White Conduit House started life in the late 17th century as a tea garden where city dwellers could escape for the grassy fields and relatively clean air of Islington.  According to Oliver Goldsmith it was a site where "the inhabitants of London often assemble to celebrate a feast of hot rolls and butter".  For over a century from  the 1750s to the 1850s the curved front of White Conduit House and its pleasure gardens hosted not just cricket matches but a wide range of entertainments of all kinds, as illustrated in the images below.

White Conduit House With BalloonWhite Conduit House Long RoomCricket Match White Conduit House 1788