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.