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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
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?