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Charles Dickens, Mayfair and Little America

From the evidence of his writings, Charles Dickens did not like Mayfair. More precisely, he did not like what, socially, it represented. Given that Dickens was prone to write more about what he disapproved of in life, than about what he approved of (no doubt that approach made business sense) it is no shock that Mayfair, when picked on, got the great man’s treatment.

A Prosperous Lawyer, and a Red House and Red Lion Connection

James Beale was a prosperous solicitor, with a town house in London’s Holland Park and a country house at Standen in Sussex, built in 1892-4 and now owned by the National Trust.

Close Shaves and Toilet Requisites in EC2

You’re a chap out in the City and you feel a real need for......a haircut. Perhaps you’re also keen to underline your Square Mile credentials, so any ordinary barber would not do.

If you were in the West End you would have plenty choice, out of which possibly George Trumper in Curzon Street or Jermyn Street might be considered the pick.

A City contender, certainly on shop front appearance, is F Flittner of 86 Moorgate.

Oliver Goldsmith,The National Theatre, and a splash of Charles Dickens

The programme for the current National Theatre production of She Stoops to Conquer (piece by Frank Delaney) describes Goldsmith as “born with a grossly protruding forehead and upper lip, while his chin receded like a man aghast”.

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