Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Dancing - Concerts, Balls and Assemblies, 1844

Almacks' Balls..-These truly select and elegant assemblies are held every Wednesday during the season at Willis a Rooms, King Street, St. James's Square, and are very numerously and fashionably attended. Willis's Rooms are a noble suite of apartments, capable of containing nearly 1,000 persons; they consist of a noble ball-room, card, and supper-rooms, that upon these occasions are all brilliantly lighted, and elegantly decorated . Almacks' balls are under the superintendence and direction of several ladies of distinction, styled Lady Patronesses; and no person is admitted but by their permission. This, of course, makes the admission extremely difficult, but at the same time renders the company very select. - At Willis's Rooms, concerts balls, and public dinners take place; but none of these have any connexion with Almacks. Hanover Square Rooms are a splendid suite of apartments, in which the Queen's or Ancient Concerts are held every Wednesday, from February to June. They were established during the last century for the per formance of ancient music. They are under the direction of six noblemen, of the highest rank, who alternately select the pieces for the evening; and the performances, both vocal and instru mental, are of the highest class, are always fully attended, and frequently honoured by the presence of royalty. Hanover Square Rooms are occasionally engaged for balls, and morning and evening concerts are also performed here; but they are entirely unconnected with the Queen's Concert. Balls, concerts, and occasional assemblies are also held in the Concert Room of the Opera House; at Freemason's Hall and Tavern, Great Queen Street; at the Crown and anchor Tavern, in the Strand; the London Tavern, Bishopsgate; and the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street; all of which have noble rooms, capable of accommodating, at public dinners, to which purpose they are frequently devoted, from 400 to 500 persons. The as Thatched Rouse Tavern, St. James's Street, is the resort of the highest classes of the nobility and gentry, who hold their meetings and large, but select, dinner parties here: it contains several fine rooms. Masquerades are held during the season at the Opera House, the English Opera House, Adelphi Theatre, and Lowther Rooms, King William Street, Strand.

Mogg's New Picture of London and Visitor's Guide to it Sights, 1844