Historical Drama

London harbors many secrets, but 18 Folgate Street is one of its best. Tucked away on a side street in Spitalfields — the formerly tatty but now buzzing heart of the city's rag trade — the exterior of this five-story Georgian townhouse is conspicuous only for its rust-red shutters. But inside, it's a time capsule that re-creates life in London as it might have been lived between 1724 and 1919. Each room captures a different era, but the attention to detail never wavers: a discarded wig on a chair; a quill resting in an inkwell; crumpets toasting on a crackling fire;...

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