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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
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?