Lonely hearts, wedding bells and illicit pleasures: a far from sentimental journey of how London loved in print


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Fri, 14th Feb 2014 - 6:00pm

This walk will carry you back through time to learn how the printing press often played a crucial role in the varying experiences of romance, love and relationships. Singletons and couples are invited to spend ninety minutes of Valentine’s Day discovering how Londoners of the past might set about finding their match and hearing from the literature that recorded such journeys.

In the company of Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd), Lonely Hearts, Wedding Bells and Illicit Pleasures will uncover tales across the relationship spectrum. From Bloomsbury to the streets around Covent Garden, you will hear accounts of loneliness, friendship, love, passion, scandal, jealousy and exploitation.

Books are behind them all, accompanied by the occasional librarian and many a person of business.

Wellcome Trust

Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road
NW1 2BE London

United Kingdom