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Mr. and Mrs. German Reed's Dramatic and Musical Enter¬
tainment, St. George's Hall, 4 Eangham Place. Admission Is.,
2s., 3s., and 5s.
Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, opposite Burlington Arcade. Mas-
kelyne and Cooke's conjuring and illusionary performances (at 3
and 8 p.m.; 5s., 3s., 2s., Is.), concerts, art exhibitions, and various
Moore and Burgess Minstrels (Christy Minstrels), St. James's
Hall, RegentStreet and Piccadilly. Admission 5s., 3s., 2s. and Is.
At 8p.m. daily; and on Alondays, AVednesdays, and Saturdays at
3 p. m. also.
The Polytechnic, 309 Regent Street and 5 Cavendish Square.
Lectures, experiments in natural philosophy, models of machinery,
and the like, from 11 to 5, and 7 to 10p. m. Admission Is.
Royal Acjuarium and Summer and AVinter Garden, Broad
Sanctuary, AVestminster (p. 199). Theatre, concerts, acrobatic and
conjuring performances. Admission Is.
Agricultural Hall, Liverpool Road, Islington. Cattle shows,
lectures, dioramas, concerts, etc.
Races and Games.
The chief Horse Races taking place near London are the Derby
and the Oaks at FCpsom in May or June, the Derby being generally
run on the Wednesday, and the Oaks on the, Friday, of the week
preceding or the week succeeding Whitsuntide (p. 282) ; the Ascot
Races (p. 307) in June, on the third Thursday after the Derby
Day; and the Sundown Races, near Esher, at various seasons. To
visit the first of these races, London empties itself annually by
rail and road, —■ even Parliament suspending its sitting; — and
Epsom Downs on a Derby Day, with its myriads of people, is a sight
which the traveller should, if possible, make a point of seeing.
Cricket may be seen in its glory at Lord's (p. 211), the Oval
(p. 261), and Prince's, Hans Place, Sloane Street, Chelsea. Rackets
and Tennis are played at the same places.
The chief scene of Athletic Sports of all kinds is Lillie Bridge,
West Brompton. The trials of strength and fleetness between the
Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (University Sports) take place
here a fortnight before Easter. Polo, also, is practised here.
The Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge is rowed on
the second Saturday before Easter Sunday on the Thames from
Putney to Mortlake. The Londoners pour out to see it in almost as
great crowds as to the Derby, sympathetically exhibiting in some
portion of their attire either the light blue colours of Cambridge or
the dark blue of the sister university.
Henley Regatta Boat Races are held, usually in the last full
week of June, at Henley-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire, 36 AI. from