Hardback Piccadilly : London's West End and the pursuit of pleasure / Stephen Hoare.
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: Cheltenham : The History Press,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780750995658 (hbk.) :
From the seventeenth century, when Piccadilly took its name from a 'Pickadill' or lace collar, this street was seen as a fashionable fringe of London. The pleasant countryside and rural charms of Mayfair encouraged aristocrats to build a series of magnificent palaces there, and Piccadilly became famous for its bustling coaching inns, its booksellers, its shops and restaurants. At the junction of five major roads, and separating high-end Mayfair from its more insalubrious neighbour Soho, Piccadilly Circus was known as the 'Hub of Empire', and a bustling nightlife flocked to its theatres, music halls and clubs. London historian Stephen Hoare explores how and why Piccadilly has always been a haunt for those seeking entertainment, from its aristocratic origins right through to its more hedonistic days.
256 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm