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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London
23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)
23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)
23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.
Volunteers from Paddington
Napoleon Bonaparte was thwarted in this public house
Location: 123 Bayswater Road, W2 3JH
Description: Apart from being an old pub... it dates from the mid 1700s - but this establishment also has a military connection.
It was used as a recruiting station for the 'Paddington Volunteers'. Now these hardy souls were formed to support King and country in fear of invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte, and what a good bunch they were.
Here's hoping they had the opportunity to take a drink when they signed up.