Peoples Palace

The Peoples Palace

Mile End Road John B Beaumont who died in 1840 provided the nucleus of funds for the building that was to become known as the People’s Palace. The income from the money he left was to be spent on promoting the education and entertainment of the people in the neighbourhood of Beaumont Square, his East…

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Public Houses

The Commercial Tavern: An attractive example of Victorian architecture, this pub is smaller inside than it appears from the outside. Its rounded facade stands on the corner of a small side street called Wheller Street (the same name today, though there’s not much left of it!) A pub never, to my knowledge, connected to the…

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Markets

  A History of Petticoat Lane No, this is not a walking-tour.  It is the history of one of the most famous streets in London known to all of us as Petticoat Lane.  In its time the Lane has had four principal names.  About 1218 it was known as Bereward’sLane.  In 1500 it became Hog…

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Theatres

Today, London theatre is synonymous with the West End, Shaftsbury Avenue and Drury Lane. But back in the 1800s, the East End had a theatre to more than rival the West End – and one with its own distinct audience.Despite being ignored by the middle classes and the critics, east London in the 1850s actually…

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