28 January, 2008

Ahhhh London: The Brothel

Took the "back way" to avoid Old Compton Street crowds.
Just passing through...

Enough said.


  1. What on Earth??? They must have a similar address with another place or something.

  2. Yikes! I sure wouldn't want THAT sign on my
    However, could be the beginning of a photo journal
    book- "Al's Adventures in Wonderland- Signs from the Tugey Wood.

  3. methinks he doth protest too much...

  4. Typo on cassiev: Should read' TULGEY' Wood not 'Tugey'.

  5. Actually, this is in Soho. Wasn't Soho mentioned in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" as the neighborhood of Hyde's lair? Does it have a seedy reputation or something? Or is my knowledge 150 years behind the times?

  6. Confusion: "tulgey wood" is a reference to "Jabberwocky," which is a poem of nonsense verse written by Lewis Carroll, and found as a part of his novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). It is assumed that the world "tulgey" is meant to allude to words such as thick, dense and dark.

    I think cassiev meant to refer to Soho (the absolutely correct place you mentioned from the great Victorian novels) as a KIND of "tulgey wood."

    The quote:
    And, as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!

    Al xx

  7. No mention of rent boys though....

  8. Confusion.....
    My reference to Tulgey Woods was not from the
    Jabberwocky. It was a reference to a scene fro The
    Disney version of Alice in Wonderland.
    She is wandering through the woods and comes across
    those strange reading creatures and the dust bin
    sweeping dog. There were all these signs along the
    path in the Tulgey Woods.

    'Al's adventures in Wonderland' has these new
    signs...it made me think of the scene from the the

  9. Looks like someone (me) got a liiiiiiiittle carried away with literary references... but at least I was close. Disney version of the tulgey wood must be an homage of sorts to the original books.

    Ha! I'm silly!

  10. Surely this is a variation on those "This Famous Person Lived Here" plaques - this is to commemorate a visit by Magritte, who may or may not have had an assignation behind the black door

  11. Maybe there was a brothel before in this location...

  12. Maybe he is just trying to throw the law off the scent! ;)



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