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Albany (The) is, although it is not supposed to be, a very convenient thoroughfare from Burlington Gardens to Picadilly. The Albany is a collection of queer houses, let as chambers. At present it has but little significance, but when George IV was old, and when Queen Victoria was young, the “Bachelor of the Albany” was a recognised variety of the “man about town”. Many literary celebrities have lived in the Albany; and in the days when the uncomfortable fashion of early breakfast parties obtained – when Sydney Smith jested, and when Rogers prosed – the old houses were a favourite resort of the wits and beaux of the time. The names of “Monk” Lewis, Macaulay, Bulwer and Bryon, and inseparably connected with these chambers.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879