This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 17 February 1958: The inaugural meeting of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) takes place at Central Hall in Westminster. It is attended by some 5000 people.
- Tuesday – 18 February 1929: Len Deighton is born in Marylebone. He would become a successful writer, known for his spy fiction novels, many of which were made into films (such as The Ipcress File). He also wrote cookery and other non-fiction books.
- Wednesday – 19 February 1960: Prince Andrew is born in the Belgian Suite of Buckingham Palace.
- Thursday – 20 February 1913: Two suffragettes set fire to the tea pavilion at Kew Gardens at around 3am, destroying it completely.
- Friday – 21 February 1946: Alan Rickman is born in Hammersmith. He would become a multi-award-winning film, television and stage actor.
London Quote Of The Week
He sipped at a weak hock and seltzer
As he gazed at the London skies
Through the Nottingham lace of the curtains
Or was it his bees-winged eyes?
John Betjeman, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’