Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday17 December 1983: An IRA car bomb explodes near Harrods in Knightsbridge, killing six people (including three police officers) and injuring a further 85 Christmas shoppers.
  • Tuesday18 December 1890: The world’s first ‘deep-level’ electric tube line opens, connecting Stockwell and King William Street. The ‘City & South London Railway’ would later become a part of the Northern Line as we know it today.
  • Wednesday19 December 1154: King Henry II of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • Thursday20 December 1909: The distinctive Arding and Hobbs department store near Clapham Junction is destroyed by fire. Having been rebuilt, it would become a branch of the now-defunct Allders chain. It is now a Debenhams.
  • Friday21 December 1842: Pentonville Prison accepts its first prisoners.

London Quote Of The Week

London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.

Jeanette Winterson

Picture by Downtime_1882 via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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