Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "V"

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Vaudeville Theatre, 404, Strand. – One of the most successful little theatres in London. Almost every piece produced since the first opening of the theatre in 1870 has secured a run of abnormal length, the average run so far having been as nearly as possible 300 nights. When a single piece, such as “Our Boys”, has occupied the stage for nearly five years, any “specialty” becomes rather difficult to define. Perhaps the nearest approach that can well be made is to say that the Vaudeville has a specialty for phenomenal runs. NEAREST Railway Stations, Charing-cross (Dist. & S.E.); Omnibus Routes, Strand and St. Martin’s-lane.

Vauxhall Bridge is an iron structure of the Southwark type, of five spans, and presents no very special features. It was built in 1811-1816 from the designs of Mr. J. Walker. NEAREST Railway Stations, Vauxhall (S.W.) and Victoria (Dist. & L. & B. and L.C.& D); Omnibus Routes, Vauxhall-bridge-road and Albert Embankment; Cab Rank, Grosvenor-road.

Venezuela, United States of. MINISTRY, vacant. CONSULTE, 42, Moorgate-st. NEAREST Railway Stations, Moorgate-street and Cheapside; Cab Rank, Finsbury-pavement.

Verulam Club, 54, St. James’s-st. – Proprietary. Qualification elastic. Entrance fee, £10 10s.; subscription £8 8s.

Veterinary College Museum, Great College-street, Camden-town. Admission daily from 9 till 5 in winter and 9 till 6 in summer, on presentation to the curator of visiting cards. The Museum contains 4,000 specimens of anatomy and diseases of domesticated animals.

Victoria AGENCY-GENERAL, 8, Victoria-chambers, Victoria-street. NEAREST Railway Station, St. James’s-park; Omnibus Routes, Victoria-street and Parliament-street; Cab Rank, Victoria-street.

Victoria Club, Wellington-street, Strand. – For the association of gentlemen connected with sport, principally racing. Election by committee. Entrance fee, £5 5s.; subscription, £5 5s. – (see TURF).

Victoria Park which is one of the largest and finest in London lies away in what is at present the extreme north-east corner of the town. It is very prettily laid out with ornamental water, &c., and differs from the West-end parks in being supplied with various appliances for amusement, usually on summer evenings very liberally patronised. Victoria-park is one of the things which no student of London life should miss seeing, and its most characteristic times are Saturday or Sunday evenings – or both, for each has its distinct features – and Bank Holidays. NEAREST Railway Stations, Victoria-park (N.L.) and Cambridge-heath (G.E.); Omnibus Routes, Waterloo-rd. and Blackfriars-rd.

Vintners’ Company (The) was incorporated by Edward III., in whose days claret was sold in London at 4d. the gallon, and Rhenish at 6d. Charles I. allowed the vintners to raise the price 1d. per quart in return for the duty of £2 per tun. The present hall is not ancient. There is a fine piece of tapestry in ex­cellent preservation representing St. Martin of Tours, the patron saint of the vintners, in one of the ante-chambers; and in the court-­room, above the fireplace, there is a painting of St. Martin dividing his cloak with a beggar, which looks like a Rubens. The com­pany possesses a magnificent salt­-cellar, silver-gilt, the work of Cellini. The oak carving in the hall and court-room is remarkably fine.