Page 52. " to the right, the West End of London, with the City beyond "
Shaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus c1949
GNU Free Documentation LicenseShaftesbury Avenue from Piccadilly Circus c1949 - Credit: Chalmers Butterfield

"The West End" is an area of central London best known for its theatres and shopping. Famous landmarks include Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Oxford Street.

"The City" refers to the original medieval city of London, which now finds itself in the eastern part of central London.  It is the traditional home of London's banking industry, and is the location of the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange.

Page 54. " The song was Byron's Ballad "
So, we'll go no more a-roving 
  So late into the night, 
Though the heart be still as loving, 
  And the moon be still as bright. 
For the sword outwears its sheath,        
  And the soul wears out the breast, 
And the heart must pause to breathe, 
  And love itself have rest. 
Though the night was made for loving, 
  And the day returns too soon, 
Yet we'll go no more a-roving 
  By the light of the moon. 


Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) wrote the poem around 1817, when he was 28 or 29.

Page 54. " Even Hyde Park Corner, when I reached it "


Google Map


Page 65. " My love's locked up in a frigidaire "

No record of such a song can be found, suggesting it is Wyndham's invention.  Please contact the editor if you know otherwise.


Page 66. " Her home was in Dene Road, St John's Wood "

There is a Dene Road in London, but it isn't in St John's Wood.

This is a fairly exclusive part of London. Abbey Road studios and Lord's Cricket Ground are famous St John's Wood landmarks.


Google Map