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Westfield Stratford City East
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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Rolling Stones London Tour
The Rolling Stones London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th March 1960 Born today: Steve Norman, London, rock sax (Spandau Ballet-True)

25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.go to related location

25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.go to related location

25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)

25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.go to related location

Tate Britain, Sugar & Prison!



Tate Britain, Sugar & Prison!

The Tate Britain is on the site of Millbank Prison

Location: Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Description: Having offered his personal art collection to the nation, Henry Tate later offered a gallery to house it providing the government would donate a site and undertake the administration. After much debate, Tate's offer is accepted.

Tate, a grocer's boy, is best known for his industry started in Liverpool with sugar cane and in particular his invention the Sugar Lump, or Tate's Sugar Cubes as he coined them.

The site here of Millbank Penitentiary, a huge prison facing the Thames at Millbank is chosen. The prison was demolished and three acres of the site allocated to the new gallery.

The first stage of the building programme, consisting of the front façade, an entrance hall under a rotunda and seven galleries, is designed by Sidney R J Smith. It is completed and opened in 1897.



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