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Westfield Stratford City East
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The Princess Diana Tour
The Princess Diana Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th November 1987 31 die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station

18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London

18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)

18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)

HMV's first Celebrity Opening



HMV's first Celebrity Opening

HMV's first store in London, and first celebrity opening.

Location: 363 Oxford Street, W1Y

Description: The first HMV was opened at 363 Oxford Street in 1921 by composer Sir Edward Elgar.

This was the first known instance of a celebrity opening a retail outlet, and Edward seemed as good as any.

Customers had to make appointments and were received in 'salons' to listen to the latest releases...now that is rather civilised.

Later in 1961, the Beatles cut their first demo at the in-store studio, but alas by 2000, the Beatles were no more and nor was this pinnacle store. It moved three doors down to 360 and this legendary location became a Footlocker of all things! Will they never learn...

Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour

Themes: RetailRetail Theme  MusicMusic Theme
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HMV's first Celebrity Opening

HMV's first store in London, and first celebrity opening.


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