You have to love living in London. Anybody who doesn’t is not doing it right. Sure, no-one is saying that you can’t leave for a little while, but the draw of the big city is irresistible, irrefutable. As your dear Culture Editor, it’s my job to make sure that you get out there and see as much as possible in the town that can -- literally -- offer you anything and everything you want.
Meet us tomorrow in The Old King’s Head on Borough High Street. We’ll be sat near Catharine Arnold whose latest book, City of Sin: London and its Vices, is being brought to near-literal life by the South East London Folklore Society. It’s a special kind of Valentine’s Day treat.
We’re there for a talk, because Arnold will detail -- from the second century to the present day – the life of vice that has made London one of the most carnal, lusty, desirous and wicked cities on Earth. Giving stories of brothels, bathhouses, courtesans (and folk of much lower moral fortitude), as well as all manner of illicit behaviours, this is a colourful tour of London that you’re unlikely to find in many other places. Of course Arnold glosses over some of the more painfully harsh realities, but we’re not here for a lesson in inequalities in social history, this is a romp through the city’s more vibrant side. There’ll be laughs, double entendres, and a more than a few cheeky titters. If London hasn’t been your cup of tea so far, let’s see what else we can throw at you.
City of Sin: London and its Vices is at The Old King’s Head, 45-49 Borough High Street, tomorrow, 14 February from 2000.