19th October - Guided Walk Round Soho
London Blue Badge Guide, led 25 members on a really
informative stroll around
is now a very cleaned up area, gone is the sleaze of old.
met sally outside
the Casino in Leister Square looking at some of the original
the flashy modern advertising boards. The square in the centre has the
half price theatre booth that is supported by Theatres.
the square we
were reminded that Samuel Johnson frequented the club in Soho and
Hogarth painter and satirist had been painting local characters and
that he could in fact print additional copies of them. To prevent
copying his work he took this to parliament and later this became the
Hunter, in 1768
was elected Surgeon to St George's Hospital, and in 1783 he moved to a
house in Leicester Square which enabled him to take resident pupils and
arrange his collection into a teaching museum.
square into Soho we stopped briefly at The Notre Dame de France. The
rebuilt after bombing during WW2 from there into China Town where all
are written in Chinese. China Town was expanded in the 1960’s to
similar areas across the globe.
moved into St
Ann’s church yard some of which was designed by Christopher Wren though
were lost in the Blitz There is only one tomb still in the church yard
William Hazlitt The radical, early-19th-century essayist died in
poverty in a
Soho lodging house, aged 52, his reputation in tatters, his stomach
with cancer, and with two broken marriages behind him. Eager to let his
again forthwith, his landlady even hid his body under the bed as she
around would-be, new tenants. Judging by his last words, however,
died content – after a decent life’s work.
from there is the 2i’s coffee bar frequented in the 60’s by all the up
coming pop musicians.
number of pubs all with links to past historical persons. The French
free French met throughout the war and it was often frequented by De
dog and Duck
Victorian pub replaced the tavern that had been on the sight since 1734
was once the royal hunting ground of Henry the 8th
the hunting call
So Ho gave the area its name. The pub was frequented by many local
including George Orwell who was a regular there.
Intrepid Fox was
the haunt of Pitt the older and the younger. At just 24 years old,
the Younger, son of Pitt the Elder, was the youngest Prime Minister in
He died aged only 46. He was exhausted by the demands of an office
conception he helped to establish, and of a peculiarly threatening
international situation which frustrated many of his political goals.
recognises the work of John Snow (15 March 1813 – 16 June 1858) who was
English physician and a leader in the adoption of anaesthesia and
hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, in
because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in
London, in 1854. His findings inspired fundamental changes in the water
waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities,
significant improvement in general public health around the world.
recognised by a pub John Snow was in fact tee total.
thanks to Sally
for another great walk.