This Week In London’s History
Monday - 4th May 2000: Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
- 5th May 1980
: The SAS storm the Iranian Embassy in London, ending a six day siege and freeing 19 hostages.
- 6th May 1990
: In the first of several changes to London’s telephone dialling codes over the course of a decade, London’s old ‘01’ code is replaced by ‘071’ for inner London exchanges and ‘081’ for those in outer London.
- 7th May 1663
: The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane opens for the first time.
- 8th May 1984
: The Thames Barrier flood defence at Woolwich is officially opened. The massive structure is the second largest movable flood barrier in the world.
Random London Quote Of The Week
In a word, man in London is not quite so good a creature as he is out of it.
John Galt, The Ayrshire Legatees
One Thing You Must Do In London This Week
Rather than spending this Bank Holiday afternoon with the ambling masses in yet another garden centre, why not check out some real gardens? The Great London Garden Trail showcases ten of London’s best private gardens, this afternoon only until 4pm. Entrance is free.
Photo by Simon-K via the Londonist Flickr pool.
Last Updated 04 May 2009