On 2 July 1900 one of the defining icons of sartorial elegance in the 20th century was founded. Twenty-seven year old Austin Reed opened a gents outfitters in Fenchurch Street. By 1908 he had three shops, three years later he opened his flagship store in Regent Street. Fashions change and by April 2016 Austin Reed went into administration with the inevitable closure of all its 120 shops. Suit maker to Winston Churchill and The Beatles was no more.
On 2 July 1995 American tennis player Jeff Turango was fined £10,000 by Wimbledon authorities after his wife slapped an umpire
The Blind Beggar on Whitechapel Road was where Ronnie Kray killed George Cornell by shooting him through the eye
Waterstone’s on Piccadilly was the inspiration for Are You Being Served? Writer Jeremy Lloyd worked there when it was Simpsons dept store
In the graveyard of Morden College, Blackheath is buried John Thompson ‘Yeoman of the Mouth’ (food taster) to Charles II and James I
Bethnal Green North East MP Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree (aka Bow and Agree) was the UK’s first Asian Tory MP from 1895 to 1906
One of the first shopping streets to be lit by electricity was Electric Avenue, Brixton made famous by Eddie Grant’s 1981 Electric Avenue
In The Shakespeare’s Head, Covent Garden the 4th Earl of Sandwich requested bread and meat thus creating the first ever sandwich
West Ham FC was founded in 1895 by workers Thames Ironworks who hammered iron to build ships so named ‘The Hammers’
The world’s first school bus (horse drawn) was set up to run between Newington Academy for Girls and Gracechurch Street Meeting House in 1827
A young Charles Dickens worked as a legal clerk in Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn where experience led him to call the law ‘an ass’
Maurice Micklewhite changed his name to Michael Caine after seeing a poster in Leicester Square advertising The Caine Mutiny
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