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Strumpets and Harlots – Walking Tour
Strumpets and Harlots – Walking Tour

Fri, 17 May



Strumpets and Harlots – Walking Tour

Maria Beadell brings the dark history of London's 18th-century sex trade to life in this rollicking night tour.

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17 May 2024, 20:00 – 22:00 BST

London, Covent Garden tube Station, Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT, UK

About The Event

In the not-so-ancient past, Covent Garden – and especially Drury Lane – was known as much for its prostitution as its theatre.

This lively walking tour explores the history of the sex trade in central London, from the perspective of women living in the 18th century. Tour guide Maria Beadell is 'The Baroness' leading the group down the capital's backstreets, through 'the great square of Venus' (Drury Lane) and beyond. Expect to hear stories of real women, from high class courtesans to gin-addled street walkers, business-savvy brothel madams to wisened old crones. Featuring street theatre and character acting, this tour gives a voice to women who had none, in a profession that existed to serve men. 

Content warning: contains themes of rape, sexual exploitation, abuse and violence.  

Meet outside Covent Garden tube station at 19.50 – tour leaves at 20:00 precisely. Duration: between 1.5 – 2 hours, ending at The Nell Gwynne Tavern. Photos may be taken, but recording of the tour is not allowed.

Maria Beadell is an independent writer, performer, actor and founder of Herstorical Tours. She is fascinated by women's history in the capital.  


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