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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
The Whispering Gallery
The infamous acoustics of St Paul's Cathedral's dome gallery.
Location: St Pauls Cathedral, Westminster
Description: One of the fascinating features of St Paul's Cathedral is the circular gallery which runs at the point where the vault of the Dome starts to curve inwards, it's called the Whispering Gallery.
The name comes from the fact that a person who whispers facing the wall on one side, can be clearly heard on the other, since the sound is carried perfectly around the vast curve of the Dome.
If you're taking kids it's a great little diversion, and you can teach them some acoustics/physics while you're at it!
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