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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

27th April 2004 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) officially opened.go to related location

27th April 1962 Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything, premieres in London

27th April 1959 Born today: Marco Pirroni, London, rock guitarist (Adam and The Ants)

27th April 1943 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London

27th April 1922 Born today: Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)

27th April 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London

27th April 1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens

Swap Coffee for Beer Perhaps



Swap Coffee for Beer Perhaps

Coffee becomes beer retail then Thespian tavern

Location: 3 Allington Street, Victoria, SW1E 5EB

Description: Now, coffee and beer are both good - but if you had a choice, which would be your poison?

Well step back in time to 1888 when a Mr William White established a coffee house on this very spot which thrived until a Mrs Eliza Gingel obtained a licence to open a beer shop on the premises, going on to name the shop the Victoria Stores.

1958 bought a new owner Cecil Barwood who was granted a full licence and therefore a proper boozer - it was then one of only two taverns in London bearing the name of a retail shop.

Alas time moves on and the establishment was renamed the 'Stage Door' in 1963 and due to it's proximity is firmly in theatre-goers minds before and after a show.

Today the 'Stage Door' is as popular as ever, but if it was still selling coffee, would as many actors go in to tread the boards?


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Swap Coffee for Beer Perhaps

Coffee becomes beer retail then Thespian tavern


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