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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
A Lighthouse in King's Cross
Oysters were once sold here...or was that a fairground?
Location: Gray's Inn Road, N1 9AL
Description: Now this is a remarkable building on Gray's Inn Road, right next to Kings Cross railway station, and now in some need of a facelift.
Whilst at street level there's nothing unusual to see or indeed believe exists at rooftop level...until you look up!
Built in 1875, the lighthouse is something of an enigma - some claim it dates to when oysters were popular and the houses that sold them were marked with a lighthouse, others claim it is an old helter-skelter fairground ride.
Apparently, in days gone by the building was said to hold a secret underground room followed by a mysterious staircase which in turn led to a old tube platform...which may or may not be true.
But one fact we can rely on is...their is a lighthouse on top of this cool yet quirky building - worth a 'look up' me thinks!
Tagged in this Tour: Quirky London
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012
Tagged in this Tour: unique tour