Regency Hot Spots: Exeter ‘Change

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  In the Strand the Exeter (Ex)Change was built around 1690 “as a sort of bazaar” which “(l)ike countless other imitations…proved a failure” (London society, Volume 6, 1834, p. 509) Over the years, it held various shops and offices including milliners and upholsterers, until the upper story was “occupied as a menagerie” where beginning in 1773 “the sight-lover had to pay half a crown to … Expand

Regency Hot Spots: Portman Square

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Although inferior “as a promenade” Portman Square was widely touted as the most beautiful square, second only to Grosvenor Square.  Originally part of the Portman Estate and housing Montagu House, it was a fashionable address in the Georgian area, claiming famous residents the Wyatts (architect and builder) and Countess of Home. The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and …, August 1813 A Topographical … Expand

Regency Hot Spots: Harrison’s and Bartleman’s Vocal Concerts

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Hanover Square Rooms in 1843 The picture of London, for 1802 These concerts were initiated in 1792 in the Willis’s Rooms by Harrison and Knyvett as an alternative to the Ancient Concerts. After a few years of low success, Haarrison returned to the Ancient Concerts, but then reunited to revive them in 1801 through 1803. There was then a lull until 1807 (through 1812) when … Expand

Regency N(h)ot Spots: The Death of London’s Tea Gardens

A view of London, or, The stranger’s guide through the British Metropolis (1804) Tea gardens were commonly the domain of the middle class, largely within the grounds of a tavern or pub, and situated on the outskirts of London. These retreats would serve as resorts for cits, and feature outdoor sport and games as well as places to stroll, drink ale or tea, or host … Expand