|Thanks to Cheezburger.com|
|The bottom end of St James's Street - near St James's Palace,|
in Georgian times.
|St James's Street in Victorian times - |
Whites' club on the left.
|Hogarth's "The Rake's Progress" |
Set in St James's Street with St James's Palace in the background.
|Whites' famous bay window - as it is today.|
|Whites' in the modern day.|
|Boodles' Club - in the 1960's.|
|Boodle's as it is today.|
|Brooks's in the modern day.|
In hasty credit and distant bill,
...nursed in clubs, disdain[ed] a vulgar trade,
Exult[ed] to trust, and blush[ed] to be paid
|Brooks's gaming room.|
It seems George Selwyn (see White's Club) wasn't a fan since he described Brooks as:
My walk along modern St James's left me struggling to imagine the former glory of this road. In Sophy's day, from with her view from a high carriage, it must have been a daunting and spectucular sight, but now the car is king, the building looked sad and a little neglected. However, I can report that walking along past the clubs in no way created a scandal - which is a sign of progress....of sorts.