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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
The first tea was sold here in the famous old coffee houses.
Location: Bank, London
Description: The great fire of Cornhill in March 1748 was started here and went on to destroy nearly 100 houses, including the two famous rival coffee-houses, Jonathan's and Jerusalem here.
Garraways famous coffee house was first burnt down in this fire, and lasted another 120 years before closing down for good. Garraways was much celebrated for its sandwiches, sherry, pale ale, and punch. Thomas Garraway was the first man who sold tea in London, and was renowned for it's quality.