Monday Miscellanea

Barbican Centre

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday27th February 1900: The Labour Party is formed at the Memorial Hall on Farringdon Street.
  • Tuesday28th February 1975: A southbound Northern Line train overshoots the end of the platform at Moorgate Station, accelerating into a dead-end tunnel and crashing into a hydraulic buffer and then a brick wall at about 40mph. 43 people die, and many more are severely injured.
  • Wednesday29th February 1928: The ‘Leap Year Cocktail‘ is invented by the Savoy Hotel’s head bartender, Harry Craddock. According to the Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), the cocktail “is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed”.
  • Thursday1st March 1826: Chunee, a tame elephant at Cross’s Menagerie on the Strand, is executed in a barbaric manner.
  • Friday2nd March 1717: The Theatre Royal Drury Lane hosts The Loves of Mars and Venus, the first ballet to be staged in Britain.

Random London Quote Of The Week

If you do not want to live among wicked people, do not live in London.

Richard of Devizes (Benedictine monk, 1192)

Picture by Homemade via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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  • Anonymous

    Why did you say wicked? I don’t think so. I’ve heard that London people were really nice.
    I love this picture embedded.

    Mimi from bordure de jardin