Maps of Polari

The West End

The West End of London was in many ways the heart of Polari, with numerous theatres where chorus boys adopted Polari as ‘the walloper’s language’. The Polari-speaking stars of Round the Horne, Julian and Sandy were based on two real-life theatre men, Julian Slade (who co-wrote Salad Days) and Sandy Wilson (who wrote The Boyfriend). Additionally, the Dilly Boys used Polari as a trade language, literally.

First expand the bijou map below by clicking on the little icon (top right hand side). Then click on the hot-spots for information about the locations.



The map below incorporates influences on Polari beyond the West End – taking into account Victorian music halls, the docklands and other locations of interest.

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