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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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