|Since you were inquiring about events in
London, we thought we would pass on some advice of
travelers recently returned from those parts:
- There is much good fare in the Ordinaries
(restaurants) but beware of the Necessaries
(Privys-toilets) as it is said that many convey
- In London you can get the best beer but the wine
there is of the best quality and comes from
Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Germany right
off the ships.
- Never offer to feed a Londoner. They eat far too
much and will keep you feeding them all day. at
least four square meals. Best bring a large cow
to slaughter as they will insist upon beef
(Editor's Note: No matter how mad!)
- Be sure that you bread loaves are stamped with
the Bake house badge because if it is too small
or, as is often the case contains an unwanted
surprise, you can obtain compensation. The brown
bread is far better than the white.
- Do not insist on country figs, cherries,
mulberries and strawberries. The local city ones
are far fresher and have a great reputation.
England was filled with wonderful foods.
- When searching out milk, cheese or butter, make
your way to Hackney, but take care if you stay
there as the local dairy farmers tend to put the
unsanitary hay for the cows in the bedroom. The
many cows of the farmer though make for a warm
house in the cold months.
- If you go during the fast be sure to seek out a
hand raised London Pike. If you doubt the fatness
of the fish have the fishmonger slice it open. If
there is no fat there to be seen have him sew it
up and put it back for later. Those fishermen
have really got us over their back with the
protestants instituting fasts just to keep them
- If you cant afford the costly beef go for less
expensive game. The meat pies if purchased fresh
- Be warned that should you eat with the nobles you
may have to get one of those new fangled fork
things. Fingers and knives just won't do for
- Take care while in London to avoid the sweets and
desserts, unless you wish to return home with the
mark of an Englishman- blackened and rotten
- As for after dinner well after you have paid your
1 pence for it ( Never pay more) you have 1,000
alehouses to choose from and best hold onto your
purses there. Best begin in Southwark as there is
greater variety there.
- Pick up a snack of a pie or an orange from the
orange girl in the street and find a place where
there are smokers because where the new tobacco
is there is also music, some of the best in
Europe. And, by the way, don't bring your
expensive lute to the city. You can find one for
loan in most every tavern. As I said though the
wine in is the best ( go for the sugared wine) we
never get that out here.
Take care on
your trip. Its a safe place but don't call on the watch
for help. That is, unless you are careless and fall in
the slops and rubbish in the streets. If you think of it,
pick up a bottle of fine Italian wine for me!
Discovering London 5, Stuart London, London, Weekend
Television, McDonald, London, 1969, pp.10-16.
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