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It was apparently founded some time after 1834, in the versatile and accommodating Royal London Bazaar building

It seems to have been a grandly-named patent medicine outfit, not unlike the nearby British College of Health: “some quack medicine vendor is said to have renamed it [the Royal London Bazaar] the Palace of Hygiene, and distributed much advice and little medicine gratis” (Aleck Abrahams, ‘No. 277 Gray’s Inn Road,’ The Antiquary , vol. XLIV, 1908)

The quack has been tentatively identified as Neville Alfred Hooper, corn dealer and manufacturer of patent lentils, residing at the time at no. 12 Liverpool Street, the mansion at the south front of the Royal London Bazaar itself (David Hayes, ‘ “Without Parallel in the Known World”: The Chequered Past of 277 Gray’s Inn Road’, Camden History Review, vol. 25, 2001)

It no longer exists

What was reforming about it?

Its precise nature remains obscure

Where in Bloomsbury

It was in the Royal London Bazaar, between Derby Street and Gray’s Inn Road

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it

None found


None found

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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