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The London Tennis Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th June 1919 Born today: Bruce Gordon, London England, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables)

20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news from the Archbishop of Canterbury that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen.

Argyll House



Argyll House

This is where Wallace Simpson met the Prince of Wales.

Location: 211 King's Road, Chelsea, London

Description: This classic property was the centre of London society in the early 20th century, when it was owned by society hostess Lady Sybil Colefax. Her parties here were renowned and these doors saw Fred Astaire, George Gershwin, Hilair Belloc, Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill.

It is alleged that Ernest and Wallace Simpson were introduced to the Prince of Wales here in 1935, who later gave up the throne for her.

Designed in 1723 by an Italian architect the house has been lived in since 1754 - the first owner was Mrs Mary Villiers, who was followed by the fourth Duke of Argyll and although he left in 1770 it has since been known as Argyll House.

Photographer Cecil Beaton wrote after a visit From the moment one arrived in the small panelled hall and savoured the aroma of dried rosemary burnt on a saucer, one knew one had arrived in a completely different atmosphere, refreshing as a sea change.

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Argyll House

This is where Wallace Simpson met the Prince of Wales.


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