"Vauxhall is an...area....located on the south bank of the River Thames, across the water from...the House of Commons."
This was an area of pleasure gardens beside the Thames; avenues, covered walks and booths in which one could obtain a drink. It provided (as in Pepys' case) an area providing discreet, amatory resort and became notorious by the early 18th century for the numbers of prostitutes who plied their trade there.
VauxHall as Mary described it, in 1746.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.