Lushington. the City of Lushington



  • A convivial society of actors that met at the Harp Tavern,Russell Street, London until about 1895; it claimed to have existed sincethe mid 17th century. The name 'Lushington' (from 'lush' in the senseof a drunk or alcoholic liquor) was formerly used in many jocularor euphemistic phrases alluding to excessive drinking. The City hada 'Lord Mayor' and four 'aldermen', who presided over 'wards' namedJuniper (i.e. gin), Poverty, Lunacy, and Suicide. When a new memberwas admitted the Lord Mayor would deliver an ironic address on theevils of alcohol.