This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 1 April 1965: The administrative area known as ‘Greater London’ is formed, amalgamating and consuming parts of central London and the home counties.
- Tuesday – 2 April 1962: The first ‘Panda crossing’ is opened on York Road, opposite Waterloo Station.
- Wednesday – 3 April 1954: Oxford University wins the 100th Boat Race.
- Thursday – 4 April 1896: The new premises for the National Portrait Gallery (next to the National Gallery by Trafalgar Square) open their doors for the first time.
- Friday – 5 April 1821: The newly rebuilt St Paul's Church in Shadwell (a.k.a. the 'Church of Sea Captains') is consecrated.
Random London Quote Of The Week
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 'Paul Clifford'