I have been fortunate enough to visit London a few times, and London has always been my favourite place to go on vacation. But this time, it was like looking at this wonderful city through a different set of lenses. I went to places in London that I had never visited, or even heard of, and when I went back to the sites I had been to in the past, I saw things that I hadn’t noticed before. Our friend Wendy recounts her adventure in London, finding Diana and Matthew’s old friends and places.
We left the City and Elizabethan London of Shadow of Night to explore posh Mayfair in The Book of Life. In this post, we visit five locations clustered in the same area to make it easier to plan a trip. We start with Clairmont House and end the tour at Sotheby’s, after a stop (for a drink) at The Coach and Horses in honor of Gallowglass. The next post will explore a few locations near Mayfair, in the Piccadilly area, and St. James’s Palace.
Garlic Hill and St. James Garlickhythe are two landmark locations forever associated with the formidable Garlickhythe gathering. Including these locations in our journey was “a must.” We have retraced the route Diana might have walked from the Hart and Crown to Goody Alsop’s home. In one instance, we know that Diana took a boat that waited at the bottom of Garlic Hill to go back to the Blackfriars (Chapter 23, SON). The Royal Exchange is featured toward the end of Shadow of Night, but since it’s walking distance from St. James, we decided to include it in the same post.
Proceeding south from St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Blackfriars is just a few blocks away, whether you’re consulting the Agas Map or Google Maps. Since the Blackfriars and Baynard’s Castle are featured in Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, finding them on the two maps, and comparing the maps is a lot of fun.
Did you know that there’s map, which is as close as it gets to “Google Map for Elizabethan London?” The Agas Map is referenced in the All Souls Real-Time Reading Companion and it’s an interactive map of early modern London hosted online by the University of Victoria, Canada. By clicking on “View the full map,” you can select the gates, the churches, the playhouses, the markets, and more. Browse the drop down menu on the top right hand side, under “Sites” to find the Northumberland’s House in Aldersgate, the Royal Exchange, and many other Shadow of Night sites. And even better, try to select some of the churches, such as St. James Garlickhythe, All Hallows the Great, and St. Paul’s to see how far they are from the Blackfriars.