This Week In London's History
Monday - 29th December 1940: During the course of a massive air raid, London sustains so much damage that the night is later dubbed 'The Second Great Fire of London'.
- 30th December 1919
: Lincoln's Inn admits its first female bar student.
- 31st December 1923
: The BBC broadcasts the chimes of Big Ben for the first time.
- 1st January 1772
: The world's first travellers' cheques, valid in 90 European cities, are issued by the London Credit Exchange Company.
- 2nd January 1860
: The Hampstead Junction Railway opens, providing a direct connection from Camden to Willesden.
Random London Quote Of The Week
London is enchanting. I step out upon a tawny coloured magic carpet, it seems, and get carried into beauty without raising a finger. The nights are amazing, with all the white porticoes and broad silent avenues. And people pop in and out, lightly, divertingly like rabbits; and I look down Southampton Row, wet as a seal's back or red and yellow with sunshine, and watch the omnibus going and coming, and hear the old crazy organs. One of these days I will write about London, and how it takes up the private life and carries it on, without any effort.
Virginia Woolf, Diary
London's Weather This Week
Yes, it will be jolly cold this week. Make the most of the sunshine.
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Last Updated 29 December 2008