Monday Miscellanea

The Pantheon

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday27 January 1772: The Pantheon, an entertainment venue on Oxford Street, is opened.
  • Tuesday28 January 1807: The gas lamps on Pall Mall are lit, making it the first street in the world to be illuminated in such a fashion.
  • Wednesday29 January 1976: Twelve IRA bombs explode in the area around Oxford Street, injuring a taxi driver and starting several small fires.
  • Thursday30 January 1969: The Beatles perform live for the last time ever, on the roof of the Apple Records building in Mayfair.
  • Friday31 January 1606: Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators are hanged at Old Palace Yard in Westminster.

EDIT: Thanks to Eric Smith for letting us know that Guy Fawkes was executed in 1606, not 1609 (as we had originally written).

Random London Fact

The Boundary Estate, in Shoreditch, is the oldest housing estate in London. It was opened in 1900 by the Prince of Wales.

Photo by M@.

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