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The Golden Boy at Cock Lane

The statue of the Golden Boy marks the spot where the Great Fire of London was finally stopped. It sits at the corner of Cock Lane in Smithfield, so-named because of the many brothels lining the street.

Former site of Blackfriars Monastery

The Dominican monks, colloquially called the Blackfriars because of their black habits, had an impressive monastery after which this area of London is named. After intense involvement in Henry VIII’s love life, they were dissolved along with all of England’s other orders.

Whoresnest: the story of the Bankside Stews

Until the C16th, the area next to the river in Lambeth was home to the so-called Bankside Stews, a collection of bathhouses that doubled as brothels.

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Hammersmith Bridge – 1960s Horror

Hammersmith Bridge appears in a handful of horror films, but truly stands out in Roman Polansky’s 1965 “Repulsion” and the unusual 1967 horror “It!” or “Curse of the Golem”.