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, a The Punch Bowl London pub, have included entertainer Madonna, film director Guy Ritchie and convicted criminal and Kray twins associate Freddie Foreman?
lions and tigers in the menagerie at in central Exeter Exchange London scared horses in the street outside?
since 1947, the city of
Oslo has donated the to the city of Trafalgar Square Christmas tree London, in gratitude for its support of Norway in WWII?
the 1865 play
by Society T W Robertson marked the London debut of actor Sir Squire Bancroft?
in late 17th-century
London, men put on women's clothing and walked the streets in hopes of catching the eye of ?
Whipping Tom in 1971, half the houses in
, Noel Park London, were still lacking basic facilities such as baths, internal toilets and hot water?
in 1914, the
of Cumberland Market Group neo-realism painters founded in London's Cumberland Market held only one exhibition, but was never formally dissolved?
English light heavyweight boxer fought Jack Bloomfield American Tommy Gibbons in the first ever boxing match to be held at London's famed Wembley Stadium?
in 1955, the
proposed to demolish the whole of Glass Age Development Committee London's Soho district and rebuild it entirely in glass?
1917 may have been the largest Silvertown explosion explosion to ever occur in London?
BBC recorded live performances of , Hancock's Half Hour and The Goon Show at the Steptoe and Son Playhouse Theatre (pictured) in London?
was held in a church in 5th Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party London in 1907?
motorcycle was used by BMW R1150GS Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on their 2004 Long Way Round ride from London to New York?
, one of Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway London's early underground "tube" railway lines, was built with finance raised by American Charles Yerkes?
, based in Church of Daniel's Band Michigan, chose its name from the title of a sermon delivered by Charles Spurgeon in London?
, fire at Lakanal House Camberwell, London was described as "one of the most significant fires in some time in terms of lives lost" by the Assistant Commissioner of the local Fire Brigade?
was the last time central 1928 Thames flood London was flooded?
British Parliament first guaranteed diplomatic immunity to foreign ambassadors in 1709, after Count , a Andrey Matveyev Russian resident in London, had been subjected by British bailiffs to verbal and physical abuse?
English herald tricked Sir Ralph Brooke William Segar into granting a coat of arms to a London hangman?
London was threatened with closure after an Warehouse Theatre Arts Council grant was withdrawn in 1984, but that closure was averted when Croydon Council and the GLC agreed to replace the grant?
in 1909 at the age of 17,
New Zealand pianist became the youngest-ever subprofessor appointed to Frank Hutchens London's Royal Academy of Music?
cast the hour bell popularly known as "Great Tom" Richard Phelps (illustration pictured) still in use at St Paul's Cathedral, London?
George Everest, after whom Mount Everest was named, is buried at , despite being born in St Andrew's Church, Hove Wales, dying in London and having no apparent connection with the church or town?
, featuring 32 horses, will be shown in hippodrama London in September 2009?
a team of 13 writers from
London aged between 17 and 22 created and wrote the entire series of at a summer school?
EastEnders: E20 after
offended the people of Robert Bealknap London before the coronation of Richard II they placed a model of his head on a water fountain so that it would vomit wine when the king walked past?
North Audley Street in
Mayfair, London, is named after the English moneylender ?
Hugh Audley March 1862 purchases of Greek
bonds in London were the result of a report that Prince Wilhelm of Baden (pictured) was to be formally recommended as a candidate for the Greek throne?
William Frederick Yeames' painting, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, has been reproduced as a waxwork at Madame Tussauds, London?
is a The 1940s House British historical reality television program about a modern family that tries to live as a typical middle-class family in London during The Blitz?
appeared in John D'Auban at the opening of Robert the Devil London's Gaiety Theatre in 1861, and was billed as one of the theatre's "principal grotesque dancers and pantomimists"?
after retiring as a
footballer, worked as Mike Trusson marketing manager for a football-themed restaurant in London?
left 1,000 Adam Neate prints, valued at £1 million, on London streets for anyone to pick up and keep?
during the reign of
, Beorhtwulf of Mercia London, the chief trading centre of Mercia, was attacked twice, in 842 and again in 851, by Viking armies?
used to Antonio Giuglini jaywalk through traffic on London's Brompton Road while flying his kite?
made his international debut for Michael Liddle Republic of Ireland under-19s although he was born in London, England?
in Lisle's Tennis Court Lincoln's Inn Fields, London became the first public theatre in England to feature moveable scenery on sliding wings?
during engineering work in 1979, the collapse of the
severed the Penmanshiel Tunnel main railway line between London and Edinburgh for five months?
boxer, , was so feared by the James Field police force of London in the 18th century, that they would pretend not to recognize him rather than arresting him?
Alan Dale was unable to go to Hawaii to appear on ABC's as Lost , the camera crew moved to Charles Widmore London to include him on the show anyway?
between 1778 and 1801,
, Manor House, 21 Soho Square London, (pictured) was a high-class magic brothel called The White House, described by Henry Mayhew as a "notorious place of ill-fame"?
between her marriage to
Marcus Garvey and her relationship with President of Liberia William Tubman, Pan-Africanist activist ran a club on Amy Ashwood Garvey London's Carnaby Street?
was the first theatre in Cockpit Theatre London's Drury Lane?
is one of ten Dollis Valley Greenwalk parks and open spaces in the London Borough of Barnet to win a £400,000 grant to improve its quality and safety?
the mother of
PIRA prisoner chained herself to railings outside Jackie McMullan 10 Downing Street in London?
the only remaining dock on the south side of
London's River Thames is , the city's oldest riverside dock?
Greenland Dock the prototype
Tracked Hovercraft high-speed train (remains pictured) was expected to reach 300 mph on its test track north of London, but had only broken 100 mph on a short portion before the program was cancelled in 1973?
to bring Great Tea Race of 1866 tea to London from China almost ended in a tie?
the gates to
in Norwood Jewish Orphanage London were destroyed to allow fire engines easier access to the grounds?
the gardens of
, St George's Square Pimlico, London, contain a statue of William Huskisson MP, the first person ever to be run over and killed by a railway engine?
the final results of the 1940 elections to the
in People's Parliaments Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were published in London before the voting booths closed?
the first and only President of
London's was the Oriental Club Duke of Wellington (pictured)?
the first major international
chess tournament in took place London in 1851?
the water managed by the
of Southwark and Vauxhall Waterworks Company London was once described by a microbiologist as "the most disgusting I have ever examined"?
to turn an old
London fruit market into the New Gallery (pictured) in only three months, 's builders encased existing Edward Robert Robson cast-iron columns in marble and topped them with gilded Greek capitals?
leave to go to London with the order that he could only travel as far on land as he could get in his barge, Captain put the barge on a cart and went anyway?
Henry Paulet when the
English actress Lucia Elizabeth Vestris (pictured) took over the in Olympic Theatre 1830, she became the first ever female actor-manager in the history of London theatre?
Sudanese Boeing 737 Air West was Flight 612 hijacked, the hijacker originally wanted to fly to Rome or London but was forced to settle for Chad due to a lack of fuel?
celebrity chef joined fellow chefs including Sam Stern Jamie Oliver and Anthony Worrall Thompson at the "BBC Good Food Show" in London when he was just 15?
Birmingham-based early-music choir founded its Ex Cathedra Baroque orchestra in its 1983–1984 season, this was the first period instrument orchestra to be established in an English city outside London?
Cistercian monks could extend the hospitality of , near Stratford Langthorne Abbey London, by supplying wine and beer for themselves and oats and hay for their horses?
London ran eastwards from when it opened in 1876, but from 1890 they ran westwards?
Devonport Kings Road railway station two trunk roads from
London to the Sussex coast, the A22 and the A23, use parts of the ?
London to Brighton Way under interrogation,
stated that Ahmad al-Naggar Egyptian Islamic Jihad had raised funds by "renovating old houses in London"?
the famed message
is misquoted on "England expects that every man will do his duty" Nelson's Column in London?
the expensive and ornate
, which opened in Royal Aquarium London in 1876 to present art exhibits and classical music, soon turned to circus acts and music hall instead?
aimed to prevent girls in Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants London from becoming prostitutes, criminals and alcoholics by training them as domestic servants?
, the largest hunger march in the 1920s and 1930s, led to days of widespread violence in central 1932 National Hunger March London?
Neo-Renaissance architectural style encompasses such dissimilar structures as the Opera Garnier and Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the National Theatre in Prague, the Reichstag in Berlin, Mentmore Towers near London, Vladimir Palace in Saint Petersburg, and the Public Library in Boston?
Norfolk Biffin apple appears in the works of Charles Dickens and was sent from Norfolk to London for Sir Robert Walpole?
(IALS) was founded in Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London in 1946 as a national British academic institution to promote and advance legal research, and is now part of the School of Advanced Study of the University of London?
was a Holophusikon museum of natural curiosities and ethnographic items collected by Ashton Lever and exhibited in London from 1775?
, which specialised in Folly Theatre burlesque and opéra bouffe, was originally the residence for Catholic priests of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London?
in shows produced by Gaiety Girls George Edwardes at the Gaiety Theatre were so popular that the restaurant where they dined became the centre of nightlife in London during the Victorian era?
began when the history of rapid transit London Underground started operations in 1863?
is a high-speed Olympic Javelin rail service announced as part of the public transport regeneration of London in readiness for the 2012 Summer Olympics?
in Plaza film theatre Bangalore, India was modelled after the Piccadilly Circus in London?
conference held at the Global Peace and Unity ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London is the largest Muslim event in Europe?
the arts company
produced Artichoke The Sultan's Elephant (pictured), the biggest piece of free theatre ever staged in London?
the audience of the
in Dorset Garden Theatre Restoration London found it fashionable and convenient to arrive by boat, thereby avoiding the crime-ridden area of Alsatia?
engraver John Boydell (pictured) founded the fashionable in Shakespeare Gallery London in 1786, but had to sell it in a lottery in 1804 after he was bankrupted by the Napoleonic Wars?
in Ritz Hotel London was the first hotel to offer a private bathroom for every guest room?
in the Swaminarayan Temple London suburb of Willesden is in a converted church?
, founded in Society for the Reformation of Manners England in 1691, included a network of "moral guardians" in London to gather information about moral infractions?
organisation which helps top Teach First graduate students teach in some of the most deprived areas in London and was inspired by Teach for America, is now expanding to Manchester and Israel?
, a Sir William Edge Liberal MP, once raced against a flock of homing pigeons from London to Leicestershire by car and train, but lost the race by two minutes because the train was delayed?
, the "Prince of Annamaboe", became a celebrity in mid-18th century William Ansah Sessarakoo London after he was released from slavery, and was compared to Aphra Behn's fictional Oroonoko?
Norwegian chemist was born in Alexis Pappas London to Greek parents who fled from Belgium to England during World War I?
Richard Prince's controversial "rephotograph" of Garry Gross 's nude image of Brooke Shields at age 10 was recently banned from the Tate Gallery in London?
Richard Reid, who in 2001 attempted to detonate a bomb hidden in his shoes aboard an aeroplane, used to attend the in Brixton Mosque London, England?
Russian billionaire, politician and philanthropist started his career as a Alexander Lebedev KGB agent working in London?
Dutch mannerist painter began to paint with his toes towards the end of a successful career as a Cornelis Ketel portraitist, (example, right) in Elizabethan London and Amsterdam?
merchant, sugar grower and politician helped establish the Brisbane government and was the main substantiater of wool trade between George Raff Brisbane and London?
London's historic (1821-1972) is now occupied by the London Centre of the United University Club University of Notre Dame?
London's old Artillery Church was used by five different kinds of Protestants before becoming the ?
Sandys Row Synagogue
London-born actress made her acting debut in Sarah Badel India?
Scottish bookseller sold cheap copies of books after their Alexander Donaldson copyright had expired, in disregard to London booksellers' opinions on literary property?
temperance leader lost his right eye after he was captured by a mob of medical students and paraded through the streets of William E. "Pussyfoot" Johnson London?
, the dog of Buster British Labour politician Roy Hattersley, earned his owner a criminal record after killing a goose in St. James's Park, London?
in Carpenter's Coffee House Covent Garden, London, became known as "The Finish" as it was the place revellers went when all the other coffee houses and taverns closed?
in Castle Green London was named after a castellated house built from around 1800 that survived until 1938?
was the royal Charles Angibaud apothecary to Louis XIV of France, but left France in 1681 to avoid persecution as a Protestant Huguenot and moved to London, where he was later Master of the Society of Apothecaries?
in the Birdcage Walk City of Westminster, London, is named after the Royal Menagerie and Aviary which was located beside it in the reign of Kings James I and expanded by Charles II?
, the brother of Augustus Dickens English novelist Charles Dickens, abandoned his blind wife in London and ran away to America with another woman?
British architect escaped from Jan Kaplický Prague to London in the wake of the Prague Spring, carrying only US$100 and a few pairs of socks?
Albert Bridge (pictured) in London is seriously structurally unsound in part because of rotting caused by dog's urine?
, whose collection of 11,086 species was acquired by the Alfred Merle Norman Natural History Museum in London, was awarded the Linnean Medal in 1906?
London's (1857–1978) was claimed to be the only St James's Club gentlemen's club with a room devoted solely to backgammon?
London's , built in 1882, changed its name at least five times in its first dozen years of operation?
Alfred the Great's taking of London in 886 was followed by with his treaty Guthrum, the Viking ruler of East Anglia?
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington helped popularize the Portuguese wine in Bucelas London after he discovered it while fighting in the Peninsular War?
Byron recorded seeing the " tigers sup" at the Exeter Exchange menagerie in central London owned by ?
charcoal merchant ( Thomas Britton pictured) ran a series of concerts in his loft at which the most famous musicians in London performed?
Albert Bridge in London (pictured) is the only significant surviving example of a bridge built using the 1858 design?
Admiral was a noted Sir Francis Geary bellringer at St Bride's Church, London?
, many for tunnels tube lines, run beneath London's River Thames?
London song-writer was admired by Helen, Lady Dufferin Disraeli, compared with Helen of Troy in a poem by Browning, and had a village named after her?
17th century London printer printed the Nicholas Okes first quartos of Shakespeare's and King Lear ?
Conor McPherson's was performed on The Weir Broadway in 1998, less than a year after its original opening at The Royal Court Theatre in London?
Edward Alleyn had to form a partnership with twelve others to meet the £1,000 cost to rebuild the in Fortune Playhouse London after it burned down in 1621?
London printer published the landmark William Stansby first folio collection of the works of Ben Jonson in 1616?
London will soon have a ?
Walk of Fame for dogs
London's stands on a site once partly occupied by the house of the actress Army and Navy Club Moll Davis, a mistress of King Charles II?
London's was built at the start of the 20th century, from parts of three other railways' routes?
Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway
horn player commuted from Neill Sanders Kalamazoo, Michigan, to London, where he played in the Melos Ensemble?
Labour Member of Parliament organised the Ellen Wilkinson 1936 Jarrow March of 200 unemployed men and women from Tyneside to London to demand jobs?
Italian- Swiss entrepreneur pioneered the sale of Carlo Gatti ice cream to the general public in London from 1849, and later ran several music halls?
Jabba The Hutt puppeteer Toby Philpott (pictured) began his career as a homeless juggler in the streets of London?
Jonathan Swift's (pictured) 1709 poem ", which discusses contemporary life in A Description of the Morning" London, provided inspiration for William Hogarth's series of paintings ?
Four Times of the Day
sculpted three Charles Sargeant Jagger World War I memorials, all in London?
was little used at night when it first opened, because of its owners' policy of only turning the Chelsea Bridge lighting on if Queen Victoria was spending the night in London?
is a Polly Morgan London based British artist who uses taxidermy to create works of art?
mysteriously disappeared from Prince Ludwig of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg London society to the Philippines, where he was killed during a battle of the Philippine–American War?
, a Radio Londres Free French radio broadcast from London to Nazi occupied France, read Paul Verlaine's poem as a code to inform Chanson d'automne the resistance that Operation Overlord was about to take place?
joined a gang of Richard Ferguson highwaymen after recognising the man robbing his stagecoach near London as a former acquaintance?
, the central aisle of Paul's walk Old St Paul's Cathedral, was a grapevine for London gossip and news during the 16th and 17th centuries?
, who helped found the Nicolas-Charles Bochsa Royal Academy of Music in 1822, was only in London because he had fled France five years earlier to avoid prosecution for multiple counts of forgery and fraud?
, a Louise Pitre Tony Award-nominated musical theatre actress, was turned down after auditioning for the role of Josephine in the London musical ?
was best known for her roles as the " Nellie Farren principal boy" in burlesques at the Gaiety Theatre in London?
is the Nicci French pseudonym for a couple of London journalists, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together?
, Richard de Southchurch Sheriff of Essex, planned to attack London with burning cocks?
was created in 1905 from the grounds of three Springfield Park London houses, one of which is now a cafe?
designed the first Walter Hancock steam-powered bus to travel from London to Brighton?
has been described as "probably the least noteworthy bridge in Wandsworth Bridge London"?
in West Ham Stadium London holds the record for the lowest ever attendance of a football match in The Football League, despite its capacity of 120,000?
was a part of the Westcott railway station London Underground, despite being more than 40 miles from central London?
designed Walter Emden London theatres and music halls in the late 19th century, including the Palace Theatre, the Duke of York's, the Garrick and the Royal Court?
, a five-piece The Metros punk pop band from Peckham, London, were formerly known as The Wanking Skankers?
, St James's Hall London's principal concert hall and home of the Philharmonic Society in the 19th century, had annual seasons of blackface minstrelsy?
Tachikawa Airfield (aerial photo pictured) was the military base in Tokyo from which the 1937 original Kamikaze plane to London took off?
on Television House Kingsway in London served as the headquarters of Associated-Rediffusion, Independent Television News, the TV Times magazine, Associated TeleVision and Thames Television between 1955 and the early 1970s?
is a garden flower symbolic of ordinary London Pride Londoners' resilience under attack?
had to win a Leyton F.C. High Court action in order to call itself the oldest football club in London?
resigned his post as Chief Frederick Marrable Architect to the Metropolitan Board of Works in London when they offered him a derisory salary raise?
Grub Street (pictured), in London's Moorfields district, was home to hack writers, and later became a pejorative term for impoverished authors?
takes its name from a horse-ferry from Horseferry Road The Embankment to Lambeth Stairs, once one of the most important Thames crossings in London, and which was owned by the Archbishop of Canterbury?
, a food market in Hungerford Market London for nearly 200 years, was demolished in the 1860s to make way for Charing Cross railway station?
produced Edward Laurillard musical comedies in London and New York in the early 20th century, in partnership with George Grossmith, Jr.?
made his Edward Atienza London theatrical debut in 1954, as the Mole in ?
Toad of Toad Hall
in Cinimod Studio London, United Kingdom, designed a virtual sky ceiling for a Snog frozen yogurt outlet with clouds whose speeds and colors depend upon the time of day?
began with two small committees in Democrats Abroad London and Paris in 1965, and has grown to be a large international organization?
– a founding member of E. S. Kennedy London's Alpine Club – proposed a modification to the mountaineering ice axe based on the American backwoodsman's axe?
was simultaneously the chief editor of the James Godkin newspaper and the Dublin correspondent of Daily Express of The Times London?
, an Johannes Kvittingen exiled Norwegian bacteriologist in London in 1940, was asked to be head recruiter of Norwegian agents for the Special Operations Executive?
was a well-known Joseph Haines London song-and-dance man, comedian, and eccentric in the 17th century?
served as Sir Kirby Laing Deputy Lieutenant of both London and Hertfordshire?
was the first Kuh Ledesma Philippine singer to receive the Salem Music Awards in London in March 1989?
( Joseph Farington pictured) kept a diary almost daily from until 13 July 1793 that has provided historians with insight into the 30 December 1821 London art world as well as first-hand accounts of important political events of the day?
, a noted 18th century John Smith London housebreaker, managed to avoid execution three times, and was eventually transported to Virginia?
instigated a major reform of the John Palmer British postal system in 1784, when his experimental mail coach run from Bristol to London took only 16 hours instead of 38 hours?
s 1965 John Pitre' visionary art painting, A New Dawn, which was valued at $1.7 million in 1997, was offered in trade for a £1 million house in London in 2004?
was an John Roberts Australian businessman who founded the construction company Multiplex, which is currently building the new Wembley Stadium in London?
", Carolina in My Mind James Taylor's nostalgic 1968 song about growing up in North Carolina, was written in London and on the Mediterranean islands of Formentera and Ibiza?
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