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“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night”, wrote poet Rupert Brooke, and that’s a subject that author Matthew Beaumont will explore further, in his talk at London Transport Museum next week.
Beaumont will offer an introductory overview to the history of London at night through the mysterious, semi-criminal figure of the nightwalker, from the Middle Ages through to the era of Charles Dickens.
London at night is a very different place to its daytime incarnation, with different rules and different people. And before the age of gas and then electricity, the night-time city was even more at odds with the one we know today; a person wandering the streets at night usually meant they were up to no good. Listen to how prostitutes, thieves and other ‘social deviants’ inhabited London once the sun had gone down.
There will also be the opportunity to chat to Matthew after his talk, and to buy signed copies of his book Night Walking while enjoying a drink at the Upper Deck bar.
Night Walking Talk: An Evening with Matthew Beaumont takes place on 11 November. Doors open at 6.30pm, talk takes places from 7pm –8.30pm, at London Transport Museum. Tickets: adult £10, concessions £8.
Londonist readers can get discounted £7 tickets online by entering the code ‘NIGHTWALKINGLON’ at the check-out.