This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 27th February 1900: The Labour Party is formed at the Memorial Hall on Farringdon Street.
- Tuesday – 28th 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.
- Wednesday – 29th 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”.
- Thursday – 1st March 1826: Chunee, a tame elephant at Cross’s Menagerie on the Strand, is executed in a barbaric manner.
- Friday – 2nd 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)