Regency Hot Spots: Soho Square Bazaar

              As late as 1839, Soho Square was described in History of London as presenting “a very pleasing and somewhat rural appearance”.  Dating back to the 1680s, it has a park and garden area in the center complete with a statue of Charles II. (here is a link to another post on the statue in the square: From … Expand

Regency Fashion: Evening and Carriage Dresses

These gowns and general fashionable observations appeared in the July 1818 edition of Ackermann’s Repository.  Both examples of mourning attire, the heavy embellishments offer some liveliness absent from the somber colors.

Regency Reader Questions: Dining in Hotels

Regency Reader Question I’ve just finished & enjoyed Rose Lerner’s well-researched “True Pretenses” set in a country town in 1808. In it, the hero invited the well-born heroine out to dinner at a hotel. What were the “rules” that governed dinner in restaurants? What sort of chaperonage would be expected? Where (in London) would a gentleman take a lady for dinner? Any advice would be … Expand