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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Cave of the Golden Calf
London's first night club scene started here.
Location: 9 Heddon Street, Soho, London
Description: Here in the basement Britain's first ultra-modern nightclub was founded in 1912 and attracted all the intelligensia of pre-war London.
Dramatic Vorticist decorations by Wyndham Lewis and Jacob Epstein provided the backdrop to legendary scenes of drinking and dancing, where bohemia literally rubbed up against aristocracy, whipped up until dawn by a ragtime band and a famously frenzied gypsy fiddler.
Events were regularly punctuated by dramatic outbursts from the club's founder-owner, the notoriously beautiful and volatile Frida Strindberg from Vienna, second wife of the Norwegian playwright, whose rapid departure to America in 1914 marked the club's closure.