Circulating library

Bookshops in London

JETTOT Stéphane

London Bookshops are no longer seen restrictively as retailing and publishing venues where books were made and sold. Whether it be in the City or in the polite West End, they fulfilled a wide range of functions (mail, banking, politics). Their crucial significance in various social circles could be best explained by the connections to other public places such as coffee-houses, taverns, markets and many cultural institutions (clubs, libraries, antiquarian circles).

Portrait of James VII & II, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

James, Duke of York and Albany (and court culture in Edinburgh)

This entry explains how the stay of James, Duke of York and Albany, and his court in Edinburgh (1679-1682) changed some of the forms of sociability. Indeed, it refashioned a royal court in the Scottish capital at a time when the merchant class had come to be the elite.
St James's Park and The Mall

Saint James's

COHEN Michèle
St James’s refers to an urban area located in what we know as the West End of London, more precisely in the district of Westminster.
Street sociability

Street sociability

In a world of pedestrians, streets and roads formed the most demotic of social spaces. The streets demanded new rules of behaviour, new ‘rules of the road’. By reference to the practice of everyday life, the evolution of literary representations of street life, and the development of new forms of regulation, this article explores the street as a uniquely complex site of social exchange and sociability.
OPera House

West End of London

The West End of London generated new forms of networking and sociability. This entry argues that the West End was shaped by both patrician society and a vigorous and often obscene popular culture that was evident in the pubs and brothels of Covent Garden.