This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 23rd January 1571: The Royal Exchange in the City of London is officially opened by Elizabeth I. Over the next few hundred years it would be destroyed by fire (and rebuilt) twice.
- Tuesday – 24th January 1969: Students and staff at the London School of Economics riot in protest over the installation of steel security gates.
- Wednesday – 25th January 1731: William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, and Lord John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, hold a duel in Green Park over ‘libellous’ accusations of homosexuality. Neither is seriously injured.
- Thursday – 26th January 1926: In Soho, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird conducts the first public demonstration of television.
- Friday - 27th January 1772: The Pantheon, an entertainment venue on Oxford Street, is opened.
Random London Quote Of The Week
The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance