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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

27th April 2004 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) officially opened.go to related location

27th April 1962 Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything, premieres in London

27th April 1959 Born today: Marco Pirroni, London, rock guitarist (Adam and The Ants)

27th April 1943 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London

27th April 1922 Born today: Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)

27th April 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London

27th April 1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens

The Frost Fair on the Thames



The Frost Fair on the Thames

This is where an elephant walked across the iced up Thames.

Location: Blackfriars Bridge, London

Description: The last London frost fair took place in 1814 on the 1st February, and lasted four days.

The fair features shops, stalls, games, bear baiting and fairs.

The most remarkable event was the first and last time that an elephant was led across the iced up river below Blackfriars Bridge!

This was to be the last frost fair. The climate was growing milder; also, old London Bridge was demolished in 1831, and the river was embanked in stages during the 19th century, both of which made the river less likely to freeze.


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The Frost Fair on the Thames

This is where an elephant walked across the iced up Thames.


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