Ghosts of the Georgian city of beasts can still be found in London. You just have to know where to look. Here are some of the author’s favourite beastly spots…

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Smithfield livestock market

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Smithfield meat market

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The King’s Mews, Charing Cross

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The National Gallery

Those ‘pepper pots’ look remarkably similar to the ventilation towers in the King’s Mews. This building was so iconic that it seems likely the Gallery’s architect, William Wilkins, felt inspired or obliged to replicate them in his design.

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West End mews

Homes for the horses, coachmen and grooms of very wealthy Londoners



Wimpole Mews

Homes for wealthy Londoners

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Entrance to Hyde Park

And in the background, spectators watch riders show off on Rotten Row (top left to bottom right)

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Rotten Row, Hyde Park

Horse riding continues but not with quite the same intensity

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1790s?: A riding school

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Today: Riding house at the Royal Mews

Buckingham Palace

Images 1, 5, 7 & 9 courtesy of Wellcome Collection; The New York Public Library; British Library Board; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.