Monday Miscellanea

St Pancras Station

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday30 September 1928: Alexander Fleming discovers the antibacterial properties of penicillin at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
  • Tuesday1 October 1868: St. Pancras Station is officially opened as the London terminus for the Midland Railway, despite its construction being incomplete. Part of the buildings would form the iconic gothic St. Pancras Chambers, which housed the Midland Grand Hotel (now replaced by the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel and some posh apartments).
  • Wednesday2 October 1909: Twickenham Stadium hosts its first ever rugby match, with Harlequins beating Richmond 14-10.
  • Thursday3 October 1975: After three days of holding several of the staff at a Knightsbridge Italian restaurant hostage in a storeroom, three gunmen surrender to police. The hostages are released unharmed.
  • Friday4 October 1911: London Underground’s first escalator goes into service at Earl’s Court tube station.

Random London Quote Of The Week

May my enemies live here in summer!

Jonathan Swift, a letter from London, 25th August 1711

Photo by Jutiar Salman via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

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