1. London Mercury
Heady literary periodical that folded in 1939. Writers included Siegfried Sassoon, Hilaire Belloc, Conrad Aiken and anybody else who had a slightly silly first name.
2. Venus, EC1
Farringdon Road joint, billed as ‘London’s premier table-dancing venue’.
3. Yellow Earth Theatre, W1
Soho-based physical performance theatre group formed by five British-born Asian performers.
4. The Lord Moon Of the Mall, SW1
Gigantic Wetherspoon’s pub near Trafalgar Square, loosely based on a George Orwell essay – but now more like something from ‘1984’, without the rates.
5. Spiders From Mars, W1
Heddon Street is the location of David Bowie’s iconic 1972 album cover featuring Ziggy Stardust and his Martian arachnids.
6. Jupiter Asset Management, SW1
Gas giant and leading fund-management group in Victoria.
7. Saturn Bath and Tile Centre, E2
Ring around the bath? Then get a new tub from this dealer in Cambridge Heath Road.
8. Man from Uranus, SW2
Comically named planet and Cambridge-based electronic musician.
9. Neptune road, TW6
Oft-overlooked 8th planet masquerading as a road near Heathrow.
10. Pluto Press Ltd, N6
Demoted planet and ‘progressive’ publishing house in Archway.