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The Foundling Museum

Join the masquerade at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.


For one day only the Foundling Museum will display one of only seven known surviving tickets for the masquerade that opened the new season at Vauxhall pleasure gardens in 1792. This masked ball was staged for London's wealthy and fashionable set, and the ticket will be on show from the Gerald Coke Handel Collection archive.

Vauxhall Gardens was re-launched in 1732 as the first and most significant of the true Pleasure Gardens of Georgian London. Commercial pleasure gardens, an English invention, were privately-run sites of entertainment, often situated on the outskirts of large towns or cities. Normally open in the evening, paying visitors were entertained in the summer months with music and company, and anybody who could afford the admission price and who was at least respectably dressed, would be admitted. Tickets to the opening ball cost one guinea (at least £120 in today's money) and the audience were in fancy dress.

Ticket for Vauxhall Gardens 31 May 1792
For one day only see a surviving ticket from 1792’s masquerade at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens © Gerald Coke Handel Foundation


Lunchtime talk

Join Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, Katharine Hogg, for a talk on the 1792 season at the Gardens exploring the social and musical activities at the Gardens that year.

Free with museum admission.

More about the talk

More Foundling Museum events on London History Day


The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square

Open 10am - 5pm

Adults £8.25 (£7.50 without Gift Aid)
Concessions £5.50 (£5 without Gift Aid)
National Trust members £4.25 (£3.75 without Gift Aid)

FREE Children (under 16), Foundling Friends, Patrons & Art Fund members

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