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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd February 2002 The Millenium Bridge was re-opened after a 5m de-wobbling redesign.

22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.

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22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)

22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)

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Cafe de Paris



Cafe de Paris

Piccadillys home to the stars and scene of massive wartime bomb

Location: 4 Coventry Street, Piccadilly, W1V 7FL

Description: The Cafe de Paris, is one of the most famous and durable venues in the world. With a glittering history, spanning nine decades, the Cafe has consistently played host to a wide variety of powerful and absorbing performers and guests-members of the aristocracy, eminent political figures, royalty, dazzling pop stars, captains of industry, superstars from the silver screen.

Opening its doors in 1924 the Cafe de Paris quickly established itself as one of Europe's premier nightspots. Much of the early success was due to a visit from the Prince of Wales, who became a regular guest bringing with him the crme de la crme of European society.

On March 8th 1941 when two 50K landmines came through the Rialto roof straight onto the Cafe dance floor; eighty people were killed, including Ken 'Snakehips' Johnston who was performing onstage at the time. Ballard Berkeley (who later played the Major in Fawlty Towers) was a PC constable first on the scene who was shocked by the bodies, many unmarked at their chairs, and looters cutting ring fingers off corpses.

The Cafe De Paris re-opened in 1948.

Frank Sinatra rubbed shoulders with Tony Hancock, Eartha Kitt with Spike Milligan, Grace Kelly with Noel Coward. Anyone who was anyone was seen at the Cafe.

When Puff Daddy wished to celebrate the European release of his new album - when Sony wished to celebrate 20 years of the Walkman - Prince wanted to throw a secret gig for the elite few - he got on stage at the Cafe. From the James Bond party to the Vivienne Westwood catwalk show to the Spice Girls party to Lennox Lewis celebrating his world titles, the Cafe De Paris is without doubt leading the field.

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Cafe de Paris

Piccadillys home to the stars and scene of massive wartime bomb


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My aunt, Carrie Slater, worked at (managed?) the Cafe de Paris in the 1920s. Is there a history of the CdP? (Caroline Cook)
Posted by Caroline Cook on 2006-11-27
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