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Gothic London: A Taste for Terror

May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This Funzing Experience:

Something weird is coming to London! Enter the fog-filled streets of the Victorian capital and see the city as never before…

In the middle of the eighteenth century, Gothic became the universal language of architecture, painting and literature, expressing a love not only of ruins, decay and medieval pageantry, but also the drug-induced monsters of the mind. 

In this talk, author and horror writer, Clive Bloom, explores the history of Gothic London and the incredible stories and characters it has come to inspire along its way.

There are opium dens next to the haunts of assassins, black magicians and serial killers. See a man flying in Bloomsbury, a mysterious monk in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, meet Satan in Piccadilly, or take a bus to Brick Lane for drugs and bloody murder. If all that is not enough there’s always the ancient Egyptian curse lurking in Hammersmith and vampire slayers in the catacombs of Highgate.

This is London as imagined by the insane: a world of nightmares, a gothic landscape of dark alleys, cemeteries, docks and cobbled streets where Dr Jekyll mixes with Jack the Ripper and anarchists sip absinthe with Dorian Gray and Dracula! Stroll through the London of the fin de siecle and feed you imagination on the writers, poets and strange eccentrics who made the capital seem so weird, perverse and disturbing.

Venue: Beach, Blanket, Babylon

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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Held in a carefully selected range of intimate spaces, Funzing Talks is the ultimate boredom-buster.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives with like-minded, equally curious people. It’s time to try something different – you never know where it may take you.


May 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Funzing UK


Beach, Blanket, Babylon
Bethnal Green Road
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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