— Oriental Club 1824

— Orleans Club

— Oxford and Cambridge Club 1838

— Pall Mall Club

— Parthenon Club

— Phoenix Club

— Pioneer Club (1) (2)

— Playgoer's Club

— Portland Club

— Pratt's Club

— Raleigh Club

— Ranelagh Club

— Reform Club 1832

— Road Club

— Rous Club

— Royal Thames Yacht Club

— Russell Club

— St. George's Club

— St. James Club

— St. Stephen's Club

— Sandringham Club (1) (2) (3)

— Savage Club 1837

— Savile Club

— Scandinavian Club

— Scientific Club

— Sesame Club

— Smithfield Club

— Temple Club

— Thatched House Club

— Tower Hamlets Liberal Club

— Travellers Club 1829

— Turf Club

— Union Club 1824

— United Club

— United Eton and Harrow Club

— United Service Club 1816

— United University Club 1826

— United Whist Club

— Unity Club

— University Club

— University and Public Schools Club

— Verulam Club

— Victoria Club

— Victoria (Women's)

— Wanderers' Club

— Westminster Club

— White Friar's Club

— Whitehall Club

— White's Club

— Whittington Club 1847

— Windham Club 1828

— women's clubs(1) (2)

— Women Journalist's Club

— Working Men's Clubs

— Working Men's Clubs, see also Education]

— Working Women's Clubs

— Writer's Club (1) (2)

§ Dancing

see also Food - Night Houses, Supper Rooms

— Argyll Rooms (see also dancing rooms below)

— at Almack's(1) (2)

— a bal masque (1) (2)

— balls

— Caldwell's

— can-can

— a children's ball at the Mansion House

— concerts, balls and assemblies in 1844

— costermongers dancing

— dancing academies

— 'dancing rooms'

— 'The Dancing Saloon'

— East End 'dancing saloons'/pubs (1) (2)

— 'fancy-balls'

— Highbury Barn

— Holborn Casino

— hops

— Laurent's Casino

— Mott's (Portland Rooms)

— polka

— Weippert's (Princess's Concert Rooms)

§ Drinking and Drugs

see also Food and Drink - Night Houses

see also 'Cups, Cocktails and Grogs'

see also Hangover cures

see also Opium (Mrs. Beeton)

see also Opium dens

see also Tiger Bay

see also Food - Night Houses, Supper Rooms

see also Food - Restaurants

see also Professions - Food and Drink

— Albion Tavern

— Angel, Islington

— 'At a Black House'

— 'beer shop' in Whitechapel

— The Belvidere

— The "Blue Dog"

— Blue Posts (1) (2)

— Bull and Mouth, coaching inn

— The Cambrian Stores

— champagne, slang for

— character of

— The Cheshire Cheese

— coaching inns

— The Cock Tavern

— Coger's Hall

— cooper (drink)

— 'The Costermongers' Free-and-Easy'

— Criterion American Bar (Living London, 1902)

— The Crown

— Crown and Anchor

— delivery of liquor

— dog's-nose

— Dr. Johnson's Tavern

— The Eagle

— Eel-pie House

— Elephant and Castle

— 'free and easies' and pub concerts

— gambling in pubs

— George Inn, Borough

— Gerard's Hall Inn

— gin palaces

— 'Green Hog Tavern'

— hiring and paying working men at public houses

— 'Inns of Old London' (Timbs)

— interiors (1) (2, Punch 1860)

— in the East End

— illegal drinking out of hours (1) (2)

— 'The Jolly Sandboys' (mourners and drink)

— London Tavern (1) (2) (3 - a meeting at the Tavern; ILN, 1845) (4 - Grand Dinner;  ILN, Mar 24, 1849)

— 'The Mogul'

— 'Night-Houses'

— Old Tabard Inn

— an 'open bar' (Living London, 1902) see original article for text - click here]

— 'The Pious Public House'

— police duties re public houses (1903)

— porter

— private drinking clubs

— prostitutes in pubs

— pub snacks

— public houses in Soho & West London

— pub signs (1) (2)

— shandy-gaff

— The Ship

— Short's Wine Bar (Living London, 1902)

— Thatched House Tavern

— Three Nuns Inn

— types of public house: (1) (2)  (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

— whiskey

— wine bars in City

Smoking

— cigarettes and cigars

— disease caused by smoking

— lighters (ad, Pick Me Up, 1890)

— pipes (Punch, 1859)

— smoking in public (1) (2) (3)

Temperance Movement 

— coffee-taverns

— 'Drink and Drunkenness in London' (1897)

— drinking amongst the poor

— drink, evils of (Tempted London)

— drinking amongst city workers

— 'For Love O' Liquor'

— 'Help Myself' Society

— meetings

— 'No-one drinks water'

— opinions of

— 'Pewkers' Hall'

— speakers

— 'Temperance'

— teetotallers amongst dockers (Mayhew)

— teetotallers (Punch parody)

— 'Under the Yellow Flag'

§ Exhibitions and Tourism

— Albert Palace (1885-?1894)

— African Exhibition, 1895

— American Exhibition, 1887

— Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886

— Chinese Exhibition

— Earls Court

§  Great Exhibition, 1851 (and 1854-1936 at Sydenham), see ; see also Buildings - Crystal Palace; see also food sold at Crystal Palace; — a creche at Sydenham; — perception of; — sellers of postcards; — Thames Bank Depositary ("The Mechanics' Home for 1851")

— India and Ceylon Exhibition 1896

— International Exhibition 1862

— International Exhibition 1873

— International Fisheries Exhibition 1883

— The Japanese Village 1885-c.1887

— Military displays

— Olympia (aka National Agricultural Hall)

Sight-seeing

— American visitors (1) (2)

— 'sight-seeing'

— trooping the guard

— Spanish Exhibition 1889

Working Men's Exhibitions

— North London Working Classes Industrial Exhibition

— South London Working Classes Industrial Exhibition

§ Fairs and Events

— Barnet Fair (1) (2) (3)

— Bartholomew Fair

— cattle shows, see Agricultural Hall

— county fairs outside London

— 'The Day after the Fair' (Greenwood) 

— Fairlop Fair 

— Greenwich Fair

— Lord Mayor's Show

— May-Fair

— 'Plebeian Flower Shows'

— 'A Suburban Fair'

§ Freak-shows and Side-shows

— description of

— East End shows (1) (2)

— the "Elephant Man" 

— the "Fairy Queen" 

— at Greenwich Fair

— Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng

— shooting-galleries / rifle-galleries

— waxworks, at fair

§ Gambling

— amongst the poor

— betting

— gambling (1) (2)  (3)

— gambling at billiards

— gambling houses

— gambling in pubs

— at Greenwich Fair

— police regulation (1903)

— see also Sketches in London, Chpt. XI

— see also The Seven Curses of London Chpt.22

— see also Round London, Pt2. Chpt. XI

§ Gardens and Spas

— Bagnigge Wells Gardens

— Beulah Spa (Norwood)

— Botanical Garden, Chelsea

— Botanical Society Gardens (Regent's Park)

— Brunswick Gardens

— Cremorne Gardens

— The Eagle

— Earl's Court gardens

— Embankment Gardens

— Flora Gardens, Camberwell

— Highbury Barn

— Hornsey Woods

— immorality in 'Tea Gardens' (1) (2)

— Islington Spa

— "Johnson's Retreat" 

— list of minor pleasure gardens 

— Kensington Gardens

— Kew Gardens

— Manor House Gardens, Chelsea

— Mermaid Tavern 

— Montpelier Tea Gardens, Walworth

— New Globe Pleasure-Grounds

— North Woolwich Gardens

— Red House, Battersea

— Rosemary Branch

— Rosherville Gardens

— Royal Horticultural Society

— Royal Pavilion Gardens see North Woolwich Gardens

— Royal Standard Pleasure Gardens

— St. Chad's Wells

— Soyer's Symposium Gardens

— Surrey Zoological Gardens

— Tea Gardens (incl. list from 1844)

— Temple Gardens

— Vauxhall Gardens

— Weston's Retreat, Kentish Town;

— White Conduit House

— Willesden People's Garden

§ Holidays and Public Days

 see also Sea-Side, below

— a Bank Holiday (1) (2)

— Beating the bounds (1) (2)

— Boxing Day (1) (2)

— 'Boxing Night' (1) (2) 

— camping out

— Christmas-Box nuisance

— 'Christmas' by Alfred Crowquill (ILN, 1844)

— Christmas - 'The Mistletoe' (ILN, 1846)

— Christmas cards

— Christmas clubs

— Christmas decorations

— Christmas dinner, fetched from bakers

— 'A Christmas Dip';

— Christmas Eve (Cruikshank)

— Christmas excess

— Christmas in 1850 (Leech)

— Christmas in 1851

— Christmas in London (1) (2) (3) (4)

— Christmas tree

— continental travel

— cost of excursions

— Easter in London

— Easter Monday (1) (2)

— 'Excursion Clubs'

— Good Friday 

— Halloween

— Innocents' Day

— May 1st

— need for

— November 5th

— 'Oyster Day' 

— Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

— 'Saint Monday'

— Sundays

— tourist agencies

— travel agents;

— Valentine's Day

— Whit Monday tourist attractions, 1888

— 'Working Men's Saturdays'

§ Lectures

— "lectured in Basinghall Street"

— lectures 

— Penny Readings (1) (2) (3)

§ Museums, Public Buildings and Galleries

see also Buildings, Monunments and Museums

— Adelaide Gallery

— Albert Palace (1885-?1894);

— Antiquarian Museum

— Architectural Exhibition

— Architectural Museum

— artists

— Bethnal Green Museum

— British Artists (Exhibition)

— British Institution

— British Museum

— The Chinese Collection / Exhibition

— Christy Collection

— City Art Gallery & Museum

— The Colosseum

— The Cosmorama

— Customs House Museum

— Dr Kahn's Grand Anatomical Museum

— Dorι Gallery

— Dubourg's Museum

— Dudley Gallery

— Dulwich Gallery

— East India House

— Egyptian Hall

— Entomological Museum

— Flaxman Gallery

— French Gallery

— Foundling Hospital

— Gallery of Illustration

— Geological Museum

— Greenwich Hospital and Royal Naval College

— Grosvenor Gallery

— India Museum (South Kensington)

— Institute of Painters in Oil Colours

— Institute of Painters in Water Colours; see Royal Institute of Painters ... below

— Jamrach's

— Linwood Gallery

— list of art galleries

— Madame Caplin's Anatomical and Physiological Galler

— Missionary Museum

— Model of St. Peter's

— Museum of Building Appliances

— Museum of Economic Geology aka Museum of Practical Geology   see Geological Museum, above

— Napoleon Museum

— National Gallery

— National Portrait Gallery (Bethnal Green)

— Natural History Museum

— Naval Models Museum (Greenwich Hospital)

— Oriental Museum

— Painted Hall see Greenwich Hospital

— painters held in particular galleries

— Parkes Museum of Hygiene

— Patent Museum

— Phrenological Museum

— Polytechnic

— Regent Gallery

— Royal Academy of Arts

— Royal Asiatic Society

— Royal College of Surgeons

— Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

— Saint James's Bazaar 

— Saville House (1) (2) see Linwood Gallery

— Soane Museum

— South Kensington Museum

— Suffolk Street Gallery (from ILN, 1843) 

— Surrey Institution

— Tate Gallery

— Tower of London Museum

— Tussaud's Exhibition of Waxworks

— United Service Museum

— Veterinary College Museum

— Wallace Collection

— Water-Colour Drawings Exhibition

— Whitechapel Gallery 

— Woolwich Arsenal

§ Music and Musicians

— as an occupation for women

— Alboni

— the Apollonicon

— Balfe, Michael W. 

— concerts

— glee singing

— Grisi

— 'Harmonic Meetings' / 'Free and Easies' &c. (1) (2) (3)

— Jenny Lind (1) (2)

— list of public halls

— 'Monday pops'

— music sung in supper-rooms

— music sung in the home

— musical societies

— 'The Musical World' (Sala)

— Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre

— Patti (Adelina Patti, opera singer)

— Prince's Hall 

— private concerts 

— Queen's Concert Rooms

— Queen's Hall

— Royal Academy of Music

— St. James's Hall

— St. Martin's Hall

— sheet music

— Store Street Music Hall (from ILN, 1843)

see also Italian Street Musicians

see also Professions - Entertainers - Street Musicians et al.

see also Theatre and Shows - Music Hall

§ Music Hall see Theatre and Shows below

§ Parks, Commons and Heaths

see also Gardens and Spas, above

— Alexandra Park

— Battersea Park

— Blackheath

— Bonner's Fields

— Brompton Park

— Clapham Common

— comparison of parks

— Dulwich Park

— Finsbury Park

— Green Park

— Greenwich Park

— Hampstead Heath

— Hyde Park

— Kennington Park

— parks and drunks

— 'The Parks'

— Primrose Hill

— Regents Park

— Richmond Park

— Southwark Park

— St James's Park

— Vauxhall Park

— Victoria Park

— Waterlow Park

— Wimbledon Common

§ Sea-side

see also Transport - River - Steamers - Character of

— Gravesend

— Hastings

— opinions of

— Ramsgate

— Restall's Excursions

— 'sea-side insanity'

§ Societies

see also Education - Professional / Technical

see also Music - Musical Societies above

see also Organisations - Scientific Societies

— Aeronautical Club

— Alpine Club

— Art Union of London

— The Beef-Steak Society

— bird fanciers (1) (2) (3) (4)

— The Botanical Society of London

— change-ringing (bell ringing)

— coaching clubs

— debating societies

— Dilettanti Society

— dog-shows— Horticultural Society of London see Royal Horticultural Society, below

— Kennel Club

— Literary and Artistic Societies

— 'The Lumber Troop'

— Microscopical Societies

— 'miscellaneous societies' (Dickens's Dictionary)

— New Vagabonds 

— Numismatic Society

— Royal Agricultural Society

— Royal Asiatic Society

— Royal Horticultural Society

— Royal Society of Literature

— Smithfield Club

— Society for Encouragement of the Arts

— Society of Antiquaries

— Society of Arts

— Society of British Artists

— Society of Painters in Water Colours

§ Sport

— angling

— athletics

— archery

— bagatelle

— bicycling

— bicycling, see also Transport - Roads - Bicylces

— billiards

— blood sports

— bowls

— boxing

— chess

— clay pigeon shooting

— cricket

— football

— golf

— gymnastics (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

— pigeon fancying

— ping-pong

— polo

— racing

— riding

— rowing, sailing, sculling & yachting

— rugby

— shooting

— skating & rollerskating

— 'Some London Contests' (1902)

— swimming

— tennis (1) (2) (3)

— walking (1) (2)

— wrestling

§ Street Entertainments

see also Professions - Entertainers - Street Musicians et al.

— acrobats (street) (1) (2) (3) (4 - ILN, 30th March 1850)

— donkey rides

— gallanty or gallantee shows (1) (2)

— performing animals (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

— potato-thrower;

— puppets (1) (2)

— Punch and Judy

— raree-show

— street entertainers

§ Theatre and Shows

§ Zoos and Menageries

— Cross's Menagerie at Exeter Change

— Jamrach's

— London Zoo

— menagerie outside the National Gallery

— Surrey Zoological Gardens

— Tower Menagerie