Public masquerades were held at a number of prominent venues. The first masquerades were conducted at the theatre in the Haymarket in London [1]. Later in the eighteenth century, other places of entertainment overtook Haymarket: Vauxhall Gardens (1732) and Raneleigh Gardens (1742) [2]. Later, Carlisle House in Soho Square and the Pantheon on Oxford Street [3] were the sites for the most illustrious masquerades from the 1760s onward. All of these venues had their own attractions-- Vauxhall, for example, was comprised of beautiful vistas and walks surrounded by lush elaborate gardens [4]. Most of the venues for masquerades were focal points of entertainment and often hosted, in addition to masquerades, concerts and fireworks displays [5].

Endnotes

1. Ribiero, Aileen. The Dress Worn at Masquerades in England 1730 to 1790. New York, NY:
     Garland Published, 1984, 4.
2. Ribiero, 5.
3. Ribiero, 5.
4. Ribiero, 3.
5. Ribiero, 7-8.