Ann Wroe once warned me that it wouldn’t be easy to do a Shelley walk in London. She’s right. It’s not impossible but it’s an epic undertaking, for the mind and the feet. I’m working on it. He crammed a lot into a very short life. Though London was just one of his troughs, there is much to explore.

This mural of Percy Shelley’s in laws and wife-to-be is in Somerstown, a serious Godwinian/Wollestencraftian/Shelleyan stomping ground.


This nearby plaque honours Wollestencraft:


This plaque celebrates Shelley and Shelley’s bolthole on Marchmont Street, just before they went on a legendary holiday.


With this influential but unlucky fellow:


Polidori’s short story Lord Ruthven The Vampyre was based on a fragment by Byron but was also based on the character of Byron. Byron lived in this London townhouse on Piccadilly:


This mural of Shelley features in the Soho Mural. It’s hardly flattering, very maiden auntish:


Shelley’s London is a full day’s work. He was always on the move, one step ahead of boredom.


About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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