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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd
An amazing place and London's most exotic wine cellar.
Location: 3 St. James's Street, Lambeth, SW1Y 4AA
Description: An amazing place and London's most exotic wine cellar. Home of poets, bare-knuckle boxing and of course...very expensive booze. The oldest drinking bootle is apparently an 1834 Tokaji Essencia, and the oldest wine you can actually buy...well the 1900 Chateau Lafite Rothschild of course.
The business was established in 1698 by the Widow Bourne at 3 St James's Street, London. Today members of the Berry and Rudd families continue to own and manage the family-run wine merchant.
By 1765, at the `Sign of the Coffee Mill', Berrys not only supplied the fashionable `Coffee Houses' (later to become Clubs such as Boodles and Whites) but also began weighing customers on giant coffee scales.
Records of customers' weights, including those of Lord Byron, William Pitt and the Aga Khan, span three centuries and continue to be added to, to this day.
Berrys first supplied wine to the British Royal Family during King George III's reign and has continued to do so until the present day. Today, Berrys holds two Royal Warrants for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
In 1923 the company created Cutty Sark Scots' Whisky; this was the first naturally-coloured Scotch. More recently a range of fine vintage Single Malts has been developed under the Berrys' Own Selection label.
Marvel at their giant coffee scales erected in the shop in 1765 to weigh customers. Records of customers' weights spanning three centuries still exist and are added to, to this day. Napolean III, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh have all had the pleasure!
There's a wall against which Henry VIII banged his tennis balls against, and they lost 69 cases of wine on the Titanic!
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