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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The Fitzroy Tavern
Famous literary pub with locals Dylan Thomas and George Orwell
Location: 16 Charlotte Strreet, W1T 2NA
Description: Once one of the great literary pubs of London, the framed photos on the walls depict the pub's past and show several of its former denizens - in fact the great Tommy Cooper was one of several famous people who once counted the Fitzroy as their local; they include: Albert Pierrepoint (the hangman), George Orwell, Michael Bentine, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Attenborough, Walter Sickert and Coco The Clown.
Dylan Thomas in The Fitzroy tavern It was here that a drunken Dylan Thomas would give away poetry written on beer mats to any pretty woman who asked.
Magician Aleister Crowley created The Kubla Khan No 2 cocktail here: gin, vermouth and laudanum!
Welsh writer artist and model Nina Hamnett was also a regular in her later stumping up anecdotes for the price of a drink.
This famous literary pub gave its name to the Fitzrovia area.
Tagged in this Tour: Tommy Cooper's London