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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
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.