On the streets of London in 2015. With the repeal in the 1820s of curfew laws that dated from the 14th century, London’s nighttime life changed completely, a change chronicled in Beaumont’s book. Photo: Corbis

Book review: Nightwalking shows the seamy side of nocturnal London

For centuries it was illegal – and dangerous – to be out on the streets of London after dark. Matthew Beaumont’s brilliant book takes a literary look at this forbidden, forbidding territory

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On the streets of London in 2015. With the repeal in the 1820s of curfew laws that dated from the 14th century, London’s nighttime life changed completely, a change chronicled in Beaumont’s book. Photo: Corbis
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