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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
Goldfinger's Balfron Tower
This is Goldfinger's famous Balfron Tower, scene of top parties!
Location: St. Leonard's Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 0QT
Description: This is Balfron Tower - a 28 storey tower block on the Brownfield Estate in Poplar, East London.
It was approved in 1965 and completed in 1971, containing 146 flats. It became a listed building in 1996, recognised for it's daring brutalist design.
Like the other tower blocks on the Brownfield Area estate, it was designed by Erno Goldfinger and acted as an experiment for the Trellick Tower built 2 years later in north Kensington, North London.
Trellick Tower took many design cues from Balfron Tower like the detached services tower and modernist design. Erno Goldfinger stayed for 2 months on the 26th floor to show faith in his design and threw lavish parties for friends, family and residents.
It is 200metres from Poplar High Street.