The following is a list of the intervals of starting from the
principal piers (in summer), and also of the fares. The inter¬
mediate piers need not again be named.
London Bridge to Chelsea every 10 min. (Id. or 2d.).
Chelsea to Putney (3d.), Hammersmith (id.), and A'ew (6d.),
every l/% hr. in summer.
London Bridge (tide and weather permitting) to Richmond,
Twickenham, Teddington, Kingston (fare to each of these Is.;
return Is. fid.), and Hampton Court (Is. 6d. ; return 2s. Gd.), every
Y2 hr. during summer.
London Bridge to Commercial Dock, every '/4 hr. (2d.).
Westminster to Greenwich (3d.) and Woolwich (6d.), every '/2 hr.
(all fares between Lambeth and Thames Tunnel are Id. or 2d.).
Westminster to Gravesend and Rosherville (saloon Is. 4d., fore-
cabin Is. ; return, 2s. or Is. 6d.), and Southend and Sheerness (2s.
3d., Is. 8d.; return, 3s. or 2s. Gd.), during summer at 9, 10, 10.30,
and 11.30 a.m.
On Sundays and holidays double fare is charged for most of the
shorter trips. Although the steamers cannot all be described as
comfortable, they at any rate afford an excellent survey of the
traffic on the Thames 'below bridge' and of the smiling beauties
of its banks 'above'. A useful Penny Guide, with times, fares, and
a map, is published by the company monthly.
The performance at many of the London theatres begins about
7 and lasts till 11 p. m. ; but the latter part of the representation
is apt to be more of a fatigue than a pleasure. At some houses
the prices of admission are lowered by one-half after 8. 30 or 9
p. m., when the visitor is generally still in time to see the principal
part of the entertainment.
A visit to the whole of the forty theatres of London, which,
however, could only be managed in the course of a prolonged so¬
journ, would give the traveller a capital insight into the social life
of the people. At the upper end of the scale is Covent Garden
Opera, with its sumptuous and perfumed boxes, in every part of
which, except the gallery, evening dress is prescribed during the
opera season; while at the lower we have such houses as the Bri¬
tannia Theatre, where evening toilet is replaced by the blue shirts
of sailors or the corduroy of labourers, and for the fragrance of the
silk-lined boxes is substituted the odour of the liquor and tobacco
with which nearly every man in the audience is provided. Copies
of the play are often sold at the theatres for 6d. or Is. each, en¬
abling the spectator to appreciate the performance more thoroughly.
Lacey, 89 Strand, is the chief theatrical bookseller.
The best seats are the Stalls, next to the Orchestra, and the
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