Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Gardens and Spas - Albert Saloon and Royal Standard Pleasure Gardens

[see also the Albert Saloon music hall - I assume a difference venue, ed.]


In his own Shepherdess Walk - a little to the north of the Eagle, - the enterprising Thomas Rouse had a not unsuccessful imitator in the person of one Henry Bradley, the proprietor of the Royal Standard Tavern and pleasure-gardens. Some entertainments and concerts were given here in the early thirties, but the fame of the place, such as it was, belongs to the forties.
    At the end of 1838 Bradley began to adorn his gardens somewhat in the manner of the Eagle, surrounding them with boxes, alcoves, and panoramic views, and building the new saloon for concerts and plays which became well known as the Albert Saloon. He opened the gardens on Easter Monday 1839, announcing that they would accommodate 10,000 persons, of whom 4,000 were sure of shelter from the rain. Concerts, vaudevilles, and melodramas were for several years the staple of attraction and the admission was usually not more that sixpence. Tom Jones, a mimic and comic singer was the manager, and something was done in the way of fireworks, ballooning and weekly dances. . . .
The glory of the Albert seems to have waned at the end of the forties, and the place was closed about 1857, and the Royal Standard, a public house numbered 106, Shepherdess Walk, is now the only representative.

Warwick Wroth, Cremorne and the later London Gardens, 1907