Origin myths. The Prospect of Whitby

Scene in London. Lunch today at the Prospect of Whitby on the Thames in Wapping. The surrounding area has changed a bit since the tavern was established in 1520 when Henry VIII was king, or even from Dickens’ time when he frequented the place, but the tavern does rate a small mention in the History of the Fuchsia. It was here, it is said, that a thirsty sailor first traded a fuchsia he found on his travels for a noggin of rum in about 1800-1820. Omnes viae ad fuchsiam ducunt, as I often say.

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