Catastrophe in the capital

A salon in the cemetery with Matt Brown
Saturday 12th October from 1 pm

The Black Death, the Great Fire and the Blitz famously ravaged London, but other lesser-known disasters have struck the capital with brutal randomness over the centuries.

There was the Fatal Vespers in 1623 in which 95 Catholic worshippers died when a church floor collapsed in Blackfriars, which remains the greatest peacetime tragedy in central London since Medieval times. In January 1867 the ice gave way suddenly on Regents Park lake drowning 41 skaters. And in 1903 52 female patients at the Colney Hatch Mental Asylum in North London perished in a fire.

In his talk MATT BROWN will inform and surprise with strange and obscure stories of how the capital has accidentally seen off large numbers of its inhabitants.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin Cocktail

Matt Brown
is the editor-at-large of The Londonist and probably the most London-obsessed person in the world. In the cause of exploring the capital, he has waded along the buried River Fleet, spent the night in a haunted plague pit, caught a lung infection by climbing Soho’s tallest steeple and walked along the tracks beneath Leicester Square at 2am.

The Venue - Brompton Cemetery