London trivia — 15 April 2018
London Trivia: Just like that!

On 15 April 1984 one of England’s greatest entertainers collapsed and died in front of millions of television viewers. Tommy Cooper was midway through his act televised live from Her Majesty’s Theatre when he grabbed the curtain and collapsed on stage. The audience thinking it was part of his act laughed. He would often hand cabbies an envelope saying cheerily: “Have a drink on me”, inside, they would find a tea-bag.

On 15 April 1936 the swastika-draped coffin of German Ambassador Leopol von Hoesch was driven to Victoria Station while thousands lined the route in silence

St Martin Le Grand maintained right of sanctuary as late as 1697 and became a Mecca for counterfeit jewellers breaking the law with impunity

The 32 capsules on the London Eye are representative of the 32 London boroughs, and each one weighs as much as 1,052,631 old pound coins

Kenneth Williams lived at 8 Marlborough House, Osnaburgh Street until his death on the 15th April 1988 his final note was “Oh, what’s the bloody point”, Rob Brydon later bought the flat

Known formally as The Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament was cited by the river Thames so it could not be totally surrounded by a mob

On 15 April 1755 after 9 years work and payment of 1,500 guineas Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in London

According to the Guinness Book of Records London has the oldest bicycle shop in the world (Pearsons of Sutton, established as a blacksmiths in 1860)

Only 14 men have run each and every one of the 34 London Marathons, one is former head teacher Mike Peace his best time is 2:37.12 in 1991

The lowest number not used by a London bus is 218 all lower numbers may be found but 218, 239 and 278 are the only missing numbers below 300

Peek Frean’s was a popular biscuit brand, known as Biscuit Town its huge factory in Bermondsey claimed to be the world’s biggest

On 15 April 1988 Eliza Sophie Caird (Eliza Doolittle – Missing) was born in Camden her grandmother is Sylvia Young of the Sylvia Young Theatre School

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