Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 113 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday21st May 1853: The Aquatic Vivarium, the world’s first public aquarium, is opened in Regent’s Park.
  • Tuesday22nd May 1897: The Blackwall Tunnel is officially opened by the Prince of Wales, becoming the longest underwater tunnel in the world (at the time). The original tunnel now forms the western (northbound) carriageway – the adjacent tunnel that houses the eastern (southbound) carriageway was opened in 1967.
  • Wednesday23rd May 1701: Captain Kidd is hanged in Wapping, following his conviction for piracy and murder.
  • Thursday24th May 1862: The current Westminster Bridge is opened, replacing an earlier stone bridge that was subsiding badly.
  • Friday25th May 1878: The first ever performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore takes place at the Opera Comique on The Strand.

Random London Quote Of The Week

If I could have found a buyer I would have sold London itself.

Richard I

Picture by Still the Oldie via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 20 May 2012