In honour of London's brilliant Virgin Marathon yesterday, we grace this week's edition of Monday Miscellanea with picture 25,410 from the Londonist Flickr pool, so we can all remember a great (if exhausting) start to the summer on 25 April 2010. We hope all the runners can relax now, with a drink and putting their feet up at a pub like The Old King's Head, as snapped by Gaz-zee-boh for the Londonist Flickr pool. Cheers!
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 26th April 1999: Television presenter Jill Dando is fatally shot in the head on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, West London.
- 27th April 1840
: Following its almost complete destruction by fire in 1834, work on rebuilding the Palace of Westminster starts with the laying of a foundation stone by the wife of the architect Sir Charles Barry.
- 28th April 1801
: Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, is born at 24 Grosvenor Square. He would become a noted politician and philanthropist, whose works would be commemorated by the construction of the Shaftesbury Memorial (a.k.a. ‘The Angel of Christian Charity’, a.k.a. ‘Eros’) in Piccadilly Circus.
- 29th April 1745
: Cowper Thornhill, keeper of the Bell Inn in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, rides from the inn to Shoreditch Church and back. He then turns around and rides back to London again, covering a total of 213 miles in 12 hours and 17 minutes, to the awe of many spectators lining the route.
- 30th April 1999
: ‘London nailbomber’ David Copeland plants his last bomb, in the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Three people are killed and dozens are injured.
Random London Quote Of The Week
My fiftieth year had come and gone,
I sat, a solitary man,
In a crowded London shop,
And open book and empty cup
On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed, so great my happiness,
That I was blessed and could bless.
William Butler Yeats