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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
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.
This is the building being demolished back to front.
Location: 122 Leadenhall, London
Description: This 1969 built Leadenhall building is being demolished from the ground up to make way for The Cheesegrater! The old building is being demolished like this because the floors are suspended by cantilevers from the top. After the floors are removed then the central core will be demolished in the normal way.
Designed by Richard Rogers and developed by British Land, the new tower will be 225 metres (737 feet) tall, with 48 floors, making it the tallest building in the City until the completion of the neighbouring Bishopsgate Tower. With its distinctive wedge-shaped profile, it has been nicknamed the Cheese Grater.
Tagged in this Tour: architecture sights you must see
Tagged in this Tour: New London Architecture 2012