Saturday, 12 June 2010

London Walks Certificate 18

From out of a darkened doorway in the rookery of St Giles comes a beckoning voice. It’s Adam of London Walks, touting for business this Sunday…

“Pssst. Wanna see a good time? By which I mean a bad time. A really nasty time. A bit of hanging? A bit of flogging? That your thing? How about a touch of the exotic with our girl Amy Warrington? You’ll like Amy. The judge at the Old Bailey thought she was a helluva gal – which is why he pardoned her for smashing a broom shaft over her client’s back when he asked for a bit of the rough stuff. ‘Serves him right,’ was the verdict. Gawd bless our judicial system and the, ahem, sympathies of its practitioners. Maybe Sally Salisbury’s more to your taste. Just make sure she’s kept away from sharp objects…

You like gin, do ya? Plenty on this London walk. Practically pickled in it, we are. Just ask William Hogarth. He’s waiting for us along the route. Along with criminal escapologist Jack Sheppard, Colonel Francis Charteris, otherwise known as the ‘Rapemaster General’, murderous actor Charles Macklin and Mother Clapp (and his Molly House).

All in broad day light on a Sunday afternoon. It’s a scandal I tell ya. Only eight quid. Six if you’re a student or a senior. And for that we’ll even throw in The Plague. You want some? You know you do…

And for the kids there’s… well there’s the Harry Potter Film Locations Tour at 2.00p.m. Best keep the innocents away from such debauchery.”

The Hidden West End – Gin City, Seven Deadly Dials, the Slum of Slums meets at Tottenham Court Road tube (Exit 3) at 2.30p.m Sunday 13th June.

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