Royal Vauxhall Tavern; 2009

Torla Evans

Royal Vauxhall Tavern; 2009
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a traditional pub with regular club nights, such as Saturday's very popular Duckie.
Between 1661 and 1859, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was the biggest outdoor entertainment space in the UK, offering live concerts, opera, hot air balloons, tightrope walkers, bearded ladies, acrobats, wandering minstrels and massive firework
Amongst the thronging crowds you could find Royalty, rogues, prostitutes and pickpockets. Luminaries such as Pepys, Dickens and Hogarth immortalised the place in writings and paintings but after their 18th century heyday the gardens fell into disrepair when the new railway line carved them in two and cut most of the Gardens off from the Thames.
In 1863, 4 years after the whole site had been sold for a measly £800 the Royal Vauxhall Tavern was built. The RVT immediately became the focal point of the local working class community and music hall and variety acts from all over the country came to perform on it’s stage.

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