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Knightsbridge and Stepney

Posted by And one other bit of trivia... on January 23, 2002

In Reply to: Knightsbridge and Stepney posted by Word Camel on January 23, 2002

: : Knightsbridge and Stepney are probably towns or neighborhoods but I have always wondered about the significance of the lyrics from the Stones' song "Play with Fire":

: : "Your old man took her diamonds and tiaras by the score
: : Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
: : Not in Knightsbridge anymore....."

: You are right that Knightsbridge and Stepney are 'neighbourhoods' in London. The significance in the song is that they are almost polar opposites. Knightsbridge is the most affuent part of London while Stepney is one of the poorest and most run down. Knightbridge is almost entirely upperclass while Stepney was, is and probably always will be exclusively working class.

: Presumably she's having to get her kicks in Stepney because she can no longer afford Knightsbridge after the loss of her tiaras.

: On the other hand, she might well be choosing to seek her kicks in Stepney - think Lady Chatterly - because the men in Knightbridge are so utterly useless and pathetic - think of Hugh Grant. Now if she were to try Wimbledon...

: Yours with some prejudice,

: Camel

Knightsbridge is in West London, while Stepney is in the East London. Interesting, the pattern of eastern povery and western affluence is also found in most European cities. American cities, by contrast, tend to have informal divisions between North and South, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and LA, but to name a few.