Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 110 months ago
Monday Miscellanea


Londonist last week in numbers, translated into a picture...

1934 was the year Charlie Chan came to London, as discussed in the latest Londonist Film Club

206 locations mapped on our amazing Sherlock Holmes map!

9 pubs for November , recommended by our friends at Fancy A Pint

120,000 year old toe bone of lion kicks off our first illustrated Lions of London entry

100 days to become a better person via the London Word Festival

1934 + 206 X 9 + 120,000 / 100 = 1,392.6 which is rounded up to 1,393 which is the number of the whale that came into the Thames a while back, as snapped by naughton321 for the Londonist Flickr pool.

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 23rd November 1984: A fire at Oxford Circus tube station traps almost 1000 people in smoke-filled tunnels for three hours.
  • Tuesday - 24th November 1868: The new meat market at Smithfield (known as the Central Market) is opened.
  • Wednesday - 25th November 1952: Agatha Christie’s stage play, The Mousetrap, begins its run at the New Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. It would run there until 1974, when it would transfer, without break, to St Martin’s Theatre (next door), where it still runs today - representing the longest ‘initial run’ of any play in the world. Thursday - 26th November 1703: The ‘Great Storm of 1703’ hits London, causing massive widespread destruction. Friday - 27th November 2000: 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor is stabbed in the leg and dies in Peckham, south London. The following six years would see several trials and re-trials over the killing, finally culminating in the manslaughter conviction of two brothers (aged 12 and 13 at the time of the killing).

    London Quote Of The Week

    London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.

    Jeanette Winterson

    Last Updated 23 November 2009