Fri, 21 Apr|
Strumpets and Harlots - Walking Tour
The dark history of London's 18th Century sex trade comes to life in Maria Beadell's night-time tour
Time & Location
21 Apr, 20:00 – 21:30 BST
London, Covent Garden tube Station, Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT, UK
About The Event
In the 18th Century, Covent Garden was the red-light district of London. This tour explores the history of the sex trade in this area, and what it meant for women in Georgian London. Maria, as “The Baroness” guides you down the seedy backstreets and introduces you to the real women that represented the 18th century sex trade; from high class courtesans to gin-addled street walkers, business-savvy Brothel Madams and wisened old crones. These are the stories of the women that weren't given a voice, in a trade that existed to serve men. What was it really like for them, and have we learned the lessons of the past?
Expect character acting and street theatre.
**CONTENT TRIGGER WARNING - contains themes of rape, sexual exploitation, abuse and violence that may be triggering to some.**
Maria is an independent writer, performer and actor who is fascinated by women's history in the capital. Treadwell's is delighted to be working with her. Photos may be taken, but recording or filming of the tour is not allowed.
Meet: outside Covent Garden tube Station at 7.50, tour leaves 8.00 precisely. Duration: 1.5 hours, ending at The Nell Gwynne Tavern.
London Walking Tour