London trivia — 16 December 2018

On 16 December 1937 Noel Coward’s Me and My Girl starring Lupino Lane premiered at the Victoria Palace Theatre. It gained popularity when the BBC broadcast it live on radio on 13 January 1938, it was first live broadcast of a performance by the BBC, and listeners could sing along from the theatre featuring what was to become the wartime classic The Lambeth Walk. It ran for 1,646 performances despite being bombed out of two theatres.

On 16 December 1977 the Underground extension to Heathrow was opened by The Queen, making London the world’s first capital with a direct rail link to its airport

The 17th century Seven Dials monument was removed as the thieves and prostitutes used to hang around it. The current replica dates to 1989

There were eight deep-level shelters built under the London Underground in the Second World War. One of them in Stockwell is decorated as a war memorial

Livingstone’s heart was buried under a tree where he died, now the site of the Livingstone Memorial, his remains buried at Westminster Abbey

Only two MPs have run the London Marathon under 3 hours, best Matthew Parris at 2:32.57 in 1985 and Doug Henderson achieved 2:52.24 in 1989

Author A. A. Milne found the original Winnie-the-Pooh for his son Christopher Robin in the Toy Department of Harrod’s on Christmas Eve

Harrod’s opened in 1849 as a single room grocery shop, a fire gutted the building in 1883 and in 1898 installed the world’s first escalator

London has 108 golf courses, to play every hole would require walking just over 300 miles (assuming you kept out of the rough) and crossing a covered reservoir in Honor Oak

During the Second World War, part of the Piccadilly line (Holborn – Aldwych branch), was closed and British Museum treasures were stored in the empty spaces

Billingsgate Market (old) was originally opened in 1016 selling food and wine, with fish becoming the sole trade later

The dog listening to the gramophone in the HMV logo has a road named after him, near his burial site in Kingston on Thames: Nipper Alley

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