Last week in numbers on Londonist...
15,000 items in the Met Collection
805 Calories in taramasalata on The Real Greek menu
166 door number of Eastside Books as featured in Biblio-text
14.98 GBP for a pair of pre-stained underpants
419 category for new London-themed Facebook scam
50 years old at time of death, also number of dates due to play at 02 re: Michael Jackson
= 21,221.7706 which means 30 St Mary Axe in the Londonist Flickr pool, an entry full of further figures and facts
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 29th June 1761: The City Road is opened, running between Finsbury Square in the City and the Angel.
- 30th June 1894
: Tower Bridge is opened by the Prince of Wales. It would become an iconic symbol of London, and arguably the most well-recognised ‘bascule bridge’ in the world (even if tourists do sometime mistake it for London Bridge).
- 1st July 1858
: Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection is presented at the Linnean Society at Burlington House, Piccadilly.
- 2nd July 1865
: One-time Methodist minister William Booth preaches to a large crowd at an open-air ‘mission’ in Whitechapel, founding the ‘East London Christian Mission’, which would later be renamed ‘The Salvation Army’.
- 3rd July 1981
: A punk concert at the Hamborough Tavern in Southall, West London, leads to fighting between skinheads and Asian youths. The riot is just one of many violent ‘uprisings’ to take place that year.
London Quote Of The Week
Would you rather live in lively London or where a young penguin lies screaming?
Gavin Buchanan Ewart
Last Updated 29 June 2009