Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "BAD-BET"

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Badminton Club, 100, Piccadilly.—A sporting club, of which the entrance fee is £10 10s., and the subscription £6 6s. — (See COACHING.) 

Baker-street Bazaar, 28, Baker-street, Oxford-street.—Specialy noticeable for carriages, and Chinese and Japanese goods. NEAREST Railway Station, Baker-street; Omnibus Routes, Baker-street, Edgware-road, Marylebone. road, and Oxford-street; Cab Rank, Dorset-street. 

Balloon Ascents.—Balloon ascents frequently take place from the grounds of the Crystal and Alexandra Palaces. Any one who desires to try the effect of a flight into upper air should seek out the advertisement of the ascent in a daily paper and apply to the aeronaut in charge. The solution of the great problem of aerial navigation still occupies the attention of enthusiasts, who have formed themselves into a society for the exhibition of models, &c, and who are understood to be prepared liberally to reward any successful inventor. —(See AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY

Bankers’Clearing House, near the Post - office, Lombard street is the medium through which bankers obtain the amount of cheques and bills in their hands for collection from other bankers. Instead of presenting their cheques at each banking house, and receiving cash and notes in payment, clearing bankers settle the whole amount delivered during the day at this establishment by receiving or paying the difference in their amount by a single cheque on the Bank of England. 

Bank of England, Threadneedle-street (Founded 1694), is divided into the following departments: The Accountant’s, the Cashier’s, and the Secretary’s, all of which have a vast number of smaller subdivisions, which are rendered necessary by the great and intricate business transacted by the Bank. The office hours are 9 to 4, and the Bank has a branch at Burlington-gardens, Bond-street.

DIVIDENDS are now payable at the Bank the day after they fall due, and need no longer be received personally or by power of attorney, and are paid in one of the following modes:

I. To the Stockholders personally, or to their authorised representatives at the Bank of England. (Stockholders may arrange far the receipt of their dividends, free of charge, at any of the country branches, on application to the agent.)

II. By transmission of dividend-warrants by post at the risk of the stockholder, under the following regulations:

1 .Any stockholder residing within the United Kingdom who desires to have his dividend-warrant sent to his address by post, must fill up a form of application to be obtained at the Bank, or at any of its country branches.

2. In the case of joint accounts the application must be signed by all the members of the account, directing the warrant to be sent to one of them at a given address.

3. Post dividend-warrants will be crossed “& Co.,” anti will only be payable through a banker. They will be drawn to the order of the stockholder, and must be endorsed.

The following are the dividend days:

       Stock.      Dividends due.
Three per Cent. Consols   -. Jan. 5 & July 
New 3 ½ per Cent.              ,,                    ,,
New 2 ½ per Cent.             ,,                    ,,
India 5 per Cent. Stock      ,,                    ,,
Bank Stock .                         April ~ & Oct.5
Annuities for 30 years
India 4 per Cent. Stock        ,,                    ,,
3 per Cent. Reduced . - .. April 5 & Oct. 5
New 3 per Cent India Bonds .. April 1 & Oct. 1
India 4 per Cent. Transfer Loan Stock -  Apr 25 & Oct.25
Red Sea & India Telegraph Annuities -  Feb.4 & Aug. 4

TRANSFER DAYS, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 11 to half-past 2; for buying and selling, 10 to 1; for accepting and payment of dividends, 9 to 3. Transfer-banks are closed at one o’clock on Saturdays. Dividends on India Bonds payable 9 to 3. Private transfers may be made at other times, the books not being shut, by paying an extra fee of 2s. 6d.

HOLIDAYS  - Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit-Monday, First Monday in August, Christmas Day and following day; and in the Stock-offices, 1st May and 1st November.

The business of the Bank was originally carried on in the Mercers’ Hall. Thence it was removed to the Grocers’ Hall, and thence again to the buildings at the back of the p resent court towards Threadneedle-street; the existing not very satisfactory pile being the work of Sir John Sauce half a century later.  There is much to be seen in the Bank of England of interest to the visitor. The bullion office the printing department, and other of the more private offices, may be seen by an order to be obtained through a director. 

Bankruptcy Court, Lincoln’s - inn - fields (see LAW COURTS.) NEAREST Rallway Station, Temple; Omnibus Routes, Chancery -lane, Holborn, and Strand; Cab Rank, Searle-street. 

Baptist Places of Worship—The following information has been kindly furnished by the respective ministers, the “terms of membership” being given in their own words

ABBEY-ROAD CHAPEL, Abbey. road, St. John’s Wood.— Terms of membership: “Confession of faith in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Seat rents vary from 2s up to 7s. 6d., according to position. This chapel was built in 1863; a third gallery was added in 1865; the whole premises cost £13,000, raised by voluntary contributions.

BAPTIST CHURCH CHAPEL, Carlton - square, Grafton - Street, Mile End.—Terms of membership: “By immersion to Church membership, and the Lord’s Table is open to all who are members of other Christian Churches.” Supported by Ross’s weekly offerings.

BLACKTHORN-STREET CHAPEL, Bow-common. — Terms of membership~ “Open Communion.” Seats all free. Work sustained by voluntary contributions.

BLOOMSBURY CHAPEL, Bloomsbury-street.— Terms of membership “ All persons are eligible for membership who give credible evidence of conversion to God. Christians of every denomination are welcome to the Lord’s Table.” Seat rents from 3s. to 9s. per quarter.

CHALK FARM CHAPEL, Berkeley - road, Regent’s - park - road. Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in Christ.’ Seat rents by voluntary payments. No fixed charge.

CORNWALL-ROAD CHAPEL, Notting Hill. — Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” All seats free. Expenses met by voluntary quarterly subscriptions and weekly offerings. Week-night service, Monday, 7.30 p.m. Lectures, conferences, &c., on Wednesday evenings, during autumn and winter, at 8.30.

COTTON-ST CHAPEL, Poplar. Terms of membership: “Immersion, on a profession of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Seat rents ranging from 1s. to 5s. per quarter. Sunday school, Band of Hope, Maternal Society, and Dorcas Society.

CROSS - ST BAPTIST CHAPEL, Cross-street, Islington.—Terms of membership: “Repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Adult baptism expected, but not compulsory.” Supported entirely by the free-will offerings of hearers.

DRUMMOND-RD CHAPEL, South Bermondsey, S.E. — Terms of membership : “Profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ1 and a life consistent therewith.’ Seat rents from 1s. 6d. to 4s. per quarter. 620 sittings. Sunday-school: 680 children, 46 teachers. Mission station and Sunday-school at Marlborough Rooms, Spa-road, S.E.

EAST LONDON TABERNACLE 22, Bow-road, E. — Term of membership:  “Faith in Christ professed by baptism.” Admission by tickets, renewed quarterly, until five minutes before service hour, when the doors are opened to the public (charges not stated). This is the second largest Baptist congregation in Great Britain, there being 1,900 members.

GROVE-ROAD CHAPEL, Grove-road, Victoria-park. — Terms of membership: “Evangelical faith in Jesus Christ, a consistent moral life, and baptism by immersion.” Seat rents about £220 annually (charge for sittings not stated). Chapel erected by the London Baptist Association in 1869.

HENRIETTA-STREET CHAPEL, Wakefield-street (late Henrietta-street), Brunswick - square W.C.— Terms of membership: ‘ Joining the Church in the usual way after baptism.” Seat rents payable quarterly in advance (charge per sitting not stated). Sunday-school, Bands of Hope, prayer meetings, penny bank, &c.

HORNTON - STREET CHAPEL, Kensington, W.—Terms of membership: “Evidence of a change of heart and profession of faith in Christ by immersion.” No information as to seat rents.

JOHN-STREET CHAPEL, John-street, Bedford -row. — Terms of membership: “Repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, or evidence of conversion. Information as to seat rents declined. The chapel seats 1,100.

KINGSGATE - STREET CHAPEL, Kingsgate-st, Holborn, W C. Terms of membership ‘ Candidates for membership are admitted on their professing faith in the Saviour, and undergoing the ordinance of baptism by immersion” Seat rents vary from 2s. to 5s per quarter. Chapel seat 800. Was founded in 1736, and known by the name of Eagle-street Chapel until 1856, when the present building was erected on the same spot. Number of members about 280.

MAZE-POND CHAPEL, Old Kent-road, corner of the Albany-rd.— Terms of membership: “Repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submission to the ordinance of baptism: Seat rents varied (no particulars). The Church meeting in the above chapel was founded in the year 1692, and met for worship at Maze-pond Chapel till the year 1877, when it removed to the new premises as above.

METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, Newington.—Terms of membership: “None; the conditions of membership are conversion and baptism.’ Seat rents, 1s. to 7s. 6d. a quarter. Minister, C. H. Spurgeon.

MIDWAY-PLACE CHAPEL, Deptford. — Terms of membership: “Profession of faith in Christ.” All Seats free. The oldest Baptist church in the place; very ancient building; formerly in the Centre of fields and market. gardens; been recently improved and beautified.

MOUNT ZION CHAPEL, Chadwell-street, Clerkenwell, E.C.— Terms of membership: “Baptism by immersion; assent to articles of the Church, and approval by members.” Supported by seat rents; amount not stated. Services: Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.; Monday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m. Sunday-school and other agencies in connection with the church.

SOHO CHAPEL, 406, Oxford-street, near Soho-square.— Terms of membership: “Confession of faith in Christ and baptism.” Seat rents, 4s. per quarter. Sunday services, 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Week-night services: Monday, 7.30 p.m.; Wednesday,  7 p.m

TRINITY CHAPEL, John-street, Edgware-road.—Terms of membership: “A profession of faith and believer’s baptism.” Seat rents not stated. The edifice was erected for the late Rev. Ridley H Herschell in 1847, and accomodates 1,200.

VAUXHALL CHAPEL, Upper Kennington-lane, SE.—Terms of membership:  “Evangelical faith; Christian Life and character; baptism by immersion.” Seat rents (amount not stated) and voluntary offerings weekly. Pastor educated at C. H. Spurgeon’s College.

WESTBOURNE.GROVE CHAPEL, Norfolk - terrace, Bayswater. —Terms of membership: “Profession of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Seat rents, 6s. per quarter and less-

Zion CHAPEL, Manor- road, Brockley, S.E —Terms of membership : “Baptism by immersion and proof of good moral character. Seat rents: price varies according to position. Has a Sabbath-school, Trust and Benevolent Society, Mutual Improvement Society, and Poor Christians’ Friend Society.

Bargains are to be bad in London, of course, but only by those who know very well what they are about. The numerous “bankrupt’s stocks,” “tremendous sacrifices,” and so forth, are simply traps for the unwary. Avoid, especially, shops where the windows are packed so full that there is no light inside to examine articles by. One of the commonest tricks of all is that of putting in the window, say a handsome mantle worth eight or ten guineas, and labelled (say) “£3 15s.,” and keeping inside for sale others made up in precisely the same style, but of utterly worthless material. If they decline to sell you the actual thing out the window be sure that the whole affair is a swindle. See, too, that in taking it from the window they do not drop it behind the counter and substitute one of the others, an ingenious little bit of juggling not very difficult of performance. Another very taking device is the attaching to each article a price-label in black ink, elaborately altered in red to one twenty or five-and-twenty per cent. less. This has a very ingenuous air. But when the price has been —as it commonly has—raised thirty or forty per cent, before the first black-ink marking, the practical economy is not large. Of course, if you do buy anything out of one of these shops, you will take it with you. If you have it sent, be particularly careful not to pay for it until it arrives, and not then until you have thoroughly examined it. When a shop of this kind sends you “patterns,” you will usually find a request attached not to cut them. Always carefully disregard this, keeping a small piece for comparison. There are, however, some houses where, if you at all understand your business, real bargains arc at times to be had.  

Barnes .—On the south bank of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake and a good place for a view of the Oxford and Cambridge boat-race. Barnes-common, in actual extent 135 acres, 15 of which, however, are now absorbed by the railway, is open and airy, and villas are rising rapidly all round it. It is one of the best kept commons round London, and moreover marches with Wimbledon-common and Putney-heath so that the extent of open ground immediately around is really very large. There is a capital terrace with good houses fronting the river, and close by is a little hamlet called Castlenau where numerous villas may also be found. Rents high, but not so enormous as at Richmond Sydenham, &c. From Waterloo (about 20 min.), 1st, -/9, 1/-; 2nd, -/7, -/10; 3rd, -/6, -/8. From Ludgate-hill (45  min.), 1st, 1/-, 1/6; 2nd, -/10, 1/3; 3rd, -/8, 1/-  

Barnet.—A pretty and still tolerably rural suburb, but on the north side of London and on clay. Perhaps the best situation on that side and standing high, its fell name being, in fact, High Barnet. Locally it is considered “the highest ground between London and York.” In September (4th to 6th) there is a huge horse and cattle fair, one of the most important in the kingdom. The best part of Barnet1 from a residential point of view, is the ring of villas round the common. Rents, compared with those in choices spot on the south side, fairly moderate, From King’s-cross, Ludgate-hill, Moorgate, and Broad-street (about 37 min.)1 1st, 1/6, 2/6; 2nd, 1/2, 1/10; 3rd, -/9.  

Barnsbury Park.—(See ISLINGTON.)  

Barracks. — Compared with any Continental capital, the permanent accommodation for troops in London is almost inappreciably smalL The following is a list of the various barracks:

CHELSEA, Chelsea-bridge-road (Infantry).— NEAREST Railway Stations, Sloane-square and Grosvenor - road ; Omnibus Route, Pimlico.road; Cab Rank, Sloane-square.

HYDE-PARK Knightsbridge (Cavalry). — NEAREST Railway Station, High-street, Kensington; Omnibus Route, Knightsbridge;  Cab Rank, Ennismore-gardens.

KENSINGTON, Church – street (Cavalry and Infantry) NEAREST Railway Stations High-street Kensington; Omnibus Route, Kensington-road; Cab Ranks, Edwardes.square and Albert Hall.

REGENT’S - PARK, Albany-street (Cavalry). — NEAREST Railway Station, Portland-road; Omnibus Route, Albany-street; Cab Rank,. Great Portland-street.

ST. GEORGE’s Trafalgar-square (Infantry and Recruiting). —NEAREST Railway Stations ,Charing-cross (Dist. and S. E.); Omnibus Routes, Trafalgar square, St. Martin’s-lane, and Strand; Cab Rank, Trafalgar-square (E. side).

ST. JOHN’S WOOD, Ordnance-road (Cavalry).—NEAREST Railway Station, Marlborough-road; Omnibus Route, Wellington-road: Cab Rank, Queens-road.

TOWER (Infantry, Artillery, and Royal Engineers).— NEAREST Railway Stations, Cannon street (S.E.)and Fenchurch.street; Omnibus Route, Fenchurch-street; Cab Rank, Great Tower-hill

WELLINGTON, Birdcage - walk (Infantry). —NEAREST Railway Station, St. James’s-park; 0mnibus Routes, Grosvenor-place and Victoria-street; Cab Rank, James. street and Buckingham-gate.

Baths—The following are the principal:

ALBANY BATHS, 83, York-road, Westminster-bridge-road. Open daily from 6 a.m.. till 10 p.m. Sunday mornings from 6 till 10. Swimming, tepid, 6d.; Hot, 1st class, 1s., and, 6d.; Cold, 1st class, 1s., 2nd, 6d.; Shower, cold, 6d.

ARGYLL BATHS, 10, Argyll-place, Regent - street. — Warm water, Vapour, Sulphur, Harrogate, Douche. Warm bath, 1s. 6d.

BELL’S BATHS, 119, Buckingham Palace-road.—Swimming, cold, 1s; Plunge, 1s.; Shower hot or cold, 1s.;Vapaur, 3s 6d.; Turkish, 3s and 2s.; Douche, 2s.

BERMONDSEY BATHS & WASH HOUSES, 19, Spa-road.—Swimming, tepid, 4d. and 2d,; Hot, 6d. and 2d.; Cold, 3d. and 1d.

BURTON’S BATHS, 182 and 184, Euston-road, N.W—Turkish or Roman baths for ladies and gentlemen. For ladies: from 8 a.m. to  5 p.m., 2s. 6d; from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 1s. 6d.. For gentlemen, from 7 a.m. to 5p.m., 2s. 6d. ; from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1s. 6d.. Annual

non-transferable tickets, £5 5s.;  half-yearly £3 3s.; quarterly, £1 15s. A course of ten baths, £1.

CAMBRIDGE HEATH BRIDGE BATHS, 390, Cambridge Heath.— Hot or cold, a towels and soap, 6d.; Shower, hot or cold, 6d. ; 1st class, 1s. ; Sea-salt, hot or cold, 1s.; Colonial bath, hot, with cold shower, 1s.

CARHAMS BATHS, 100, Walworth. road, Newington. Prepared with sea - salt. Female attendants for ladies. Hot or Cold, 1s.; Shower, hot or cold, 1s.

CHELSEA SWIMMING BATHS, 171 and 173, King’s-road, Chelsea. Swimming, tepid, 1st class, 9d., 2nd, 4d.; Hot, 1st class, 9d., 2nd.  6d. ;  Cold, 1st class, 6d., 2nd1 4d;  Shower, cold, 4d.; Ladies swimming bath, 1st class only, 9d. This establishment consists of three swimming baths, 1st and 2nd class men’s, and a ladies’ swimming bath, and sixteen private baths. During the winter months the baths are used for a public gymnasium. The baths are the property of the Chelsea Swimming Baths Company Limited.

CROWN BATHS, Kennington. oval— One of the largest swimming baths in London. Connecting tram-cars pass the entrance.           Facing the Surrey Cricket Ground. Swimming, 6d.; Hot or Cold, 6d.; ditto, ladies, 9d.

FAULKNERS, 50,Newgate-street. Hot and cold, 1s.; Plunge, 9d., Shower, hot or cold, 1s.; Turkish, 2s. 6d., after 5 p.m., 1s. 6d. ; Douche, 1s. The Turkish bath is open for ladies on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12.30 midday. The shower, if taken with another bath, 6d.

FAULKNER’S, 26, Villiers-street, -  “Brill’s” sea-water baths, 2s., 12 tickets for £1;  Sulphur vapour medicated mineral, 4s., 6 tickets for £1 ; the Sultan bath, 4s., 6 tickets for £1; Russian vapour baths, 3s., 8 tickets for £1; Hot or Cold, 1s.; Shower, hot or cold, 1s.; Vapour, 3s., or 8 tickets for £1; Douche, 1s. 3d., or 12 tickets for 12s. If the shower is taken with ordinary bath only 6d. is charged.

FAULKNER’S, Great Eastern Railway-station. Fenchurch-street. —Hot or Cold, 1s.; Shower, hot or cold, 1s. The shower, if taken with other baths, 1s 6d.

HAMMAM TURKISH BATH, - 76, Jermyn-street.—From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 4s.; twelve tickets, £2. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 2s. 6d.; twelve tickets, £1 5s. Private bath (to be specially engaged) two hours’ notice being required, 7s. 6d. No tickets issued after 8 p.m. Bath closes at 9 p.m.

KENSINGTON BATHS, 48 ½ , High street—Swimming, 1s., 12 tickets, 9s., month, 15s., 2 months, £1, 3 months, £1 5s., season, £1 10s. Warm, 1s. 6d.,12 tickets, 15s.; Salt, 2s., 12 tickets, £1; Cold Shower1 1s., 12 tickets, 10s. Swimming taught on reasonable terms.

KING’S-CROSS TURKISH BATHS, 9, Caledonian-road, King’s-cross. —Gentlemen only, from 7 a.m till 9 p.m. Sunday mornings from 7a.m. till 1. Turkish bath, 2s. 6d., 10 tickets, transferable, £1.

LACEY’S BATHS & SKATING RINK, Exmouth-st, Commercial-road, E.—Open all the year round from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m.; Sunday -mornings till 1. Hot or Cold, 6d.; Shower, hot or cold, 6d.

LAMBETH BATHS, 156, Westminster-bridge-road. —The swimming baths are open during the summer only. Swimming, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 3d.; Hot or Cold, 1st class, 6d., and, 3d.; superior ditto, with fire, &c., 1s

NELL GWYNNE ANCIENT CHALYBEATE COLD SPRING BATH, 25a, Coldbath.sq near Exmouth-st— The bath is of white marble, the spring is constantly running, and contains sulphur, iron, and magnesia. Useful in nervous disorders, colds, loss of appetite, indigestion, weakness of constitution. Average temperature 48º in winter, to 58º in summer. Depth 4 ft. to 4ft.5in. Hot, ladies or gentlemen, 6d. and 1s.; Cold Plunge, 6d., cheaper by the month, quarter, half-year, and year; Shower, hot or cold, 1s.

NEVILL’S BATHS (The Aldgate), Gentlemen’s entrance 44, High-street, E.; Ladies’,  Commercial-road, E.—Two distinct baths in the same building, one for ladies and one for gentlemen. Open from  9a.m. till 10 p.m. Turkish, 2s. 6d; - after 6 in the evening, 1s. 6d.

NICOLE’S BATHS, 1, Bridge-rd, Adelaide - road, N. W.—Exactly opposite the entrance to Chalk Farm railway-station. On Tuesdays and Fridays for ladies before 6 o’clock. Shower, hot or cold, 1s.; Needle, hot or cold, 1s.; Rose, hot or cold, 1s.; Turkish - before 6 o’clock, 2s. 6d., between 6 and 9, 1s. 6d.; Douche, very  strong, tepid or cold, 1s.

PADDINGTON PUBLIC BATHS AND WASHHOUSES, Queen’s-road Bayswater, close to the Queen’s-road and Royal Oak Stations. —Swimming, 1st class, 8d., or 10 for 5s.; 2nd, 4d., 3rd., 2d.; Hot, 1st class, 6d.; 2nd, 2d.; Cold, 1st class, 3d.; 2nd, 1d.; Shower, hot, 1st class, 6d.; 2nd, 2d.; cold, 1st class, 3d.; 2nd, 1d. There is, besides, a 1st class swimming-bath for ladies, 8d. or 10 for 5s.; and private baths the same as for men. There is also a private laundry, where persons may have the use of tubs, hot and cold water, steam-wringers, drying chambers, irons, and mangles, at a charge of 1 ½ d. per hour.

PUBLIC BATHS AND WASHHOUSES, St. Giles-in-the.Fields and St. George’s, Bloomsbury, Endell street, Bloomsbury. —         Swimming, 1st class, 4d., 2nd, 2d.; Warm, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 2d.; Cold, 1st class, 3d., 2nd, 1d; Shower, warm, 1st class,  6d., and, 4d.; Shower, cold, 1st class, 3d., and, 2d. (1st class with two towels, brushes &c ; 2nd class with one towel). Washing places, with wringing machine, drying closets, mangles and iron, for one hour, 1 ½ d. During the months of March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October, the baths are open from 6 a.m. till 9pm  on Fridays and Saturdays till 10.30 p.m. On Sundays, men’s baths only are open from 6 till 8.30 a.m. During the other four months the baths are open from 8 a.m. till 9 p.m., except Saturdays, when the baths are open till 10 p.m. On Sundays men’s baths only are open from 7 till  8:30 a.m. The washhouses are open from 8a.m. till 8p.m.

ROYAL GALVANIC AND MEDICAL BATHS, 55 Marylebone-rd.— Plunge, 2s. ; Shower, hot or cold, 2s/;  Vapour from 2s 6d The following baths are also supplied: Ga1vanic, Magnetic, Sulphur, Sea Sa1t, Bran, &c.

ROYAL YORK BATHS, 54 York-terrace, York-gate, Regent’s-park. —Hot or Cold, 1st class, 1s.; 2nd, 6d; Shower, hot, 1s.; cold, 6d.; Vapour, 2s. 6d., with electricity 5s.; Turkish, until 5 p.m., 2s. 6d., after, 1s. 6d., with electricity, double; Douche, 1s. 6d.

Sr. GEORGE’s BATHS AND WASHHOUSES, 8, Davies-street, Berkeley-sq. — Swimming, tepid, 1st class 4., 2nd, 2d.; Hot, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 2d. ; Cold, 1st dass, 3d., 2nd, 1d.; Shower, hot, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 2d. ; cold, 1st class, 3d., and, 1d. There is only one swimming bath: open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 1st class, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for 2nd class. This establishment is closed on Sundays.

ST. MARGARET AND ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST’S BATHS, 34, Great Smith-street, Westminster. —Swimming, tepid, 1st class, 4d.; 2nd, 2d.; Hot, 1st class, 6d, 2nd, 2d. ; Cold, 1st class, 3d., 2nd, 2d. Shower, cold, 4d. Also sixty tubs for the accommodation of the working classes, and the use of irons and mangles. Charge, 1 ½ d and 2d. per hour.

ST. MARTIN’S-IN. THE- FIELDS BATHS AND LAUNDRIES, Orange-street, Leicester-sq.—Established 1849. Hot, 6d. and 2d.; Cold, 3d. and 1d.; Shower, hot, 6d., cold, 3d.

ST. MARYLEBONE PUBLIC BATHS AND WASHHOUSES, Marylebone-rd N.W.—Swimming(four baths), 2d., 4d., 6d.,and 8d.; Hot, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 2d.; Cold, 1st class, 3d., 2nd, 1d.; Shower, hot, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 3d.; cold, 1st class, 3d., 2nd, 1d.; Vapour, 6d. The baths are open as follows: Men’s baths, May, June, July, and August, from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m.; Sundays, from 6 till 9 a.m. September, October, March, and April, from 7 a.m. till 9 p.m.; Sundays, from 7 till 9a.m. November, December, January, mid February, from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.; Sundays, from 7.30 till 9 a.m. Saturday nights till 10 o’clock throughout the year. Women’s baths, open at 7 a.m. from April 1st to September 30th, and at 8 the remaining months; closing at 9 p.m. from March 1st to October 31st, and at 8 the rest of the year. Saturday nights till 10 o’clock throughout the year. The women’s baths are not open on Sundays. The tepid swimming baths are open from April 1st to October 31st. The washhouses are open throughout the year from 8a.m. till  8p.m. Each person is furnished with separate washing and drying rooms, the use of tables, irons, and ironing blankets, at the charge of 1½d. per hour. The entrance to the washhouses and 2nd class women’s baths is in Seymour-place.

ST. PANCRAS PUBLIC BATHS AND WASHHOUSES, 70, King-st, Camden Town, and Whitfield-st, Tottenham-court-road.—The baths are open as follows: For ladies, at 7 a.m., from April 1st to September 30th, and at 8 am. during the remaining months; closing at 9 p.m. from March 1st to October 31st, and at 8.30 p.m. the remainder of the year. For gentlemen, from May to August, on week days from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m., and on Sundays, from 6 till 9 a.m. During September, October, March, and April, on week days, from 7 a.m. till 9 p.m., and on Sundays, from 7, till 9 a.m. From November to February, on week days, from 8 a.m. till 8.30 p.m. and on Sundays, from 8 till 9 a.m. The baths are open on Saturday evenings for both ladies and gentlemen till 10 o’clock throughout the year. On Sundays ladies are not admitted. Swimming, tepid, 1st class, 6d, 2nd, 2d.; Hot, 1st class, 6d., 2nd, 2d.; Cold, 1st class, 3d., 2nd, 1d.; Shower, hot 6d, cold, 3d.; Vapour, 1s.;  Needle, 1s.; douche, 1s.

SMITH’S BATHS, 275, City-road. —Hot, 6d.; Cold, 3d.; Shower, hot or cold, 6d.; Turkish, 1s.; Douche, 6d.

TERMINUS BATHS, 19 and 20, Railway-approach,London-bridge. —Hot, 1s.

TURKISH BATH, Church-street, Essex-road.—One uniform price of 1s. 6d. from 9 a.m. 9 p.m, which includes Hot and Cold Shower, Douche, and Plunge.  

Battersea Park. — A large open space, lying low, and not particularly fashionable, but prettily laid out, on the Surrey bank of the river, between Chelsea and Albert-bridges. The sub-tropical garden is one of the principal attractions of the park, and well deserves a visit. NERAREST Railway Stations Battersea.road and York-road. There is also a steamboat pier for Battersea-park.  

Bayswater lies to the west of Tyburnia, and possesses much the same characteristics. It has, however, rather a specialty for good shops at lower prices than are usual at this end of the town. There are some enormous houses about Lancaster-gate at proportionately enormous prices, but rents are here beginning to lower a little in comparison with those in Tyburnia, and a fairly comfortable house can be got for £150 to £200 a year. It is well, however, to bear in mind that this is merely a comparative drop in prices, and that good houses in this neighbourhood, as in most other parts of the West-end, are steadily rising in value from year to year. NEAREST Railway Stations, Queen’s road, Royal Oak, Notting Hill-gate; Omnibus Routes, Uxbridge-road and Westbourne-grove.  

Bayswater Road.—(See UXBRIDGE ROAD.)  

Beaconsfield Club, Pall Mall—Proprietary. “The members shall consist of gentlemen of good social position, who are prepared to give a general support to the Conservative party.” After the election of original members has ceased, the entrance fee shall be fixed front time to time by the committee with the concurrence of the proprietors. The annual subscription is £8 8s.; foreign members, £1 1s. There are several furnished bedrooms for the use of members, and a bowling-alley is attached to the premises. 

Beckenham. A pretty neighbourhood in the south-east, but rapidly becoming absorbed in the town, Rents about average or rather over. From Charing Cross (24 min.), Cannon-street, and London-bridge; Victoria (31 min.): Ludgate (25 min.); Holborn Viaduct (27 min.), 1st 1/3, 1/9; 2nd, 1/-. 1/3; 3rd, -/8, 1/2  

Beckton is the site of the great gas-works of the Chartered Company, and lies on the left bank of the river, near Barking. These works are one of the curiosities of London, but can only be inspected by order from the Board, whose chief office is in Horseferry-road. By rail from Liverpool-street and FenchurchStreet, 1st 1/3, 1/9 ; 2nd, -/11, 1/4; 3rd, -/8, -/11.  

Bedford College for Ladies York.place, Portman-square, is under the management of a council, and undertakes to give a thorough education to girls and young women. Students are not admitted under 14 years of age, and may either pursue a systematic course of study as regular students, or select any number of separate classes as occasional students. The work is intended to prepare ladies desirous of matriculating and graduating at the University of London. All information may be obtained of the hon. secretary at the college. 

Beefsteak Club, 24 King William-street, Strand.—“There is no particular object in this club, nor is there any particular qualification.” Entrance fee £10 10s.; subscription, £4 4s. this is one of the few London clubs to which visitors are not admitted.  

Beggars Visitors should bear in mind—what residents should know already—that the impostorship of street-beggars is the one rule to which, as yet, there has been no known exception. London beggardom is a close corporation, and allows of nonprofessional interlopers. If you wish to relieve “distress” of any deserving—or undeserving—object enquire, according to your personal predilections, of the parish clergyman, the Little Sisters of the Poor, or the relieving officer, and you may find plenty. In the streets you will find none but professional toll-takers, levying ad valorem dues on personal weakness. To get rid of your beggar, when wearisome, if he be English, take no notice of him at all. He will follow you till you meet a more likely-looking person, but no farther. If your tormenter be an Italian, lift your forefinger, knuckle upwards, to the level of your wrist, as it hangs by your side, and wag at twice or thrice from side to side. Your Italian, who will take no other negative, accepts that instantly. If he has anything to sell, reply simply “Got one,” and pass on. Charitably disposed persons, especially residents in London, who, by reason of their public position, or even from the fact of their names being in the “Court Guide,’ or in any of the charity subscription lists, are objects of interest to the great army of begging letter writers, cannot do better than become members of the Society for the Suppression of Mendicity. This institution, which has been established upwards of 6o years, has its office in Red Lion-square, Holborn, where the secretary may be addressed. The plan of the society is stated in its retort to be the issue of printed tickets to be given to street beggars instead of money; which tickets refer them to the society’s office where their cases are investigated and disposed of according to circumstances. Relief in money, blankets, clothing, &c., is afforded to applicants who, upon investigation, are proved to be deserving. The society is in constant communication with the several metropolitan parishes, hospitals, dispensaries, &c. with a view to provide for necessitous and afflicted persons; whilst the managers also have it in their power to offer suitable employment at the society’s labour premises to every able-bodied mendicant referred to the office. Governors may obtain tickets for distribution at any time on applying by letter, or personally, at the society’s office. The annual payment of £1 1s. constitutes the donor a governor, and the payment of £10 10s. at one time, or within one year, a governor for life. A system of enquiry into the merits of persons who are in the habit of begging by letter is incorporated with the society’s proceedings. The following persons are entitled to refer such letters to the office for investigation—it being understood that the eventual relief rests with the subscriber sending the case: all contributors to the general funds of the society to the amount of £21; all contributors to the general funds of the society to the amount of £10 10s., and who also subscribe £1 1s. annually; all subscribers of £2 2s. and upwards per annum. The Charity Organisation Society also undertakes the investigation of the cases of persons soliciting relief from the benevolent, but there is a general impression, not altogether without foundation, that the business of this association is conducted with a somewhat undue amount of harshness, and too strict an adherence to “hard and fast” rules.  

Belgium —MINI5TRY, 36, Grosvenor -gardens. NEAREST Railway Station Victoria - Omnibus Routes, Buckinghain Palace-road, Grosvenor-place, and Victoria-street; Cab Rank, Victoria Station. CONSULATE, 11, Bury-court, St. Mary Axe. NEAREST Railway Station Bishopsgate-street; Omnibus Routes, Bishopsgate-street and Leadenhall-street; Cab Rank, Leadenhall.street.  

Belgravia is a rather elastic designation, covering, more or less, lathe view, at all events, of the inhabitants, the whole of Pimlico and good part of Brompton and Chelsea. Its north boundary is Knightsbridge, and its east Grosvenor-place. Its north-east portion —Knightsbridge and Grosvenor-place to Cadogan-place and Eaton, or perhaps Chester-square—vies in fashion and cost of rent with Mayfair, and from thence it gradually declines in both respects, though more in the former than in the latter. Many of the large new houses, indeed, at the farther extremity of the Cromwell-road let for £500 and £600 a-year, being taken up almost faster than they can be finished by the large and rapidly-increasing class of wealthy persons who live in town all the year round. Most of these houses vary considerably in their plan from the ordinary type of London house. Some have considerable architectural pretentions, and nearly all are built with some attention to modern requirements in the way of sanitary arrangement. The church services of the district are for the most part rather of a high type, the district including the churches of St. Paul and St. Barnabas—thirty years ago at the bead of the movement, but now rather left behind. NEAREST Railway Stats Victoria Sloane-square, South Kensington, Gloucester-road. and Earl’s Court; Omnibus Route:, Knightsbridge. Grosvenor - place, Buckingham Palace-road, and Sloane-street.    

Berkeley Club, 4, Grafton-street. W. —This club is non-political, and is institute as a club for noblemen, officers of the army and navy, country gentlemen, and others, and is especially adapted for those interested in the pursuit of field sports. Election by ballot in committee. Entrance fee, £21; subscription, £10 10s.

Bermondsey Leather Market.—This great leather, or rather hide market, lies in Weston-street, ten minutes’ walk from the Surrey side of London-bridge. The neighbourhood in which it stands is devoted entirely to thinners and tanners, and the air reeks with evil smells. The population is peculiar, and it is a sight at twelve o’clock to see the men pouring out from all the works. Their clothes are marked with many stains; their trousers are dis-coloured by tan; some have apron and gaiters of raw hide; an about them all seems to hang a scent of blood. The market itself stands in the centre of a quiet block of buildings on the left hand side of Weston-street, the entry being through a gateway. Through this a hundred yards down, a square is reached. Most of it is roofed, but there is an open space lathe centre. Under the roofing are huge piles of fresh hides and sheep-skins. There is no noise or bustle, and but few people about. There are no retail purchasers, the sales being almost entirely made to the great tanners in the neighbourhood. The warehouses round are all full of tanned hides; the yards behind the high walls are all tanneries, with their tens of thousands of hides soaking in the pits. Any visitor going down to look at the Bermondsey hide-market should, if possible, procure beforehand an order to visit one of the great tanning establishments. Unless this be done the visit to the market itself will hardly repay the trouble of the journey, or make up for the unpleasantness of the compound of horrible smells which pervade the whole neighbourhood. NEAREST Railway Station, London-bridge; Omnibus Routes, Tooley-street, Borough High-street, Gt. Dover-street; Cab Rank, Bermondsey-square.  

Bethnal Green Branch of the South Kensington Museum.— The Bethnal Green Branch Museum stands on a plot of ground purchased by contributions of residents in that district, and transferred in February, 1869, by the subscribers, to the Lords of the Committee of Council on Education, as a site for a local museum. The building, which was erected by parliamentary grant, is externally of brick; the interior consists in part of the materials of the temporary structure originally erected at South Kensington. It was opened on the 24th June, 1872,by their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, and was for nearly three years mainly occupied by the magnificent collections of paintings and other works of art belonging to Sir Richard Wallace, Bart., M.P. On the withdrawal of these collections they were replaced by various contributions on loan, chief among which have been the Indian presents of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales and the paintings forming the Dulwich Gallery. A large Anthropological Collection, lent by Colonel Lane-Fox, occupies part of the basement. The rest of the space is occupied by the permanent collections of the Museum, illustrating food, animal products, &c. THE FOOD MUSEUM was first established and became part of the South Kensington Museum in 1857; it is arranged with the express object of teaching the nature and sources of food, representing the chemical composition of the various substances used as food, and the natural sources from which they have been obtained. As a branch of the South Kensington Museum,  this institution is managed by the same staff, and the regulations as to a admission, reception of objects, &c., are in all respects the same as in the parent museum. Omnibuses from the Mansion House pass close to the Museum; and trains run from Liverpool-st to Cambridge Heath station (within five minutes of the Museum) every ten minutes. Admission free from  10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. on Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, 6d., from 10 a.m. till dusk. NEAREST Railway Station, Cambridge Heath; Omnibus Routes, Hackney-road, Cambridge-road, and Bethnal Green-road; Cab Rank, Bethnal-green road.