No wonder London's main thoroughfares looked comparatively empty on that fine, sunny Whit Monday. Londoners flocked to the Exhibitions, Parks, and Pleasure Gardens in big battalions. With a host of holiday attractions, the Crystal Palace drew 62,927 visitors; and 58,461 took train to the northern height on which Alexandra Palace stands. The State Apartments at Windsor were inspected by 8294 persons. The Anglo-Danish Exhibition boasted 25,000 visitors; and the Italian Exhibition was thronged. Among the other totals ascertained were 26,262 at the Zoological Gardens, which are now at their best; 9756 at the South Kensington Museum; and 4567 at the fine Natural History Museum in the Cromwell-road.
Penny Illustrated Paper, 26 May, 1888