This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
Whilst ventilation shafts for the tube network are necessary and numerous, it doesn’t mean that they have to be obvious. A fair degree of ingenuity has been shown in disguising many of these shafts as they crop up across London.
One of the more notable of such disguises can be found on Leinster Terrace (just off Bayswater Road). To the casual observer, house numbers 22 and 23 appear to be just another part of the rather expensive-looking Victorian terrace. However this is a trick – these addresses are a (rather convincing) false frontage with nothing behind it other than a large air-vent. (The scale of this deception is illustrated in a couple of photos on the Knowledge of London website, here.)
The false frontage is so convincing that it was successfully used by a conman in the 1930s, who made a quick profit by selling hundreds of tickets to a charity ball at this address. Needless to say, the partygoers who turned up in formal attire were rather disappointed to discover that not only did the party not exist, but that the entire venue was a hoax.
London’s Weather This Week
The next few days will be brighter than the gloomy weekend that we’ve just had. However, a few (but not all) of the forecasters seem to think that the nights will get quite chilly mid-week, and that the gloom will return thereafter.
Photo of the M25 taken from timo_w2s’ Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 licence.