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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
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