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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
Snails in the Basement
The former country residence of the Duke of Portland.
Location: 48 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4EF
Description: This building that is now home to French brasserie L'Escargot used to be the residence of the Duke of Portland in 1741 when Soho was a country area popular for horseback riding.
The restaurant here was opened in 1927 by George Gaudin who wanted to raise his own snails in the basement kitchen famously making this restaurant the first to serve fresh snails in Britain. Snails are still on the menu today.
A bust of Gaudin has been restored and hangs outside the building.