On 4 March 1824 curiously many miles from sea at The Tavern in Bishopsgate Street, George Hibbert and Sir William Hillary organised a meeting which resulted in the establishment of The National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, thus absolving the Government’s obligation to save lives at sea. Today it is known as The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, whose brave volunteers save many souls each year.
On 4 March 1967 Queens Park Rangers became the first football club to win the ‘League Cup at Wembley Stadium’ when they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2
Given the Freedom of the City of London you can insist if you’re sentenced to hang, the execution can only be carried out using a silk rope
On 4 March 1903 on the site of more than 100 Catholic Reformation Martyrs the Tyburn Convent opened at 8 Hyde Park Place
Polly the Parrot at the Cheshire Cheese Public House fell of her perch with exhaustion after she imitated 400 times popping corks at the end of World War I
In the Members’ Lobby are statues and busts of past prime ministers. Members touch their favourite before they give a speech for good luck
Neo-classical Dulwich Picture Gallery designed by Sir John Soane is 200 years old and was England’s first purpose built public art gallery
During the 18th century you could pay your admission ticket to the zoo in London by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions
Rugby netball, dreamt up by soldiers in 1907, and has been played on Clapham Common ever since is thought to be the only place in the world where it is played
The first London bus service was established in 1829 and ran between Paddington and Bank carrying 22 people and was pulled by three horses
The Pearly Kings and Queens were originally the ‘aristocracy’ of the costermongers and were elected to safeguard their rights from competitors
The Royal Lancaster Hotel on the edge of Hyde Park has installed beehives on its roof with bee keepers harvesting their honey for the guests
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