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Detail of "A View of Frost Fair, on the Thames, February Unknown artist (© Museum of London), showing swings and people falling on and into the ice

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One of London's legendary Frost Fairs, held on the frozen Thames

"A View of Frost Fair, on the Thames, February 1814," Unknown artist (© Museum of London) Note the drinking tents called "Wellington," "Good Gin," and "Moscow," and on the right are boats stuck in the ice and a printing press selling souvenirs. A donkey race is also at the top right.

The Frost Fair: When the River Thames Froze Over Into London's Most Debaucherous Party

Old times: An engraving of the 1814 fair, looking upstream towards Blackfriars Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral. Two tents are labelled 'Wellington' and 'Moscow'

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The Frost Fair: When the River Thames Froze Over Into London's Most Debaucherous Party

Held during particularly cold winters when the River Thames froze over, ‘frost fairs’ had been part of London’s history, from the Middle Ages up until the last one was held in February two hundred years ago last month - from Exploring London

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Gambols on the River Thames, Feby. 1814 by George Cruikshank

A Regency Primer on The Last Frost Fair

A Regency Primer on The Last Frost Fair - Kristen Koster

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“London Frost Fair, January One of the worst winters in European history.

Historical chiller: The frozen River Thames in 1814 is thought to have been part of the Dalton Minimum which ran from 1790 to 1830

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“Father Frost and Sister Snow have boneyed my borders, formed an idol of ice upon my bosom, and all the lads of London come to make merry.

The last ever Thames Frost Fair in 1814. Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the River Thames to freeze over for up to two months at time. These Frost Fairs would have been quite a spectacle, full of hastily constructed shops, pubs, ice skating rinks... everything that you would expect in the crowded streets of London but on ice!

Between 1607 and there were a total of seven major frost fairs held on the frozen River Thames in the heart of London. These fairs hosted bull-baiting, pop-up pubs, and even saw a king or two taking part in the festivities!

"Gambols on the River Thames. Feb 1814," George Cruikshank (© Museum of London), note the man with his wooden leg stuck in the ice

The Frost Fair: When the River Thames Froze Over Into London's Most Debaucherous Party

This caricature by George Cruikshank and Thomas Tegg is based on the 1814 frost fair, with people playing skittles and slipping on the ice on the river Thames.

A View of the Duke of Marlborough's Island situate on the River Thames between Maidenhead Bridge and Windsor

A View of the Duke of Marlborough's Island situate on the River Thames between Maidenhead Bridge and Windsor.

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An Exact and lively Mapp or Representation of Booths and all the varieties of shows and humours upon the Ice on the River Thames

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