Here are links to the 10 gobbets of London history we liked best this week:
1. #PepysShow! Previews of the eagerly awaited exhibition, Samuel Pepys – Plague, Fire, Revolution – at the National Maritime Museum – by J D Davies (author of Pepys’s Navy), Londonist and the Guardian.
2. Pepys once bought a leg of beef for sixpence at Leadenhall Market, on the site of the Roman Forum and visited by the Memoirs of a Metro Girl blog. On a similar subject, a lovely piece from Spitalfields Life featuring Liam O’Farrell’s sketches of London Markets.
3. Hi-res images of historical London maps!
4. From a blog I haven’t featured before: Sequins and Cherry Blossom visits Riceyman Steps: a Clerkenwell tour in the footsteps of Arnold Bennett.
5. Inside the House of Cyn: remembering London’s most famous brothel-keeper.
6. ‘Simply wonderfully produced. Lavish …great pleasure between its covers… a treasure. Treat yourself.’ Praise indeed – London Historians reviews Panorama of the Thames: a riverside view of Georgian London.
7. Sadly a wet day, and overshadowed by the awful events in Paris the night before: the Lord Mayor’s Show was 800 on Saturday. In case you missed it, here’s Rob Lordan’s excellent guide in Time Out.
8. More from Spitalfields Life: ‘a mighty piece of kitsch’: Hogarth at Bart’s Hospital
9. The Footprints of London festival explores London’s deep literary heritage. Mark Rowlands, the festival’s Chairman, was interviewed on the Robert Elms show.
10. The Blitz: Peter Watts writes of missing buildings and false memories.