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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

26th July 1977 Elvis Costello was arrested at The Park Lane Hilton.go to related location

26th July 1973 Peter Shaffers Equus, premieres in London

26th July 1973 Underworld actress Kate Beckinsale born in London.

26th July 1966 England beat Portugal 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Final.

26th July 1950 Born today: Susan George, London England, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo)

26th July 1895 Born today: Jerry Verno, London England, actor (River of Unrest, Sweeney Todd)

26th July 1895 Born today: Robert Graves, London England, writer/poet (I Claudius) [or 6/26]

26th July 1891 Henry James' American, premieres in London

26th July 1842 Born today: Alfred Marshall, London, economist

26th July 1802 Born today: Winthrop Mackworth Praed, London, poet/politician

A Lighthouse in King's Cross



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

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A Lighthouse in King's Cross

Oysters were once sold here...or was that a fairground?


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