By Tom Ward in the Londonist Flickr pool
Last week in numbers on Londonist...
2 Londonist writers with slots on the fourth plinth in August
20 contestants in the All Star Lanes Chilli Cook-Off
118 shows programmed for the Camden Fringe Festival
10 miles of dominoes in the Station House Opera Olympic event
14 beds in St Christopher's Inn, all on webcam, sniffing underpants
= 184.71428 which is a glossy, looming gherkin in the Londonist Flickr pool, courtesy of Tom Ward
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 6th July 2005: London wins its bid to host the 2012 Olympics, beating Paris by 54 votes to 50 in the International Olympic Committee’s final round of voting. The announcement sparks hours of celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
- 7th July 2005
: Four suicide bombers detonate bombs on London’s public transport system, resulting in the death of 52 commuters and injury to some 700 others.
- 8th July 1965
: Ronnie Biggs, a member of the gang that carried out the notorious ‘Great Train Robbery’ a couple of years earlier, escapes from Wandsworth Prison. He would remain un-incarcerated until 2001.
- 9th July 1981
: An intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace early in the morning, entering the Queen’s bedroom and chatting to her for ten minutes. The incident would raise serious questions about the palace’s security.
- 10th July 1958
: Britain’s first parking meters are installed in Mayfair. Soon there would be 625 of them in the district, charging 6 pence per hour.
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