Views of London : Squares
The viewpoint is the north side of Hanover Square, looking south, and the church tower that of St Georges, where Handel was a regular attendee from his arrival in England in 1724. He lived in Brook Street, which leads off from the south west corner of the square, until his death in 1759. The church, still much the same despite all the 'improvements' roundabout, now hosts an annual Handel festival.
The square contained the Queen's Concert Rooms, where Bizet conducted performances of his own music whilst in London in 1848 and 1853, and Mark Twain lectured in 1873, advertising in the Standard as follows :
'SIR,--In view of
the prevailing frenzy concerning the Sandwich
The Hutchinsons, an American singing group who accompanied themselves with cello and fiddle, also performed here, and recorded some of their impressions.
'We awoke bright and early the next morning, which was Sunday, January 25, 1846, to find ourselves in the third story of a boarding-house near Hanover Square.
'The surrounding houses impressed us as being very handsome, most of them five and six stories high, no blinds on the windows, and everything orderly and refined.....
'I cannot now describe the impression formed upon my mind on this, my first visit to London; it came up to our fullest anticipations, and reminded us of the pictures we had seen of Babylon.'
Views of London : Squares : Links
Mark Twain's speech 'Our fellow savages of the Sandwich Islands'