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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
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.