Gillian Tindall

West End Wonders

Full of Soup and Gold: The Life of Henry Jermyn

By 324pp £17.95 order from our bookshop

West End Chronicles: Three Hundred Years of Glamour and Excess in the Heart of London


Allen Lane / The Penguin Press 289pp £25 order from our bookshop

These two books both describe, in passing, the origins of the West End of London that grew up in the late seventeenth century around St James’s Square, but in every other respect they are in contrast to one another. Anthony Adolph’s is a passionately committed and scholarly study of one of the Stuarts’ more illustrious henchmen, complete with detailed notes on sources that have never previously been brought together. He aims to rescue Henry Jermyn, Lord St Albans, begetter of Jermyn Street and possibly of Charles II too, from obscurity and obloquy, and very nearly succeeds.

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