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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th March 1979 Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, premieres in London
29th March 1959 Born today: Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
29th March 1871 the Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
29th March 1869 Born today: Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
Lloyds Law Courts Pedal Power
This bank has a strange history involving women in the basement!
Location: 222 Strand, London, WC2R 1BB
Description: This branch of Lloyds (Law Courts branch) had a fabulous decor which takes you straight back to when it was opened as a restaurant in 1883 to serve legal folk.
It only lasted 3 years but it was one of the first air-conditioned establishment's in London. A pair of women would ride a tandem bicycle in the basement which would power a giant pair of bellows forcing air into the ground floor dining area - hats off to those girls!
The bicycle is still here to see.